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Las buenas conciencias

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  660 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Jaime Cevallos está al final de su adolescencia; pronto deberá decidir el rumbo que tomará su vida. Por lo pronto, su percepción del mundo es que no tiene lugar definido en él. Se debate entre la moral cristiana y los impulsos físicos de su ardiente juventud; entre la jerarquía familiar y sus ansias de independencia; entre su pequeño mundo de pueblo chico y el horizonte in ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Punto de Lectura (first published 1959)
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A-ron
Sep 29, 2007 A-ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fantastic novel. Very short, but rich with meaning and description. Seems slow in the beginning, but by the end you realize that every passage was essential for the story.

Steeped in Catholicism, and Mexican Culture. I am not a Christian, but was not turned off by any of it. The religion is also an essential element of the story, the development of the character, and for Fuentes' cultural commentary.

The setting of the novel is Guanajuato. Historically the area is significant for Mexico. The regio
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Meche Baca
Jan 08, 2013 Meche Baca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No me dejó un buen sabor, sin que eso signifique que es una mala novela, más bien todo lo contrario, a veces la literatura nos enseña una parte del mundo que no nos gusta ver, o que tal vez nos revive algo de nosotros que no queremos reconocer. El fin de la inocencia, el claudicar un ideal para vivir en el conformismo, la aceptación de que somos parte de un gremio y que debemos ser consecuentes con el lugar en donde el destino nos puso. No es algo de ensueño, ni de pesadilla, es más bien la real ...more
Judy

Suppose your father is the black sheep in his Mexican bourgeois family and he marries a lower class woman, who becomes your mother. Then your father's sister, who has dutifully married a suitable but impotent man, decides to take you and raise you as her own, relegating your father to the background and your mother back to the slums. You are brought up in Catholic piety close to the bosom of your aunt who is called Mama Asuncion. As you reach puberty you begin to figure out who's who in your hom
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Gabriela Uribe
Jan 01, 2013 Gabriela Uribe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leí el preámbulo del libro, y predije que llegaría un momento al leer el libro en donde encontraría su conexión con el resto de la novela. Como seis o siete veces, durante el inicio de mi lectura, regresaba a ese preámbulo, sin encontrar aún ese vínculo que me hiciera suficiente sentido. Al regresar, releía cada vez con placer aumentado la descripción de Fuentes sobre la casa de cantera de la familia Ceballos, recordaba la genealogía de la familia, comparaba sus generaciones, sus comportamientos ...more
Miguel Soto
May 19, 2015 Miguel Soto rated it really liked it
La historia y la pre-historia familiar resultan asfixiantes, ahogan al protagonista de esta obra, Jaime Ceballos. Entre el engrandecimiento y el des-conocimiento de sus orígenes, Jaime se enfrenta al quehacer de explorar las posibilidades, aunque no necesariamente las tome.

Entiendo que la historia de Jaime Ceballos se repite a diario en nuestro México, pero la pluma de Carlos Fuentes la hace mucho más aprehensible, le da cuerpo, la hace real.

Excelente regalo de mi amigo Daniel Mota.
Jonathan Mirus
Aug 08, 2015 Jonathan Mirus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las buenas conciencias (1959) ya he hablado de lo mucho que me agrada la forma de escribir de Carlos Fuentes al menos en las únicas dos novelas que he leído de él (sin sumar esta), y “Las buenas conciencias” no es la excepción.

ubicada en mi querido Guanajuato, nos presenta esta historia donde nuestro protagonista Jaime es producto de una familia acomodada, cristiana y “de buenas costumbres”. La novela nos muestra el catolicismo que se vivía (y parece ser que aún se vive en algunas familias) en v
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Timothy
Jan 26, 2016 Timothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am very sorry to say that I did not care for this novel. I have little experience with Mexican or Hispanic literature, though I had heard of Fuentes as a good writer. He has a good style (though I did not care for it) in which he seems rather at home. The development of the characters was, however, somewhat confusing, and at times seemed a little confusing. Often, characters seemed to undergo crises that did not fit their prior development or their personality. It seemed to me that Fuentes was ...more
Ruby
Jan 24, 2015 Ruby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible. I hated it, and I like most books. It was as if Carlos Fuentes was just writing a spark notes version of an already terrible movie, without explaining what the heck is going on. The relationships between people are either infuriating, disgusting, or just plain weird. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. I was never able to get into the book, and in the end, there was not even a point- it just basically said that no matter what you do everything is pointless. I mean ...more
Anastasia
Mar 01, 2015 Anastasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: o-k, latin-s-2
Οταν η πίστη γίνεται τυραννία .... αν κι εμένα ,το συγκεκριμένο,δεν με άγγιξε όσο περίμενα,κανείς δεν μπορεί να αμφισβητήσει ότι ο Φουέντες είναι εξαιρετικός συγγραφέας....αναγλυφοι χαρακτήρες και μοναδική τοιχογραφία εποχής...
Karen
Mar 17, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Detalles y una narrativa bastante agradable. Te cuenta desde los bisabuelos y la introducción a la historia en juego, es amena a la imaginación. No somos nada sin los otros, somos parte de un todo y solos no podríamos llegar tan lejos. El cuestionamiento de los ideales cuando uno va llegando a la edad adulta. ¿Qué es lo que en verdad queremos? ¿A quiénes queremos en nuestra vida? Tan increíble que es el amor sincero y lo mucho que cuesta dar cuando no lo sentimos. Deseos de rebeldía y uno que ot ...more
Tazy
Jul 10, 2014 Tazy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leerlo y saber que se ha crecido en esa ciudad, sin que necesariamente fuera Guanajuato; reconocerlos sin que fueran los Ceballos; recordar su rostro, sin que fuera Jaime.

Las buenas conciencias sólo me recordó a él y a su familia. Sus aires de superioridad intelectual, sus desdén racial, su humildad falsa y su bondad de dientes para afuera.

Recordé las burlas a espaldas de sus amigos y las comparaciones de quien merecería ser su esposa y quienes no cumpliríamos el requisito. Volví a sentir esa se
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Geoffrey Fox
May 17, 2012 Geoffrey Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las "buenas conciencias" -- o sea, la hipocresía y la autocomplacencia de la burguesía provinciana -- triunfan sobre la juvenil rebeldía de un muchacho idealista en Guanajuato, c. 1946. Fuentes se permite entrar en las cabezas no sólo del muchacho conflictuado, Jaime Ceballos, sino también en las de la gente que lo oprime y lo sofoca (sus tíos, que lo están criando), las dos personas fuera de su círculo social que le muestran otras posibilidades, y del pobre cura Obregón, que resulta ser un homb ...more
Ashkan
Nov 01, 2014 Ashkan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«گمان میبرید که من آمدهام تا آرامش را بر زمین جاری سازم؟ نه: من آمدهام تا جدایی اندازم. از این پس خانهها به دو نیم تقسیم خواهد شد: پدر بر پسر و پسر بر پدر خواهد شورید.»

سخنان عیسی مسیح در انجیل که خایمه سیبایوس در بخشی از کتاب زمزمه میکرد، از فصل پنجم، صفحهٔ و ، برگردان محمد امینی لاهیجی، چاپ اول ، نشر تندر
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Michael
Jan 30, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in Spanish and LOVED it! I loved every single thing about it. It's been a while since I've been able to relate to a story as well as this one. Did not see the story ending as it did, although maybe I could have if I had really wanted to. Would recommend this to anyone.
Nancy Rojas
Jul 23, 2014 Nancy Rojas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carlos Fuentes realiza un fantàstico retrato de la doble moral de la sociedad mexicana ¡Cuántas personas como Jorge Balcàrcel y Asunción Ceballos siguen existiendo en nuestros días! Esas personas que deciden el futuro de sus hijos y les arruinan sus vidas en nombre de una Fe falsa e hipócrita..
Ahmad Sharabiani
Las buenas conciencias=The Good Conscience, Carlos Fuentes (1928 - 2012)
عنوان: آسوده خاطر؛ اثر: کارلوس فوئنتس؛ ترجمه: محمد امینی لاهیجی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، تندر، 1364، در 235 ص، اندازه 14/5در21/5 س.م.، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان اسپانیایی قرن 20 م
Michael
Feb 09, 2008 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aura, primer libro que lei de Carlos Fuentes, no me gusto. En gran parte, tal vez, porque no lo entendi. Quiero decir que no me paso lo mismo con "Las Buenas Conciencias", libro que creo haber entendido pero que no disfrute. La prosa es buena y como tal vez esperaba de un autor consumado como Fuentes no pude encontrar razon para criticar el libro por ningun otro motivo que el mas simple de todos: no me gusto.

La primera parte del libro se hace larga por la falta de dialogo. Se cuentan algunas hi
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Antonio Dominguez
Feb 05, 2014 Antonio Dominguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great realistic novel. It exploits on the many characters of Mexican culture to draw the reader into an imaginable story of life in central Mexico where tradition and culture have an inconspicuous evolution.
Fernanda Bueno Ibarra
Me causa conflicto hacerle review a Fuentes, porque le tengo un odio/amor que no puedo explicar, aunque no es definitivamente de mis narrativas favoritas, sus libros siempre me dejan impregnada de pertenencia, de que he conocido a los Régules, a los Ceballos, que soy un poco de todos sus personajes y esto tal vez se deba a mi mexicanismo. El realismo se deja ver en esta novela, pero de forma más digerible que en otras que le conozco.
Para definir el libro me quedo con el epígrafe:
"Los cristianos
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Anna
Read it for school. It was okay--interesting for sure. I don't know what to make of it, and its views on Catholicism, but it as thought-provoking.
Giorgi
May 02, 2014 Giorgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-classic
მართლა კაი ნაწარმოები იყო. კაი შინაარსის მქონე, მაგრამ თავიდან რთული ენით არის აშკარად დაწერილი, დიალოგები თითქმის საერთოდ არ გხვდება. მაგრამ თანდათანობით ეჩვევი და შემდეგ პრობლემას აღარ წარმოადგენს ამ მწერლის ენა.
Anna
Aug 01, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is incredibly powerful, expect a story exactly about "the good conscience."
Saraí Hernández
Apr 15, 2015 Saraí Hernández rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Termine el libro con rabia y asco hacia los personajes hipócritas, conformistas y clasistas. Me decepciona la esperanza que llegue a tener en alguno de ellos, y si fuera posible iría a buscarlo a San Roque, en el corazón de Guanajuato, para zarandearlo. Pero este impulso no es sino el rechazo a mi propia hipocresía,conformismo y clasismo, un enfrentamiento con mi buena consciencia mexicana.
Zach Freeman
This book starts out pretty boring and I almost quit reading it but the first chapter is just a lot of background and set-up. I'd say this book does the best job of putting forth an argument for true Christianity ("take up your cross and follw me", etc), though it does so mainly by pointing out that most practitioners of Christianity are hypocrites and self-deceivers (which I obviously agree with). There are quite a few memorable moments in here and I'd definitely recommend it. It's only about 1 ...more
Andrea Cantú
"No he tenido el valor. No he podido ser lo que quería. No he podido ser un cristiano."

El libro debate entre la moral cristiana y los impulsos físicos de la juventud; entre la jerarquía familiar y las ansias de independencia; entre el pecado y la salvación.
Un libro que representa las costumbres de las familias mexicanas y su doble moral.

Interesante como después de 50 años de haber sido escrito, la trama sigue parecida a la actualidad.
México es descrito en todos sus sentidos por Carlos Fuentes.
Doug
Nov 14, 2008 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Introverts
Although not a magical-realist work, this book is steeped in allegory, and concepts of ascetic mysticism. Its themes are psychological and philosophical, yet it is very real, and at times even gritty. The plot centers around Christian (and specifically Catholic) concepts, however the ideas the author explores around rebellion vs. conformity, truth to oneself vs. social obligations, are much farther reaching. Its a short novel, but be warned its not light (or light-hearted) reading.
Frdy Alt apan
Feb 26, 2014 Frdy Alt apan rated it it was amazing
bastante bueno!!
Charles
Oct 07, 2013 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book with a strong moral message (that none of the characters are able to live up to): what matters is love, not by words but through acts. A short, narrowly focused novel set in provincial (Guanajuato) Mexico in the late 1930s, its adolescent protagonist attempts to find his way amid the hypocrisy he perceives among the adults in his upper-class family. As typical of Fuentes, novel is especially good at capturing multiple points of view.
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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.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama; his parents were Mexican. Due to his father being a diplomat, during his childhoo
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