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Los años con Laura Díaz

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  670 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Laura Díaz is a passionate character, intimately connected to many historical events. Through her story, Carlos Fuentes writes the journal of the Mexican twentieth century, supporting his novel with facts and characters that define the shape of today's Mexico. In best-seller list of El Nuevo Herald and El diario la Prensa. Featured in Univisión, Telemundo, LA Channel 22, C ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Santillana (first published January 1st 1999)
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Bob
Laura Diaz' story is told through a series of vignettes, many of which Fuentes has modeled on the experiences of members of his own family, descendants of German immigrants from the region of Veracruz, and her experiences illustrate the artistic and political movements that shaped 20th-century Mexico. In an English television interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71W-uD...), Fuentes characterizes the book as a sort of female "The Death of Artemio Cruz," but it struck me as much broader in s ...more
Richard French
Dec 26, 2013 - I've read about 10% of the novel. Fuentes is an accomplished writer with an abundance of knowledge and a wide viewpoint. He set the story mostly in Mexico and sees characters and places from the inside. The opening chapter takes place in Detroit, which he sees from the outside. This difference is quite noticeable.

Dec 28 2013 - I find echoes of Mann's "Buddenbrooks" in this novel, as Fuentes acknowledges in the name he gives a walk-on character. Also to "War ^ Peace". Maria in thi
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Hamid Hasanzadeh
"سال هایی با لائورا دیاز" نام رمانی طویل است به قلم کارلوس فوئنتس ، که در سال 2001 منتشر شده و اسداله امرایی آن را به فارسی ترجمه کرده است. فوئنتس با استفاده از کاراکتر "لائورا دیاز" و سیر زندگی او تصویری از تاریخ قرن 20 مکزیک را ارائه می دهد که در ضمن آن برخورد شخصیت ها با آرمان ها و هدف ها بسیار قابل توجه است.
لائورا چند سالی دور از پدر خود در کاته ماکو با مادر خود زندگی می کند، سپس به براکروس می رود و رابطه ی فکری و عاشقانه ای را با برادر ناتنی خود سانتیاگو برقرار می کند. سانتیاگو در سن 20 سال
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David
I loved this book. It is a big, sweeping saga about a woman's life and reflecting upon the last century of Mexico. True to Fuentes' style, it can be grandiose and very political and yet very intimate. There were few dull parts considering its 600 pages. It is the story of a woman's seventy some years so one needs time to tell the story.

Her begins when she discovers a magical person in the forest, glittering with jewels but she is corrected. She came across a spiny ceiba tree with the sun glitter
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Carla
Leer literatura mexicana cuando se vive fuera de México cobra un sabor diferente; es más sabroso. Leer la historia de México a través de la mirada de un personaje como Laura Díaz es aún mejor. ¿Quién es Laura Díaz? Las abuelas de Carlos Fuentes. La mujer libre, independiente, que ama, que vive, que sufre, pero que nunca se estanca. Qué dicha vivir mi México y mi gente estando tan lejos gracias a las páginas de este libro, sentir sus tristezas, sus alegrías, sus esperanzas y contradicciones. Desd ...more
Christy
Well, I didn't finish this book, but I read 80% of it. I'd previously read another book by Fuentes in a Spanish lit class in grad school, which I also did not enjoy and imagined it was due to a lack of language understanding on my part. Now that I've read so much of one in English, I've realized that it wasn't that I didn't understand the language - it was that I don't understand the way Fuentes writes, nor do I like his characters. His rambling paragraphs jumping from the third person to first ...more
Juan Carlos Santillán
La eterna búsqueda de la "novela total" suele devenir mayormente en un bodrio intragable, del que poco o nada se puede rescatar. En este caso, sin embargo, es mucho lo que se puede rescatar: varios pasajes sobresalientes a lo largo de la narración y algunos personajes entrañables (especialmente el hermano Santiago, "Santiago el mayor"), que enriquecen el mundo de la protagonista. Lamentablemente, la posibilidad de lograr un resultado mucho mejor se pierde por la pésima costumbre de muchos escri ...more
Negar
the story of the efforts and the reveloutions in mexic,and it seems that laura diaz in the only witness of all.I really liked the way Fuentes told the story not just from the Laura herself,but also all the heros and all who tried.the ones who thought to be hero and they werent and who failed.all of them had sth to tell.Its their own story.its the story of loss, resnetment,anger and ultimately love.because of one thing,their own country,they become one narrator for their subsequent generations . ...more
Cyndi
A sweeping novel encompassing decades of Mexican politics, from the point of view of a fictional character who mingles with the movers and shakers, especially the socialists, labor activists, and artists.

Parts of the novel are fascinating and others are so inpenetrable that I couldn't get through them, I just had to skim. I don't know how much was the author's style and how much was the English translation. I don't think I've encountered another novel where I loved about half and couldn't read t
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kathe
Fue interesante. Es un libro con una historia sólida de ficción y además con importante información histórica. Nos narra un México en una (casi) centena de años y, como sudamericana, me resulta muy fácil identificarme. La forma en que los personajes históricos se mezclan con los de ficción es ideal. Un viaje por una realidad bohemia y, por tanto, tan viva, que facilita su lectura. Algunos capítulos son más densos que otros (y probablemente eludibles) pero son fieles al concepto del libro. En fin ...more
Cheryl Brown
I enjoyed the range of history and the historical figures but I felt no sympathy or empathy with or for Laura. The characters are like cardboard cutouts whose role is to show history and to philosophise (at times tediously).

I'm pleased I read it but I had to skim pages and kept checking how many pages I HAD to go before I got to the end. An interesting ride through various revolutions and oppressions.
T.P. Williams
Interesting, but focus wanders between family saga, political book, history lesson, etc. Too many characters are dropped in with no connection to narrative, and they have their say for a while, and then back to Laura (Jorge Maura's love affairs typical tangent like this, and he isn't even a main character). I think book needed a stronger editorial hand.
Ernesto
Bueno, en realidad no es los ano, sino los AÑOS con Laura Diaz. Me está matando está incapacidad de Facebook de mostrar las eñes y las tildes.
El libro me gustó mucho. Fue el primero que leí luego de una sequí lectora de casi 10 años.
La descripción del México de principios de siglo pasado y de sus eventos es fenomenal.


Ana
Hasta la mitad del libro muy entretenido, luego empieza a ponerse pesado, no me gustó tanto.
Linda
Only the fact that he's supposed to be a great Latin author makes me not give it a one star. Too long and obscure, kind of like One Thousand Years of Solitude, another supposedly great novel that I found almost unreadable. This one I slogged through for book club and got about half way through, with no reward for doing so.
Laurie
Fuentes' ability to weave political, historical, sociological, religious, and anthropological perspectives through the novel create a most interesting reading experience that takes one beyond the lives of the characters into the very real lives of those who serve integral roles in Mexico's history and culture.
Dana
Jan 19, 2008 Dana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jess Jones, Dana Perls, Rosa Singer
always loved carlos fuentes. probably my favorite of his that i've read so far. again, i'm obsessed with mexican history, so i'm a little biased. but i just loved the idea of this book--tracing 20th century mexican history through the eyes of a woman. historical fiction at it's best. beautifully written and absorbing.
Oswald
“Language is like the world: it will outlive us” P. 62
“You can be a social arbiter, but power and money will always have more privileges than elegance and good manners.”
“The world becomes too flat without ceremonies to mark the passage of time.”
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Patricia
amazing book especially if you are interested in mexican history during this time. details the way mexico city's culture and politics evolved during the times of famous artists and intellectuals such as Kahlo, Rivera, etc. through the eyes of Laura Diaz.
Christina
You really have be dedicated to read this and have a fair knowledge of Mexican history. There are several good quotes and sense of the book remains intact throughout the book. But I did not find the book compelling in anyway.
ASP
Que dire de ce livre? qu'il m'a beaucoup appris sur le Mexique, qu'il est brillamment écrit et très bien traduit mais... un peu trop grandiloquent pour mon goût, trop long, trop emphatique. Un grand roman, tout de même.
Claudette Banda
Dec 19, 2007 Claudette Banda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: guilty, latin-america
Sorry, Chuck, but The Day is Rained Tortillas and Drink Cultura were much better. Couldnt even force myself to finish it after investing in over 200 pages. One of only a handfull of times Ive given up on a book.
Paul
There is a lot of interesting information about mexican historical figures around the time of the revolution here, with whom Laura is involved. However, I found the story very slow and not very interesting.
Rebeca
Encantadora historia y si gustas de Frida Khalo y Diego Rivera este es un buen libro donde se plasman las pasiones , politica y problemas de un Mexico y una pareja tan excentrica y creativa
Marta
Overall enjoyed it especially the historical scene. True you need to be familiar with Mexican politics a lot of referrals throughout. I felt like I knew all the characters.
Callee
Started this one & pronise to finish it soon...but I feel like I can't be in Haiti & Mexico at the same time (emotionally, mentally...oh & physically as well).
Carlos Donaires
Desde los ojos de Laura Díaz, verás como se forma una ciudad y una mujer, recorriendo todas sus edades y el amor en cada una de ellas.
Angèle Rondeau
A journey of the Mexican XXth century through the eyes of a the Carlos Fuentes grandma! Fascinating and immensely instructive!
Jen
Great way to bring to life 100 years of Mexican history, but found the character of Laura somewhat flat.
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Carlos Fuentes Macías was a Mexican writer and one of the best-known novelists and essayists of the 20th century in the Spanish-speaking world. Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages.

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“Because it’s a fucking disaster to be creative when you know you’re not Mozart or Keats. Dammit, I got tired of scratching around in my past. There’s nothing in me to justify the pretension of creativity. This came before anything, before you, before Raquel, this is a matter of my own emptiness, my awareness of my own limits, maybe my sterility. Does what I’m saying to you seem awful? Now you want to come along and sell me an illusion, which I don’t believe in but which does make me believe that either you’re a fool or you underestimate my intelligence. Why don’t you just leave me alone, so I can fill the emptiness in my own way? Let me see things for myself, learn if something can still grow in my soul, an idea, a faith, because I swear to you, Laura, my soul is more desolate than this rock landscape you see here… why?” 3 likes
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