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Publisher's Summary

Winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature

In The Feast of the Goat, 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.

Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, 49-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of 1961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million. 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 a way of life. But Trujillo's grasp is slipping. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own.

"A fierce, edgy and enthralling book ... Mr. Vargas Llosa has pushed the boundaries of the traditional historical novel, and in doing so has written a book of harrowing power and lasting resonance." (The New York Times)

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2011 Mario Vargas Llosa (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Vargas Llosa] is one of our greatest and most influential novelists. His new novel confirms his importance. In the world of fiction his continued exploration of the often-perilous intersection of politics and life has enriched 20th-century literature.... In The Feast of the Goat, Vargas Llosa paints a portrait that is darkly comic, poignant, admirable and horrifying all at once.” (Los Angeles Times

“The book brings readers to the precipice of terror and lets us look into the abyss of cruelty as it poses and answers the question: Why do people not oppose dictators?... He has by his body of work already secured a place as one of the monumental writers of our time.” (The Boston Globe

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Enlightening But Challenging

I chose this book because I have very little knowledge of Central and South American or Caribbean history, so I've been reading a lot of historical fiction and authors from those regions. On the one hand, this is a fascinating story about a period of brutal dictatorship in the Dominican Republic of which I was completely ignorant. On the other hand, I struggled with an overwhelming number of characters with long (often, to my ear, similar) names, especially in the cabinet, the military, and ultimately those who overthrew the government. I longed for an abbreviated and trimmed-down version for a gringo like me. The author lingered on long passages and chapters that described in great detail the terrible tortures and deaths endured by the dictator's enemies and assassins. I could barely manage to get through those parts. Sometimes, I just had to skip ahead to get through it. The performances were impressive. The story is riveting. A version that edited some of the more minor characters would've worked better for me.

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Painful but Engrossing Masterwork

I could not stop listening to this painful but engrossing examination of the final days of Dominican Dictator Rafael Trujillo and the development and aftermath of the plot to assassinate him. I found it brilliant how Vargas Llosa unfolded the story through the perspective of multiple narrators. The voices doing this retelling are excellent!

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Great story

Story line, writing and performances are
captivating , I could not stop listening . The ending brought it all together

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great book! the one you never forget.

wish I could listen to other books written by this genius writer. I'm really impressed.

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Exceptional

Extraordinary - characters, story line, historic summary/insight - truly engaging, educational, an eye-opener not to be missed!

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Captivating

Vargas Llosa is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, and there are some difficult moments to get through in this novel. However, how he portrays this time of Dominican history and the process of healing afterwards is compelling. One of my favorites from him.

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A challenge

This is interesting historical fiction, though it's a challenge to keep track of the characters because the cast is huge. Perhaps not the best book to listen to, as opposed to reading in print. Names seem to stick in the mind better when one sees them.

It's also interesting that the three narrators apparently didn't listen to each others' performances since there are distinct differences in pronunciation. One of them talks about President Balaguer while another says Balagwer. One pronounces Crisóbal with the accent on the last syllable while another puts it on the second. One narrator refers to Trujillo as Generalismo until near the end of the book, then switches to Generalísimo, as though someone had corrected her late in the game but decided that it wasn't worthwhile to re-record her earlier hours of performance.

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a masterpiece

Feast is a powerful novel about the Trujillo dictatorship and the assassination of the"Benefactor" and the grotesque revenge imposed upon liberators. it is brilliantly realized painful and intelligent and heart rending.

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Book felt like theater

One of the best books on a part of history I sought insight on. The performances by those reading the book were as good as the story itself.

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This novel deserves the awards it's gotten.

Not familiar with Latin American literature, so, this is a great start. I'll have to see if more of the author's works have been translated into English, and recorded for this site. Not sure if this should be classified as fiction, or historical fiction, but, excellent book regardless.

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Evils of a dictatorship

Great story. struggled with keeping track of the numerous characters appearing in book. However, this is scarcely avoidable with a story of such panoramic scope
The quality of narration varies at times but is more than good overall. Glad that I made the effort and finished it.