The Cardboard House
It must have something to do with the presence of the paragraph. That which makes it obvious that one isn’t reading poetry. The paragraph, distinguished from those lines of eneven lengths, which may or may not rhyme. The presence of paragraphs, that tell me, just maybe, I’ll be able to understand what I’m preparing to read. Wonderful, wonderful paragraphs.
But, there are those damned prose poems. Those deceptive paragraphs which, may or may not, yield up meaning, or understanding, or anything tha...more
The sea is a soul we once had, that we cannot find, that we barely remembered as our own, a soul that is always different along every esplanade.
This book is a proem, a masterful use of language that tells a story that isn't a story. It is un-put-down-able. It can be devoured in a sitting. But it has the heuristic timbre of a millennium old devoti ...more
Beyond the fields: the sierra; before the fields: a creek lined with alder trees and women washing clothes and children, all the same color of indifferent dirt. It is two o’clock in the afternoon. The sun struggles to free its rays from the branches into which it has fallen captive. The sun — a rare, hard, golden, l...more
An ice cream vendor’s trumpet drew attention to a nocturnal howling of dogs, symphony of tin and moon, rip-roaring from the beginning, a rip that exposed black, canine palates bristling with taste buds as hard as calluses. If their singing could be musically annotated, it would have to be done on a temperature scale, on graph paper, with a dotted line, with odd numbers. Musical skeleton. Forty-two degrees Fahrenheit: a fatal fever. A whirlwind of light and dust rises to the sun from a nearby fie...more
So it could of just been lost on me, but it didn't have any soul or grab me.
Goodreads recommend it after I’ve read the wonderful Clarice Lispector, and since she’s now one of my all-time favorites, I can’t help but compare these two.
Maybe comparing isn’t really the right word. This book, amazingly, came out in 1928, which is pretty outstanding if you think about its writing style and its insights, while Lispector was mostly ...more
Martín Adan's first book was the novel La casa de cartón (The Cardboard House). Published in 1928 when the author was only 20 years old, The Cardboard House was influenced by the Avant-garde and is one of the best examples of Peruvian narrative of it ...more