By Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen Lane
With meticulous commentary and the seductive ability of a very good storyteller, Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, bit by bit, darkens the intense happiness and concord of his characters. The mysterious nature of happiness and particularly, the corrupting strength of innocence are the topics that underlie those pages, and the writer has completely met the calls for of the erotic novel, by no means dimming for an quick the nice poetic polish of his writing.
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The relevant passage is as follows: Ya, por este tiempo, el primer hijo de Huanacaui, llamado Sinchi Cosque, era mozo de buena edad y hermosa disposici6n, y era querido y amado de todos los subditos de su padre. 68 This is, as one might imagine, a hotly contested field. While Anello Oliva and the anonymous Jesuit (probably father Bias Valera), for example, concur with this view, ethno·historians including Marcia and Robert Ascher and Carlos Radicati di Primeglio dispute this idea. The latter school of thought, for example, holds that the khipus were, in the main, structured for numerical accounts only.
However, a growing universal database indicates that these distinctions have been exaggerated. 74 It is clear that the differences between cyclical and linear thinking as understood in the sixteenth century in the Old and New Worlds need to be reviewed. Hiltunen argues against the idea of the difference in chronology between Old and New Worlds simply in terms of linear versus cyclical patterns and suggests that some of the problems involved in Inca historiography grew as a result of differences of opinion about linear history.
Cieza suggests in his account that Huayna Capac had died soon after receiving news of this event. 84 Cobo's account is similar to Cieza's though there are some slight differences. H. Rowe, 'Urban settlements in Ancient Peru', Nm-vpa Pacha, 1 (1963). 84 In chapter LXIX of El Seiiorio de los Incas, Cieza de Leon recounts, without specifying the year, that 'En este mismo aiio andaban Francisco Pizarro con trece cristianos por esta costa y habia de ellos ido a! Quito aviso a Guanynacapa, a quien contaron el traje que traian y Ia manera del navio y como eran barbados y blancos y hablaban poco ( ...
In Praise of the Stepmother by Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen Lane