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The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
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Dec 16, 09

Recommended to MaryFrances by: Spanish professor
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the Mexican Revolution
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1

The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes is a novel about 20th century Mexico, portrayed through the life of Artemio Cruz, a young soldier in the Mexican Revolution who becomes a wealthy and corrupt landowner. The novel recounts the events of Cruz’s life from his deathbed as his family tries to persuade him to reveal the location of his will. My favorite aspect of The Death of Artemio Cruz is the way that Fuentes describes the corruption of Mexico during the 20th century. With each page, I was even more surprised by the atrocity of Cruz’s actions as he gained political power throughout his life. Artemio Cruz is possibly one of the most awful characters of Latin American literature, but also one of the most interesting. Even though it is a very difficult book to read, due to the varying points of view and the fact that it is told out of order chronologically, you should definitely read The Death of Artemio Cruz in order to discover just how evil a person can truly be.

La muerte de Artemio Cruz por Carlos Fuentes es una novela sobre México durante el siglo XX, retratada por la vida de Artemio Cruz, un soldado en la Revolución Mexicana que llega a ser un terrateniente muy rico y corrupto. La novela relata los acontecimientos de la vida de Cruz desde su lecho de muerte mientras su familia trata a persuadirlo a revelar el lugar de su testamento. Mi aspecto favorito de La muerte de Artemio Cruz es la manera en que Fuentes describe la corrupción de México durante el siglo XX. Con cada página, estaba aún más sorprendida por la atrocidad de las acciones de Cruz mientras va ganando poder político por su vida. Artemio Cruz es posiblemente uno de los personajes más horribles de la literatura Latino Americana, pero es uno de los más interesantes también. Aunque la novela es muy difícil a leer, a pesar de los puntos de vistas variados y el hecho que Fuentes no escribe la novela en el orden cronológico, se debe leer La muerte de Artemio Cruz para descubrir qué malo una persona puede ser.
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