La Fiesta del Chivo

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 1961, 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 call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a mixtur of iolence and blackmail. In Trujillo 's gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become a pat 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 survivors, both innocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit.
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Chapters switch between the present day, when Urania Cabral returns to the Dominican Republic after thirty years of exile to visit her dying father who had at one time been one of rujillo ’ s most trusted allies.

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The scope of the books is vast and too much feels rushed.

( 3) I find the leve of Catholic motivation to be too much; probably for a Latin American reader these levels are just right.

For these and other reasons I did not finish the nove and give it two stars.The book breaks into three novel: ( 1) that of Urania Cabral, set in the present day, when she returns to a now democratized Dominican Republic years after Trujillo 's assassination to confront ( torment) her father who was a " enator " ( read crony) under the Benefactor; ( 2) that of Trujillo himself in the years before his assassination; and ( 3) that of the group of en, mostly young men, who will kill him.The story Urania tells to her incapacitated father, who is now in a wheelchair, is most unsettling.

Muñoz 's story begins in 1961 some 16 months after a Pastoral Letter has been sent by the Vatican to the atholic community in the Dominican Republic.

Since then the Church has, Trujillo feels, harassed him from the pulpit for his flagrant human rights violations and turned the people against him.

That excellent book -- set in Haiti on the differen ide of Hispaniola in the nineties when the corrupt Duvaliers were in power -- is a model of narrative pacing and economy.

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He is convinced that he made the greatness of Santo Domingo.The Feast of the Goat or the portrait of a dictatorship masterfully painted by Mario Vargas Llosa.

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A socia and historical novel of Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930-1961.

gave it

" The Feast of the Goat " is unputdownable, remarkable.

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One thing I learned from The Feast of the oat is that short memory is a universal characteristic of people of all times.

isillusionment is a itch and has to be avoided, as it seems.Another thing I learned is that in order to finally beat a dictator, you have to have him stand naked in front of the crowd.

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