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The Monkey Grammarian

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  212 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Written while the Nobel Prize–winning author was the Mexican ambassador to India, this is a dazzling mind-journey to the temple city of Galta, "a sumptuous feast of visual imagery" (SFChronicle). Hanuman, the red-faced monkey god and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology, is the protagonist, offering an occasion for Octavio Paz to explore the nature of time and reality, fixi ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 18th 1991 by Arcade Pub (first published 1972)
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

Not a word in the dictionary to rest your head on. How can a true lover of language endorse it? How can a Grammarian escape himself? Hanuman watches the city he will destroy - first by naming and then by fire; Paz observes the Noble Monkey and destroys him by writing about him; and then sets himself down on paper, to be destroyed by the reader as he reads. The words flowing into meaning, the meanings flowing out as they do. Paz reads about Valmiki who had read Hanuman's readings of the battle of
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No sabría cómo definir este libro, y creo que es parte de su belleza. Paz juega con el lenguaje como un niño con plastilina, lo arma, desarma, deforma, cuestiona. Tiene sensualidad, poesía, imágenes hermosas. Recomendadísimo. Pero estoy obsesionada con Paz, así que no me hagan mucho caso, o no, mejor si, haganme caso.
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The best thing to do will be to choose the path to Galta, traverse it again (invent it as I traverse it), and without realizing it, almost imperceptibly, go to the end-- without being concerned about what "going to the end" mean sor wht I meant when I wrote that phrase . . .
José Angel Daza
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No le pongo más estrellas porque ya no hay más...
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Octavio Paz in his philosophical writings is a mad irreverent lone-ranger prophet of words, sounds and the stuff of robust, far-ranging euro-indocentric myth-meddling glutton of ideas. In Conjunctions and Disjunctions, you get the sense that for the author, the only ancient worlds that existed were indo/sino/saxon/aztec. Perhaps thats all there is??!! For Paz, these were intellectual civilizations whose underpinning is eroticism and exorcism with himself as the magicien alchemist, a true peddlar ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Art and India. This piece is rhythmic, sensual and peaceful. I have a sacred temple in my heart for pages and pages of poetry regarding exotic trees their medicinal uses. This is by far my favorite book of poetry.
El Usuario
"Me di cuenta de que mi texto no iba a ninguna parte" dice Paz y, precisamente, yo creo que ese es el problema. Terrible caso. El texto es bonito pero no tiene algo detrás. "Ay, pero si el agua, ay, si no sabe a nada".
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Me resultó complicado seguir el ritmo y lenguaje de Paz, pero con tiempo y ganas es posible (aún para alguien como yo) disfrutar de su exquisito léxico y recursos.
Francisco Ortiz
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Un libro experimental, valiente, poesía en prosa en su máxima expresión. Me lo repetiré cuando me jubile, jejeje
Mauricio Uribe
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tremendo glosador que supo encubrir (en realidad muy pocas veces) las lecturas que le fascinaron. Roba como un artista, dice un poeta texano, y Paz lo sabe hacer excelentemente, sin embargo esa brillantez de no dar crédito la siento, en muchas ocasiones, como un insulto; en esta ocasión, por citar sólo un ejemplo, no refiere que gran parte de "su" teoría del lenguaje proviene de Wittgenstein. Para ser un hombre determinado por el pensamiento binario, un mal traductor, un ensayista de verdades po ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Surprised by the pleasure of enjoying the translation as much as I had enjoyed the work in it s original language. Perhaps such pleasure derives from the sense-awaking way in which our Mexican renowned-artist, Octavio Paz, paints intricate designs on the canvas of language, using multifarious tones from his palate of language to paint language and so on.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravillosas descripciones, erotismo (capts. 10 y 11, increíbles) puro y duro.
Me llevó hasta un lugar exótico.
Cap 16 Liberación-reconciliación muy bueno.
Estilo agradable, con metáforas, pero muy descriptivo.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ensayo poético filosófico en torno a la creación. ¿Es la escritura poética un camino para llegar a algún lugar? ¿a la búsqueda de sentido? O por el contrario es la escritura poética una crítica del lenguaje, un desvanecimiento de las apariencias?

Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se me lengüa la traba. Se me mente la excita. Se me cosas las cambian. ¿Un cuento? ¿Un ensayo? ¿Un poema de largo aliento? O todo eso al mismo tiempo. Malabarea con palabras, se balancea entre las frases, salta entre los párrafos: como un mono a veces consciente, a veces travieso. A traviesa varias cascadas: que si el lenguaje, que si el final, que si el tiempo, que si la vida, que si la finalidad, que si el recuerdo, que si sí, que si no.
Rick Homuth
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't understand a fucking word of this book. But, hey, no complaints here. Funny after reading "Savage Detectives," in which the central characters adopt a stance towards Octavio Paz not unlike the contempt that is held for Robert Frost (or some better parallel, I don't know) by hip college-age poetics in our country. Either way, this book is a trip.
Guillermo Ramirez
No se que acabo de leer, solo se que es la puta hostia.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una obra maestra del lenguaje. Lo mejor es que uno podría volver a este libro 1000 veces y encontrar 1000 experiencias diferentes cada vez.
Adriana Garza
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poesía

La pura edición es ya una belleza en sí misma.
El libro es una joya, tiene de todo poesía, filosofía, religión, historia, sexualidad, todo en uno.

Queda la reseña pendiente, pero lo recomiendo 1000 veces.
Así como me puse a leer Piedra de Sol en pleno equinoccio de primavera en la pirámide del sol (Teotihuacan), tendré que planear un viaje a la India para releer este libro allá... recorrer el camino de nuevo.

" lo mejor será escoger e camino de Galta, recorrerlo de nuevo (inventarlo a medid
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Es uno de esos libros que uno nunca termina de leer y estudiar.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Beautiful language!!
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-reads, poetry
Beautiful language, sometimes slightly tedious, but still very much enjoyed it.
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Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature ("for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.")
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“A verbal trap; after the end there is nothing, since if there were something, the end would not be the end. Nonetheless, we are always setting forth to meet…, even though we know that there is nothing, or no one, awaiting us. We go along, without a fixed itinerary, yet at the same time with an end (what end?) in mind, and with the aim of reaching the end. A search for the end, a dread of the end: the obverse and the reverse of the same act. Without this end that constantly eludes us we would not journey forth, nor would there be any paths. But the end is the refutation and the condemnation of the path: at the end the path dissolves, the meeting fades away to nothingness. And the end—it too fades away to nothingness.” 1 likes
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