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Rosa Blanca

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A monumental confrontation in the 1920's between a ruthless robber baron owner of a USA oil company and a Indian Mexican farmer (steward/owner of the White Rose hacienda). A clash of two cultures, total exploitation for maximum profit vs. reverence for the land and what flows from it. As in this novel: We all are poor people, delight in the machine, in the airplane, the ra ...more
Published by Selector S.A. de C.U. (first published 1929)
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Christian González
La rosa blanca, me costo tanto leer este libro por múltiples razones, una siendo la falta de tiempo, otra, mas importante aún, Bruno Traven se explayo alrededor de ciento cincuenta y tantas paginas sobre las relaciones extra maritales de Mr. Collins al grado del hartazgo, de haber sido su editor en aquellos tiempos lo hubiera obligado a recortar esas ciento cincuenta paginas a la siguiente frase "Mr. Collins tenia una amante muy exigente y que lo obligaba a hacer hasta lo imposible por complacer ...more
Aleksandar Trapara
This book is shaped like the letter 'N'. It has a really promising and catchy opening you can learn a lot from (at least I did, as I'm a fan of Mexican and Indian culture). Then from the second chapter it abruptly switches to the story of this petroleum magnate Collins, his numerous affairs, American way of living, contrasting it with the life in Mexico. It wouldn't be so boring to me if it wasn't interwoven with passages full of proletarian and anti-capitalist propaganda -- which is also cool, ...more
It's no wonder to me why this is out of print because it's the worst novel I've ever read. First, the flat, stock characters -- the noble Indian and his kind, gentle extended family v. the mustache-twirling capitalist with his shallow, selfish wife and daughter and copious mistresses. The villain has absolutely nothing redeeming about him; you get more shades of gray in a Bros. Grimm fairy tale. Second, the plodding narration is little more than, "This happened, and then this happened, and then ...more
'The White Rose' is certainly not one of Traven's best works, but it's a short read that brings to light many problems with Capitalist greed, Traven's signature theme.

Though early on his depiction of the Evil, Greedy capitalists comes off as a bit biased (and sometimes annoying) alongside the kind, good natured Indians, he redeems this black and white image of the situation with several themes how change in the Indians lifestyle was, in fact, a good thing despite the horrors and losses that they
Jon Nelson
This might be the best novel I've ever read. Traven, like William Blake, writes like he was informed by angels. Yes, his style was simple and that is such a relief after all of the over written books coming out of university writer's workshops. His humility is like a perfect inversion of Ayn Rand's hideous narcissism. He's such a relief!
Linda Marazoni
I have read all of the B. Traven books that have been translated. They are all excellent. This book had a couple of very profound paragraphs at the beginning. And then it was a little boring (too much detail) for awhile, but once it got going, I really, really enjoyed it
so very relevant. a must read.
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B. Traven (February, 1882? – March 26, 1969?) was the pen name of a German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. A rare certainty is that B. Traven lived much of his life in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including his best-known work, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), which was adapted as ...more
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