The Bad Girl
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The Bad Girl

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When the beautiful teenage Lily arrives in Lima in 1950, fifteen-year-old Ricardo falls instantly in love with her. She claims to be from Chile, but vanishes the moment it becomes clear that she has lied about both her name and her nationality. A decade later, now living in Paris, Ricardo falls in love with a woman named Comrade Arlette, who is incredibly similar to Lily but refuses to acknowledge that she is the same person. For his whole life, Ricardo seems doomed to keep running into 'Lily', and to keep falling in love with her. Will he ever discover who she really is?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 25mm | 260g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571234119
  • 9780571234110
  • 110,702

Review Text

An immensely moving story. Simon Baker Spectator
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Review quote

" One of South America's finest contemporary writers." -- Dominic Bradbury, "The Times "(London) "One of South America's finest contemporary writers." --Dominic Bradbury, "The Times "(London) "Llosa writes an unabashed love story and makes no apologies for it. He seamlessly weaves it into the rich texture of the social atmosphere of the times. . . . Written with passion and energy that delivers."--"Rocky Mountain News

""Perversely charming . . . irresistibly entertaining."--"The Washington Post Book World

""A marvelous novel."--"Chicago Tribune

""Spans decades and continents--and in the process, with a deftness that borders on literary sleight of hand, bridges the personal and the universal."--"San Francisco Chronicle

""A beautifully constructed, stinging tease of a novel."--"The Seattle Times"

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"" "Llosa writes an unabashed love story and makes no apologies for it. He seamlessly weaves it into the rich texture of the social atmosphere of the times. . . . Written with passion and energy that delivers."--"Rocky Mountain News
""Perversely charming . . . irresistibly entertaining."--"The Washington Post Book World
""A marvelous novel."--"Chicago Tribune
""Spans decades and continents--and in the process, with a deftness that borders on literary sleight of hand, bridges the personal and the universal."--"San Francisco Chronicle
""A beautifully constructed, stinging tease of a novel."--"The Seattle Times"""

"" "A marvelous novel."--"Chicago Tribune""A beautifully constructed, stinging tease of a novel."--"The Seattle Times"

"Spans decades and continents--and in the process, with a deftness that borders on literary sleight of hand, bridges the personal and the universal."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Perversely charming . . . irresistibly entertaining."--"The Washington Post Book World"
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About Mario Vargas Llosa

With novels including The War of the End of the World, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto and The Feast of the Goat, Mario Vargas Llosa has established an international reputation as one of the Latin America's most important authors.
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Rating details

23,269 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 39% (9,055)
4 36% (8,446)
3 18% (4,219)
2 5% (1,208)
1 1% (341)
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