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In Praise of the Stepmother
In Praise of the Stepmother
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen Lane (Translator)
With meticulous observation and the seductive skill of a great storyteller, Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little, darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony of his characters. — The mysterious nature of happiness and above all, the corrupting power of innocence are the themes that underlie these ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312421304
ISBN-10: 0312421303
Publication Date: 11/1/2002
Pages: 160
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3 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Picador USA
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Don't bother with this pseudo-intellectual doppelganger of Fanny Hill. It's Gravity's Rainbow without the dirty words as a stepmother does "the deed" with husband and young son. The real treat is that chapters are keyed to works of art (naked and imaginary). Oh, let's not forget the hero's chapter by chapter descriptions of his bodily ablutionsparticularly the one about his toilet ritual. Nobel prizepfffft!
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Intellectual, odd erotica.
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Erotic, but not really my cup of tea. Maybe it's the translation.


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