The Feast of the Goat

Paperback, 480 pages

Published Feb. 17, 2003 by Faber and Faber.

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3 stars (1 review)

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3 stars

A multi-character account of the 1961 assassination of Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic.

It's taken me a while, but I finally finished it. I wouldn't exactly say the novel is bad, it just isn't very good. The novel does have its strengths. The narrative, in translation by Edith Grossman, is very engaging. The character of Trujillo himself is multi-faceted. The human face of a brutal dictatorship and why people support it is explored in detail. It's a very honest look at political uprising, secret police, the aftereffects of revolution, and the high stakes involved. It's very informative about this part of Dominican history. And it's also a good look at cult of personality, which is still relevant even in our day, from Kim Jong-il right down to Steve Jobs.

Despite so much to like, it's hard for me to overlook the novels shortcomings. Firstly, there are so many …


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