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A best-selling volume of Pablo Neruda's poetry in an English-Spanish edition.Pablo Neruda is one of the world's most popular poets, and in The Book of Questions, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poign...more
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Published April 1st 2001 by Copper Canyon Press (first published 1974)
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Nancy Ibrahim
اذا مت و لم أعلم بموتي فمن اسأل عن الوقت ؟
قل لي : الوردة عارية ام هو ثوبها الوحيد ؟
لما تخفي الأشجار روعة الجذور ؟
من يصغي لندم السيارة الجانية ؟
هل من أمر أشد حزنا من قطار يقف تحت المطر ؟
كم كنيسة في الجنة ؟
لماذا تنتحر الأوراق حين تشعر بالإصفرار ؟
هل السلام سلام الحمام ؟ هل يشن النمر حربا ؟
كم سؤالا عند النقطة ؟
ماذا يقول عن شعري الذين لم يمسوا دمي ؟
لماذا لا يبادر الخميس الى الحضور بعد الجمعة ؟
لماذا لا يمنح نيشان لأول ورقة ذهبية ؟
كيف علافت حبات العنب الخط الجماعي للعنقود ؟
من السيء العيش بلا جحيم : أفل...more
316 questions posed by the great poet just months before his death. I found more than 70 of them worth copying into my journal, and I'm not particularly compulsive about things like that. Reading them, you will probably find yourself transported to an especially thoughtful and unusual frame of mind.

Here are some personal favorites (spaced widely to try to preserve some measure of the original pacing):

Is it true that in an anthill, dreams are duty?

Am I allowed to ask my book whether it's true I w...more
Kareem Mohmed
لو خيرت في وضع تساؤلٍ إكمالاً للكتاب، فسأقول:

لماذا لم يضعوا عدداً لانهائياً من "النجمات" للتعبير عن الكتب التي لا تليق بها خمس نجوم ؟!

ديوان فاتن ، تساؤلات وجودية مدهشة ، مربكة جداً.

بابلو نيرودا عبقري في التقاط تلك الأشياء الخفية بداخلنا وبخارجنا على السواء.
Apr 10, 2008 Rich rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Simply hilarious. The great Chilean poet wrote a book of nothing but strange, bizarre questions, like:

Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?

Why do trees conceal
the splendor of their roots?

Who hears the regrets
of the thieving automobile?

Is there anything in the world sadder
than a train standing in the rain?

Many of them would make for great prompts for writing exercises.

نيرودا يلقي بتساؤلاته الأخيرة دون بحثٍ عن الجواب و قد كان هذا كتابه الأخير بالمناسبة، تساؤلاته الكونية و الفلسفية الجاد منها و الهازل ، تساؤلاته في الحب في الطبيعة في كل شيء تقريباً . يتسائل كم سؤالاً عند القطة و كيف نالت الدراجة المهجورة حريتها و عن الشمس كم تبدو مؤذية في الصحراء و لطيفة في حديقة المستشفى و لماذا يغدو الضباب أخضراً في باتاغونيا و لماذا اختار الجبن فرنسا مقراً لبطولاته و ما الذي يدفع البطيخ للضحك ساعة ذبحه و الكثير من التساؤلات الشهيّة .
Mish Faqeeh
At the end of the book I felt as if I just read my own thoughts. Some questions leave you really frustrated I honestly loved this book
Jennifer Donahue
I received The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda (Copper Canyon Press, 2001) for Christmas and started reading this slim volume right away. Here is the summary from the publisher:

"In The Book of Questions, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poignant, Neruda's questions lead the reader beyond reason into realms of intuition a...more
Deviant Geek
deep questions to which there's no answer
بحثت عن هذا الكتاب طويلا حتى وجدته. كنت أظن أنه أعمق وأكثر شاعرية!
معظم تساؤلات بابلو نيرودا عادية! و ﻻ تثير الصدمة أو الدهشة كما كنت اعتقد

الشِعر المكثّف عليه ان يدهش القارئ ليعيد التفكير في طبيعة الاشياء. لﻻسف لم اجد اي من هذا في "كتاب التساؤلات" هذا.

ظننت ان مريد البرغوثي اخذ عن هذا اليوان عندنا ألّف قصائد "منطق الكائنات"، لكن شتان. قصائد "منطق الكائنات" لمريد البرغوثي اكثر عمقا و ادهاشاً
I love this book. I realize while I'm reading it that my mind is both: 1)reading the question and thinking about it; and 2)seemingly hopping from one brain hemisphere to the other. Something is happening, it's fascinating! I wonder if there is a relationship between enjoyment of these poems and 'open-mindedness' as a character trait. Wonderful images and emotional journeys.
Nov 17, 2011 Free rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who reads poetry or is curious about poetry.
The Book of Questions / El Libro de las preguntas

Once I have read every poem, this book it will remain on my nightstand with other favorite books. I don't read the pages in order - this isn't that kind of book: some of the questions are serious and some make me laugh. Reading the poems in Spanish, in the language of the poet makes them more meaningful.
Barbara Lovejoy
I had read this bilingual book a number of years ago but wanted to read it again after reading The Dreamer. I love the questions Neruda asks in poetry style in this book! These questions would be a great starting point in getting students (and educators, too!) to write similar kinds of questions.
Coincidence F
لم يكن الشعر بالنسبة لنيرودا مجرد تعبير عن العواطف والمسائل الشخصية بل هو كما عبر " نداء عميق يتعالى في الإنسان ، و من هناك ينبعث الطقس الديني ، والترانيم ، ومحتوى الديانات "
شعرت بصوفية اسئلة نيرودا !
تلك الأسئلة الطفولية البريئة تدل على تأمل واضح لدقائق الطبيعة ، احياناً بأسئلة لفرط براءتها تعتبر سخيفة .. واخرى تترك باباً موارباً لبضعة تفكير وتأمل .
احسسته كما وصف نفسه بشعره يتلو طقساً فطرياً كأنما هو صلاة .. يسأل لنجعلنا نرى الله بطريقة مختلفة .. كل الأسئلة التي تخص الخريف وتخص الشمس والسماء كان...more
Nov 23, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Neruda ;)
Shelves: poetry, shannon
Occasionally, but infrequently, borders on the cutsey. For the most part, though, the questions are beautiful and koan-like, with the best running into one another like a brief breeze. 4 1/2 stars if that was possible.
A m i r
راستی چرا؟... در واقع عنوانی است انتخابی برای دفتر پرسش‌ها که جزء آخرین دفترهای شعری نروداست و پس از مرگ او به چاپ رسید.
نرودا در فضایی بسیار متفاوت پرسش‌هایی را در میان می‌گذارد که برای بسیاری از آن‌ها جوابی نمی‌شود یافت. نرودا در این کتاب گویی از سیاره‌دیگر پا به جهان ما گذاشته است و هر آن‌چه پیرامون او است پرسشی را در او برمی‌انگیزد. پرسشی دور از قوانین و چارچوب‌های مألوف.
سؤال‌های نرودا حیرت‌انگیز و زیبا و رازناک‌اند. ئر خواندن آن‌ها گاه لبخند به لب می‌نشیند گاه این لبخند به خنده‌ای پرصدا مبدل...more
Alan Nunez
Nonsensical, seemingly irrelevant, quixotic - yet, once read, how could you not ask these questions of yourself.

More to the point, how could you not ask these of your lover?
tahmid abtahi
"how do i tell the turtle
that i am slower than he?"

"and who went out to live for me
when i was sleeping or sick?"

"when i see the sea once more
will the sea have seen or not seen me?

why the waves ask me
the same questions i ask them?"

and many more deviant questions that seems to have fragmented from thoughts that found simplicity for telling a complex note. i felt touched and got frequent goosebumps with the freshness inherent with a neruda a book that would suddenly ask out questions -you...more
"Perhaps they died of shame, those trains that lost their way."
"Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?"
Aisha Alabdullah
صغير جدا..
عميق جدا جدا جدا
Aug 07, 2013 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shannon by: Mike
Beautiful and brilliant.
What an absurd little book! Some of the most striking questions & images were about nature. Borrowed from the library, hopefully i'll own this little volume soon. There were too many questions to copy down into a notebook, but here were a few I liked.

"How do the seasons know
they must change their shirt?"

"Do you know what the earth
meditates upon in autumn?"

"Why does the hat of night
fly so full of holes?"

"Is it true that in an anthill
dreams are a duty?"

"Is it true sadness is thick
and melancho...more
Farhan Khalid
Tell me, is the roses naked

or is that her only dress?

Why do trees conceal

the splendor of their roots?

Is there anything in the world sadder

than a train standing in the rain?

How many churches are there in heaven?

does smoke talk with the clouds?

Does a pear tree have more leaves

than 'Remembrance of Things Past'?

Why wasn't Christopher Columbus

able to discover Spain?

How old is November anyway?

Who shouted with glee?

When the color blue was born?

Why does the earth grieve

when the violet appear?

Do you know...more
This book was fantastic and amazing. The length was short, clipped even, but stuck into the very core and refused to be removed. Even now, I still feel it in me, the words tumbling around in my head and asking the same questions over and over.

I recently went on a trip and had to fly. I hate flying and have the completely irrational fear of falling and crashing. It's ridiculous, I know. When I was packing, I brought a few things for entertainment, but I also thought, 'If I'm going to die, what w...more
selain faktor pengarang, saya tertarik buku ini karena judulnya. 'tanya' memang telah jadi sangat akrab bagi saya. tidak saja karena (hampir) tiap hari ada tanya yang terlontar dari benak dua bocah saya, tapi juga dari benak 'sisi bocah' saya sendiri. karya ini lahir hanya beberapa bulan sebelum kematian neruda di bulan september 1973....integrating in these poems the wonder of a child with intellectual and emotional life of an adult. begitu katanya. dan saya langsung menyukainya.

where is the ch
I have always loved reading poems in Spanish and then English, but with Neruda, I find I disagree with the translations and think they are more powerful if the Spanish rhythm is preserved. They might seem awkward at first, but then it becomes natural, lyrical. A good example is:

Como se reparten el sol en el naranjo las naranjas?

My translation: How is the sunlight divided by the oranges in the orange tree? This translation’s imagery brings the division of the sun’s ray or the sunlight to the fore...more
A great book to read while your mind is fighting to acquire language. Strange, unexpected questions that don't demand answers, that just drift. Which is not to suggest that they aren't important. Some of these questions scorched:

And does the father who lives in your dreams
die again when you awaken?

Others were just pure delight in image:

Which yellow bird
fills its nest with lemons?

A lot here. Recently visited Neruda's house in Isla Negra, and, wow, it was lavish. Neruda was quite the collector...more
Buku yang saya sukai adalah buku yang mengharuskan saya menuangkan dulu koleksi hal-hal rasional ke suatu tempat kemudian ketika sudah kosong and open with every little oddness thing about to face, there i able to taste it. Salah satunya The Book of Questions.

Buku ini berisi 300 lebih pertanyaan-pertanyaan aneh. Kretifitas Neruda mirip sebuah kegilaan.
Dia bertanya-tanya kemana pergi mimpi setelah kita bangun (apa mengalir ke mimpi orang lain) ,dia bertanya kepada siapa nasi menyunggingkan senyum...more
عبير أبو دية
لماذا تسألني الأمواج
الأسئلة التي أسألها ؟

هل أملك رائحتي و ألمي
حين أغفو محطّماً ؟

كيف نزهر
في صحراء الحلم ؟

أين زرعوا
عيون الرفيق بول إيلوار ؟

لماذا أنفقنا كل هذه السنين
نكبر، لنفترق ؟

ألا تشعر الخطر أيضاً
في ضحك البحر ؟

ماذا نسمّي حزن
الخروف الوحيد ؟

لماذا تحزن الأرض
حينما يظهر البنفسج ؟

نيرودا العميق ..الجميل ..

Gak terlalu suka sama puisi sebenarnya tapi judul bukunya si Pablo Neruda tuh, mengundang banget buat dibaca. Judul dalam bahasa aslinya El libro de las preguntas. Puisi-puisinya di buku ini gak berjudul. Isinya tentang berbagai macam pertanyaan. Dari mulai soal remeh-temeh sampai persoalan politik dan filosofi banget semua ada di buku ini. Neruda bahkan menulis: Cuántas preguntas tiene un gato? (How many questions does a cat have?) –VIII, hlm.8. Kayaknya kucing kalah sama Neruda. :p Berasa baca...more
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Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a "practical" occupation. Neruda's pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda; Pablo is thought to be fro...more
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