Mario Vargas Llosa Writing Styles in The Challenge

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Julian, the narrator, provides detailed descriptions of characters' appearances, settings, and actions. He also has a tendency to use similes in his descriptions. He remarks that the Gimp (once a friend of his) is

much taller than all the others. In the dark I couldn't see but could only imagine the face armored with pimples, the skin, deep olive and beardless, the tiny pinholes of his eyes, sunken like two dots in that lump of flesh divided by the oblong bumps of his cheekbones, and his lips, thick as fingers, hanging from his chin, triangular like an iguana's.

Later, while Justo's knife is being approved by one of the Gimp's friends, Julian describes the setting using descriptive sensory words and phrases:

For a few minutes, we were silent, inhaling the perfume from the cotton plants nearby, borne by a warm breeze in the direction of the bridge. On...

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