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Casa de campo

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La gran metáfora histórica de Donoso; la representación en clave del Chile de los años 70 y del golpe militar. Una brillante alegoría del poder y la rebelión. La mansión señorial donde los Ventura, sus cónyuges y sus treinta y cinco hijos pasan el verano, lejos de la civilización, se alza como un espejismo en medio de la llanura. Por sus salones, pasillos, escalinatas y to ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published October 1998 by Alfaguara (first published 1978)
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Jonathan
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good indeed. Explicitly meta in a way that occasionally reminded me of Robert Coover, though the prose and the allegory and the brutality were closer to Angela Carter. Occasionally a little on the nose with its critique, but a great read.
Joaquín Jiménez
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libros-que-tengo
Mientras leía Casa de campo y me enteraba sin querer de los oscuros secretos de la familia Ventura, no pude evitar imaginarme un cuadro del Bosco, monumental, digamos que "El jardín de las delicias", repleto de detalles y minuciosidades, opulencias y colores, una pintura monumental en la que hay notables jerarquías, pero en la que también todos pueden verse si se presta la suficiente atención. En el centro estarían los niños: los treinta y tres primos tan reconocibles por sí solos a pesar de su ...more
Eliana Rivero
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La penumbra, por definición, tiene el carácter relativo y transitorio de los estados intermedios puesto que proviene de, o devendrá, o se define en relación a la luz y a la sombra. Las tinieblas, en cambio, poseen un implacable carácter de cosa permanente y sin matices, independiente del tiempo, parte de la eternidad y especificamente de la eternidad maldita... (p.348).

Una historia casi inenarrable, con una trama complicada y unos personajes complejos y repugnantes. Aunque el narrador se empeña
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J.I.
To say that this novel is disturbing is to sell it far, far short. It is beyond disturbing, the culmination of incest and canabalism, murder and conspiracy. It has a day that is a year, a library of books representing all of the world's knowledge in which all of the books are covers, entirely blank inside.

This is a novel about the history of Chile, about dictatorship, oppression, the struggle between the ruling class and the peasants, of foriegn intervention, of deceit, lies, racism and death.
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Natacha Martins
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Não me recordo como foi que este livro acabou nas estantes aqui de casa. Gostei da capa, do preço mas principalmente acho que gostei da comparação com a obra máxima de William Golding, "O Deus das Moscas", e com o facto de ser um autor sul-americano. :)

"Casa de Campo" é uma metáfora ao Chile de Pinochet e Salvador Allende. José Donoso, procurou de forma metafórica, recriar nesta história uma parte da história do Chile, da sociedade chilena e da forma como se viveram os anos da ditadura de Pinoch
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Tony
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY. (1978; Eng. trans. 1984). Jose Donoso. ****.
Born in 1924 in Santiago, Chile, Donoso was primarily a political writer. This novel is no exception. Although not didactic, it manages to convey the class struggle going on in his native Chile between two dictatorial regimes. This is the only one of his novels I have read so far. He is better known for his earlier novel, “The Obscene Bird of Night.” I came across Donoso’s name in a recent biography I read about Kurt Vonnegut.
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FP
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El libro es la elaboradísima metáfora de José Donoso sobre la situación de Chile antes, durante y después del golpe de estado del '73. Utilizando una puesta en escena tan simple como una familia en su casa de campo se las ingenia para ilustrar la irresponsabilidad colectiva de los adultos que nunca habían soltado el poder y no asumen su culpa por no haberles dado la oportunidad a otros, los niños que sólo hacen tonterías y no asumen su falta de competencia y coherencia, los trabajadores del camp ...more
Tiffany Funk
Mar 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brutal. This book is brutal.
Mario Soares
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Q denso! Q metafórico! Q lírico! Q espectacular. Todos los horrores de un régimen de excepción adentro de una casa de campo.
GoldGato
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, winter
This was a book I picked up many years ago because of the cover (Keith Sheridan gets a shout out for the design). Aventura trade editions are always such cool books that I didn't realize I had been duped into reading a fantastical tale of a 19th Century family obsessed with some really heavy...doings.

The South America country is un-named, but yeah, it's Chile and Donoso is writing to portray Pinochet's reign. Latin American literature of the last decades of the 20th Century always has the experi
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Jason
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dense & disturbing
Howard
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a typical Latin-American style novel in the guise of a fable. I gathered it’s the machination of a revolutionary dictatorship of a south American country transposed to an aging country retreat – suggestions are Pinochet and Chile. The elites are represented by the parents of the Ventura family who leave their 33 kids behind in the house to go on a picnic; the natives are potentially cannibals who threaten the order. The kids go wayward, free an imprisoned mad parent Adriano who murdered ...more
Patrick Gamble
Felt like the three stars needed justifying. This book is full of terrifying imagery (particularly Juvenal's late night excursion to steal a gun) but the political allegory felt a little too on the nose and felt like reading an encrypted history book (understandable considering how it was written during the genesis of Pinochet's dictatorship, when much less was known outside of Chile about the military coup, much less the influence of America). However, I did enjoy how Donoso constantly interrup ...more
Begona Fernandez
No pude terminarlo porque el hecho que el libro es metaliterarura pura y de que la edición que tengo es en dos volúmenes y tenía que buscar donde había puesto el segundo tomo hicieron que perdiera interés y lo dejara. Me siento algo culpable pero sigo la regla de que si tienes dudas en seguir leyendo o no ... la respuesta es realmente no, al menos por ahora
Fel P
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hacer de la familia ampliada una alegoría del incesto y la degradación moral es, probablemente, una de las cosas que Donoso sabe hacer mejor. En esta novela el ejercicio es llevado a alturas insospechadas. No es un texto sencillo, pero es uno que termina premiando con creces el esfuerzo del lector.
Pablo
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leídos-2017
Después de El lugar sin límites y El obsceno pájaro de la noche, creí que una novela de Donoso no podía ser mejor. Casa de campo está en ese nivel. Hay que tener mucho cuidado con su aspecto alegórico respecto de la "dictadura", por lo menos no exagerarlo. Sin dudas, Adriano NO es Allende..., etc.
Foteini
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extraorninary book that reads on many levels. What I really enjoyed is the very strong presence of the author/narrator.
Carlos Manzano
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yo me inicié en la literatura (que no en la lectura) con el boom latinoamericano. Entonces comencé a leer casi compulsivamente a García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Cortázar o Asturias. Más tarde fui ampliando el abanico hasta llegar a todas las latitudes (o casi) del planeta. Sin embargo, no descubrí a José Donoso hasta tiempo después, y fue gracias a esta novela, Casa de campo, que en el fondo me marcó más que ninguna otra del boom, quizá porque mi bagaje literario, más vasto, me permitió enfrentarm ...more
Pablo Guzmán
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Una novela grandiosa de un autor impresionante. Intrigante, densa, grotesca, profundamente alegórica (?), Casa de campo es seguramente de lo mejor que he leído. Pese a que no he leído mucha narrativa nacional, me atrevería a decir que si los norteamericanos tienen una Great American Novel, la Gran Novela Chilena bien podría ser esta.
Joanne Gass
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic from one of the Boom generation. Donoso reportedly wrote this after the coup which felled Allende and put Pinochet in power in Chile. It's a fable of both the Spanish conquest of the New World and the more recent history of Chile. Perhaps he played too much with author intrusion, but I enjoyed the novel with all its quirkiness.
David
I enjoyed the first half of the book but felt betrayed by the deus ex machina that the authors uses at the start of part II. (view spoiler)
Juan Cristóbal
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. José Donoso writes beautifully. Unlike many who say that this is a critical view about Pinochet's dictatorship, I think Donoso looks deeper into the chilean society. He is actually painting a portrait about chilean elite, and how the land reform affected it.
Fredoviola
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in imaginative fiction
Another very strange book. To me his writing is a cross between Celine, Genet and Twain! A very strange combo indeed. This is a kind of magical realism very different from Marquez and Cortazar, a bit more akin to Borges.
Vero
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Estaba rarísimo, la verdad es que será que yo soy muy tonta, pero tuve que leer en wikipedia la interpretación.
Lo que sí me gustó mucho fueron los nombres de los personajes.
Guillermo
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


La versión original en español. Es la mejor metáfora de la dictadura chilena.
Feña
Aug 23, 2012 added it
retrato de la sociedad, sobre todo de la aristocracia chilena en el siglo IXX (creo).
drama con rivetes oscuros, kilos de intriga y toneladas de secretos.
Anita
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read.
Erika
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sórdido y cautivador. La historia se desarrolla en base a la hipocresía y crudeza de sus personajes. A mi opinión, una metáfora de la naturaleza humana.
Marcel Dekker
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nederlands
Great allegorical book about the overthrow of the Allende government by the military regime of Pinochet.
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José Donoso Yáñez was a Chilean writer. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent some years in self-imposed exile in Mexico, the United States (Iowa) and Spain. After 1973, he claimed his exile was a form of protest against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

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