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La vispera del hombre

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Through the eyes of Pirulo, a boy who has run away from his house to work independently, we see a string of tragic events unfold in a Puerto Rican plantation (Carrizal) during the early twentieth century. Partly an ideological tale, dealing with the inherently colonial mindset of Puerto Rico (and thus the perennial theme of Puerto Rican pride against the Northamerican infl ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published November 28th 2000 by Editorial Cultural (first published 2000)
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Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
While its melodrama may seem dated, the novel's picturesque scenes give the reader a sense of rural plantation life in mid-twentieth century Puerto Rico. Moreover, the presence of symbolic dichotomies allows for great analysis: freedom/slavery, patria/USA, pride and cowardice, honor and disgrace.

The portrait that the novel offers is tainted with nationalist melancholy. The theme of the "patria" or "nation" is prominent, and though sometimes Pirulo, the main character, feels like a mere conduit f
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Me acordó mucho a un escritor que he leído antes. No falla en mencionar y en hacerte sentir lo terrible e insoportable que es el crecer. Cada humano nace sano y completo, y su crecimiento erróneo derrama todas las posibilidades de la felicidad.
"El problema no era, pues, buscar el sentido de la vida, sino vivirla sin esperanza alguna de encontrar su sentido."
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May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Esta historia me da mucha curiosidad por leer las otras obras del autor. Pirulo me inspira ganas de llorar, por las injusticias de la vida. Buen libro. Te hace pensar sobre muchas cosas.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: puerto-rico-lit
The story follows the life and the process of growing up of a puertorrican boy, Pirulo, in parallel to the industrialization of the island.
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Renowned Puerto Rican short story writer and playwright. Member of what was known in Puerto Rico as "The Generation of the 40's", a group of intellectuals headed by Lorenzo Homar.
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