The Discreet Hero

The Discreet Hero

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"The Discreet Hero, follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead. Felícito and Ismael are, each in his own way, quiet, discreet rebels: honorable men trying to seize control of their destinies in a social and political climate where all can seem set in stone, predetermined. They are hardly vigilantes, but each is determined to live according to his own personal ideals and desires--which means forcibly rising above the pettiness of their surroundings. The Discreet Hero is also a chance to revisit some of our favorite players from previous Vargas Llosa novels: Sergeant Lituma, Don Rigoberto, Doña Lucrecia, and Fonchito are all here in a prosperous Peru. Vargas Llosa sketches Piura and Lima vividly--and the cities become not merely physical spaces but realms of the imagination populated by his vivid characters" -- provided by publisher.
A successful insurance company owner whose two lazy sons want him permanently out of the way crosses paths with a blackmail victim in Peru.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374146740
0374146748
Branch Call Number: FICTION Vargas 2015
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-- Translator
Alternative Title: Héroe discreto

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GoodheartedWoman
Mar 28, 2018

The book weaves together several plots with interesting, sometimes unexpected characters. Very enjoyable diversion!

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macierules
Jul 02, 2015

A favourite author - won Nobel in 2010.

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Lolacabana
Mar 17, 2015

NPR recommends, Nobel prize winner

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