The Feast of the Goat Author:Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman (Translator) Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic -- and finds herself reliving the events of l961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million. — Rafael Trujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans... more » call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail. In Trujillo's gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become a way of life. But Trujillo's grasp is slipping. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own. In this "masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finest political novels ever written" (Bookforum), Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terrible democracy, giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims, both innocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit.« less
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I thought it read more like a history text in some ways than a novel, lots of facts to keep track of. Also, I thought that Llosa wasn't so great into getting into the heads of women, based on the narrative voice he used for the one female protagonist. If you want to read a novel about the Dominican Republic, I think your time is much better spent with In the Time of Butterflies, a novel about the Mirabal sisters by author Julia Alvarez
This is the fourth book by Vargas Llosa that I've read, and the subject matter was of the most interest to me, but I found this the hardest to read of all his books. He jumps around in time with no warning so the characters and situations can easily become confused. That said, I think the story and history are worth the eventual payoff and it's worth sticking with it. As I became accustomed to the writing style as I went along I found the book easier to read and understand. While it's not a straight nonfiction history of the Trujillo era, reading a well-researched novelization like this in some ways gives you a more intimate idea of the time and people.