Originally Posted by Namekuseijin
I remember a brazilian writer in an article for a newspaper describing a theft that happened to him: they took many things from his car at night, like his stereo, pocket tools and a bunch of worn, smelly socks. A few books that were in the car were left untouched.
They took the worn socks, but left the books! That's society today.
No. That sounds like Peru. (I can say that because I actually live here. I also have a personal, INTIMATE experience of being robbed while my family was sleeping.)
Unfortunately, literacy is not highly prized here, since keeping warm, eating, and staying alive have precedence over other things.
Peruvians who do read and are educated, however, are understandably very proud of Mario Vargas Llosa.