July book club - Book for discussion is 'The Dream of the Celt' by Mario Vargas Llosa

The London Irish Book club has been going for many years.

It concentrates on Irish authors both fiction and non fiction. The style is extremely informal.

You can contribute your opinion or just sit and listen to the comments of others on each book.

Our age range is diverse and we decide on the next title by consensus.

Nobody is an expert here although we do have one new author!

Your thoughts are as good as anyone else's and we frequently disagree on the merits of our books.

About this months book:

Review

Mario Vargas Llosa's semi-fictionalised account of Casement's life portrays a heroic, if ultimately tragic champion of oppressed peoples ... Absorbing. Sunday Telegraph A novel by the Nobel prizewinner Mario Vargas Llosa might seem ripe for cult status, when it's subject is the life of Roger Casement. The Times Extraordinary historical novel ... Ingenious ... Vargas Llosa's literary realism seems so natural, with no lyrical outbursts, no pointless cleverness. His research is meticulous, whether through travel or through libraries. But it is always embodied in polt and character ... This stimulating biographical novel, written with fiction's best freedoms. Independent Gripping ... Vargas Llosa tells is with panache ... There is much to enjoy in this novel. FT

Review

Mario Vargas Llosa's semi-fictionalised account of Casement's life portrays a heroic, if ultimately tragic champion of oppressed peoples ... Absorbing., Sunday Telegraph

A novel by the Nobel prizewinner Mario Vargas Llosa might seem ripe for cult status, when it's subject is the life of Roger Casement., The Times

Extraordinary historical novel ... Ingenious ... Vargas Llosa's literary realism seems so natural, with no lyrical outbursts, no pointless cleverness. His research is meticulous, whether through travel or through libraries. But it is always embodied in polt and character ... This stimulating biographical novel, written with fiction's best freedoms., Independent

Gripping ... Vargas Llosa tells is with panache ... There is much to enjoy in this novel., FT

Book Description

In Mario Vargas Llosa's The Dream of the Celt - an epic and moving novel spanning three continents - one of the world's greatest writers re-imagines the life of Roger Casement, the most controversial hero of Irish nationalism.

About the Author

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Peru in 1936. He is the author of some of the last half-century's most important novels, including The War of the End of the World, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and Conversation in the Cathedral. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

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