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This book tells us the story of Rafael Trujillo, who ruled Dominican Republic for 30 years It tells us about the rise and fall of the man was brutal, power hungry, cruel, and would stop at nothing to remain in power He was assassinated in 1961.Story is told by Rafael himself Urania, daughter of very influential political figure, and the assassins Author has merged all these PoV beautifully With a right mix of reality and fiction we get to see the insecurities that Trujillo felt in his last This book tells us the story of Rafael Trujillo, who ruled Dominican Republic for 30 years It tells us about the rise and fall of the man was brutal, power hungry, cruel, and would stop at nothing to remain in power He was assassinated in 1961.Story is told by Rafael himself Urania, daughter of very influential political figure, and the assassins Author has merged all these PoV beautifully With a right mix of reality and fiction we get to see the insecurities that Trujillo felt in his last few days, Urania telling us how unsafe girls were in Trujillo regime, and last but certainly not least how the assassins few of whom were devout Trujilloists initially made up their mind to kill the man who was no less than a God in the country and what happened to them after the assassination.Author has told us in explicit details about the torture that the assassins went through once they were caught It was very repulsive and gut wrenching I had to take few days off just to digest what I had read before coming back to it.This book is a prime example of how dirty politics can be Murder, rape, crime against minorities, fathers whoring out their own daughters to climb up the political ladders or just so that they can be in good graces of General It is full of sadistic people who get a satisfaction by hurting others Render unto God what is God s and unto Caesar what is Caesar s.But what if Caesar thought he was God Well then, I guess he d want it all.And so goes the story of Rafael Trujillo, power hungry dictator of the Dominican Republic for a period of thirty years until his brutal assassination in 1961 Feast of the Goat tells the story of Trujillo s reign using a blend of fact and fiction, centered on the fateful day that would end an era Varied narratives blend together seemlessly to give us a port Render unto God what is God s and unto Caesar what is Caesar s.But what if Caesar thought he was God Well then, I guess he d want it all.And so goes the story of Rafael Trujillo, power hungry dictator of the Dominican Republic for a period of thirty years until his brutal assassination in 1961 Feast of the Goat tells the story of Trujillo s reign using a blend of fact and fiction, centered on the fateful day that would end an era Varied narratives blend together seemlessly to give us a portrait of three decades of corruption, violence and terror Chapters switch between the present day, when Urania Cabral returns to the Dominican Republic after thirty years of exile to visit her dying father who had at one time been one of Trujillo s most trusted allies Sitting at her father s deathbed, she remembers the horror of Trujillo s rule In alternating chapters, the story is told through memories of the men who banded together to take down The Goat, as well as through the voice of The Goat himself on the day of his assassination Vargas Llosa also allows the reader to peek into the mind of the Generalissimo himself Through the inner thoughts of Trujillo, now seventy years old, incontinent, impotent, yet still revered and feared, we learn how devious and evil the man truly was.Captivating, intense and gruesome, this novel will keep your attention throughout and haunt you long after you ve finished its final pages @Download ⚣ The Feast of the Goat Ý Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty nine year old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic and finds herself reliving the events of , when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million people Rafael Trujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail In Trujillo s gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become the way of life But Trujillo s grasp is slipping away There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own In this masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finest political novels ever written Bookforum , Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terrible democracy, giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims, both innocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit A political and historical novel of Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 1961 This novel is a factually correct version of the events focused around his assassination in 1961 when Trujillo was 70 years old We see the life of this brutal and sadistic man who also loved his country and was politically brilliant, hard working and fastidious He sent his cronies on overseas missions so he could visit their wives who could dare not refuse his attentions Trujillo was charis A political and historical novel of Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 1961 This novel is a factually correct version of the events focused around his assassination in 1961 when Trujillo was 70 years old We see the life of this brutal and sadistic man who also loved his country and was politically brilliant, hard working and fastidious He sent his cronies on overseas missions so he could visit their wives who could dare not refuse his attentions Trujillo was charismatic with a piercing gaze and high pitched voice does that remind us of another brutal dictator in Europe We see the story from multiple perspectives Trujillo s own on a daily basis that of his inner circle of cronies who ran the country, and from the perspectives of the half dozen or so assassins as they lie in wait reminiscing on their personal stories about what led them to want to kill this man, nicknamed The Goat But most of the story is that of a 50 ish Dominican woman, daughter of one of those in the dictator s inner circle, who returns to the Dominican Republic on the spur of the moment She has been absent for 35 years as a New York lawyer She returns to confront her comatose father and aging relatives and to reveal a Horrible Secret to them that explains her 35 year absence Bookforum called this one of the finest political novels ever written and I agree Mr Llosa can write I won t dispute that But this is not a good novel for me for the following reasons 1 The author has bitten off farthan he can chew in a mere 400 pages The scope of the book is vast and too much feels rushed He might have narrowed his scope, but alas he wants it all Because of the enormous narrative breadth, this reader never got the level of satisfaction in the area of character development that he would have liked there are so many characters and after a while Mr Llosa can write I won t dispute that But this is not a good novel for me for the following reasons 1 The author has bitten off farthan he can chew in a mere 400 pages The scope of the book is vast and too much feels rushed He might have narrowed his scope, but alas he wants it all Because of the enormous narrative breadth, this reader never got the level of satisfaction in the area of character development that he would have liked there are so many characters and after a while they all seem to blur 2 There is a rushed, headlong quality to the book, probably this is intentional but I do not like it 3 I find the levels of Catholic motivation to be too much probably for a Latin American reader these levels are just right For these and other reasons I did not finish the book and give it two stars.The book breaks into three stories 1 that of Urania Cabral, set in the present day, when she returns to a now democratized Dominican Republic years after Trujillo s assassination to confront torment her father who was a senator read crony under the Benefactor 2 that of Trujillo himself in the weeks before his assassination and 3 that of the group of men, mostly young men, who will kill him.The story Urania tells to her incapacitated father, who is now in a wheelchair, is most unsettling Urania is visiting from New York City where she now lives She has done extensive reading on the subject, now knows much about those dark mysterious years of her youth For example, how Trujillo, habitually cuckolded his ministers Urania spares her mute father none of it She is so cruel Dictator Trujillo is a megalomaniac on the model of Stalin He terrorized his own people for 31 years In October 1937 he ordered the slaughter of about 20,000 Haitians in what came to be known as the Parsley Massacre Typically, the US backed him as a bulwark against Communism Now where have we seen that pattern before Chile, Iran, Vietnam, Cuba, and Korea spring to mind, to mention a few Trujillo s a compulsive neat freak who seeks through personal cleanliness and punctilio a semblance of the moral standing he can never command We first come across him undergoing his daily toilette with great care Trujillo s story begins in 1961 some 16 months after a Pastoral Letter has been sent by the Vatican to the Catholic community in the Dominican Republic Since then the Church has, Trujillo feels, harassed him from the pulpit for his flagrant human rights violations and turned the people against him The two Catholic leaders responsible for this he imagines feeding alive to sharks, as he has so many other opponents The assassins s storyline is set on May 30, 1961, as they await the Generalissimo s car on a stretch of road There are 4 of them in the car and as they wait there are flashbacks outlining the motivations of each This is tedious In some ways The Feast of the Goat is a counterpart novel to Graham Greene s The Comedians That excellent book set in Haiti on the other side of Hispaniola in the 1960s when the corrupt Duvaliers were in power is a model of narrative pacing and economy Excruciatingly bitter, agonizingly poignant in its prose and plot and message, painful to read, absolutely brilliant The Feast of the Goat is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read.Aside from the brilliant writing, prose, and storytelling merits, this book is important because it educates us on the abhorrent essence of tyranny and dictatorial regimes The unsettling truth about unimportant countries battling with tyrannical rulers is that people are isolated and no one from Excruciatingly bitter, agonizingly poignant in its prose and plot and message, painful to read, absolutely brilliant The Feast of the Goat is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read.Aside from the brilliant writing, prose, and storytelling merits, this book is important because it educates us on the abhorrent essence of tyranny and dictatorial regimes The unsettling truth about unimportant countries battling with tyrannical rulers is that people are isolated and no one from the outside world cares When a few decades pass, no one even remembers the struggle of the inhabitants of the said country Usually, there s little to no spotlight for people who are suffering like that, that s why I think it s admirable, important, and even effective for writers as prolific as Llosa to write about those people and their suffering in fiction Because fiction has the power to move and to educate and to preserve history What happened to the people of the Dominican Republic during the rule of Trujillo is a gruesome part of history, which is constantly being repeated in similar patterns in other countries, and if we are to not fall for aspiring new dictators or get rid of the ones that already inhibit many countries, we should read And The Feast of the Goat is a superb example of the kind of books we could, and should, read One thing I learned from The Feast of the Goat is that short memory is a universal characteristic of people of all times Dictators turn from tyrants to saviors in no time and villains become heroes when the new political situation demands it People simply accept the regimes like they accept the changes of the weather, with the only difference being the fact that, many times, they re under the illusion that they had the choice Which I guess they had but not in the way they think they had it D One thing I learned from The Feast of the Goat is that short memory is a universal characteristic of people of all times Dictators turn from tyrants to saviors in no time and villains become heroes when the new political situation demands it People simply accept the regimes like they accept the changes of the weather, with the only difference being the fact that, many times, they re under the illusion that they had the choice Which I guess they had but not in the way they think they had it Disillusionment is a bitch and has to be avoided, as it seems.Another thing I learned is that in order to finally beat a dictator, you have to have him stand naked in front of the crowd However, to be able to do such a thing, first you have to see him naked yourself, which means you have to see all of him Accusing is easy Seeing and understanding every side of a detestable person is what is hard and that s exactly what Llosa does here I felt uncomfortable when I saw Trujillo standing naked in front of me I felt uncomfortable when I felt sorry for him I felt uncomfortable when I disliked the victim for being a victim her whole life and I felt uncomfortable when an ocean of excuses finally ran dry What it always comes down to is personal responsibility and that s where the majority of people seem to fail, and no dictator, no matter how bad, can take the blame for that.Five stars Simple as that Uh Ok Wow This is my first novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, and well, I am a little lost for words here I cracked open The Feast of the Goat relatively ignorant about its subject matter I knew that the Trujillo regime had been a brutal dictatorship that had kept the Dominican Republic in a state of terror for many years but that was about it, really Consider my ignorance remedied now, as I constantly looked up events and people featured in Vargas Llosa s novel The Feast of the Goat is a b Uh Ok Wow This is my first novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, and well, I am a little lost for words here I cracked open The Feast of the Goat relatively ignorant about its subject matter I knew that the Trujillo regime had been a brutal dictatorship that had kept the Dominican Republic in a state of terror for many years but that was about it, really Consider my ignorance remedied now, as I constantly looked up events and people featured in Vargas Llosa s novel The Feast of the Goat is a beautifully, intricately written work of historical fiction that explores these thirty years of Dominican history through the eyes of Urania Cabral, the daughter of one of Trujillo s disgraced and fictional senators, and through the story of the conspirators who took part in the plot to assassinate the Generalissimo After thirty years abroad, Uriana comes back to visit her now incapacitated father, and her return to the Dominican Republic brings up memories of growing up in a strange time and place Uriana struggles with reconciling what she perceives as contrasting facets of her father s personality, knowing fully well that for many years, he sheltered her from the horrible things that happened to other women wives or daughters who were close to the Trujillo family, and yet worked to keep people he knew were capable of monstrous acts in power often by being complicit to many atrocities himself Intertwined with her recollections are the stories of a handful of men who made the decision to put an end to El Hefe s rule in the only effective way they could think of, and what strange and often violent pasts brought them to this point In a third story line, some events are seen from the perspective of Trujillo himself, as he looks back on some of the most infamous moments of his dictatorship while coming to grips with his failing health and the unavoidable end of his reign The non linear narrative, which brings together the present moment and vivid memories is seamless, the prose both gorgeous and heartbreaking As mentioned, I knew very little about the history of the Dominican Republic, and this eye opening narrative brought that history to life in a deeply affective and personal way The multiple points of view give a very rich and layered portrait of what it was like to live in what was then Ciudad Trujillo, and how the aftermath of the assassination upended the characters world Vargas Llosa describes the brutal corruption and acts of great violence very graphically but do not for a minute think that this is done gratuitously He shows the horrible power of blackmail and manipulation, the way power itself is given and taken away in such a cruel and decadent setting to warn readers of the dangers of absolute power and misplaced loyalties Using Trujillo s voice for one story line was also a clever move on Vargas Llosa s part, because while the other two narrations serve as a testimonial that some things should never be forgotten lest history repeats itself, we also need to remember that despots and narrators often think of themselves as saviors and well intentioned people It s not easy to summon empathy for Trujillo, but we see here a terrible dictator who is, also, a bitterly disappointed parent, an insecure old man who can feel his death hot on his heels and someone who let his thirst for power and control override his capacity to be empathic I m not sure I felt sad for Rafael Trujillo, but I felt sad for the pathetic old man on the page This novel is unusually gripping for historical fiction, as the events escalate into a shocking climax that brings all three narrative lines together I saw that another reviewer was reminded of Roth s Human Stain while reading this, because it is just as intimate, perhaps strangely, as the story of Coleman Silk, and similarly engineered into a beautiful clockwork that delivers a devastating bang at the end Stunning is really the best word I can think of to describe this book Everyone should read it La Fiesta del Chivo The Feast of The Goat, Mario Vargos LlosaThe Feast of the Goat Spanish La fiesta del chivo, 2000 is a novel by the Peruvian Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa The book is set in the Dominican Republic and portrays the assassination of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and its aftermath, from two distinct standpoints a generation apart during and immediately after the assassination itself, in May 1961 and thirty five years later, in 1996 Throughou La Fiesta del Chivo The Feast of The Goat, Mario Vargos LlosaThe Feast of the Goat Spanish La fiesta del chivo, 2000 is a novel by the Peruvian Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa The book is set in the Dominican Republic and portrays the assassination of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and its aftermath, from two distinct standpoints a generation apart during and immediately after the assassination itself, in May 1961 and thirty five years later, in 1996 Throughout, there is also extensive reflection on the heyday of the dictatorship, in the 1950s, and its significance for the island and its inhabitants 2002 1381 623 964405203 20 1381 586 9643411745 One Flawless Masterpiece As a reader you cannot ask forThis dense and complex novel about the Trujillo Era in the D.R., like the best novels, from Gone with the Wind to The Human Stain, explains not only the steps leading to a total devastation, but, braver still, its equally about the eventual aftermath The Feast of the Goat is unputdownable, remarkable A sturdy and sure classic Read THIS Not muchcan be said, without sounding as though I am somehow WORTHY of even critiqu One Flawless Masterpiece As a reader you cannot ask forThis dense and complex novel about the Trujillo Era in the D.R., like the best novels, from Gone with the Wind to The Human Stain, explains not only the steps leading to a total devastation, but, braver still, its equally about the eventual aftermath The Feast of the Goat is unputdownable, remarkable A sturdy and sure classic Read THIS Not muchcan be said, without sounding as though I am somehow WORTHY of even critiquing this