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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Huasipungo es una pieza fundamental en el desarrollo de la narrativa indigenista andina. El indio que aparece en ella no es un indio mitico, sino un indio acosado por una naturaleza hostil y por los tradicionales abusos de los latifundistas. Junto al indio aparece el cholo, victima del blanco y verdugo del indio.
240 pages
Published by Losada (first published 1934)
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This is a work of social realism/protest literature, which portrays a dire situation in intimate detail but has limited literary value. Huasipungo was originally published in 1934 (followed by substantial revisions in 1953 and 1960, aimed at making the novella more emotionally effective). It portrays the oppression of indigenous people in Ecuador, who are bound to the land, forced to work for little or no pay for rich landowners, and suffer all kinds of abuse with no recourse – the church is sho ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecuador, fiction
Not since the Jungle Novels of B. Traven has there been such an indictment of the treatment of Indians by white landowners. Don Alfonso Pereira is in debt to his uncle Julio, whereupon Julio convinces him to talk his Indians into building a road so that gringos could tear down the forests and drill for oil.

Written in 1934, Huasipungo by Jorge Icaza tells the story of the brutality, starvation, and natural disasters that come in the wake of Don Alfonso's road. The landowner refuses to show any we
Andrias Scheuchzeri
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, fiction, reviewed
I couldn't help but think about Animal Farm while reading Huasipungo, and as a Spaniard living in Ecuador, I've been wondering about the remains of colonialism and the history of the country. I'm surprised to see how many of these characters could very well be people I've met here. I had to ask my Ecuadorian friends what do they think about the book, to be told it is actually the story that has been repeating everywhere in the country, even before the Spaniards, during the Inca empire.

I felt a s
Vir - Física Lectora
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Around the world book challenge #14
Country: Ecuador

(Reseña en español debajo)

Jorge Icaza makes an excellent direct criticism of the treatment of "Indians" by Ecuadorian high society, represented by Don Alfonso Pereira and his family. The "Indians" are in the lowest place on the social scale, since not only are they mistreated and despised by landlords, religious, politicians, etc., but they are also abused by the "cholos" (mestizos, half-"white", half-indian).
Huasipungo is a Quechua word, meanin

Written in 1934, this novel describes the exploitation of Indian and cholo (half-Indian, half-European) workers on haciendas in Ecuador. It follows the lives of two main characters: the hacienda owcer, Don Alfonso Pereira and the Indian worker Andres Chiliquinga. As Don Alfonso tries to expand his hacienda and enter into the thriving lumber industry, he joins forces with the local sheriff and the local priest to convince the villagers on his land to work for free. As dangerous wo
Shine Zaw-Aung
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A book like Huasipungo is hard to score -- does it highlight the plight of the indigenous Ecuadorian Indians? Yes, brilliantly. Does it work as a novel? Only partly. It is fairly short but writing (or translation) is uneven. Only rarely Icaza notes who said what in his dialogue scenes, and characters speak in noisy, confusing, cacophony. In some crowd scenes, it works, but mostly it does not. Also, the ending -- depressing and realistic perhaps, but a bit rushed.

The novel is about a landowner a
Huasipungo is a great example of Spanish-American Indigenous literature, which I’m currently studying at college.
For me, the only interesting part of this novel was the portrait of the class conflict between landowners and the indigenous people, their slaves - that is actually the main point of the book, I believe. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fully appreciate it because of the aspects that made not enjoy this novel altogether.
In Huasipungo, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this literary movemen
Leonel Guillermo
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Huasipungo is novel written by the Ecuadorian writer Jorge Icaza that narrates the story of the landowner, Alfonso Pererira, who is running out of money and owes a lot of money to his uncle. Due to this, he accepts his uncle’s offer that consists in exploiting the wood on his land.
The story is narrated in third person with changes in the approach of the third narrator. I mean, at the beginning, the narrator follows Alfonso Pereira and his establishment in his abandoned cottage. Later we will kn
Jo Reason
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I start out on my new journey of reading the world, I knew there would be some shockers out there. Book number two was one of them. I have meaning to read this for years, after all I in live in Ecuador and it is one of the most famous books written by an Ecuadorian. I read t in it’s original Spanish. This book is all about how shockingly the ‘white high society’ treated the local ingedinous population. The name of the book, in the original spanish is Huasipungo means a small parcel of given t ...more
A story of Ecuador, this was written in the 1930s and felt a bit old-fashioned, but it also felt like a proper translation i.e. the original idioms came through along with a good number of vernacular words (with glossary) which kept conversation real. Although I haven't visited South America myself, the story was depressingly familiar - the indigenous Andean Indians and mixed-race people being used and abused abominably by the colonialists, their few rights (a hut each and an annual small gift o ...more
1934 novel which highlights the plight of the Inca-descended Ecuadorian Indians under the local whites, Big Business and the Catholic church. Trying to scrape together a living, utilized at will as slave labour to work for the Spaniards, their women seen as fair game, the church extorting every penny it can by invoking God's displeasure... This is a grim read, focussing on the Job-like figure of Andres Chiliquinga, a spirited Indian, but one who will, over time, lose everything.
Not brilliant wri
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's a reason why this book is considered one of the best or most famous Ecuadorian books. It touches upon latinoamerican realism, how the indigenous groups were mistreated and abused (And are still to this day unfortunately). I think it's a must read in order to understand more the current society.

I read it in Spanish and I think it would be more appreciated in the language (the indigenous people speak Spanish a bit differently, and it was very easy for me to understand since I'm from there,
[Around the World challenge: Ecuador]
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard book to read but a great look into Ecuadorian culture. Very intense, and some violence and rape scenes (not graphic however) that were hard. The amount of abuse that goes between people when respect and acknowledgement of the humanity of another is grievous. A decent book to read, but not one to pick-up if you're looking for something uplifting. ...more
Zachary Rudolph
“The Indians must never taste a single bite of meat. ... They're just like animals, they'd get used to the beef. And then who could stop them? We'd have to kill the Indians so they wouldn't kill off the cattle. For of two evil, tragic choices, we must always choose the lesser.”

Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sad.
Maud (reading the world challenge)
[#111 Ecuador] This book was interesting to learn more on the indigenous Ecuadorian Indians' fate, but to me it didn't really work as a novel, making the story sometimes hard to follow. ...more
Daniel Simmons
Sheds light on the awful historical subjugation of Ecuadorian Indians by colonialists. An important novel — but not a particularly compelling one, I’m afraid.
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
I first read this in a doctoral seminar, then again for exams. This time, while teaching the novel to undergrads, I appreciated it a lot more.
Read again (October 2015) with undergrads and loved it. They, however, did not. Maybe they just need to read it four times to appreciate what a masterpiece it is! This novel is for those interested in Latin American literature, and more specifically indigenist literature from the 20th century that addresses the abuses against native populations in the A
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating account of life under the Huasipungo system, showing the web of power, the different pressures and motivations, and the depth of human-inflicted suffering. Great book. It's interesting to reflect on both the vestiges of and reactions to this system evident in contemporary Ecuadorian society. ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a good read for anyone interested in the culture of Northwestern South America, and/or the history.

It also reads like the history of the United States and natives, only if the natives became the slaves and there was a more personal subjugation.

Basically: good read, sad story.

Very interesting, though.
Jun 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone working in Ecuador
As far as literature, not AMAZING, but definitely a must-read for anyone working with indigenous people in Ecuador. Depresses, but also helped me see how far things have come and how far thing can continue to progress.
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it
It is a personal love to know about Ecuador . The book was depressing but nevertheless was touching as the locals are called Indians and I could relate it to India too !!
The writing approach was very "real" ( different from the magic realism I have been accustomed to from Latin America)
Paula Vivanco
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truly shocking story of the Spanish colonization in Ecuador, and the treatment the indigenous people received. It has many words in "Quichua" or "Kichwa", one of the native languages of our country, which makes it really interesting and involves you in the story. ...more
Bustopher_ii Jones
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indigenism, novels
This books was published in 1934. It is one of the greatest literary works of Ecuadorian nationalism. It deals with indigenism matters in the Andean region of Ecuador, South America, during the thirties.
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
This was such an great book of fiction, which represents real events that happened to real people. Great imagery if despair and sadness.
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The classic Indian novel of Ecuador, a precursor of magico-realism. Depressing, accurate, descriptive.
Jun 19, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Classic about oppression of the indigenous population and the continuation of the Conquest 500 years after it began in the Americas.
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
what an cruel and freak book!.. i mean the historical type was so weir.. just.. uuggh!.. weirD!
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Jorge Icaza Coronel (1906-1978) fue un novelista ecuatoriano.

Su más célebre novela, Huasipungo (1934), que le daría fama internacional y que lo llevaría a ser el escritor ecuatoriano más leído de la historia república, además se convirtió en una obra fundamental en la evolución de la corriente indigenista del Ecuador, uno de los máximos representantes del siglo XX. Con él, la novela ecuatoriana e

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