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Preview — Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
—¿Ya murió? ¿Y de qué?
—No supe de qué. Tal vez de tristeza. Suspiraba mucho.
—Eso es lo malo. C…more"—[...] Y a propósito, ¿qué es de tu madre?
—¿Ya murió? ¿Y de qué?
—No supe de qué. Tal vez de tristeza. Suspiraba mucho.
—Eso es lo malo. Cada suspiro es como un sorbo de vida del que uno se deshace."(less)
There are passages of Juan Rulfo’s exquisite ‘Pedro Páramo’ that I want to cut out and hang upon my walls like a valuable painting. Because that is what this novel is, a purely beautiful surrealistic painting of a hellish Mexico where words are the brushstrokes and the ghastly, ghostly tone is the color palate. Rulfo’s short tale is an utter masterpiece, and the forerunner of magical realism ...more
Pedro Paramo is a novel written by Juan Rulfo about a man named Juan Preciado who travels to his recently deceased mother's hometown, Comala, to find his father, only to come across a literal ghost town─populated, that is, by spectral figures.
Paramo was a key influence on Latin American writers such as Gabriel García Márquez. Gabriel García Márquez has said that he felt blocked as a novelist after writing his first four books and that it was only hi ...more
“My mother…my mother is dead.”
“Oh, then that’s why her voice sounded so weak.”
This book, really a novella (120 pages), is a Mexican classic, an early example of magical realism. It’s original, startling, unique. According to Wikipedia Gabriel García Márquez has said that he felt blocked as a novelist after writing his first four books and that it was only his life-changing discovery of Pedro Páramo in 1961 that opened his ...more
Pedro Páramo is a descent into the hell of human memory, a plunge into an abyss of the dire past – the hero travels to find his father but he finds himself astray in the land of the dead.
Behind him, as he left, he heard the murmuring....more
I am lying in the same bed where my mother died so long ago; on the same mattress, beneath the same black wool coverlet she wrapped us in to sleep. I slept beside her, her little girl, in the sp
There's a 'Before and After' in this book, and though the transition between the two happens from one moment to the next, there's an immeasurable distance between them in everything except time. I think of that distance as the distance between the town of Colima and the town of Comala, both real places in Mexico.
When his mother dies, Juan Preciado sets out from his home in Colima to f ...more
This town is filled with echoes. It's like they were trapped behind the walls, or beneath the cobblestones. When you walk you feel like someone's behind you, stepping in your footsteps.
Juan Preciado promises his dying mother to travel to her home village Comala to visit his father, the title Pedro Páramo, and claim what’s theirs. This is the starting point of the novel. So he sets off but Comala from his mother’s tales is quite a different thing. Today it is a dead town, where ghosts of the past ...more
. . . I watched the trickles glinting in the lightning flashes, and every breath I breathed, I sighed. And every thought I thought was of you, Susana.
Like a message in the bottle, some stories float through decades and centuries on the endless ocean of an untold past and bear a timeless appeal by echoing few words of eternal desires – Wish you were here. Pedro Paramo is one such story. Surrounded by an iridescence of magical realism, the wonders of this gorgeous little book can’t truly be captur ...more
Spoken as a literary dream this grim tale bordering the fine line of fable switches past and present, points of view, with whispered elegance. Images are presented out of swirls of dust and cloud myth, tale and hallucination, revealing the cutthroat lives of existence.
I just finished Knausgaard's, My Struggle #1 and #2 wouldn't arrive for two days. Unable to be without reading a book I picked the slimmest off my shelves in my library. Even being a slow reader 124 pages could be finished ...more
Because of its disconnected and crypti ...more
It’s hard to describe what this book means to me. On about my second reading I wrote the kneejerk emotive “You Should Read This” response below. Now, on my fourth or fifth, I wonder if I’m any closer to a lucid appraisal.
He doesn’t give you much, Rulfo. If there’s such thing as a minimalist he’s probably it, though not with the magnifying-glass focus of late-period Beckett, or the plainspokenness of Hemingway or Carver. Gothic, otherworldly, broad (though not vast) in scope, Pedr ...more
Juan Rulfo ~~ Pedro Páramo
There are few books that leave me speechless when turning the lasting page. Pedro Paramo was one such book. Pedro Paramo may also be the scariest ghost story ever written.
I'm not sure I've chosen the right novel to begin with. Apart from my poor understanding of language, the plot was bringing more confusion than I could deal with. I felt utterly frustrated at times because I wanted to read quicker and understand what was going on. But then, the ...more
Where the living and the dead worlds collide!
To me this is the perfect bedtime adult ghost story and also the one to be told around a campfire with the appropriate sound effects of howling winds,rustling leaves,and of course the murmurs,always the murmurings escaping from the earth below and through the cracks in the surrounding trees,and a full moon and the"fat stars" and then the rains would start and the said story would be continued inside a tent with a torchlight under the narrator's face f ...more
I first heard of this book in March of 2013. That year was a landmark year for me as a reader. I read some books that year that have stayed with me to this day and changed me from someone who liked books into a bibliophile. I'd read The Brothers Karamazov in February of that year and it had broken me. I thought of not reading books again, but stumbled upon comic books which built my appetite and resolve for reading again. But though I decided to read again I wa ...more
Enough is written elsewhere to give you a good sense of the novella. There’s equally enough written elsewhere which speaks to this book’s foundational status with regard to magical realism. If asked, I’d only say Pedro Páramo is Our Town as conceived by Rod Serling and written by William Faulkner. Helpful?
It’s great to be able to say this book was recommended to me by Roberto Bolaño—partly because it’s true, partly because it’s exciting to have a great author make recommendations that speak to...more
Everything is vague and impossible to pin down. We see as if through gauze, into fog, at twylight. Spartan prose. And at the centre a love story, where Pedro the rake, with bastards in every hamlet, only ever truly loves his insane wife.
"And wh ...more
the dead within their graves shift uncomfortably.
A little of them seeps into the water,
a lot of that water we drink, many years after.
And with gentle steps we tread those cemeteries,
and with surprise we wonder,
why the dead have always been expecting us.
With her warm embrace she holds me within her grave,
whispering in my ears about the madness
with which she sought me through her living years.
And though now I am here among the dead,
I still find myself a stran ...more
Marquez has totally acknowledged its influence over One Hundred Years of Solitude. But his book is a popcorn compared to this one. My edition comes with the forward by Marquez and a short but wonderful essay by Sontag at the end. This is the book to treasure and read more than once. ...more
While reading this book, I thought I just started a journey, I fell asleep and woke up in to a world full of dreams, in which dead people discuss with alive ones.
The prose is exceptional and you just want it to never end.
In this atmospheric boo, where does life collide with death?
That being said, I recommend this to anyone that wants to read a boo that have inflluenced authors like Gabriel Garcia Markes.
It all started when I read a book about reading, one where the author, a short story writer himself, recommended this book (and that) of short stories. One of them was The Burning Plain and Other Stories by an early 20th-century Mexican author, Juan Rulfo.
"Hmn," I said (because I say that a lot), "my World Literature reading could always use a booster shot. I'll buy that book and read it."
Like retiring early, easier said than done. The Burning Plain is out of print ...more
"A simplicity and profundity worthy of Greek tragedy...Wuthering Heights located in Mexico and written by Kafka", The Guardian
This book influenced Gabriel García Márquez in the writing of One Hundred Years of Solitude, as well as opened a path for so many other “magical realism” books to come. In Pedro Páramo, our protagonist Juan Preciado arrives to Comala, Mexico, to meet his father, Pedro Páramo, whom he has never met before. What the narrator finds ...more
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