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The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier
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Jan 24, 2012

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Though Carpentier richly portrays the history surrounding the Haitian Revolution and successfully describes the unending cycle of human suffering and strife, I felt that his language was unnecessarily bombastic and verbose. This drove me away from delving further into the story, and actually caused his characters to fall flat, in my view. Many of Carpentier's passages are gorgeously written, and thus alone are able to stand. Yet, when placed all together, the prose became too dense to digest. I do, however appreciate the value of this novel as an important contribution to the genre of magical realism.
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