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De resto del libro son lineas donde se nota la desesperacion del autor por describir en la imagen de Joaquin escenas de su infancia y juventud con el amarillismo que lo caracteriza. No es constante en tiempo ni espacio. Pasara un tiempo para leerme otra. As a second generation american with a peruvian parent who has visited Peru 3 times, everything in this book seemed true to what I have seen and heard about Peru, and Lima in particular.
There is a vapid, self-loathing in Peruvians that manifests as indifference, prejudice, willful blindness, bitterness, or some combination of these. The protagonist is deeply, and rightfully, bitter. He cannot be himself and cannot easily escape from his This book is a scathing critique of Peruvian society.
He cannot be himself and cannot easily escape from his quiet persecution. At the end of the book, he does manage to leave Peru, but his unresolved anger and alienation follow him in the form of his parents, who show up without being invited and criticise him virulently even as he tries to point out the deep, unresolved flaws in their own marriage that makes the criticism seem hypocritical. This final act follows a pattern that is repeated throughout the book, in which Joaquin increasingly accepts himself as he is, despite its social inconveniences, and tries unsuccessfully to get others to do the same.
Not only is he unsuccessful, but his actions often leave him more isolated than he would have been had he kept his mouth shut. It would be a mistake to interpret this book as simply being about the trials of being gay and looking for acceptance in a conservative society. It is a book about that, but what makes it worth reading is that it draws on the experience of a troubled and neglected gay man to expose a more pervasive challenge to Peruvian individualism.
Deep issues of prejudice based on sexuality, race, gender, and class are what define the society, and the point of the book is that the individual is poignantly powerless to make a meaningful change.
It is worth noting here that though there are no siginificant portions of the narrative devoted to it, terrorism looms in the background as a specter of widespread discontent brewing in Peru. Not only is Joaquin not the only one with a deep and contentious problem with his country, but the type of discontent he feels vis-a-vis his sexuality is just one of many prejudices plaguing Peru.
The book is a series of observations, written in an almost blank fiction style that lets the events speak to the reader without much editorializing from the protagonist. Some parts of this book are either too long or make points that feel redundant to previous chapters. The final part of the book, in particular, felt far longer than it needed to be. Despite its flaws, however, the book has plenty to recommend it, and is worth reading.
NO SE LO DIGAS A NADIE
No se lo digas a nadie