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Los Rios Profundos

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Arguedas ha sido el punto de partida para las principales teorizaciones sobre la transculturizacion. El autor inserta con intensidad y complejidad elementos de la cultura andina (mentalidad mítico-mágica con sincretismo cristiano, quechuización del español, tradición oral ligada a la música y a la danza) dentro de formas culturales occidentales. El titulo de Los ríos profu ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Continental Book Company (first published 1958)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
When you open this book for the first time, do not make the mistake of expecting to read a novel with a strightforward plot, or even a series of connected stories. Prepare yourself instead to read a dream.

Have you ever heard of the language called "Quechua"? I had not, until I stumbled upon this book. I noted with curiosity that the Quechua word for "father" is "tayta"; while in my own native tongue (Tagalog) it's "tatay."

Quechua is a language spoken by millions of people in five countries locat
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Marc
Oct 03, 2013 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heb ik het drie keer gelezen? Vijf keer misschien? Mijn boek hangt zowat uit elkaar.
Een ezelsoor, het heeft een eigen geur. Wellicht is er zelfs zweet van me in de bladzijden gedrongen, toen ik het las tijdens een hete zomer. Het boek zat in mijn koffer, toen ik op reis ging. Kortom, een levenspartner. Waarom?
Tja, waarom. De cover beviel me al meteen. Een foto van Machu Picchu. Is er meer nodig om weg te dromen. En die titel 'De diepe rivieren.'
Je begint te lezen en het boek neemt je mee naar Pe
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Audrey
Este libro es mucho más interesante por su costumbrismo que por su argumento. Como novela, la obra es poco interesante. Es una historia corriente de un adolescente que cuenta lo que le pasa en la escuela. Es una historia que ha sido contado por centenares de escritores, y Arguedas la cuenta de manera sumamente mediocre. No es mal escrito, pero tampoco es bueno. Lo interesante de esta novela es su representación de la cultura del Perú de Arguedas. Representa de manera muy viva la manera en que la ...more
Carlos Burga
No he disfrutando tanto de un autor peruano desde Vargas Llosa. Arguedas cuenta una historia tan tierna y detallada que le permite a un limeño como yo ver a la sierra mediante los ojos y la emoción de un mismo inca.
Aunque la historia es simple, las descripciones que Arguedas da a toda la naturaleza que rodea la sierra son simplemente increíbles. De la misma forma, Arguedas muestra una habilidad incomparable en describir las tradiciones de la sierra en una manera que permite al lector compartir
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Pickle
Mar 10, 2009 Pickle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a weird, oddly beautiful and strangely powerful book. This would fit nicely on one of Ms. Aguirre's 10th-grade Spanish syllabuses (sylabi?)--not that there's anything wrong with that. It really came into its own in the last two chapters. It's not quite the level of Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist," in terms of coming-of-age novels--the first half is a bit too episodic for its own good, and I could never quite keep all of the schoolyard friends' straight (more my fault than the author's ...more
R.B. Prol
Leer a Arguedas es como contemplar un cuadro impresionista: sus paisajes están plagados de luz y de sombra, se puede hasta respirar el aire de la Puna.
Jukka
Jun 07, 2014 Jukka is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This month i've got a twin read:
Deep Rivers (1958) - José María Arguedas
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Deep River (1993) - Shusaku Endo

When you pair reads you can never be sure what will result, but it never has failed to add dimension.

These two with same name (OK almost), have a certain surface similarity. Both are from writers from outside of Europe and North America. They are also outside the dominant cultures where they grew up.

Endo born 1923 of Japanese parents lived until age 10 in Japanese controlled northern Chi
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Sebastian Uribe
Un libro en el que se conjuga lo andino y lo occidental, el mestizaje en su apogeo, rivalidades intrínseca y un constante quiebre entre futuro y pasado. Pero sobretodo, es un libro en que se recoge el crecimiento de un joven que pertenece a dos mundos y por eso a ninguno, la sensibilidad de un adolescente y la expresión de una realidad que por lo general permanece callada
Regina Andreassen
Jul 21, 2012 Regina Andreassen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jose Maria Arguedas is consider a writer of the Indigenist school of South America. Los Rios Profundos is a beautiful story! Compelling and crude! If you understand Spanish well, read it in that language.
Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Una novela de crecimiento por la que corren ríos de poesía y magia.

Aunque los primeros capítulos no dan indiciones del lugar donde se dirige la trama, sirven para gustar el tono poético y nostálgico de la novela. Nuestro protagonista pasa a formar parte del estudiantado de un colegio católico, cuando su padre se marcha del pueblo. Allí conoce un microcosmos del Perú, con diversas clases sociales y conflictos. El sentido de justicia y amor que busca el protagonista lo llevan a solidarizarse con u
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Lourdes
Nov 21, 2014 Lourdes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nadie. Fans, de Arguedas, quizás.
Recommended to Lourdes by: La facultad
¡Aburridísimo! Me llevó un mes leerlo y tuve que recurrir a toda mi fuerza de voluntad (que, ahora, no dudo en calificar de inagotable) para alcanzar las páginas finales.

El libro se pierde en descripciones soporíferas del paisaje peruano -ríos, fauna y flora-, de las costumbres de los pueblos serranos, y de las memorias fragmentarias y las reflexiones sin rumbo de Ernesto, el joven protagonista, que surgen sin razón aparente. Sucede que el narrador añora el pasado: después de viajar durante mes
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Asma Fedosia
Mar 21, 2011 Asma Fedosia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep Rivers by José Maria Arguedas is narrated by the schoolboy Ernesto, who with his father, a traveling lawyer, has journeyed to many towns because of the father's legal services. They reach Cuzco to visit the father's estranged brother, the "Old Man", the powerful señor of a hacienda, but continue to Abancay hopefully to settle permanently. With little demand there to support a legal office, the father temporarily leaves the boy at the elite boarding school.
The location of Abancay is like a
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Claudia Glezz Cisneros
Cita: ¿Quién puede ser capaz de señalar los límites que median entre lo heroico y y el hielo de la gran tristeza? Con una música de éstas puede el hombre llorar hasta consumirse, hasta desaparecer, pero podría igualmente luchar contra una legión de cóndores y de leones o contra los monstruos que se dice habitan en el fondo de los lagos de altura y en las faldas llenas de sombra de las montañas.

Si no has leído a José María Arguedas no quiero merendar con ninguno de ustedes hehe. Gracias a mi amig
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itpdx
Dec 13, 2013 itpdx rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful story told from the point of view of a 14 year old boy (assumed to be autobiographical) at a religious boarding school in Peru. He faces some of the universal problems--bullies, growing pains, missing his father, making friends but the story is set in the culture of early 20th century Peru. I was amazed at the number of people who spoke Quechua, the language of Indians. But the main character, Ernesto, was partially raised by Indians and he wrestles with societal discriminati ...more
Marie
Feb 11, 2012 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's certainly lyrical, and the author's preoccupation with nature and with the clash of native and colonial culture is clear. Two things really bugged me about this book. The first and more minor thing was that the author's biography is pretty darn close to the main character's, and I always wonder about fiction that is semi-autobiographical. I kept wondering what was fiction, you know?

The second and more serious thing was the book's predominant callous attitude toward women and rape. There's a
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Philip Lane
Jul 03, 2013 Philip Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that takes you to a different world whilst not being a science-fiction book. It is on the surface a story of a boy at a catholic boarding school in Peru with all the elements of misbehaviour, bullying and punishment that that entails. However the boy has been brought up by native Peruvians and inhabits their world of spirits. His relationships with stones, water and spinning tops is just as real as with the other boys. We also see the injustices of this feudal society explode into ...more
Diane Zwang
I am enjoying my time in Latin America and I am glad that I have read 2 books back to back from Latin American authors.

This book is about Ernesto, a fourteen year old Peruvian boy who grows up in the rural Andes. Ernesto has quite the colorful life filled with adventure. He and his father, a country lawyer, moved about often and by the time Ernesto was fourteen they havd moved 200 times. Moving came to stop for Ernesto as his father decided to enroll him boarding school. The rest of the story is
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Jessmccoy
Sep 03, 2007 Jessmccoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, place-based stories for me. I get all sappy when I even think about Cusco y los Andes, entonces para mi este libro es algo especial. Arguedas sirve como el voz de los andinos. Me gustaria encontrar estes cuentos de nuevo, y vivir una vez mas los dramas de su tierra y su gente. Claro, me gustaria regresar de nuevo a estas montanas tan sagradas y escuchar los voces andinos, la musica, los rios. Quedo inquieto en frente de mis recuerdos de este lugar y mi tiempo alla. Regreso, si, regre ...more
Joe
Mar 12, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Interested in latin america and autobiographical fiction*
Recommended to Joe by: John Gitlitz
This is a fantastic book. I read the english translation of which I understand loses much of what Arguedas was writing. I had the fortune to inherit this book from a teacher who studied with Arguedas and knew him moderatly well. There is not much that I can say about it besides that the title serves as both a touching metaphor and a palpable truth for Peru. It is also somewhat of a autobiographical novel as the main character parrallel Arguedas' life. It is cool, I like it a lot!
Amerynth
Jan 17, 2016 Amerynth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book this is. I thoroughly enjoyed Jose Maria Arguedas' "Deep Rivers" and marveled at the ability of translator Frances Horning Barraclough to create a rhythm that seemed really unique in a book that was considered tough to translate. Argeudas wrote in Spanish, but used the sentence constructions of Quecha, a language used in the Peruvian Andes.

The story centers on Ernesto, a white boy who was banished to the kitchens by his stepmother, so he lived among Peruvian Indians, learning
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Humberto González
A crude, humane and heartfelt anthropological novel set in the town of Abancay in Peru. It is a journey through the struggles and inequality experienced by the Quechua people as contrasted against the predicaments of a problematically homogenizing Christian priest. This journey is accompanied by the flow of several rivers, which sculpt a big deal of the Quechua cosmovision.
Eba
Apr 10, 2011 Eba rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latinamerica
Se me ha hecho bastante lenta su lectura, a pesar de lo breve del libro. Es muy pesado y el estilo narrativo no creo que sea brillante o fluido, sino más bien forzoso. Así a todo, lo encuentro interesante para empezar a conocer el mundo indígena andino y muchas de sus expresiones y costumbres.
Dennis Gonzalez
Jan 11, 2016 Dennis Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esencial para entender el espíritu partido como una yuca, o sea en dos. Si piensas que con esto vas a entender al Perú, estás equivocado. La literatura peruana es grande y este libro es apenas una visión de las tantas que existen. Pero si quieres leerlo por su musicalidad, por la forma en como recrea una cultura a través del lenguaje, entonces este es el mejor libro posible. Léelo como un libro universal, como un libro que puede ser aplicado a la realidad estadounidense, alemana o japonesa. Léel ...more
Becky
Jul 12, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep Rivers is a story deeply rooted in indigenous Peruvian culture - something I knew essentially zero about before picking up this book. I can't say I know a huge amount more after finishing - this is not a tale of clear narrative, and the descriptions are almost trance like. Politics, the landscape and culture impact on the life of a 14 year old boy, left by his father in a boarding school as he travels the country looking to set up a lawyer's office. Boys are hypermasculine, women fight for ...more
Juan Carlos Santillán
El niño nuevo del colegio es el pretexto perfecto para mostrarnos, a través de su mirada tierna y despierta, la crudeza del ande. Y de la vida.
Blass Hollingsworth
I read the English version by Waveland Press, Inc for a college history class and was very pleasantly surprised by it. Unusual, but the themes are universal.
Emusam
Apr 21, 2015 Emusam rated it really liked it
Uses a boarding school in a rural village as a microcosm of the tense relationship between the indigenous and non-indigenous population of Peru.
Dree
My edition of this book (which has the same ISBN as the edition I chose, but looks different and comes in at just under 250 pages) took me over 2 weeks to read. Over 2 weeks for fewer than 250 pages. Clearly, I did not love it.

From everything I have read (the intro, the afterword by Llosa, and the goodreads description), this novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Arguedas' childhood. Brought up by Indians, when he re-entered Latino society, he found he did not fit in. But he didn't fit int
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David
Mar 13, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the easiest read, but a trip very deep into the mountains, languages, and cultures of Peru, farther than any Llosa book.
Yani
Dec 22, 2012 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: universidad
Bellísimo libro. Me gustó mucho más que Yawar fiesta .
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