Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter Paperback
Set in Peru during the 1950s, "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" is the story of an 18 year old student who falls for a 32 year old divorcee.
Mario, an aspiring writer, works at a radio station that broadcasts, live each day, up to a half-dozen short-run soap operas.
At the same time that the author meets his "Aunt Julia", the radio station, which had been buying scripts by weight from Cuba, hires a Bolivian scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho to write the serials.
The novel chronicles the scriptwriter's rise and fall in tandem with the protagonist's affair.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 21/06/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571288601
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Review by cameling
Set back in the day before television was introduced to Peru, we follow the life of student, Marito, as he works at Panamerica, writing up news scripts for the radio station and studies for his law exams. His life is disrupted by the arrival of his Aunt Julia with whom he embarks on a secret affair, and Pedro Camacho, a popular Bolivian radio soap opera scriptwriter. Alternating between chapters in Marito's life are Pedro's increasingly hilarious and bizarre soap opera segments. As Marito and Aunt Julia's love affair gradually progresses into something neither had expected, so does Marito's relationship with Pedro, building from mere colleagues to confidantes. Pedro's radio soap operas hold the listeners glued to their radios at various times during the day. It took me a little while before I realized that certain chapters I'd thought to be part of Marito's story were soap opera stories, complete with the requisite cliffhangers. I think this is one of the author's more entertaining book.