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This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life Paperback – May 16 2006
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Starred Review. "I hope that the reader of this book will discover the various kinds of love... contained in each chapter of my personal alphabet," acclaimed Mexican novelist Fuentes (The Old Gringo; Inez; etc.) declares in this lovingly crafted abecedary of his life. In his characteristically luminous prose, Fuentes traces the power of love to transform and to endure through his relationships with his children, his writing, his favorite writers and film directors, and his encounters with the devastation and hope of revolution. Meditations of several pages each range over topics from globalization and revolution to Balzac, sex and God.In a profound exploration of the novel, Fuentes writes that while it may criticize the world, it must not be dogmatic: "Politics can be dogmatic. The novel can only be enigmatic." Writing of cinema, Fuentes offers a paean to beauty as reflected in the faces of film's leading actresses: "[W]hat would our... lives be without the beauty, illusion, and passion granted us by the faces of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, Louise Brooks and Audrey Hepburn, Gene Tierney and Ava Gardner?" Meditating on the ecstasies of sex, he declares that the end of a sexual relationship was the time when sex could be transformed into literature. "A body of words crying out for the closeness of another body of words."Elegant and lyrical (and beautifully translated), Fuentes's lush memoir guides us on an exhilarating journey through his life—and into the world at large.
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Fuentes is, of course, one of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the world, a major participant in the boom of Latin American literature that took the globe by storm beginning in the 1970s. His new book is not a novel but a collection of essays--more accurately, a series of thought pieces on a wide range of topics, which he has arranged, almost like a daybook, in alphabetical order, by topic, including "Beauty," "Death," and "Faulkner." But these pieces are not for casual reading. Fuentes is a brilliant thinker, the depth of his ideas matching the evocativeness of his prose style--whether he is pondering how we love or why Kafka is the "fundamental writer of the terrible twentieth century." These compositions amount to a series of position papers, addressed equally to the heart and to the mind on subject matter that has occupied his thoughts far beyond the details of his personal life. An extremely stimulating book for fans of Fuentes' remarkable novels, but librarians can also use it as a way of directing patrons to his fiction. Brad Hooper
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Say what you will about Carlos Fuentes, some people adore him, some people saw him as part of the aristocracy and the upper classes that didn't understand working class Mexico; but his adoration for his home country is equal parts endearing and heart breaking.
My favorite stories are those of love and the pain of losing a child. The deep and eternal love for the country of Mexico and the empathy for the generational oppression that has plagued it's people since La Conquista.