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Don Segundo Sombra [Mass Market Paperback]

Ricardo Guiraldes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fading away country Jan. 15 2001
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This is one of the greatest books in Argentine literature. I can remember reading it at the age of sixteen and the impression it made on me. It was as it was telling my own life and childhood in the countryside with the good men that I knew there. And how they all dissapeared facing a modern and much different world giving the word gaucho a more "typical" and superficial meaning. Very, very strange, it made on me the same effect than, lately and older, Islands in the Stream by Hemingway. I strongly recommend it, though my comment is very personal. (sorry about my awful English)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that needs re-issue Oct. 8 2001
Format:Paperback
Don Segundo Sombra is a classic that deserves to be re-issued. Elegantly written with superb images, the novel despicts not only the adventurous life of the gaucho but also the journey toward self-discovery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone's list. Feb. 17 2001
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I am surprised by how few people know of this book. An excellent novel protraying the master/disciple relationship and questions of ones destiny. It is a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fading away country Jan. 15 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the greatest books in Argentine literature. I can remember reading it at the age of sixteen and the impression it made on me. It was as it was telling my own life and childhood in the countryside with the good men that I knew there. And how they all dissapeared facing a modern and much different world giving the word gaucho a more "typical" and superficial meaning. Very, very strange, it made on me the same effect than, lately and older, Islands in the Stream by Hemingway. I strongly recommend it, though my comment is very personal. (sorry about my awful English)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that needs re-issue Oct. 8 2001
By Loren C. Gruber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don Segundo Sombra is a classic that deserves to be re-issued. Elegantly written with superb images, the novel despicts not only the adventurous life of the gaucho but also the journey toward self-discovery.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone's list. Feb. 17 2001
By Tom Karchesy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am surprised by how few people know of this book. An excellent novel protraying the master/disciple relationship and questions of ones destiny. It is a pleasure to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Argentine gaucho literature Sept. 21 2011
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
I confess that I stumbled across this book randomly, and picked it up on a whim. I'm glad I did, as it's a window into a culture most definitely not my own and a time not my own. As the afterword states, this book is not "original" in the sense of its plot or themes, since "Don Segundo Sombra" falls into the tradition of "coming of age"/bildungsroman stories where the wise older mentor guides his young charge into the ways of the world. What makes this book worth reading is its portrait of the Argentine gaucho world, in vivid detail. The chapters are short and punchy, and the novel goes briskly as a whole.

It should be noted for those with PC-antennae that in this very macho world, men are men, and women don't serve much purpose except for the gratification of male urges or as dance partners to try to pick up. In addition, a few racial epithets do fly from a few of the characters, but it's endemic to the characters themselves. But for its glimpse into another world, it's certainly worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Argentine gaucho literature (note that Amazon description above is for wrong edition) Sept. 12 2011
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I confess that I stumbled across this book randomly, and picked it up on a whim. I'm glad I did, as it's a window into a culture most definitely not my own and a time not my own. As the afterword states, this book is not "original" in the sense of its plot or themes, since "Don Segundo Sombra" falls into the tradition of "coming of age"/bildungsroman stories where the wise older mentor guides his young charge into the ways of the world. What makes this book worth reading is its portrait of the Argentine gaucho world, in vivid detail. The chapters are short and punchy, and the novel goes briskly as a whole.

It should be noted for those with PC-antennae that in this very macho world, men are men, and women don't serve much purpose except for the gratification of male urges or as dance partners to try to pick up. In addition, a few racial epithets do fly from a few of the characters, but it's endemic to the characters themselves.

The most important thing for potential buyers to note in this listing is that this version is the Signet translation by Harriet de Onís, with an afterword by her. This paperback is most definitely **not** the translation by Patricia Owen Steiner, with an introduction Gwen Kirkpatrick and multiple critical essays. The description on the website of this version needs to be corrected. Please be aware of the particular edition that is on offer here, namely the old Signet Classics edition.
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