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1986 Biblioteca Ayacucho hard cover issued with dust jacket. Spanish language text. A history and sympathetic discussion of the Latin America.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Losada (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
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
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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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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Julie
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
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

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.
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.
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 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
Jessmccoy
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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!
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
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.
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
Uses a boarding school in a rural village as a microcosm of the tense relationship between the indigenous and non-indigenous population of Peru.
David
Not the easiest read, but a trip very deep into the mountains, languages, and cultures of Peru, farther than any Llosa book.
Yani
Bellísimo libro. Me gustó mucho más que Yawar fiesta .
Hugo Aparicio
Wow this is well-written
Amanda
I love Arguedas, a lot.
ArEzO.... Es
« رشته ارتباطی که وقایع این کتاب حسرت بار ، و گاه شور انگیز را به هم می پیوندد خاطرات کودکی است آزار دیده از اصل و نسب دوگانه خویش، کودکی که در دو جهان متخاصم ریشه دارد.پسر سفید پوستان، بزرگ شده نزد سرخپوستان، و بعد بازگشته به جهان سفید ها...او این امتیاز را نیز دارد که تضادی غمبار را بین دو جهان بیگانه که یکدیگر را نفی می کنند و نمی توانند حتی در وجود خود او به آسانی همزیستی کنند بر انگیزد...کتاب رودهای ژرف از خاطرات خود نویسنده منشا می گیرد؛ از آن خاطرات قصه ای سر بر می کشد که شخصیت اصلی آن، ب ...more
Dusty
Feb 09, 2010 Dusty rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Cesar Salgado
Two objections to this book:

1. Its pace. Deep Arguedas's rivers may be, but they sure move slo-o-o-ly. And my patience, especially when reading in Spanish, is typically on the generous side. To further prove my point: The hundred-page introduction, which is arduously detailed, moves more quickly than the novel itself does.

2. The footnotes. Apparently Ríos Profundos isn't the kind of book that speaks for itself. It was largely scorned (or ignored?) by popular Latin American writers like Carlos Fu
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Monica Bittencourt
É legal porque mostra o Peru de antigamente e a mescla das culturas espanhola cristã e dos indígenas. O livro é contado por um menino que fica em um colegio interno católico depois de viver de pueblo em pueblo com seu pai. Mas, achei meio chatinho em algumas horas, já que o menino é meio maluquinho e fui me irritando com ele.
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