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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Katherine Silver Translator. With prisons overflowing in Chile, the president declares a general amnesty for all nonviolent criminals. Their plan for an ambitious and daring robbery is complicated With prisons overflowing in Chile, the president declares a general amnesty for all nonviolent criminals.
Their plan for an ambitious and daring robbery is complicated by the galvanizing presence of Victoria Ponce, a virtuosic dancer and high-school dropout whose father was a victim of the regime. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
Published February 17th by W. Norton Company first published More Details Original Title. Premio Planeta Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dancer and the Thief , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Dancer and the Thief. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Dancer and the Thief. Sep 26, Lex Poot rated it really liked it Shelves: spanish-literature. I noticed that some people are giving it a bad review as they thought it would be a thriller. I am surprised about that. If the book does not meet your expectations that does not mean it is a bad book.
This book should be rated based on its literary merit. In this it delivers. Though the story is sometimes tongue in cheek it also gives a bleak picture of Chili after Pinochet was ousted. Due to the global crisis Chilean economy was hit hard.
From that standpoint I thought it was definitely worth my time. Apr 07, Hannah rated it it was ok. From my amateur point of view, the translation seemed good, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in Spanish. Although the translator handled the small nuances well, those are the sorts of things that I tend to appreciate most in the original language. Also, there's the very good chance that, if I read this in Spanish, I might not have realized how much sex there was in this.
I know three of the characters just got out of prison, but is a sex scene with little left to the imagination necessary in every other chapter? Not to mention that most of these are not sweet, romantic little scenes, but rather pretty icky ones, which I realized even just from skimming over them.
Apart from that, maybe because of the overall more gritty and hopeless funny that this was much more despondent in character than Dias del Arcoiris! I didn't find the characters as interesting, unique or likeable Vergara Gray was probably my favorite, but it felt like the bottom dropped out of his character development about halfway through , the plot was somewhat wandering and aimless suiting the characters, I suppose?
The whole thing felt under-done, partially because it seemed like Skarmeta was re-using character prototypes from El Cartero and just sketching out the shadows of those from Dias del Arcoiris Vergara Gray for Bettini, Victoria for Patricia , none of whom were really fully realized or sympathetic. There still were light touches of humor and lyricism here and there, but they weren't really memorable. I found the occasional dips into stream of consciousness interesting in that I don't remember seeing that much in the other two books I've read, and they were okay and got the message and spirit of the moments across all right, but weren't anything too special.
It's probably clear by now that this left me underwhelmed, but I'm still holding out hope that I'll like some of the remaining Skarmeta books I've yet to read. Aug 19, Suzanne rated it did not like it. I have to say this book started out interesting but a few chapters in and it really started to annoy me. I finished it only because it was such an easy read and just to get it off my mind. It wasn't terrible, just not my kind of novel.
View 1 comment. Jul 11, Lacey rated it did not like it Shelves: travel. Read this because we visited Chile. Hated it. Feb 12, Marvin rated it really liked it. Off beat for American readers. Sep 12, Stacia rated it it was ok Shelves: challenge-south-american-writers , , latin-america.
I liked the characters ok, but the story itself was meandering yet choppy. I wanted to like the book, but mostly forced myself to finish this one because it never really drew me in. Aug 27, Ana Ruiz rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in-spanish , contemporary , Strangely enough, in all my 18 years as an avid reader or more like 15, to be fair to my analphabet babyhood I had never read a book as utterly Chilean as this one.
You know, one where I recognized the streets, the monuments, the foods, the coloqialities, etcetera. And it was marvelous fun every time I read about a Santiago commonthing to point at the page and go "ohhh, I know that! So, star for tha Strangely enough, in all my 18 years as an avid reader or more like 15, to be fair to my analphabet babyhood I had never read a book as utterly Chilean as this one. So, star for that. Also, this book isn't boring. Star for that. First of all, enumeration is, yes, a literary device that sounds poetic once, twice, PERHAPS thrice, but no, it stinks the shit out of your book if you enumerate forever at the beginning of every chapter and count that as lyrical description.
Also, what the heck with the chapter endings? I felt I was watching a very cheap, very very cheap, Latin telenovela. More so, what the heck with THE ending?
The dancer and the thief is the kind of novel that almost any reader will like. It's fast paced, it has nice characters especially for anyone who enjoy Latin style, the plot is intriguing and intersting which makes the book an enjoyable reading. In general I liked the book and I read it with pleasure, it's not something special or memorable but not bad at all.
Skarmeta is a nice writer and he uses nice sense of humor at times. However if I had to recommend a book by him, this would have been "Th The dancer and the thief is the kind of novel that almost any reader will like. However if I had to recommend a book by him, this would have been "The postman" which is a really good book! But anyway, for anyone interested in this one don't hesitate, try it, just promise to yourself that you wont stop in this and you will continue with the book I mentioned before.
Sep 11, Elizabeth Alaska rated it really liked it. This is not my type of book at all, but I loved it anyway. It's a plot driven suspense novel with a bit of a love story thrown in for good measure. The story is extra good, I think, but then I don't read enough plot driven stuff to be much of an expert on that. Some of you might find it predictable. The ending was not fabulous, but neither did it just wrap things up in a nice ribbon and send you on your way.
The writing is marvelous. Works translated from original Spanish have a different rhythm This is not my type of book at all, but I loved it anyway. Works translated from original Spanish have a different rhythm to them - yes, Katy, I'll agree lyrical.
All in all it was just plain old page turning fun. Sep 23, Ann rated it liked it Shelves: crime.
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