69th out of 83 books — 10 voters
My Life with Pablo Neruda
Matilde Urrutia was poet Pablo Neruda's lover, muse, wife, and widow. The Nobel-laureate Chilean wrote The Captain's Verses and One Hundred Love Sonnets—two of the most celebrated volumes of love lyrics in modern Spanish letters—for her. In My Life with Pablo Neruda, Urrutia reveals her side of their famed romance. But her book is not simply a love story told by a muse; it...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 29th 2004 by Stanford General Books
(first published January 1st 1986)
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I wish this book were better written, so that I could give it the five stars I so wanted it to deserve. The content is rich and often beautiful, but Urrutia was no writer. She lived well and she loved well, and that ought to have been enough. She did the world a great service by preserving her husband's memoirs and seeing to the preservation of his unpublished works. Still, it was not time wasted to read her book, if only for the vivid pictures she described of Neruda at work and play, to say no...more
Didn't finish. Bleak, death, political upheaval, communism, extra marital affairs. Once I learned enough to see what was real in this romantic poets life I wasn't interested. Affair with Matilde for years while still married. Then had affairs with others while married to Matilde.
The intensity of Pablo and Matilde's love, Neruda's love for his country, and the horrors of life in Chile after September 11, 1973 are some of the threads running through this book. It is a must-read for anyone that has read Neruda's memoirs, Confieso que he vivido.