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The Carreta (Jungle Novels #2)

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The Carreta is the second of B. Traven's six Jungle Novels which together form an epic of the birth of the Mexican Revolution. The young Indian who is the hero of The Carreta is an ox-cart driver. More sophisticated than most of his companions who work in debt-slavery in the great mahogany plantations, Andres can read and hopes to go back to his wife. But he labors with no ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published February 25th 1994 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 1931)
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Peter Ibsen
Sep 09, 2009 Peter Ibsen rated it really liked it
It really is a shame that more people have not read B.Traven. His style and story telling is unfuckwithable.
That being said I thought this was not as good as Government, the first book in the jungle novels. The only flaw is in Mr. Travens beautiful written and extreamly detailed prose of daily mexican life. All is told in exquisite facftual tone with a thin but very hard cynical and humourus tone (mostly in regards to the government, church and other aspects of "civilization". At times it can d
Paulina Sanchez
I can't remember the last book that taught me so much about what life was like at a certain point in history and told me a beautiful story at the same time.

La Carreta is a book that goes beyond describing the lives of laborers and carreteros in the beginning of the 19th century, in the mountainous regions of the south of Mexico/northern Guatemala. It tells the story of Andrés, from the time that he is 12 years old to his late 20s.

It doesn't just tell Andrés' story, it tells the story of the nat
Ulises Morales
Nov 10, 2015 Ulises Morales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El estilo de B. Traven se caracteriza por la crítica social hacia los abusos de las minorías y las clases menos privilegiadas mediante una descripción muy detallada con toques de sarcasmo, sus críticos tenían una opinión muy positiva de sus novelas pero todos estaban de acuerdo que el nunca sería capaz de escribir una novela de amor, la Carreta fue la respuesta de B. Traven, una narracion que deja de lado elementos fantasiosos e idilicos tan comunes en las novelas de amor y relata los sentimient ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it
Desde que B. Traven llegó a México se hizo estudioso y simpatizante de las comunidades indígenas de quien siempre escribió bellos libros. Esta historia narra la situación de la época, entre peones y patrones; las injusticias, explotación y sometimiento bajo el cual estaban los indios que trabajaban de sol a sol, sin sueldo o con una miseria, mala alimentación, entregados a una religión que no entendían y con una ciega obediencia a sus amos. Muy bella historia que además encierra una hermosísima ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
No one knows quite who B. Traven was, when he was born, or even where. He undoubtedly lived in Mexico, and this is a steadily sarcastic look at indigenous Mexico before the revolution. Sarcasm, however, is reserved for those with wealth and power, there is much sympathy with the protagonists and the blinding need for a radical politics. I imagine it simplifies people's lives just a bit, but a great read.
Octavio Sánchez Huerta
May 28, 2014 Octavio Sánchez Huerta rated it it was amazing
Traven is now one of my favorites writer, He did not born in Mexico but I feel proud if considering himself as a Mexican, it would be a truly honor the writing is about Mexican culture. A deep explanation about Mexican working life on days of Porfiriato. "Yo te ensañare a hablar castellano, a escribir, a leer y a contar. Porqe verás, no se puede escribir tzeltal, no tenemos letras. Sólo los ladinos tienen letras para su idioma".
Oct 20, 2010 Adastra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history nerds, capitalists
Shelves: historical, deutsch
Ein hervorragendes Buch was zu seiner Zeit sicherlich skandalös war. Trotz der zwischendurch immer wieder auftauchenden "Erklärungskapitel" ist es nie langweilig, im Gegenteil.

Der Schreibstil ist manchmal grammatikalisch etwas komisch und lässt grübeln ob und aus welcher Sprache das Buch übersetzt wurde.
Jul 28, 2016 Micah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-poetry
"A new and healing order of things can never come into being through order, however admirable, but only through the boiling up of disorder."

A Tseltal ox cart driver confronts absurdities in an ironically told tale of misery and love.
Aug 10, 2014 Mikee rated it really liked it
Shelves: latin-literature
This is a strange and powerful revolutionary little book, though nothing really happens. It is a polemic against the wealthy and powerful, and evinces great sympathy with the poor Indians of southern Mexico. Its' one of a series of "Jungle Novels" by the author. I shall read more of them.
Leonard Pierce
May 11, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've become rather obsesses lately with B. Traven, and this installment of the Jungle novels is probably my favorite so far.
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B. Traven (February, 1882? – March 26, 1969?) was the pen name of a German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. A rare certainty is that B. Traven lived much of his life in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including his best-known work, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), which was adapted as ...more
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