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Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Literature is perhaps Mexico's best landscape, encompassing both past and present, revealing the multiple colors of its geographic expanse and the shapes of its imagination and memory. The Short story provides our best and quickest view - or our most faithful mirror- of all things Mexican. This anthology presents a collection of twenty stories of extraordinary quality, wri ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Fondo de Cultura Economica USA (first published 2008)
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Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
What an unusual book. Most of the stories were hard to get my head around . . . I'd finish reading and think "huh?" I have the feeling that I missed a lot, that the stories are deep and meaningful and I just didn't get it. This book would be good to explore in class, with an instructor who's familiar with Mexican literature and the surrealist movement.
While I was weeding stuff from the garage, I came across The Big Read booklet for the 2010 CU Big Read which was this book. I decided to put it to use since I have had it all these years now. The date for the big read was April 1st - May 5th 2010 but we were too busy getting married, and packing to leave.

Serves as a book of Latin American history or literature for my 2017 looking all around challenge.

20 July 2017. I failed. I made it through the intro and three stories. Just not for me and I fa
Lawrence Lihosit
This unusual anthology of translated Mexican short stories has nothing to do with launching or advancing a career since each of the authors is already renowned (many worldwide). According to the editor, this book bares Mexico’s soul. In particular, he has narrowed the twenty pieces to authors born just before, during or immediately following the Mexican Revolution, “the best Mexican literature published during the first half of the twentieth century.”

Divided into five sections, the pieces illust
Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories, edited by Jorge F. Hernández, is this year’s Big Read title for the Galesburg Public Library (Illinois). We will be focusing on a few of the stories in discussions that will take place in April 2016.

Like most story anthologies, Sun, Stone, and Shadows contained stories I admired, stories I didn’t necessarily enjoy but that I’m still thinking about, stories I thought were lame, and stories I just did not get.

The stories are grouped into fiv
Holy Guacamole! What a disappointment. But I'll give these stories the benefit of the doubt and assume that they simply suffered in translation.

The book opens with a bang but then fizzles. The first story My Life with the Wave by Octavio Paz is a real jewel. Perhaps that was the problem, it is so good that the other stories pale by comparison. Maybe I would have liked them better had the first story been placed elsewhere in the collection. It is worth picking up this book for this story alone. I
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
As the cover suggests this collection is made up of twenty short stories, which have been chosen using the following criteria; Born in Mexico and before 1939 and published in the first half of the twentieth century. As per most translated fiction it is, yet again, disappointing that the female representation is low, with only three stories of the twenty being written by women, this collection even falls below the 30% average for women in translation!!! On the positive side, however, is the fact ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una antología que sin duda reúne escritores muy emblemáticos de nuestro país. Es difícil juzgar la calidad dela antología como conjunto sin sesgar la opinión de uno mismo con nombres tan apabullantes como Carlos Fuentes, Elena Garro, Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz (me detengo aquí porque tendría que mencionar a la mayoría de los escritores antologados que conocía de antemano). Es por esto que me limito a decir que cada relato tiene en cierto nivel, plasmada la esencia de nuestra cultura. Aunque no pode ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This is Galesburg Public Library's Big Read selection for 2016. As with a number of Big Read selections we've done in the past, I would never have picked this book up on my own but I'm really glad I read it. There were stories I really liked -- "The Switchman" made me laugh out loud, and I was drawn in to "The Night of Margaret Rose," "The Medicine Man," and The Dinner." There were also a couple that I couldn't stand, both of them in "The Unexpected in Everyday Urban Life" section. In particular ...more
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I also read this one in the original Spanish. These two books are part of the Big Read program, a national level NEA sponsored reading program which chose a book by Mexican writers and made available both anthologies in English and Spanish. Nice selection, but only 3 women. Both books published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica. I was part of this program in Austin, where I did a bilingual reading with Cristina García, then visited classes at ACC and at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Le ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
The Big Read choice for Boundless Readers (formerly Rochelle Lee fund) in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and National-Louis University, at first I wished for Edgar Allan Poe instead. And yet after reading, and in some cases rereading these 20 stories by Mexican authors born after the Revolution, I have come to appreciate their cultural authenticity, and am glad I've read outside my comfort zone.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
What I took away from this book was that Mexican writers are really into magic and the supernatural and having weird shit happen in their stories. Even the stories that weren't supposed to be supernatural had supernatural elements.

I wouldn't say I particularly enjoyed any of these stories, but I'm glad I read them. I feel like a now have a tiny understanding of Mexican fiction.
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collection of mexican short stories including some from my favorite authors such as Juan Rulfo y José Emilio Pacheco. Be ready for some Magic Realism y some irrealidad fantástica, some stories are a bit obscure, others take you into the heart of Mexico, especially the country y la vida cotidiana. At the end you will find some brief info about each author and the story presented.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
el libro contiene veinte cuentos cortos de escritores mexicanos. unos mejores que otros para mi gusto pero que cubren diferentes temas. una buena coleccion para cualquier persona que le interesa la literatura mexicana.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this as part of the NEA's Big Read, and am hosting a neighborhood discussion of it. It was good to read something I wouldn't otherwise have picked up. The dearth of female authors, though, was appalling.
Read two stories from this collection in my sophomore year of high school, "My Life with the Wave" by Octavio Paz and "The Night of Margaret Rose" by Francisco Tario, which were so good that I now want to read all the Mexican fiction I can get my hands on.
Sherry (sethurner)
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this collection of short stories by Mexican authors for our local Big Read. There's something for everyone here, from stories filled with magical realism, to those a bit more straightforward. My library had support materials that I wish had been included in the text.
Lauren Pierce
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Galesburg Public Library will be reading this book for its 2016 Big Read. This book was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed some of the stories and others completely bewildered me. I will post a more detailed review after The Big Read.
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
stories with potential teen appeal:

Chac-Mool by Fuentes
The Carnival of Bullets by Guzman
Permission Granted by Valades
August Afternoon by Pacheco
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que "Chac Mool" es mi cuento mexicano favorito.
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it
I haven't read all of it: we are reading it at school.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
"Great" is an overstatement.
Avid Reader and Geek Girl
Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Didn't make much sense, to twisted of stories. Couldn't finish it
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
The short stories really make you think!
Mar 10, 2010 marked it as to-read
triton college (IL)
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Not really done with it, just with what we've had to read in school :P
Variety in five sections: fantastic unreal, Mexican reality, tangible past, unexpected in everyday, urban life and intimate imagination.
Susy Siel
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Gerardo Vasquez
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Nov 01, 2016
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Mar 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book.
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