General from the Jungle (Jungle Novels #6)
by B. Traven
With General from the Jungle, the sixth and last of B. Traven's legendary Jungle Novels, Ivan R Dee completes the republication of this multivolume fictional epic of the birth of the Mexican Revolution. In General, a masterpiece on guerrilla warfare, Traven tells the story of Juan Mendez, perhaps the youngest and greatest of the Indian rebel chieftains, who leads an ill-eq...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Ivan R. Dee
(first published 1940)
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A satisfying novel that (horror of horrors!) takes liberties with its material and its depiction of reality. I get the feeling it would make a great counterpoint or counterpart to Conrad's Nostromo. Don't be turned off because it's part of a series - this book stands up just fine by itself.
It is a comic book in a certain level, since it illustrates Revolucion Mexicana as a war where only the leaders had the right to choose where the fight begins and ends. Personally I don't believe Revolucion Mexicana was a war where popular needs became satisfied after the fight ends.
Not as great a read as Rebellion of the Hanged or Treasure of the Sierra Madre but still good work from a master of proletarian lit. Traven took poor people and revolution seriously as protagonists and worthy subjects of fiction: what a gift.
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...moreMore about B. Traven...