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5.0 out of 5 stars Pedro Paramo
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...
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Damian Kelleher

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3.0 out of 5 stars surrealism...existentialism...
It is not uncommon for people to laud that which they do
not understand -- a possible explanation for why this
peculiar work has been praised to the point of being referred
to as a masterpiece.

Pedro Paramo largely resembles a surrealistic painting
(think Salvador Dali or Max Ernst) in its dreamlike and
disjoint quality. The book...
Published on Nov. 30 1996


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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, dynamic, and interesting book, Sept. 23 1997
This review is from: Pedro Paramo (Paperback)
More than point A to point B this aesthetically rich and thought provoking novelis wonderfully dark. A fascinating work that forces the reader to actively engage an intriguing and beautiful work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece, Aug. 10 1999
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if you liked "A Hundred Years Of Solitude" and/or the "Sandman" DC comics, read this book and you will be mesmerized.
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1.0 out of 5 stars way to confusing!!!, Oct. 31 1999
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this book is way to confusing when you read it. You must keep detailed notes of everything just to get some points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing at first, Captivating after that., Nov. 14 1997
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A must read for those who like experiencing the frontier between dreams, nightmares and reality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fellow "IB-ers", Feb. 4 2004
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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 It's about the revolution, Feb. 19 2004
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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, when the revolution broke. The death of Susanna is the call of the revolution when the populace decides to do what they want, not what PP dictates. The misery afterwards? The misery of the revolution.
Other recomended ready? The Labyrinth of solitude (Octavio Paz) and The Burning Plain (En Llano En Llamas- Juan Rulfo).
With the Revolution in mind, the book becomes much clearer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!, Oct. 13 2010
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. So if you are looking for an easy read, don't go for Pedro Paramo.

I started reading it in Spanish because I like reading in the original language when I can. Many great books are lost in translation. It was not long before I switched to the French version thinking that I was not understanding because of the language barrier. I finished and many things remained unclear. I LOVED it though to the point that the next day, I started reading it in Spanish this time: everything fell in place.

Pedro Paramo is a concise amazing piece of literature. In my opinion, it is a reader's dream. A novel told with several narrative modes, with no chronological order to the events. A minimalism in the description. Yet, the book covers ALL the questions (about life, death, power, revolution, illusion, religion, deception and love) in very few words.

This is the work of a master. A must-read!

Note: Anything I would say about the storyline would be a spoiler in my opinion.
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