The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa

"The Time of the Hero" is a novel set in a military academy in Lima, Peru, where a group of cadets try to maintain their individuality and resist the dehumanizing military routine. The story revolves around a stolen exam paper, the ensuing investigation, and the brutal fallout. The novel explores themes of power, corruption, and the struggle for identity within a rigid and oppressive system, offering a critical look at the military institution and its effects on society.

The 1217th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 292

Since this book was first published in 1963, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 292.0.

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