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Palinuro of Mexico Paperback – Jul 1 1996

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  • Paperback: 557 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; New edition edition (July 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564780953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564780959
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.1 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 744 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #926,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
drink it... in little gulps Oct. 17 1999
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Format: Paperback
so you think 100 years of solitude was the ultimate latinamerican novel? Not at all .Very well misbegotten, Palinuro de México has remained for a long time in the dark, almost surrepticiously. This is a very "natural" combo of baroque, enciclopedia and just mad characters . Of course it is political, but it is also very funny, almost overwhelmingly so. If you are looking for a taste of surrealism, a little of violence (just a little),a beguiling antihero (who happens to be a medical student and a"nice" member of mexican society) and anything else from ridiculous advertisements to a wonderful reflection on death -a-la-mexicana- involving bones and dead bodies(what do you know!) Palinuro of México is a must read for everyone who wants to taste life at its full , in all its fleshliness and with mundane curiosity, do drink it slowly for this is a book that really gets through you,it is a climax, sort of speak. And yes, it happens to be more compelling and more refined than any of Isabel Allende's novels.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Consciousness of a Universe Jan. 18 1997
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Fernando del Paso's Palinuro of Mexico describes a universe in which all things gravitate between the poles of entropy and love; the entropy of history, specifically Mexican history, the entropy of science, specifically medicine, the entropy of capitalism by way of advertising; and the chaotic love of knowledge for its own sake, the forbidden love of body parts, the sometimes obstreperous love of objects, the naive, boisterous love of students, and, mostly, the achingly pure and tellingly damned love between Palinuro and his cousin, Estefania. It is impossible to compress
del Paso's work into an easy synopsis; the universe it describes is the universe of Palinuro's own fantastical consciousness. Read it for the meditations of myth and history; read it for the bawdy comedy; read it for the "Shakespearean invention" (and plagiarism); read it
for the sheer delirious luminous perverse willful drunkenness with words which del Paso effortlessly spins into dadaesque flesh. This is heady stuff, insanely readable, artfully compelling and damnably
entertaining. Drink it deep.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Surealism as the actual reality Jan. 19 2000
By Alejandro Ortiz - Published on
Format: Paperback
Palinuro of Mexico is a long surreal voyage throughout everything, full of obscure refrences, and quotations, Palinuro takes you on a trip were Mexico and all of its small surrealistic features come to light, were the abnormal is the commonplace and were Palinuro sets out on a journey of self-universal-discovery. Once you have read it you will be the same
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book March 10 2000
By Paishaci - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hey, i'm looking for some contact with Fernando del Paso, 'cos i wonder if he could give us a speech, or something in the Medicine School at Cuernavaca, Mexico, may you please helpe me?