The Storyteller | Study Guide

Mario Vargos Llosa

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Timeline of Events

  • 1954

    The narrator meets Saúl.

    Chapter 2
  • 1956

    Saúl visits the Amazon for the first time.

    Chapter 2
  • 1958

    Saúl graduates from university and turns down a fellowship to France.

    Chapter 2
  • Summer 1958

    The narrator visits the Amazon for the first time with the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

    Chapter 4
  • During the trip

    The narrator hears about the existence of Machiguenga habladores or storytellers.

    Chapter 4
  • Early fall 1958

    The narrator meets with Saúl a final time.

    Chapter 4
  • Later that year

    The narrator learns Saúl is moving to Israel.

    Chapter 4
  • 1981

    The narrator begins working on the Tower of Babel.

    Chapter 6
  • Six months later

    The narrator returns to the Amazon and meets the Machiguengas.

    Chapter 6
  • During the trip

    The narrator hears about a Machiguenga storyteller who resembles Saúl.

    Chapter 6
  • 1985

    The narrator visits Florence, Italy, and sees photos of the Machiguengas.

    Chapter 1
  • 1985

    The narrator decides Saúl is the Machiguenga storyteller.

    Chapter 8

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Chapter 1 takes place at the chronological end of the novel in 1985. With Chapter 8 it serves as a "frame" for the chapt... Read More
Chapter 2 This chapter is narrated from the perspective of the Peruvian narrator. The narrator begins by describing his coll... Read More
Chapter 3 This chapter is narrated by an anonymous storyteller recounting the history of the Machiguenga tribe, whose time is divi... Read More
Chapter 4 This chapter returns to the Peruvian narrator's point of view in his own life. In 1958, two years after Saúl's gra... Read More
Chapter 5 This chapter is told again from the perspective of the Machiguenga storyteller. The storyteller begins with a tale... Read More
Chapter 6 This chapter is narrated by the Peruvian narrator. In 1981 the narrator works for six months on a Peruvian televis... Read More
Chapter 7 This chapter is narrated by the Machiguenga storyteller, who gives details about his life before joining the Machiguenga... Read More
Chapter 8 This chapter is told from the perspective of the Peruvian narrator. Chronologically it takes place at the end of Chapter... Read More
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