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The Bridge in the Jungle

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Regarded by many as B. Traven's finest novel, The Bridge in the Jungle is a tale of a simple, desperately poor people coming together in the face of a death that affects them all. The locale is "huts by the river, " a nameless Indian settlement deep in the Mexican bush, too small to appear on any map. A festive gathering that has attracted many Indians from neighboring set ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 25th 2002 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published January 1st 1967)
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Steve Evans
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This amazing book may be the unsung masterpiece of the 20th century. First published in English while the Second World War was raging, and coloured by the author's radical politics, it sort of escaped notice, unlike some of his other works, most notably Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was a great success as a film in the author's lifetime.

Yet it is this parable of the effect of western civilisation on non-western culture that has proved, for me at least, to be the most enduring of Traven's
Steve Carter
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Bridge in the Jungle
A novel by B Traven

I seldom read a book twice. There are too many other books that I will never get to.
This is an exception.
I first read The Bridge in the Jungle about 35 years ago. It was probably my first Traven.
I have revisited Traven recently consuming the Jungle series, the six linked novels that show the horrible exploitation of the indigenous population in the jungles of Mexico and the inevitable vengeful results.
The Bridge in the Jungle is not about exploitation,
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todos vivimos sobre una misma línea, dispersados en tiempo y espacio distintos, pero al final bajo las mismas reglas ¿de dónde proviene lo inexplicable? Todo aquello mágico e irracional, B. Traven nos sitúa en una comunidad selvática mexicana, nos lleva de la mano a presenciar la manera en cómo se vive ahí, aquello que se valora, aquello que se tiene, aquello que se ama, aquello que se escapa, aquello que no se entiende, aquello mágico y aquello tan humano; pertenecer, andar y marcharse.

Me es cu
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kubler-Ross described the five stages of grief in 1969. Traven in this novel published in 1938 describes anecdotally the same progression. What Traven is describing is a death in a very small remote village in a Mexican jungle. Even though the setting is one of the smallest human groupings, the death and the ceremonial swirl in its aftermath describes a very universal human set of reactions.
I think Traven is a relevant writer.
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: translation, fiction
the story of who b traven may have been is as engaging as his books.

traven's dedication in the bridge in the jungle:

to the mothers
of every nation
of every people
of every race
of every creed
of all animals and birds
of all creatures alive
on earth
Antonio Ramos revillas
Un explorador norteamericano se interna en la selva mexicana que abarca los estados del sur del país. Lo que descubre es un a grupo de comunidades que viven en suma pobreza, pero también con una vida espiritual donde el sincretismo entre la religión nativa y la católica sirven de estructura para comprender los actos y sucesos que los rodean. Con una prosa dotada de imágenes, sensaciones, preguntas, diálogos directos e indirectos, vacilaciones de los personajes y el detalle moroso de ciertas desc ...more
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Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
B. Traven had his eyes fully open to opression from capitalists and slavers. He disappeared into Mexico and never came back. His work makes clear that he rejected the "American Christian way" and heaped scorn on it. Well, I'm with him.
This work tells the story of a little settlement close to the pumphouse belonging to the railroad, where a little boy stumbles on bridge and drowns during the Saturday night fiesta, so that nobody notices he has disappeared for a while. All the inhabitants of the
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A simply superb book. Classic Traven and one of his best. A book about life, faith, humanity, culture and connection set around a tragedy amongst the poor in the jungle.
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this is definitely my favourite b traven- sort of a discovery for me this year, though it is not as if he is unknown, such as in germany, but as with ross macdonald five years ago, stefan zweig four years ago, jmg le clezio two years ago, leighton gage last year, it was only each current year i had read much of him...

as far as five rating, accurate if you understand this is immediate response, only read once, and somewhat affected by other works recently read. how much of this is the author's va
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it
I read The Treasure of the Sierra Madre a few years ago and loved it immensely. As usual, I can't resist a smart social satire just like I can't resist a fish-shaped knick-knack. I also love John Houston's epic rendition of the novel, which you, dear friend, should definitely watch if you haven't already.

While reading the book, I also learned about its mysterious author, whose identity is still under much speculation. Nobody knows his real name, his date of birth (and death), his country of orig
Paulina Sanchez
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-spanish
What a journey!

Definitely a hard read for me, at least emotionally. The story takes place in a small town next to a river where a bridge lets machinery through for the search of petroleum. The town is ready to have a dance on a weekend and they have ordered musicians to come and play. However, the musicians don't arrive by the time they were supposed to but the townspeople are trying to have a good time anyways. Then, a boy goes missing and the search for the boy becomes the new center for their
Jose Moa
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A boy lost in a party
Lawrence FitzGerald
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1920-s, literary
The mysterious B. Traven. See my review at Notes From the Swamp.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En mi opinión un libro con una historia triste y desgarradora, en mas de una ovación tuve que contener las lágrimas
Eric Stone
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another of my all time favorite novels. A true classic dealing with the conflicts between development and tradition, between classes, between the conquered and the conqueror. Magnificently written.
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B. Traven (February, 1882? – March 26, 1969?) was the pen name of a German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. A rare certainty is that B. Traven lived much of his life in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including his best-known work, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), which was adapted as ...more
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“A trip to a Central American jungle to watch how Indians behave near a bridge won't make you see either the jungle or the bridge or the Indians if you believe that the civilization you were born into is the only one that counts. Go and look around with the idea that everything you learned in school and college is wrong.” 12 likes
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