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The Palace of the White Skunks (Pentagonía #2)

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The second novel in the Pentagonia, this is a phantasmagoric novel of adolescent rebellion and political revolution.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published September 4th 1972)
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Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verano-2017
Vaya libro.

La segunda novela que leo de Reinaldo Arenas (la primera siendo "Celestino antes del alba"), es también el segundo paso que doy de cinco para leer la "Pentagonía" completa, cinco novelas que cuentan, según palabras del autor, la historia secreta de Cuba.
"El palacio de las blanquísimas mofetas" extiende y termina de construir todo lo que comenzó en "Celestino antes del alba", y ambas lecturas son tan complementarias que me atrevería a decir que son obras paralelas, como si una hubiera
Éste fue un libro muy dificil de leer.
Lo acabo de terminar y todavía tengo un revoltijo en la cabeza. Arenas usa un estilo muy cubano, que es llevar todo a una hiper-metáfora-hiperbólica, como realismo mágico en esteroides. Lo comparo siempre con Lezama, aunque no tiene la calidad increible con las palabras que Lezama y es bastante más inclinado a la narrativa. Había leído "El Mundo Alucinante", que me gustó bastante. A diferencia de éste, "El Mundo..." es sobre hechos históricos, por lo cual e
Pese a que me gustó bastante y es tiene una prosa muy original y libre, no podía dejar de pensar que era Celestino 2.0

Aun así, la escritura de Arenas es increíblemente buena.
Dec 28, 2011 added it
Of the many perspectives in this book, the one that felt like a resting place from utter despair was that of a thirteen year old girl who had already committed suicide and was commenting from beyond the grave. That is to say, this book is sad. Very sad. This is not surprising, as it's semi-autobiographical, and Reinaldo Arenas is the writer made recognizable to contemporary US readers by the movie Before Night Falls. I picked it up expecting something different, put it down, picked it up again, ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Guirindán, guirindán, guirindán.

Chris Campanioni
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the best books I've read in awhile--and also one of the most challenging. The comparisons to Faulkner are inevitable but Arenas is more experimental and at the same time, more accessible/rewarding for readers. This carries the same emotional weight as his more famous memoir, Before Night Falls.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro denso, triste y muy poético. Reinaldo Arenas hace un reflejo onírico de la realidad cubana de finales de los años 50. En ocasiones, se me antoja la vida del autor y su familia.
Ariadna Lpz
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No puedo hablar aún del sentimiento que me genero este libro, me dejo nostálgica pensando en muchas cosas que debo procesar.. Fin
John Dizon
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reinaldo Arenas' Palace of the White Skunks is a searing indictment of the pre-Castro social system in Cuba, railing as much against its crushing poverty as the mindlessness of its military campaign against the rebels seeking to overthrow the Batista regime. The novel centers on Oriente Province, where Fortunato (Arenas) and his family move from their dirt-floor hut to the nearby town of Holguin. Largely autobiographical in nature, the story features Polo, Adolfina and their live-in relatives wh ...more
El palacio de las blanquísimas mofetas, segunda entrega de una muy singular pentagonía en la que este inclasificable autor cubano hizo un original recuento de su historia personal y de su país. En esta novela asistimos a la tragicómica peripecia vital de la familia de Fortunato. Éste, cansado del interminable rosario de historias de amor de triste final, de vidas señaladas por la frustración y el vacío —cuando no por la simple locura— decide un día jugarse el todo por el todo y unirse a los rebe ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
In this, the second book of five about revolutionary Cuba, Arenas brings us into the city to continue on the life of Fortunato, the boy narrator introduced in Singing from the Well. Fortunato is older now, and the narrative reflects this maturity by following a more chronological format. But his torment, misery and anger is no less. Always in the background is the gunfire of the revelution which captivates Fortunato and eventually ensnares him.

While less difficult than Singing from the Well, The
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
number two in his quintet of books. this follows a poor rural cuban family as they move from the country to the city and their struggles with this transition. many of the daughters become prostitutes and the father's fruit stand in the city is a failure. this takes place during the Castro revolution and is written in patches of different characters' voices. falls into the magical realism category. if you see this in the store or library, pick it up and read the first page. you won't want to put ...more
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: latino
written in prose-poetry, the imagery overlaps chronologically, making it difficult to follow. pov is more succinct than in the previous (Singing from the Well). this is the 2nd, and still auto-biographical, installment of arenas' five-book history of cuba.
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Well-written but seriously depressing stuff. At times hallucinatory and at times merely repetitive and annoying.
Sep 30, 2008 is currently reading it
just began reading this morning. :)
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This translation into English is superb.

Get this. Any way you can.
Sean A.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
certain parts are great but overall just couldn't get into this one.
Sep 22, 2008 added it
Best character: Adolfina
César Iván
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una novela increíble, así, sin más.
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Arenas was born in the countryside, in the northern part of the Province of Oriente, Cuba, and later moved to the city of Holguín. In 1963, he moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habana, where he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. The following year, he began working at the Biblioteca Na ...more
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Pentagonía (5 books)
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“Qué pasa, qué pasa. Y no sentí miedo. Y no sentí tristeza. Y
nada. Porque todo eso lo había sentido tanto que ya ni cuenta me daba si era que siempre lo estaba sintiendo o si ya no lo podía volver a sentir aunque quisiera.”
“Porque también estaba eso. No enloquecer. Tener el suficiente coraje para tolerar sin (auténticamente) tolerar, para aparentemente aceptar sin aceptar. Tener el suficiente valor para (aparentemente) hacer el juego sin traicionarse, sin perder el juicio; sin perder ese hilo casi inapresable que es el verdadero sentido, el que nadie conocía, y que nunca serviría para alimentarlo, para complacer a su familia, ni para disminuir el estruendo de las poleas, ni la claridad aterradora.” 1 likes
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