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Through the eyes of Pirulo, a boy who has run away from his house to work independently, we see a string of tragic events unfold in a Puerto Rican plantation (Carrizal) during the early twentieth century. Partly an ideological tale, dealing with the inherently colonial mindset of Puerto Rico (and thus the perennial theme of Puerto Rican pride against the Northamerican infl ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published November 28th 2000 by Editorial Cultural (first published 2000)
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While its melodrama may seem dated, the novel's picturesque scenes give the reader a sense of rural plantation life in mid-twentieth century Puerto Rico. Moreover, the presence of symbolic dichotomies allows for great analysis: freedom/slavery, patria/USA, pride and cowardice, honor and disgrace.

The portrait that the novel offers is tainted with nationalist melancholy. The theme of the "patria" or "nation" is prominent, and though sometimes Pirulo, the main character, feels like a mere conduit f
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