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Broad and Alien is the World

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  150 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A rich, unrivalled picture of the lives of Peru's Indian population.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Merlin Press (first published 1941)
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Vasha7
May 28, 2011 Vasha7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel, set in the early decades of the twentieth century, charts part of the long, bitter struggle of the Indians of the community of Rumi to keep their lands and their independence. It begins with them happily cultivating and herding, but unaware of what’s happening outside their highlands; then -- by legal fiction, political maneuvering, economic finagles, dirty tricks, and outright violence -- the large landowners, police, and politicians attempt to take the Indians’ land and, more impor ...more
Carlos Burga
Este libro fue deprimente pero es definitivamente un libro que tiene que ser leído por cada ser humano en esta tierra. Aunque Alegría cuenta una historia de la opresión del campesino peruano la historia repite el tema universal de la explotación de los pueblos indígenas a favor del “progreso”. Esta obra muestra en todas sus facetas la explotación de unas gentes que tienen más derecho a la tierra que el resto de nosotros. Lo que me pareció fascinante de la forma en la que Alegría conto la histori ...more
Cinthia
Dec 21, 2015 Cinthia rated it it was amazing
La misma reseña en español e inglés.
Same review spanish and english.

Esta novela es fantástica!! no es solo un relato bien trabajado y logrado de la realidad indígena en latino-américa ,sino también del carácter firme y verdadero de los seres humanos que luchan por obtener paz y justicia, todo sin dejar la maravilla de la literatura y de los cuentos entrelazados, de cada pequeño detalle que al final, en la conclusión máxima llegamos a comprender completamente y nos desgarra el alma!! MARAVILLOSO!
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Jacob Kanev
Apr 13, 2016 Jacob Kanev rated it it was amazing
One of the few book recommendations my Granmother gave me. You MUST read this book, she said. And she was right.
Paul
Aug 23, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una novela del desarraigo, del dejar la tierra nativa por causas exteriores que te empujan a eso, cuando la injusticia se cierne sobre una comunidad para arrebatarle sus tradiciones y forma de vida.

Gran novela que muestra el problema del campesino andino y su visión de mundo contrapuesta a los intereses de los gamonales, casi señores feudales que abusaban de su poder y su dinero corrompiendo autoridades.

Es una de las mejores obras de la llamada literatura indigenista. Ganó el Concurso Latinoa
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Manuel-Antonio Monteagudo Gauvrit
Una novela monumental con uno de los títulos más hermosos que conozca.
Philip Lane
Jan 03, 2013 Philip Lane rated it liked it
This is a patchwork quilt of a book. I got a good sense of the plight of the native South Americans who are in conflict with European landowners expanding their holdings. It isn't an edifying tale though and I felt that I didn't really get to know the characters very well. It seemed to me like a series of incidents and people telling stories about previous incidents. I was pleased to have read it though as it is an aspect of European imperialism that I haven't read much about before. Definitely ...more
Jennifer
Oct 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: peru, peru-bolivia
This book is the story of an Andean village in Peru in the early 1900's. The author does a wonderful job of depicting life, the different groups of people, their motives and their struggle. Very educational for one lacking background in the history of the area.
José Trujillo
Mar 28, 2013 José Trujillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente novela que muestra la historia oculta de los campesinos peruanos y su lucha por sobrevivir. La leí en el colegio y se me quedó grabado que hay dos Perús, uno oficial, el de la historia, y otro que no hubieramos visto si no fuera por novelas como ésta.
Rebekah
Oct 12, 2008 Rebekah rated it liked it
Translation is excellent of a somewhat depression account of the total destruction of a community in peru. The characters are very endearing and throughout the novel the reader wan
Natalie
Nov 11, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masters
Beautifully written depiction of the struggle of a people and the sad reality that is their never-ending oppression.

If only he could have found a more optimistic ending...
Alvaro Alcocer Sotil
Novela que cuenta la lucha y diferencias entre terratenientes y pobladores de un pueblo de la sierra. Denuncia las diferencias de clases y la injusticia social.
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