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This book is a scathing critique of Peruvian society. 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 quie 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. This problem cannot be cured by self-deception or physical escape, and the novel's relatively unsatisfying conslusion is a reminder of this. 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. This aspect of the book I liked a lot, and on the few occasions when the author gives us a direct feed into Joaquin's thoughts and feelings, he sometimes diminishes the power of the narrative by being too explicit.
The only other thing that diminishes this book's power is its length. 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. Naturally, as a first novel, this work is not as polished or neatly plot driven as Bayly's later books.
Despite its flaws, however, the book has plenty to recommend it, and is worth reading. Dec 11, Shar rated it it was amazing. Jaime Bayly tells an erotic and dramatic story set in Lima, Peru in the 80's. He, without verbal restraint, tells it all in this raw and powerful story about a boy struggling to fit in with the aristocratic lifestyle he is expected to belong in but clearly doesn't.
It chronicles his struggle with homosexuality in a community that, to put it lightly, is against it. Jan 28, Mitzi rated it really liked it. Great and surprising life story that offers a deep and close understanding of homosexuality. Jul 03, Curiosity killed the cat rated it did not like it.
One of the worst books. Sep 26, Caitlin rated it did not like it Shelves: gave-up. I felt no connection to the main character because the whole book is written as if to recount events that are completely disconnected from the emotions and critical thinking of any real humans. The poor kid is sexually and psychologically abused on by multiple influential figures in his life and the reader never gets a glimpse of what he even THINKS about any of the things he experiences or the sick messages he's getting about how the world works and how people should treat each other.
Sadly, th I felt no connection to the main character because the whole book is written as if to recount events that are completely disconnected from the emotions and critical thinking of any real humans. Sadly, this continues into his adulthood, and the book goes on to emotionlessly recount his life events, totally void of his perceptions about his own experiences. There is no sense, as the book goes on, that this character has done any growing or reflecting or maturing whatsoever. Though facing incredible discrimination as a gay man living in Peru in the 80s, he also enjoys a sickening buffet of the unearned privileges that go along with his class, like the ability to get money from his parents whenever he wants, even as an adult, using drugs and alcohol irresponsibly without concern for the consequences, participating in using class to take advantage of indigenous people, and talking like a racist and classist bigot for pages.
Finally, I find it disturbing that the book really focuses entirely on sexual experiences, even the fleeting ones. Chapters are organized by sex partners, as if there is nothing else in this man's life that has any meaning -- we know next to nothing about his job or any friendships, for example. Jan 08, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. I read this in Spanish while in Peru. Humorous and well-written, astonishingly liberal and open about difficult topics such as dysfunctional families, drug abuse and homosexuality.
Nov 03, Leonardo13 rated it really liked it. Highly recommendable book. Jun 02, Saul Blanco rated it liked it. It was his first book Life can be funny. We went to a Peruvian restaurant a few months ago and I spoke a few words to the waitress in Spanish. I told her that I read better than I speak and she provided me a short list of book suggestions. I probably would have passed but the book was championed by another Peruvian, Mario Vargas Llosa.
The book was based on Bayly's life and even his own family tried to block publication. T Life can be funny. This intrigued me as well.
It was a tough find and had to import it from England and even this took awhile after a postal screw up. So here is the review. I can see why Vargas Llosa championed it. At times I felt I was reading one of his books with the comedic element mixed in with class and social structure of Peru.
Add in young boy Joaquin who discovers he is gay, add in a mother who is a religious zealot for Opus Dei didn't Dan Brown use them as the evil people in one of his books?
These polarizing characters are brilliant foils. In fact one of the best scenes is when Joaquin turns 16 and his father takes him to a brothel to celebrate his "manhood". It is funny from beginning to end including the three things like a man needs to "know" about a woman and really is so wrong.
Pure sexism from a macho man but what happens when your son is gay? Take him hunting! More humour ensues. I have to admit this was my first introduction to gay lit and after the brutal honestly, Bayly paints a portrait, not of confusion, but wanting acceptance. Really no different than any other sexual awareness. So one moves from uncomfortableness on my part to pain caused by his parents desires and their fights to the constant drug abuse to escape and his wit that gets us through the book.
Some parts were a little slow like the move to Madrid but the comedic ending brought the book to a enjoyable conclusion.
No Se Lo Digas a Nadie
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