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El gesticulador

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Paperback, 217 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Ediciones Catedra S.A. (first published October 7th 1947)
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Neal
"Todo el mundo aquí vive de apariencias, de gestos. Yo he dicho que soy el otro César Rubio… ¿a quién perjudica eso? Mira a los que llevan águila de general sin haber peleado en una batalla; a los que se dicen amigos del pueblo y lo roban; a los demagogos que agitan a los obreros y los llaman camaradas sin haber trabajado en su vida con sus manos; a los profesores que no saben enseñar, a los estudiantes que no estudian. Mira a Navarro, el precandidato… yo sé que no es más un bandido, y de eso sí ...more
Mary Clare
Although the actual language is relatively easy to understand and the themes of appearances and self-identification are overtly emphasized, I consider this play to be a wonderful insight into the mind of artists during the early to mid twentieth century. To begin, we find the protagonist, César Rubio, struggling to justify his actions, specifically the moving into the country, and beliefs during the revolution to his wife and children. Already Usigli introduces themes of doubt, family dispute an ...more
Taylor
I truly enjoyed reading Usigli's play and have already contemplated how it could be staged. El gesticulador embodies the "search for identity" so common to literature of the Mexican Revolution. While César and Miguel's relationship was dynamic and pronounced in the true/false sense of César's tale, I found the women's roles to be particularly interesting. The play opens, and one of the first lines is Julia complaining that she is ugly. The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates the machist ...more
Janey Fugate
My initial criticism would be that the themes and satire is developed too overtly and that the lack of subtly in the dialogue and the story line take away from the play's power as a portrayal of the impact of the Mexican Revolution. Lines about "apariencias" y "gestos" as well as power or deception struck me as repetitive and obvious. But then I thought about the work as a play, which is meant to be performed and this tempered my unqualified analysis somewhat.
On the surface, there are two Cesar
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Sophia K-l
I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. Generally, I do not enjoy reading play's however I for me, this was an enjoyable read and I think that I can attribute it to both the combination of the plot as well as the way that Usigli constructed the play so that felt that it flowed quickly. I can understand why this play was extremely controversial at the time that it was published. Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re ...more
Callie Deddens
This play is a perfect combination of raw human emotions and a reflection upon a person's ability to reinvent themselves. In one of the most eye-opening passages in the book, César Rubio reflects that almost everyone in Mexico at this time was pretending to be someone else. Murderers could pose as heroes, thieves as diplomats and charlatans as founts of wisdom. The revolution destroyed the old order and made room for anyone to be whatever they wanted to be. El Gesticulador allows the reader to q ...more
Mary Frantz
Usigli's book tells the story of one man's prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution's infamous generals, Cesar Rubio. I liked the author's decision to break the play into three parts, each at time intervals four weeks apart, because it allowed for the reader to understand the progression of Cesar's new role over a span of time. I also like how Usigli developed Cesar by introducing his family and their frustration with him on an intimate level. I was able to connect with him and u ...more
Evelyn
I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would. One thing that stuck out to me was how Usigli addressed the idea of the Mexican "mask." It feels as if each of the characters, in his or her own way, is playing with this idea. César pretends to be another, more valiant, version of himself. I think that Julia's character is interesting. She doesn't consider herself pretty, but the author draws a lot of attention to her figure. To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexic ...more
Dusty
Oct 02, 2010 Dusty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dusty by: Jason Borge
What is truth? What is identity? In this captivating play about a down-and-out professor who poses as the great Mexican Revolutionary hero César Rubio, recently reemerged from hiding, Usigli problematizes both of those concepts. Truth is what impostors, advertisers and politicians convince us it is. Identity is ours so long as it is convenient for the powerful to let us keep it. As one character points out to César, a hero's body belongs not to the hero -- but to his country. Written in the late ...more
Guy Arcuri
Me encantó el contexto histórico.
Liliana Gomez
I loved this play. It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending.
Ivan T. alzate
The metaphysics of the overpowering cruelty of the corruption reigning in a non historical Mexican time.
Víctor Sampayo
Es la obra capital de Rodolfo Usigli. Fue varias veces censurada desde su aparición, en 1938, por el retrato sin concesiones que hace de las “maniobras” empleadas por los políticos mexicanos posrevolucionarios, encarnados principalmente en Navarro y los que rodeaban a César Rubio; pero al mismo tiempo es una obra acerca de la identidad y de cómo puede significar una oportunidad de trascendencia para un hombre que antes de ello había chapaleado continuamente en el fracaso.
Andrés Culebro
El gesticulador es una de las pocas obras de teatro mexicanas de gran valor político por la forma en que denuncia la farsa en que vivimos en México y de como la vida política del país se aprovecha de las mentiras para convencer al pueblo y como no escuchan al personaje de Miguel Rubio que es la imagen de los jóvenes idealistas.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this play for Spanish lit class when I was in college.
Jennifer Johnson
Este libro fue interesante, pero no is perfecto.
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Poeta, dramaturgo, escritor y diplomático mexicano. Es considerado el padre del teatro mexicano moderno.

Hijo de padre italiano nacido en Alejandría y madre austrohúngara. Entre sus obras teatrales destacan El Gesticulador escrita en 1938, en la cual hace una concienzuda crítica al régimen revolucionario mexicano de ese tiempo, debido a la cual fue censurada por el gobierno. Así como los dramas Cor
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