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Pero en la vida de ambos se cruza la joven Victoria, un talento natural para la danza, hermosa y sensible, asediada sin embargo por el desamparo familiar. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about El baile de la Victoriaplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about El baile de la Victoria. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Per i tre protagonisti di questo romanzo in particolare.
Glielo ha descritto, e donato, un amico carcerato, troppo vecchio per portarlo avanti. Preparano il piano per il colpo del secolo, il furto dei furti. Ma i nostri tre angeli, che vivono di sogni e straziante tenerezza, oltre che diseredati, sono anche vinti, destinati a un finale senza pace. View all 6 comments. I noticed that some people are giving it a bad review as they thought it would be a thriller.
I am surprised about that. If the book does not meet your expectations that does not mean it is a bad book. This book should be rated based on its literary merit. In this it delivers. Though the story is sometimes tongue in cheek it also gives a bleak picture of Chili after Pinochet was ousted. Due to the global crisis Chilean economy was hit hard. From that standpoint I thought it was definitely worth my time. I have to say this book started out interesting but a few chapters in and it really started to annoy me.
I finished it only because it was such an easy read and just to get it off my mind. It wasn’t terrible, just not my kind of novel. Read this because we visited Chile. Off beat for American readers. From my amateur point of view, the translation seemed good, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in Spanish. Although the translator handled the small nuances well, those are the sorts of things that I tend to appreciate most in the original language.
Also, there’s the very good chance that, if I read this in Spanish, I might not have realized how much sex there was in this. I know three of the characters just got out of prison, but is a sex scene with little left to the imagination necessary in every other chapter?
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Not to mention skrameta most of these are not sweet, romantic little scenes, but rather pretty icky ones, which I realized even just from skimming over them.
Apart from that, maybe because of the overall more gritty and hopeless funny that this was much more despondent in character than Victoeia del Arcoiris! 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 throughthe plot was somewhat wandering and aimless suiting the characters, I suppose?
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 Fictorianone of whom were really fully realized or sympathetic. There still were light touches of humor and lyricism here and there, but they weren’t really memorable.
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I found the occasional dips into stream of consciousness interesting in that I don’t remember seeing that much in the other two books I’ve read, and they were okay and got the message and spirit of the moments skarmetx all right, but weren’t anything too special. It’s probably clear by now that this left me underwhelmed, but I’m still holding out hope that I’ll like some of the remaining Skarmeta books I’ve yet to read.
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 skarmtea one. You know, one where I recognized the streets, the monuments, the foods, the coloqialities, etcetera.
And it was marvelous fun every time I read about a Santiago commonthing to point at the page and go “ohhh, I know that!
So, star for tha Strangely enough, in all my 18 years as an avid reader or more like df, to be fair to my analphabet babyhood I had never read a book as utterly Chilean as this one. So, star for that. Also, this book isn’t boring. 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.
Also, what the heck with the chapter endings? I felt I was watching a very cheap, very very cheap, Latin telenovela. More so, what the heck with THE ending? The dancer and the thief is the kind of novel that almost any reader will like. It’s fast paced, it has nice characters especially for anyone who enjoy Latin style, the plot is intriguing and intersting which makes the book an enjoyable reading.
In general I liked the book and I read it with pleasure, it’s not something aantonio or memorable but not bad at all. Skarmeta is a nice writer and he uses nice sense of humor at times. However if I had to recommend a book by him, this would have been “Th The dancer and the thief is the kind of novel that almost siarmeta reader will like. However if I had to recommend a book by him, this would have been “The postman” which is a really good book!
But anyway, for anyone interested in this one don’t hesitate, try it, just promise to yourself that you wont stop in this and you will continue with the book I mentioned before. I liked the lyrical language and descriptive pieces, especially the short chapter where Angel is riding the horse.
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A few too many sex scenes, and although young love is involved, some were tender and passionate, yet some of the other descriptions I felt were crude. Some others have commented on the ending. The story does end abruptly, as though the author suddenly got sick of trying to tie it all together.
When I first finished the book, I felt this way, but natonio reflecting on the conclusion, I fe I liked the lyrical language and descriptive pieces, especially the short chapter where Angel is riding the horse.
When I first finished the book, I felt this way, but on reflecting on the conclusion, I felt it was the right way to end the book.
This is not my type of book at all, but I loved it anyway. It’s a plot driven suspense novel with a bit bwile a love story thrown in for good measure. The story is extra good, I think, but then I don’t read enough plot driven stuff to be much of an expert on that. Some of you might find it predictable.
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The ending was not fabulous, but neither did it just wrap things up in a nice ribbon and send you on your way. The writing baie marvelous. Works translated from original Spanish have a different rhythm This is not my type of book at all, but I loved it anyway. Works translated from original Spanish have a different rhythm to them – yes, Katy, I’ll agree lyrical.
All in all it was just plain old page turning fun. Nos atrapa desde el principio y rebosa de calidad literaria. Weaving politics, ballet and a spectacular robbery together, Skarmeta helps one understand Chile in the days it was recovering from political chaos. In addition, the sophisticated gentle thief who is adept at cracking safes, Vergara Gray, is so charming.
This is a most delightful read! I have mixed feelings about this book.
At first I loved it, then half way through I really wasn’t not enjoying it. Three quarters of the way I began to like it again, buuut I did not like the ending. There was some great lyrical writing in this book, even with the translation. It was a quick read and interesting enough to keep it moving. I agree with Marv, it starts off well then becomes tedious. I really enjoyed this book. I think it was how vividly the characters and their emotions and thoughts were described.
Don Nico is released from prison, only to find out that the world has changed. 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. His wife, who he hasn’t see in five years, refuses to be back with him and he has no money.
And Angel wants to him to return to his days as an expert th I really enjoyed this book. And Angel wants to him to return to his days as an expert thief to pull off a grand robbery.
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. On his first day out, he meets Victoria, the ballet dancer, who is kicked out of school, and has aspirations of being a prima ballerina. These two prove that love isn’t easy, but it can be amazing. Together, these three central characters try to find themselves and their calling while struggling with depressions, lack of money and relationships, while, unbeknownst to Angel, there is someone pursuing him to kill him.
La trama gira en torno a Victoria Ponce, hija de un profesor asesinado en dictadura como fue el caso de M. El estilo me deja un gusto agridulce. Con una exquisita y chilena trama, con una pluma perfecta y los mejores personajes del mundo: