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In 1996, 49-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic from New York after 35 years of exile. She escaped in 1961 at the age of 14, shortly after her father's fall from grace with the government of dictator Trujillo, and two weeks before the Generalissimo himself was assassinated. Vargas Llosa weaves together the narratives of Urania's confrontation with her now-vegetable father, the pre-attack activities of the assassins in 1961 and their brutal hunting down and torture after Trujillo's death, and the final days of the dictator himself. At first, the novel reads disappointingly like a political essay or tract (perhaps because the author necessarily has to fill in the background for what was once a burning concern for U.S. President Kennedy and the CIA, but for most readers is now ancient history). Eventually the confusing, time-jumping narrative mimics the shifting loyalties and multiple lies of life under a tyrannical regime, as well as grab the reader's interest. It's hard to get to know or sympathize with any of the large cast of characters, but their predicaments and fortunes make for a gripping read.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   fighting government corruption Life of a profession:    -   politician Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk!    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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