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Preview — El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier. The end does make the reading of the book worth it. It is also the time when devil’s advocate lives up carpentieg his role.
Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. The plot follows Columbus’ struggle to launch the expedition and his later decisions on Cuba.
Published June by Alianza first published There’s a lot that’s happening, but at the same time there’s an apparent linearity to all of the events, a rapidity that seems to lose the impact possible in certain locations as it speeds from one encounter to the next. Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I’ve read so far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end.
But he does the sign the document to start the process — as history says, it actually did not work out. E Camou rated it really liked it Sep 09, Aug 08, Todor Ivanov rated it liked it.
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Pedro rated it really liked it Mar 11, Well written, at least Polish translation is, no complaints on this from me. Carpentier makes Colombus as he was, or at least mostly.
When Columbus ventures north, he hears tales of a land across the ocean, a northerly land with bronze-skinned people paddling little boats made of animal skins. Carpentier has some fun with his Columbus character during the voyage. Dec 25, Gandalfu zombra it it was amazing. Alejo Carpentier, a Cuban who died in”invented magical realism,” according to Carlos Fuentes.
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As Carpentier paints the picture, Columbus has an excellent in with Isabella, queen of Spain. Still, it is only after he threatens to take his services elsewhere that she fronts him the million maravedis he needs to outfit the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta.
His pitch arrpa nothing to do with discovering new worlds, everything to do with commerce. Just in time for Columbus Day! Mar 01, Lectora Incompredida rated it liked it. May 27, Mateo R.
It is told in three parts Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I’ve read so far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same g here felt forced and lost meaning until the end. Refresh and try again.
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Martacastro rated it it was ok Feb 17, However, much like Pasosas soon as your head wraps around the story and gets into the characters, a whole new world opens before you.
As you can imagine, he can in no way find religi Do you know about a cool way of traveling for free? Nice work by Carpentier, as usual the capentier advanced use of the Spanish language I have ever seen. Books by Alejo Carpentier.
Louis rated it it was ok Apr 30, The actual quality of the book seems somewhat less, though. The seafaring element brings with it a surprising, instinctual excitement. Jul 28, Gabriel rated it really liked it.
He is an explorer, and he genuinely is an important personage in history, but to make him out as a hero is where things have gone askew.
It’s fiction, and there’s some nationalistic politic within the text as well. We still argue about the validity of idolizing Christopher Sombbra as the discoverer of the Americas, but teach it to our kids anyway. A writer of considerable power, he shows his mastery most tellingl This is my original review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in July Prior, Colombus had been maintained with that Western propaganda with hardly any blemish allowed, and therefore Carpentier’s book aepa set the story straight.
Particularly I enjoyed the last chapter when Alejo’s magical realism shows up. This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba inprovides a look inside Christopher Columbus’ head that is sure to add considerably to our understanding of an explorer who gets so much credit for such inglorious accomplishments.
Melanie rated it liked it Jul 24, It will open your horizon, and you will discover treasures. Isabella is not at all impressed with the gold Columbus brings back — ”gold that wouldn’t fill the cavity in a molar” — or with the small, sick men he has abducted in a feeble attempt to impress her.