Buy Used
CDN$ 0.40
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See more of our deals.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Pedro Paramo Paperback


See all 29 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from

Best Canadian Books of 2014
Margaret Atwood's stunning new collection of stories, Stone Mattress, is our #1 Canadian pick for 2014. See all

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed



Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Serpents Tail
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9681104269
  • ISBN-13: 978-9681104269
  • ASIN: 1852427264
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #607,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
First Sentence
I came to Comala because I had been told that my father, a man named Pedro Paramo, lived there. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damian Kelleher on 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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 2004
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By A Customer on Jan. 25 2003
Format: Paperback
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Hardcover
... 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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most recent customer reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback