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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Ariel (1900) es un «sermón laico» dedicado a la juventud de América;tuvo una gran repercusión en América Latina, con su visión de los Estados Unidos como imperio de la materia o reino de Calibán, donde el utilitarismo se habría impuesto a los valores espirituales y morales.
Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Linkgua (first published 1900)
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Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I picked up this English translation of José Enrique Rodó's admired and detested essay at Goodwill. No, the "Ariel" mentioned in the title isn't the redheaded Disney mermaid. Rather, Rodó transforms his erroneous, idiosyncratic interpretation of Shakespeare's Tempest into an allegory for New World politics. In his configuration, he is himself the wizened Prospero, the old man -- what President Obama would probably call the adult in the room -- who observes the power play between dirty, ...more
André Martins
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
É frustrante pensar que um texto tão sintomaticamente neurastênico e complexado tenha tido a importância que Ariel teve história intelectual da América Latina. Sou contra uma disposição de leitura que "cancela" textos que não se conformam aos quadros morais de quem lê, mas custa muita boa vontade para encontrar algo de aproveitável neste livro. O antiamericanismo de Ariel é basicamente um pretenso aristocratismo do espírito baseado nas platitudes beletristas de Ernest Renan e outros autores de ...more
Alejandra Díaz
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Ariel es la razón y el sentimiento superior. Ariel es este sublime instinto de perfectibilidad, por cuya virtud se magnifica y convierte en centro de las cosas la arcilla humana a la que viene vinculada su luz".

Este ensayo es realmente alentador. Habla sobre los defectos de la democracia, sobre explotar todo el potencial de nuestra naturaleza humana, sobre el utilitarismo, sobre los objetivos de la vida, sobre la esperanza...
Me encantó, sobre todo porque hay cosas que ya había pensado antes y
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-non_fiction
You know, it's a bit hard to be angry at a book when you were warned.

Line one, page one of the prologue, by Carlos Fuentes:
"This is a supremely irritating book."

He also goes on to praise the translation, which removes any doubts about the essay in English..

Then, however, there's Rodo, who's suggests a new identity for Latin America based on the classic cultures, instead of the mediocrity of the American enterprise. With French Philosophy in one hand, and Greek Geography in another, he builds a
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
O livro não é importante por suas qualidades intrísicas — que são poucas, afinal, pois se trata de um estilo datado e uma prosa empoeirada —, mas pelos debates que engendrou. A partir do Ariel de Rodó, muita tinta escorreu para definir o que seria a identidade latino-americana no concerto das nações.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A criticism of North American culture and ethos from one of the most influential thinkers of Latin America. Written in 1898.
As the introduction (more intelligent, in many ways, than the actual essay) states, "this is a supremely irritating book." It has much to offer the student of Latin American culture, the armchair philosopher, or indeed any interested reader, but it is important to recognize it for what it is: an ultimately confusing mix between profundity and absolute nonsense.

The good parts of the essay are Rodó's musings on the value of the humanities and culture in general, and on the importance of looking
Pía López Copetti
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Undoubtedly a book that anyone who believes in the pure essence of self-growth has to read. Rodó places us in the magistral class of Próspero, giving his goodbye speech to his group of students while reminding them of the importance of Ariel - the figure that evokes the spirit of glory, order, a noble thirst for knowledge and the importance of thinking, the love for art, but not failing under the temptation of the everlasting thought, a life whose purpose resides in taking action.

Rodó covers
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
No es lectura fácil, sin embargo la temática es vigente ya que Rodó nos advierte de los peligros de la sociedad americana. Critica los Estados Unidos con su enfoque materialista en la vida y previó las consecuencias del poder. Hoy en día vemos el resultado en el narcisismo y egoismo visible en líderes como Trump.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: think-pink
Ariel is the same as le petit prince that was written twenty years later
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, política
Paul A.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
José Enrique Rodó, perteneció a una generación literaria brillante del Uruguay, diferenciándose por su propuesta mas ensayista y filosófica que narrativa.

Algo para destacar de su ensayo Ariel, es la belleza y delicadeza de su escritura, ese modernismo latente en su pluma, donde se ve claramente reflejada esa influencia de estilo francesa. En una parte de su ensayo, Rodó nos dice que la verdad debe estar acompañada de la belleza y para acentuar esa máxima, dota a su ensayo de una belleza de
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This landmark essay by Jose Rodo is not easy-reading, but its message is profound, and as relevant, if not more so, today as it was in the year 1900. The Uruguayan Rodo calls on his fellow Latin-Americans to reject the consumerism, materialism, and hedonism he sees personified by the U.S., the ultimate seducer and tempter.

The narrative, allegorically-inspired by Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' sees the professorial 'Prospero' observe a debate between 'Ariel'-representing Latin America- and
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
In cleaning through my apartment I have found an old treasure-trove of book related papers, including my “books read” list from 1999-2000. In addition to listing the books, I wrote about 2-3 sentences to myself – sometimes they were plot reminders, sometimes commentary on the books. They were not intended to be read by anyone other than myself. I don’t imagine these will be very helpful to anyone else, but I’m posting them here for two reasons: first, to keep my reviews/comments in one place now ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-america
Rodo, influenced by Plato, Renan, and a host of other authors (who are constantly referenced), sets his work in a Latin American classroom, where the wise teacher urges his young students to pursue idealism and excellence over materialism and utilitarianism. I need to understand more about Hegelian thought and Romanticism, but it is certainly in that stream of thought, where cultures contribute to the progress of the human spirit. It was a thought-provoking read, and according to Howard Wiarda ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book three times for three different graduate classes. In Spanish & English. I'm about ready to burn it.
Drew Maher
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Had some interesting parts, but mostly not worth the time.
David Renderos
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
No me gustó para nada este libro , critica mucho el imperialismo de los Estados Unidos .
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Uruguayan writer and politician.

Rodó denounced pragmatic utilitarianism and Nordomania the Latin American attraction to North America.

He died in 1917 in a hotel in Palermo, Sicily, while working as correspondent for the Argentine weekly magazine Caras y Caretas.
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