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PEDRO PARAMO [Paperback]

JUAN RULFO
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March 31 2009 Folio (Book 4872)
Pedro Pdramo est l'une des plus grandes oeuvres du XX' siècle, un classique contemporain. Tout comme Kafka et Faulkner, Rulfo a su mettre en scène une histoire fascinante, sans âge et d'une beauté rare : la quête du père qui mène Juan Preciado à Comala et à la rencontre de son destin, un voyage vertigineux raconté par un choeur de personnages insolites qui nous donnent à entendre la voix profonde du Mexique, au-delà des frontières entre la mémoire et l'oubli, le passé et le présent, les morts et les vivants.

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Rulfo's 1955 surrealist novel portrays a man's quest for his Mexican heritage.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"A strange, brooding novel. . . . Great immediacy, power, and beauty." --"The Washington Post""A powerful fascination . . . vivid and haunting; the style is a triumph." --"New York Herald Tribune""When Susan Sontag, in her foreword to this book, calls Pedro Paramo 'one of the masterpieces of 20th-century world literature, ' she is not being hyperbolic. With its dense interweaving of time, its routine interaction of the living and the dead, its surreal sense of the everyday, and with simultaneous--and harmonious--coexistence of apparently incompatible realities, this brief novel by the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo strides through unexplored territory with a sure and determined step. . . . Having it now in all its depth and texture is a major event for which the publisher and the translator, Margaret Sayers Peden, deserve thanks." --James Polk, "New York Times Book Review""No reader interested in the vitality of 20th century Latin American fiction can afford to miss this work." --Rockwell Gray, "Chicago Tribune""As close to perfect as a piece of writing gets." --Sheila Farr, "Seattle Weekly""A modern classic. . . . Peden's lucid translation does justice to a tale that is firmly rooted in its own culture yet so fundamentally human in its focus that it speaks across cultural borders." --"Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pedro Paramo Feb. 18 2004
Format:Paperback
Short review - Amazing
Long review - I was very impressed with this book. The story - if it can be summed up so simply - is of a man who goes to the town where his father lived on the request of his deceased mother. He wanders about the dead town, running into the ghosts of previous residents, discussing his father with them and getting a glimpse into their lives.
The story soon shifts focus away from him - and the 'I' narration - and instead moves about from person to person, each little experience illuminating the life of his father, Pedra Paramo, in greater detail. In some people's minds he was a villain, in others, a good man, in others, simply a rich man who did what rich men do. Occasionally little snippets of conversation float through the book, often these aren't attributed to anyone and would require a re-read to recognise as the reader becomes more familiar with the characters.
Later, the narration moves away from 'he said she said' back to 'I', but this time the 'I' is Pedro himself. Here he pines for his dead wife, Susana, and his thoughts are only of love and glorifying her image. Yet, generally in sections immediately following it, we witness scenes where he either takes part in or is a silent witness to horrible deeds, so we are left to wonder just what sort of man Pedro Paramo is? And the best part of the book is that it does not try to answer this for us.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez lists Rulfo as one of the two great influences of his life, as well as Kafka's Metamorphosis, and it shows. In Comala, people who die never really leave and an air of magic and realistic exaggeration (if that makes sense) permeates every person and every action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever writen June 17 2004
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Format:Paperback
Not to much to say about Pedro Paramo.
After finishing this book Rulfo himself stopped writing because he felt that it was to much a creepy experience for him.
That's the intesinty this books has.
Also it's higly recomended that you read it in spanish, or make sure that it's a good translation because the language is fundamental to enjoy it.
top 10 on my list.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fellow "IB-ers" Feb. 4 2004
Format:Paperback
This is by far the most confusing book I've ever read. Within the first paragraphs of the novel Rulfo grasps the reader's attention and pulls them into an unknown magical world...Comala. The never ending themes of ghosts, death, whispering, and love draw in a reader's every bit of imagination. After a first reading I was completely lost and most definitely would not feel comfortable with writing a full blown review. Although I strongly feel I need to read this book again to understand it one of the things I love about Pedro Paramo is that the reader is so confused! You keep reading, hoping a key passage will illuminate what this book really means! It's essential to keep an open mind while reading, there are so many angles you can look at this novel from. It truly is a remarkable piece of work, so be patient! Who knows? Rulfo's odd sense of style could be something you relate to the most! Good luck reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars are you looking for the best? July 12 2004
Format:Paperback
Pedro Páramo's Juan Rulfo is one of the best mexican writers book, it has everything that a master play needs: quality, greatness and incomprehensible simplicity. So, if you want pleasure (mexican one)you must read Rulfo's book for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Al vs. Ermias Jan. 15 2004
Format:Paperback
Before you go thinking, " Well these reviews don't help much" it's best u get a teenager's opinion. Ermias, the one who gave this book a single star is a high school student. LITTERALLY. He and I are Juniors and as part of our IB Program, we are forced to read a book in English 11 that is somewhat beyond our current "in the box" thinking. Don't shy away from this book just because it sounds complicated. It's got mystery, passion, some action and everything else needed to make the greatest book of 20th century novel. Rulfo wrote this small 100 some page novel and won the nobel prize. Yeah it's that good. Teenagers have a hard time appreciating it, because we have less time than your average adult. I would list what we do but thats for another time. So take your time and read with an open mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Literature from Mexico Aug. 17 2003
Format:Paperback
This review is based on the original Spsnish version. I've been reading some of the other reviews and I'm pretty shocked at what I've read. It looks like a high school class was given this book to read and they were tearing it apart and saying that Harry Potter is better....My friends..you have much to read and learn. This book is a classic. Este libro es un classico. It takes you through so many turns and the imagery is amazing. The imagery of the town and the "people" and events are incredible.Are these people real or do they represent experiences that slowly reveal themselves into the character's consciousness or are they both?
If you enjoy this novel, try Niebla por Miguel De Unamuno....a different approach on the theme of a person's search for his inner self.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dante's Inferno meets Pulp Fiction Aug. 2 2003
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing book. It feels like Dante's Inferno meets Pulp Fiction. It's a wild ride. The story is intertwined and complex, full of surreal characters and events. It takes some effort to keep everything straight, but if you enjoy movies like Memento and Pulp, this book's got your name all over it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
Yes, Pedro Paramo is a confusing piece and yes, it is not an easy read, despite the fact that it does not exceed 150 pages. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2010 by Littérature sans frontières
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about the revolution
For those who are not getting Pedro Paramo, here it is- the book is about the Mexican Revolution. Pedro Paramo represents Porfirio Diaz, who controlled Mexico from 1870's to 1910,... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by DB In London
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Mexican Literature
Pedro Paramo is one of the greatest books in Mexican literature. It captures the very essence of Mexico and its magic and mystery. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Stimulate This
... I do not find Pedro Paramo to be a very well-written piece of literature. ... it is definitely not worth a spot on the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by W Michael Gentry
4.0 out of 5 stars Contrary to popular belief...
...this is one good book. In fact it's better than most books out on the market. Instead of going with the old traditional style, Rulfo explores a new dimension and introduces new... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars UN MEXICANO NO ES MEXICANO SI NO HA LEIDO ESTE LIBRO
Si nunca has tocado libro mas que para hacer un reporte, y si de todos modos te lo fusilas del internet, de perdida lee el primer capítulo de esta novelaza para presumir que... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2002 by Dido
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