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The Shipyard

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  663 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
With all the enthusiasm of a man condemned to be hanged, Larsen takes up his new post. Like the other workers at the shipyard, he routinely goes through the motions. Every so often, his sense of reality is shaken by a tremor of self-deception, and then it is possible to believe that the yard's glory is not just a thing of the past.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1961)
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Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Somewhat disappointed a couple of years ago with "Body Snatcher," something fortunately drew me back to Onetti. "The Shipyard" proves to be classic material! And so it's onward with the rest of Onetti's works........and maybe a revisit to "Body Snatcher" some day.

A bit slow out of the gate I think, "The Shipyard" reintroduces the reader to Larsen, also the protagonist of "Body Snatcher." It took me 30-40 pages to get into the matter, but from there on out Onetti accomplished nothing less than re
Mar 24, 2016 Gökhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İspanyolca'da üretilmiş edebiyatın kurucu metinlerinden Tersane.

Onetti'nin dilimize çevrilmiş ilk kitabı.
Hayatı boyunca yazının-sadece yazının-peşinde koşmuş , çok güçlü ve de şiiirsel bir dile sahip Onetti.

Bir dilin ve o dilde yazılmış edebiyatın kurucu metinlerini yazabilmek herkesin harcı değil.Onetti gibi güçlü bir dile sahip olmak şart.
Jan 11, 2009 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
novela deliberadamente densa, con instantes magnificos de herrumbre siempre llovida, rasgada por la degeneración y el abandono. El final es todo lo frenético que puede permitir un largo y farragoso preludio compuesto por "acciones ejecutadas por otros, cosas y cosas y cosas". y al final, la muerte es sólo un detalle, al que el escritor dedica dos líneas, como si él mismo quisiera huír de su fantasmagoría ,tal como Larsen al ver el cuerpo cubierto de Gálvez. 5 de 5
Gabriel Muelle

A veces en la vida hay que seguir adelante, siempre adelante.

A veces, casi siempre -y es necesario aclarar que "cada cuál habla de la fiesta según le vaya"-, hay que obviar la verdad y seguir empujando.

Aún habiendo visto el final de antemano. Aún conociendo la naturaleza de la farsa. Aún siendo conciente del engaño y la mentira.

A veces hay que cerrar los ojos y no escuchar las voces. Hay que acallar la mente, mirar sólo al frente o mirar sólo a los lados. Agarrarse de lo que se pueda. Distraerse
Nov 12, 2014 Cosimo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Questo corpo, le gambe, le braccia, il sesso, la pancia, quello che mi permette di stringere amicizia con la gente e con le cose; la testa che sono io e quindi non esiste per me; ma anche la cavità del torace, che non è più una cavità, piena com’è di avanzi, trucioli, limature, polvere, lo scarto di tutto quello che mi è stato caro, di tutto quello a cui nell’altro mondo ho permesso di rendermi felice o disgraziato. E così a mio agio e sempre pronto a ricominciare, se mi fossi concesso di resta ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No es este un mal libro, pero mi estrella representa lo que yo senti al leerlo: simplemente, no me gusto. No me gusto la desesperanza. No me gusto la certeza del fracaso. No me gusto la atmosfera lluviosa y triste, la ausencia de risas, de una esperanza real. No me gusto la seguridad de un destino fatal.

El libro es magnifico en crear una atmosfera constante a lo largo de las paginas. Una historia de desesperanza, de promesas hechas donde prometedor y prometido entienden que no hay sino vacio, d
Seamus Duggan
Mar 14, 2016 Seamus Duggan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
But in the end my memory of this book will be the atmosphere, the 'sets'. Each chapter is named for the locations where it takes place, heightening the sense of theatricality. The buildings dwarf the characters and it is as if they can only lose their way in their dark spreading shadows: "After a few months, these last scraps of proof that the shipyard existed in the real world, for someone apart from the phantom managers it still sheltered, trailed off altogether. So Kunz gradually lost his fai ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Kristel rated it liked it
This is an odd story written by Juan Carlos Onetti (uraguay). The cover of my book compares the author to Faulkner and his imaginary Yoknapotawpha. The story is set on the river entrance from the Atlantic and involves a bankrupt shipyard. There are these four men who all go about things as if the shipyard is still viable. An odd story but the writing is good. The main character, Larsen is a mysterious person. The reader never really knows his past, where he has come from and why he takes the job ...more
Federico Comesaña
El Astillero es una obra imponente de Juan Carlos Onetti, a mi juicio, el mejor exponente de la literatura latinoamericana. El manejo de las palabras y los ritmos es de una precisión majestuosa. Onetti es capaz de contar una historia no solo con el lenguaje, sino también con la cadencia de su narrativa, con su manera única y tan musical de contar su historia. Esto le da a Onetti un poder que pocos escritores tienen, que es el de transmitirle al lector un estado de ánimo que lo hace partícipe de ...more
May 07, 2014 Cosimo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personalmente "El astillero" es para mi LA gran novela latinoamerica pues retrata bien ese afán tan nuestro de hacer proyectos y soñar ser ricos sin nada.Onetti nos plantea acaso sea mejor vivir asi,persiguiendo malos sueños que vivir sin ninguno.Tal vez no sea una novela perfecta pero es la que más quiero.Saludos desde Chile.
Gabriela Solis
Dec 17, 2015 Gabriela Solis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nadie tiene el talento de Onetti para hablar de la desesperanza y aún así hacer entrañables a sus personajes y sus historias. ¿Quién podría encariñarse con alguien como Larsen, sufrir por la muerte de un ser tan despreciable? Yo soy la primera en alzar la mano.
Dec 30, 2013 Lacolz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hace cinco años, cuando el ensacado de blanco y mocasines bien voleados decidió expulsar a Lacolz (o el Juntapolvos) de la capital, alguien profetizó, en todo de broma, su retorno. Un retorno quijotesco.

Pocos lo oyeron en la capital y es seguro que el mismo Lacolz, enfermo entonces y todavía por la derrota de sepa qué y sus eternos asuntos del mal: el renal, y escoltado por sus pastillas, olvidó enseguida que volvería y volvió. Y volvió sólo para leer y, luego, se volvi
Feb 22, 2015 Saraí rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela, desoladora, desesperanzadora. Va un ritmo lento, creando así una atmósfera de pesadumbre, "gris" y desolación. No hay esperanza y ni una motivación por luchar, por mejorar (como estamos acostumbrados por las películas de Hollywood) solo queda elegir en como se va acabar, si es que de verdad existe esa opción. Ni un personaje tiene carisma, solo son personas, viviendo en un lugar olvidado de la tierra. Creo que Larsen es el único con ambición; pero las personas tambien se cansan de te ...more
May 17, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With no enthousiasm and later on ever more resigned, the main character Larsen goes toward his fate of deep consolateness, knowingly.
Where Larsen comes from, we don’t know. What really thrives him, we don’t know. What he tries to achieve, eventually we don’t know. So it’s existentialism from the first paragraph to the last.
It’s the language that keeps the novel going. Onetti makes sentences which are a sort of stubborn yet flowing. The fluentness is caused by repetition, not of the same words bu
Fer Martínez
Un uruguayo grande como pocos.
An interesting short novel, The Shipyard looks at Larsen, a man who has returned to Santa Maria, changed his name, and is now the (unpaid) manager of Petrus' struggling shipyard. Why is it struggling? WE don't know exactly, but there are but 3 employees, no running ships, broken down buildings, rusty machinery (which is being sold on the side in lieu of the 3 employees getting their salaries).

Why has "Larsen" returned? Why did he eave in disgrace? Does he think Mr Petrus will suddenly get--what,
Mar 18, 2012 Nikos79 rated it it was ok
Onetti deals through his story the failure of human argument. The human need to create in his mind a virtual state in order to manage to survive by doing something, although he knows in advance that this is a delusion and failure is granted. He creates therefore within the pages of the book the contrast between desire and reality. In all these, the very hazy atmosphere of the whole book contributes a lot by giving us a picture of declining whichever way you see it. I do not know if the lack of m ...more
Fellipe Moscardini
Sem dúvida nenhuma um dos melhores (e mais difíceis) livros que já li na minha vida. Onetti é um gênio, um Faulkner da literatura Hispano-Americana. Um livro repleto de niilismo e de personagens e lugares extremamente reais e palpáveis. Uma obra prima. 5/5 estrelas.
This book was an interesting short novel about a struggling shipyard where one manager, Larsen, and 3 employees are working without being paid. There seems to be more to the story as there are two books in the series and the next book explains why these people are working without getting paid. The language which is flowing is the best thing about the novel and I'm rather curious about this strange shipyard but I don't think I'll read the next book.
Apr 04, 2013 Cruna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho trovato la lettura di questo romanzo senz'altro più ostica rispetto a "gli addii". il pessimismo di Onetti e la sua realtà onirica si riversano sulle pagine e sui personaggi con una forza del tutto inaspettata. L'ironia che negli addii è più evidente, qui quasi grafia gli occhi. Non la definirei una lettura esattamente spassosa, ma intensa e profonda, sì.
Nov 30, 2009 Pickle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am definitely gonna have to read this book again in English. The ending is excellent. Very well-written, classic Onetti. Powerful and relevant commentary on the relationship between men and work.
Aug 29, 2012 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books-2008
It was good, but Larsen the main character is more anti-hero than hero. Did find it hard to find any character to identify with, and it's not an easy book to read, but that could be the translation.
Pamela Rahn
Oct 07, 2015 Pamela Rahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Onetti es uno de los narradores mas existencialistas y poéticos que he leído, Es una delicia, lo disfrute mucho.
Antonio Coz
Sep 07, 2015 Antonio Coz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"No hay sorpresas en la vida, tiene razón; por lo menos para los hombres de veras."
Jul 15, 2012 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-shelf-ro
A very particular style, sad but full of comprehensive psychological bits and pieces.
Joshua Potter
Jan 15, 2013 Joshua Potter rated it liked it
Detailed review at Potter's Book Blog:
May 29, 2011 Rubio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probablemente la mejor obra del gran escritor uruguayo Juan Carlos Onetti.
Jul 10, 2007 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me think of a Faulkner-meets-Camus story set in South America.
Steven Felicelli
Jul 05, 2012 Steven Felicelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onetti ought to be read more - or at least read at all
Feb 05, 2007 Francisco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela
Triste, derrotada... No es muy animada, no.
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Juan Carlos Onetti (July 1, 1909, Montevideo – May 30, 1994, Madrid) was an Uruguayan novelist and author of short stories.

A high school drop-out, Onetti's first novel, El pozo, published in 1939, met with his close friends' immediate acclaim, as well as from some writers and journalists of his time. 500 copies of the book were printed, most of them left to rot at the only bookstore that sold it,
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