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Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, claiming to be from Chile but vanishing the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris, where she appears as the enchanting "Comrade Arlette," an activist en route to Cuba, and becomes his lover, albeit one who denies knowing anything about the Lily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as — whether it's Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO fficial, or Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman — and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.

The protean Lily, gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse — does Ricardo ever know who she really is? The answer is as unclear s what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate had owed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. In Mario Vargas Llosa's beguiling new novel, the strange bedfellows of good and bad turn out not to be what they appear.

Review:

"Veteran Peruvian novelist Vargas Llosa's appealing, nostalgic latest opens in the summer of 1950, as Ricardo 'Slim' Somocurcio, a rambunctious teen in the affluent Miraflores section of Lima, meets 14-year-old nymph Lily. With her younger sister, Lily is masquerading as a wealthy, liberated Chilean girl to disguise her slum origins. She is soon exposed by a jealous schoolmate and disappears, but Ricardo is smitten. There are dashes of Vertigo and Last Year at Marienbad in what follows. As an adult, Ricardo's work as a translator for UNESCO takes him over the decades everywhere from late '50s Paris to the Beatles's London to gangland Tokyo. Everywhere he goes, his bad girl shows up in dramatically different disguises, denying she was his childhood sweetheart or that they've ever met before, but ravishing him completely. None of the characters is particularly nuanced, but Vargas Llosa is a master of description, and his gift for evoking sounds, smells and tastes makes each (often very graphic) encounter with Lily fresh. And with Ricardo's knack for being where the action is, whole 'scenes' of the postwar period flare into view, as Lily's sexual perfidy eventually leads to serious trouble. The result is rich but not in the least deep." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Mario Vargas Llosa's perversely charming new novel isn't among his major books — it lacks the depth of 'Conversation in the Cathedral, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter' or even the more recent and less successful 'The Feast of the Goat' — but it is irresistibly entertaining and, like all of its author's work, formidably smart. Its story of romantic and sexual obsession is characteristic of Vargas... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"One of South America's finest contemporary writers." Dominic Bradbury, The Times (London)

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"[A] compelling mixture of the public and the private." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Tour de force. Masterpiece. Mario Vargas Llosa's new novel is an achievement of stunning dimension....[C]asts an exhilarating spell, a dense and enchanting opus from beginning to end." San Diego Union-Tribune

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"Over and over again, the world dashes our hopes just as the bad girl disappoints Vargas Llosa's narrator — and yet we love it and keep hoping for the best anyway." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Llosa writes an unabashed love story and makes no apologies for it....This feels like a novel of Llosa's sentimental old age (he's 71), but it's written with a passion and energy that delivers." Rocky Mountain News

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"So complete and convincing is the spell cast by The Bad Girl that it doesn't allow a reader's attention to stray." New York Times

Synopsis:

Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, claiming to be from Chile but vanishing the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris, where she appears as the enchanting "Comrade Arlette," an activist en route to Cuba, and becomes his lover, albeit n icy, remote one who denies knowing anything about the ily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as--whether t's Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO fficial, or Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman--and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.

 

The protean Lily, gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse--does Ricardo ever know who she really is? The answer is as unclear s what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate hadowed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. In MarioVargas Llosa's beguiling new novel, the strange bedfellows of good and bad turn out not to be what they appear.

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

"Splendid, suspenseful, and irresistible . . . A contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s--and 70s and 80s."--The New York Times Book Review

Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she flits into his life one summer and  disappears again without explanation. He loves her still when she reappears as a revolutionary in 1960s Paris, then later as Mrs. Richardson, the wife of a wealthy Englishman, and again as the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman in Tokyo. However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her. Charting Ricardo's expatriate life through his romances with this shape-shifting woman, Vargas Llosa has created a beguiling, epic romance about the life-altering power of obsession.

About the Author

Mario Vargas Llosa is the author of eight novels, most recently The Way to Paradise (FSG, 2003), and was the recipient of the PEN/Nabokov Award in 2002. He lives in London.

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Margaret Upshaw, November 23, 2007 (view all comments by Margaret Upshaw)
I turned pages in this novel with an eagerness not unlike its narrator's pursuit of the Bad Girl. The narrator meets the Peruvian beauty at a party when they are teenagers in Lima, and from the beginning both reader and narrator are captivated not only by
the Bad Girl, but also by place. Mario Vargas Llosa moves his narrative from South America to Europe to
Asia and back, giving the reader a virtual tour . Do not miss this
steamy trip.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374182434
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Vargas Llosa, Mario
Translator:
Grossman, Edith
Author:
Vargas, Mario
Author:
Grossman, Edith
Author:
Llosa, Mario Vargas
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Women travelers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081028
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes two black-and-white maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.81 x 6.52 x 1.025 in

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Product details 288 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux - English 9780374182434 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Veteran Peruvian novelist Vargas Llosa's appealing, nostalgic latest opens in the summer of 1950, as Ricardo 'Slim' Somocurcio, a rambunctious teen in the affluent Miraflores section of Lima, meets 14-year-old nymph Lily. With her younger sister, Lily is masquerading as a wealthy, liberated Chilean girl to disguise her slum origins. She is soon exposed by a jealous schoolmate and disappears, but Ricardo is smitten. There are dashes of Vertigo and Last Year at Marienbad in what follows. As an adult, Ricardo's work as a translator for UNESCO takes him over the decades everywhere from late '50s Paris to the Beatles's London to gangland Tokyo. Everywhere he goes, his bad girl shows up in dramatically different disguises, denying she was his childhood sweetheart or that they've ever met before, but ravishing him completely. None of the characters is particularly nuanced, but Vargas Llosa is a master of description, and his gift for evoking sounds, smells and tastes makes each (often very graphic) encounter with Lily fresh. And with Ricardo's knack for being where the action is, whole 'scenes' of the postwar period flare into view, as Lily's sexual perfidy eventually leads to serious trouble. The result is rich but not in the least deep." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "One of South America's finest contemporary writers."
"Review" by , "[A] compelling mixture of the public and the private."
"Review" by , "Tour de force. Masterpiece. Mario Vargas Llosa's new novel is an achievement of stunning dimension....[C]asts an exhilarating spell, a dense and enchanting opus from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "Over and over again, the world dashes our hopes just as the bad girl disappoints Vargas Llosa's narrator — and yet we love it and keep hoping for the best anyway."
"Review" by , "Llosa writes an unabashed love story and makes no apologies for it....This feels like a novel of Llosa's sentimental old age (he's 71), but it's written with a passion and energy that delivers."
"Review" by , "So complete and convincing is the spell cast by The Bad Girl that it doesn't allow a reader's attention to stray."
"Synopsis" by ,
Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, claiming to be from Chile but vanishing the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris, where she appears as the enchanting "Comrade Arlette," an activist en route to Cuba, and becomes his lover, albeit n icy, remote one who denies knowing anything about the ily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as--whether t's Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO fficial, or Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman--and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.

 

The protean Lily, gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse--does Ricardo ever know who she really is? The answer is as unclear s what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate hadowed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. In MarioVargas Llosa's beguiling new novel, the strange bedfellows of good and bad turn out not to be what they appear.

"Synopsis" by ,

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

"Splendid, suspenseful, and irresistible . . . A contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s--and 70s and 80s."--The New York Times Book Review

Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she flits into his life one summer and  disappears again without explanation. He loves her still when she reappears as a revolutionary in 1960s Paris, then later as Mrs. Richardson, the wife of a wealthy Englishman, and again as the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman in Tokyo. However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her. Charting Ricardo's expatriate life through his romances with this shape-shifting woman, Vargas Llosa has created a beguiling, epic romance about the life-altering power of obsession.

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