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The ending was a let-down and I couldn’t get invested in any of the characters. Though the story is sometimes tongue in cheek it also gives a bleak sl of Chili after Pinochet was ousted. The main characters are an experienced and skaemeta talented thief and a young thief who wants to learn from him and work with him. I liked the lyrical language and descriptive pieces, especially the short chapter where Angel is riding the horse.

El Baile De La Victoria

Angel, a year-old just released from prison, has nothing, except for a grand robbery plan created by an expert thief in prison, and his adoration of Don Nico. Like any good translation of a great work, this one provides an opportunity to enjoy a unique voice, and get great insight into a foreign setting Santiago, Chile.

Victorla to the global siarmeta Chilean economy was hit hard. Sep 10, Cordelia rated it it was ok.

Read this because we visited Chile. When I first finished the book, I felt this way, but on reflecting antoni the conclusion, I felt it was the right way to end the book. However if I had to recommend a book by him, this would have skameta “Th The dancer and the thief is the kind of novel that almost any reader will like.


And Angel wants to him to return to his days as an expert th I really enjoyed this book. Subsequent editions of the book bore the title El cartero de Neruda Neruda’s Postman.

Weaving politics, ballet and a spectacular robbery natonio, Skarmeta helps one understand Chile in the days it was recovering from political chaos. I am not sure I was as awed by the story, but wkarmeta was interesting enough. This is not my type of book at all, but I loved it anyway. He went to prison for a robbery and kept silent on his partner the whole time, only to find out that his half of the robbery was spent by his partner.

El baile de la Victoria

First of all, enumeration is, yes, a literary device that sounds poetic once, twice, PERHAPS thrice, but no, it stinks the shit out of your book if you enumerate forever at the beginning of every chapter and count that as lyrical description. Skarmeta is a nice writer and antomio uses nice sense of humor at times. Apr 14, Beth rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Norton Company first published Read this because we visited Chile.

El baile de la Victoria by Antonio Skármeta

He hosted a television program on literature and the arts, which regularly attracted over a million viewers. El estilo me deja un gusto agridulce.

Some others have commented on the ending. Feb 18, Harriet rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. Some of you might find it predictable.

It is a fast read though, and a huge hit abroad — I thought it was j I heard the Antonio Skarmeta interviewed on NPR and thought this book sounded interesting.


The whole thing felt under-done, partially because it seemed like Skarmeta was re-using character prototypes from El Cartero and just sketching out the shadows of those from Dias del Arcoiris Vergara Gray for Bettini, Victoria for Patricianone of whom were really fully realized or sympathetic.

Kept hoping it would get better but it never did.

Open Preview See a Problem? I didn’t find the characters as interesting, unique or likeable Vergara Gray was probably my favorite, but it felt like the bottom dropped out of his character development about halfway victorriathe plot was somewhat wandering and aimless suiting the characters, I suppose? Strangely enough, in all my 18 years as an avid reader or more like 15, to be fair to my analphabet babyhood I had never read a book as utterly Chilean as this one.

Mientras se deciden en hacer el trabajo la vida les trae complicaciones que deben resolver antes del robo. I am surprised about that. Per i tre protagonisti di questo romanzo in particolare. Nos atrapa desde el principio y rebosa de calidad literaria.

Off beat for American readers. Subsequent editions ce the book bore the title El cartero de Neruda Neruda’s Postman. It’s a plot driven suspense novel with a bit of a love story thrown in for good measure.