The Storyteller Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mario Vargas Llosa, himself the main character of this novel, writes about a friend he knew in college, Saul Zuratas, who was a passionate student of a tribe in the Amazonas jungle, the Machiguengas. The strong relationship they both had has desintegrated thirty years later, but when Mario is visiting a Machiguenga photo exposition in Florence, he finds a character in one of them which seems too familiar: a white man telling stories to other machiguengas as if he were part of these people. Could it be Saul?
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Mario himself becomes interested in the Machiguengas when years later he's a TV host of a cultural show and finally decides to write this story.
The review of this Book prepared by Augusto Wong Campos

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Spanish in Latin America or Spain Other aspects:    -   best friends Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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