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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sincere, cutting portrait of Mexico City in the s. Some chaos is introduced due to experiments in narration stream of consciousness-like inserts mixing past and present but there is a structure to it all. Fuentes shows all of the social strata of Mexican society from the blase aristocrats, through ambitious, unconscionable new rich, limp intellectuals and tragically poor.
This is a novel about being between the poor and the rich, about ambition and lack of thereof, about parenthood, about Sincere, cutting portrait of Mexico City in the s. This is a novel about being between the poor and the rich, about ambition and lack of thereof, about parenthood, about passion, about ideals What is more it is also written in a beautiful style.
This is the first novel that launched Carlos Fuentes into the Mexican literary scene and established him into the Latin American boom.
Published in , it tells the story of Mexico in the s. At its heart is a homage to Mexico, and in particular Mexico City. After the Mexican Revolution, a tough and divisive t This is the first novel that launched Carlos Fuentes into the Mexican literary scene and established him into the Latin American boom. After the Mexican Revolution, a tough and divisive time, Mexico sought to rebuild itself. Out with the old; in with the new.
Gleaming skyscrapers were bought by investments and corruption. Educate the masses and the rich built mansions and fast cars for themselves. Fuentes weaves a host of characters that seek their new lives out of the ashes of the old. In fact there are so many characters this edition has a glossary of all the characters which was invaluable to know who was who. Federico Robles the banker, Rodrigo Pola the lawyer, Manuel Zamacoma the writer obviously a shade of Fuentes himself , Norma Larragoiti and her jewels, the elusive but pervasive Ixca Cienfuegos and his mysterious mother Teoldula Moctezuma, and Natasha, the old cabaret singer with a deep tone of sarcasm.
And many, many more. At times they reminded me of a John Fowles novel. Epic, heroic, larger than life. Yet all very human. The language is brilliant. Thoughts, conversations and ideas, argued, loved and hated intermingle throughout the story.
I still consider his final chapter, an ode to Mexico, is one of the best pieces of writing that I have ever read. And still relevant to this day. The story weaves through the turbulent times but at the heart is the city. This is the second time that I read this masterpiece. Once ten years ago in English. Now a year after a trip to Mexico City, I have read it in Spanish.
The reflections of the city are so astute. The Valley had been recently washed by the last rains of the season and it was possible to recognize, with each step,the scents of eucalyptus and laurel.
The light is clear. The air almost magnetic. You can see for miles. The original review Wow! A reflection of Mexico City that is gritty, full of colourful people and the angst of his times. When I finished this book I wondered why it isn't one of the classics of the twentieth century. I came to Mexican literature in the last few years but Fuentes should rank up there with Garcia Marquez. Perhaps its his language? Perhaps his subject matter?
Whatever I highly recommend this book. View 2 comments. So I have entered the world of Fuentes, with his first novel, published in Mexico in It was a treacherous portal for me. In the first few pages I saw that I needed some background in Mexican history. Thanks to the internet, that was easy and helped me tie together the paltry loose ends I knew about Mexico.
Ixca Cienfuegos, a character in the book, is our omnis So I have entered the world of Fuentes, with his first novel, published in Mexico in Ixca Cienfuegos, a character in the book, is our omniscient third person narrator when he isn't a first person narrator who also, according to some, represents the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli, come back to avenge himself and Mexico's indigenous peoples on the descendants of the Spanish conquistadors.
Oh yes. Otherwise, there is not much of a plot. The book is more of a commentary on Mexican government and society in the mid s, comprised of vignettes and various intertwined accounts of the lives of the characters. But the method of the story telling reminded me a bit of James Michener.
I like James Michener by the way. Finally, Fuentes is bemoaning the usual state of affairs after a revolution, where the rebels become the new status quo, creating a new bourgeoisie made up of the nouveau riche.
I did learn more about Mexico than I knew before. I think I could grow to like Carlos Fuentes, but I am not there yet. I can't decide whether to start rereading this stunning novel, to return to my old copies of Artemio Cruz and Christopher Unborn, or to start the immense Terra Nostra. This sweeping and poetic depiction of modern Mexican history and Mexico City left me awestruck in a way few novels I have read in recent years. Alternating between flights of poetic interior narrative and a cinematic depiction of his characters, each of whom is a totemic face in this Aztec temple of a novel, I was swept away and a I can't decide whether to start rereading this stunning novel, to return to my old copies of Artemio Cruz and Christopher Unborn, or to start the immense Terra Nostra.
Alternating between flights of poetic interior narrative and a cinematic depiction of his characters, each of whom is a totemic face in this Aztec temple of a novel, I was swept away and am sorry to have washed up at the end. Extreme and inextricably linked characters of both upper and lower classes, extensive familial histories, and debaucherous cohorting give way to broad sweeps of stream of consciousness meets stream of history, seen as it all swells in the stomach of Mexico City after the bitter pill of modernity has been swallowed.
A novel of a city if there has ever been one. There are certainly characters who are essentially walking ideas, and oftentimes some of the drawn-out conversations can seem proscriptive, but the overall effect of the novel is powerful, and damn can Fuentes write when he lets himself fly. Bookending the narrative are two long perhaps internal? An excerpt from the first chapter: But my head sobs and cannot stop its search for comfort, for a homeland, a clitoris, the sweetness of another skeleton, a soothing canticle that sings mockery of all caged beasts.
Life among turned backs, from fear to turn its back. Broken body of hungering stumps blind to the attackers, vocation to a freedom which escapes in he net of crossroads: and with the remnant wetting our little brushes, we sit beside the road and play with paints.
Dead at birth, you burned your ships that other men could use your decay to build an age; living in death, you disinterred the word which would have tied our tongues in brotherhood.
You bided in the last sun. Then the final conquest steeped through your sponge body, now merely physical, titled, bemedaled. Over the racket of nickelodeons and motorcars, from the sludge where gaudy reptiles crawled, I hear your drumroll. Snakes, those historic creatures, drowse in your urns. In your eyes shine the dog-pack of suns of the high tropics and in your body, a halo of feathers.
La Region Mas Transparente
La región más transparente
By Fuentes, Carlos. La region mas transparente ha sido considerada la primera obra del boom latinoamericano. La region mas transparente fue la primera novela de Fuentes, la que le abrio todas las puertas posibles. Inventario de la s
La Region Mas Transparente / Where the Air Is Clear