Lolas and Lalos,

Voted number 1 for “next on our reading list” by Gozamos’ faithful , Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Bad Girl is our next book. Lets continue with the love theme in these last days of summer and join me as we read a story about a high school romance that transcends places, people and gives way to various degrees of lust and indifference, trust and betrayal, obsession and disdain, greed and charitability, dominance and submission, using and being used. These are not just one-way arrangements, however, as Llosa leads his two protagonists through role reversals as well, not all of them necessarily mutual. In the end, the bad girl and the good boy may well form one of modern literature’s most striking codependencies, with nearly all the negative consequences such relationships entail. Expect flowery writing as Karthik would say. As with so many of Mario Vargas Llosa’s past works, such as THE WAR OF THE END OF THE WORLD, Llosa brings some memorable fictional characters into existence and employs them to shed light on the price of unbridled ambition and unchecked obsession in human relationships.

Book: Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Bad Girl
Date: Saturday, September 18, 7:00pm
Time: 7:00PM
Meeting Place: Rosa de Lima
2013 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-4557
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