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PEDRO PARAMO [Paperback]

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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.


"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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever writen June 17 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Mexican Literature Jan. 25 2003
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Pedro Paramo is one of the greatest books in Mexican literature. It captures the very essence of Mexico and its magic and mystery.
I've read reviews of people who say they don't understand the book, that it's dark, confusing, depressing, etc. But you have to keep in mind that this book was writen by a Mexican writer, and this is the vision of the universe we Mexicans have. It's a vision of a world full of ghosts, full or mysteries, full or things that have no answer. A timeless world where present, future and past some times are hard to tell apart. This is a book that speaks about the very heart of Mexico itself.
My recommendations to the readers of this book: keep a notebook and a pencil at hand. You'd want to make some brief notes about who's who. That helps a lot throughout the story.
Just free your mind and remember: this book is a vision of the world through the eyes of a Mexican and maybe that's why some non-Latin people find it so hard to understand. But it's a very enjoyable story and a book you shouldn't miss.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stimulate This Dec 11 2002
... 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. The main problem I have with it is that the author cannot finish a thought; he writes in the descriptive detail that everyone raves about, and then leaves everything up to the reader, and I find this to be an awful style of writing.
The 'flowing tangents of possibility' created by the writer are merely unfinished thoughts with a million answers...was that really the goal? It makes the task of analysis very difficult if there is no right answer to ANYTHING. Sure, this is acceptable for a few parts of the book, but if the author can't finish a thought, it becomes a puzzle of guessing, similar to one of those books that you read as a little kid where you skipped pages depending on the choice you made, and went back if you made the "wrong" choice. Unfortunately for us, however, we don't have the luxury of knowing when the choice was wrong. You could go a solid 60 pages thinking that a character was dead, only to have him/her come back and do something that a proves that he/she was alive the whole. Or maybe, he/she came back to life? You never know! I won't deny that if you are bored, this book will stimulate you; however, the lack of a positive answer makes it a random assortment of thoughts that any writer with half a mind could assemble, and not the critically acclaimed book that the IB Program loves. The constant lack of a firm answer makes it a frustrating piece of literature full of random complexities that I, as a publisher, would never have let out of the drafting stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hallucinatory imagery April 15 2002
I've yet to read a book quite like this one. This book is written in simple language but creates a complex imagery that is surreal and haunting, revealing a story for the ages. It is one of those books that takes the reader on a journey that is nonexistent, into a world that is part real, part myth. The interweaving of ghost like characters into Pedro Paramo's search for his family history unviels things from the past that are possibly left buried with the dead. A truly bizzare piece of fiction that is like a fine herringbone weave, the threads all intertwined , that upon closer examination reveal an orderly pattern in a new creation, covering the subject beautifully in classic detail. Juan Rulfo was a master of uncanny prose, he creatied poetic imagery that is alive amidst the ghosts of Pedros Paramo's past. This book is difficult to understand without complete attention given , I also think this book deserves more than one read. Having recently read the original Spanish version it will be interesting to compare the translation on my next reading of this book. The conversations in this book stir up genetic memories that are haunting peeks into the past. Considered a classic, this book is a beautiful yet eerie glimpse into one mans search for his identiy.
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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 are you looking for the best?
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. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by "linedhil"
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Fellow "IB-ers"
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Al vs. Ermias
Before you go thinking, " Well these reviews don't help much" it's best u get a teenager's opinion. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by "azndream01"
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Literature from Mexico
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by "supermang78"
5.0 out of 5 stars Dante's Inferno meets Pulp Fiction
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003 by Abel G. Peña
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
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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