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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

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In a remote river town deep in the Ecuadoran jungle, Antonio José Bolívar seeks refuge in amorous novels. But tourists and opportunists are making inroads into the area, and the balance of nature is making a dangerous shift. Translated by Peter Bush.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 14th 1995 by Mariner Books (first published 1989)
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Mike Puma
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chilean-author, 2013

Briefly: This compelling and efficient novella grabs readers and quickly embeds them within the life of an aging Ecuadoran whose first, and only love, has died after a brief and unproductive marriage, leaving the much younger Antonio José Bolívar Proaño procreatively unaccomplished, as well as, a failure as a settler in a new community. Unable to return to his previous village, “the poor forgive everything but failure,” Antonio settles in the village of El Idilio (the Idyll—get a sense of how th

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Un viejo que leía novelas de amor = The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, Luis Sepúlveda
عنوانها: پيرمردی كه داستانهای عاشقانه میخواند؛ پيرمردی كه رماانهای عاشقانه میخواند؛ نویسنده: لوئیز سپولودا؛
عنوان: پيرمردی كه داستانهای عاشقانه میخواند؛ نویسنده: لوئیز سپولودا؛ مترجم: م. فریدون؛ ویراستار: نسیم عزیزی؛ تهران، نشر روزگار، 1382؛ در 141 ص؛ شابک: 9643740072؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان شیلیائی - قرن 20 م
عنوان: پيرمردی كه داستانهای عاشقانه میخواند؛ نویسنده: لوئیز سپولودا؛ مترجم: محمد شهبا؛ تهران، شهر کت
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Agir(آگِر)
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از وقتی کتاب " درخت زیبای من" را خواندم ،علاقه خاصی به این سبک از ادبیات آمریکای جنوبی پیدا کرده ام
خون سرخپوستی و اسپانیولی با هم ترکیب شده و نژادی دوس داشتنی بوجود آمده
کتاب "پیرمردی که داستان های عاشقانه می خواند" هم داستانی است درباره انسان ها و هم حیوانات و هم جنگل

همانطور که ما ایرانی ها دل خوشی از روس ها و انگلیسی ها نداریم بخاطر استعمار و دزدی شون از سرزمینمون
آمریکای جنوبی ها هم از آمریکایی ها بیزارن
یانکی ها سال ها دزدی کردن و این سرزمین پر برکت رو تاراج کردن و هیچ احترامی هم برای مردمان ب
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Sawsan
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
لويس سبولفيدا يهدي الرواية إلى أصدقاؤه الناشطين والمدافعين عن غابات الأمازون
الكاتب يحتفي بقوة وجمال الطبيعة في غابة الأمازون ويُدين استغلال وعدم احترام الرجل الأبيض للحياة البرية والطبيعية
الحياة في الغابة, تقاليد ومعتقدات سُكانها, والتعايش مع الطقس المتقلب وسلوك الحيوانات المختلفة
تفاصيل الشخصيات جميلة وخاصةً العجوز خوسيه بوليفار الذي عاش أكتر من أربعين سنة في الغابة الأمازونية مع سكانها الهنود الشواريين وبعد رجوعه للمدينة تستهويه قراءة الروايات الغرامية
ويصوره الكاتب وهو غارق في القراءة بالعدسة
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Ahmed
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جرعة أدبية لاتينية مكثفة، تحمل في طياتها معاني كثيرة ورموز أكثر.

من يقرأ لا يشيخ.
من يقرأ يبقى خالد ويخالط النجوم.
من يقرأ يعرف كيف يخاطب الأرواح، فيكلم شجرة فارعة، ويفهم مراد نمر مكلوم فقد صغاره.

الرجل الذي كان يقرأ الروايات الغرامية: جرعة مكثفة من السحر اللاتيني الخالص، بترجمة رصينة متقنة.

اقرأوها لتسعدوا، اقرأوها لتعرفوا أن القراءة أكتر من مجرد هواية وشغف.
Roberto
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sudamerica

Non è un paese per vecchi

El Idilio, Ecuador, foresta amazzonica.

Pioggia, umidità, caldo tropicale, zanzare, scorpioni, fango, serpenti, vegetazione fittissima, animali feroci. Un ambiente così ostile che senza il machete in mano non si sopravvive.

Il vecchio Antonio Josè Bolìvar Proano sogna un mondo diverso da questo, dove ha trascorso tutta la sua esistenza. Per farlo, legge e rilegge, lettera dopo lettera, sillaba dopo sillaba, parola dopo parola, romanzi d'amore. Romanzi che "che parlavano d'
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Gaïdic
Olala, qu'est-ce qu'il est beau ce roman !

J'ai découvert Luis Sepúlveda il y a quasiment 15 ans avec L'histoire d'une mouette et du chat qui lui apprit à voler (que j'avais adoré) et j'ai retrouvé celui-ci dans ma bibliothèque chez mes parents (j'ai du l'acheter il y a 6-7 ans). Je l'ai lu dans le cadre du défi #5books7days sur Instagram.

Quel coup de cœur ! On s'y croit tellement ! L'écriture est tellement belle, le personnage principal terriblement attachant et l'intrigue complètement prenante.
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ليلي
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: دارمشان
چقدر دوستش داشتم! واقعا فکر نمیکردم بشه انقدر یه کتاب صد و چهار صفه ای رو که نویسنده شم اصلا نمیشناسیم دوست داشته باشم...
ولی واقعا خوب بود...
تو این صد صفه واقعا تو آمازون زندگی کردم! با حیوونای وحشیش و آب و هوای عجیب ش و سرخپوستای شووار ش و همه چیش...
و به خاطر همین فضاسازی فوق العاده ش، که میدونم واقعی م هست چون تویسنده خودش سالها تو آمازون زندگی کرده، کتابیه که همیشه قراره تو یادم بمونه...
پ.ن: حقیقتا ربط خاصی به داستان های عاشقانه نداره ولی:))
Arzu
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arzu by: Zeren
Shelves: roman
bazı kitaplar da hayvanlar gibi kalbinizi çalıverir.. "aşk romanları okuyan ihtiyar" da tam o kitaplardan..

kitabın dili, yalınlığı güzel; doğaya ayak uydurmayı öğrenen orman ve hayvanlara saygı duyan, insanların barbarlıklarından aşk romanları okuyarak kendine ayrı bi' dünya yaratan ana karakteri daha güzel..
yazar aşk romanları okuyan ihtiyarın hayatına dahil olmamızı sağlayıp doğal yaşama uyum ile ilgili bilgiler verirken, kitabın sonundaki ihtiyar ve jaguar arasındaki düello ile aslında savaş
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فهد الفهد
العجوز الذي كان يقرأ الروايات الغرامية

يوهمك العنوان برواية مختلفة، لا شيء سوى السخرية يمكن أن يجمع عجوزاً بالروايات الغرامية، ولكن سبولفيدا لا يسخر، إنها رواية مذهلة، أمازونية غارقة في الغابات المشبعة بالماء، والكائنات الخطرة، ولكن أنطونيو خوسيه بوليفار الذي عاش بين الهنود الشواريين زمناً، يعرف أين يضع قدمه في الغابة الواسعة، ويعرف كيف ينجو من لدغات الأفاعي، ومن هجمات القرود، لهذا يلجأ له الجميع عندما يفسد أمريكي سلام الغابة، ويثير لبؤة – هل كانت لبؤة؟ - بقتل صغارها وجرح ذكرها، لقد انتزعوا العج
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Tânia Tanocas
Desengane-se quem achar que este é um livro "fofinho" que fala de um velho que só lê romances de amor, esta pequena novela, é como um estalada à civilização que se intromete e destrói aquilo que deveria preservar e adorar.

Opinião completa aqui: http://baudatanocas.blogs.sapo.pt/o-v...
Gabrielle
When you work as an executive assistant, 80% of what makes the job good and interesting is whether or not you get along with your boss. And I don’t want to brag, but my boss is ze best! When we started working together, he quickly noticed I always had books kicking around and spent most of my lunch breaks with my nose buried in the pages of my latest read. One day, he handed me some stuff to file, but also a skinny little book.

“It’s one of my favourites: I hope you’ll like it!”

Seriously. Best bo
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Palsay
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Pak Tua Yang Membaca Kisah Cinta ini ditawarkan padaku di tengah kesuntukan membaca buku. Saat sedang ngumpul di sebuah toko kue di bilangan Tebet, jeng Lita menawarkan buku yang ditranslate oleh bung Ronny ini kepadaku. walhasil aku yang tadinya cuma berniat meminjam buku The Silent Spring akhirnya bawa pulang buku 1 tas kertas penuh..hehehe...


Pak Tua Yang Membaca Kisah Cinta juga merupakan perjumpaan pertamaku dengan Luis Sepulvida. Sebelumnya aku tak pernah membaca karya sastra Amerika Latin,
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Simona
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sau cine mai eşti atunci când "nu eşti unul dintre ei, ci doar unul de-al lor".
Povestea emoţionantă a unui veteran al pădurii amazoniene, un semianalfabet refugiat in junglă, bătrânul Antonio José Bolívar Proano, care ştia să citească, dar nu ştia să scrie.
Din tinereţe şi până la venerabila vârstă de 70 de ani, rătăceşte între două universuri: civilizaţia şi lumea extrem de bine organizată şi cu reguli stricte a junglei amazoniene. Păstrează o ultima legătură cu civilizaţia citind romane de drag
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عبدالله ناصر

العنوان مخادع و إن كان جميلاً كبقية عناوين سبولفيدا. فالعجوز انطونيو خوسيه بوليفار بطل الرواية لم تنجب امرأته و لما كثر الحديث عن سوء طالعها - و كأنها مأساتهم الخاصة - نصحه أحدهم بقسوة أن يترك زوجته في احتفال القرية حيث الكثير من التكييلا و المطارحات الغرامية العابرة، قد لا تكون هي المذنبة في نهاية الأمر. ذهب بزوجته بعيداً نحو غابات الأمازون حيث يقيم الشواريون بجوار الأمازون و عالمه السري المليء بأصناف الحيوانات الأليفة و المتوحشة و الحشرات المسالمة و السامة و الأسماك الوديعة و القاتلة و بعد أن
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Ege
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her "etkisiz kitap"ın ardından beni çok derinden etkileyen kitaplara, geri okumalara dönmeye devam ediyorum.
3. kez okuyuşum, bu sefer Türkçe. Çevirisi güzel. Daha önce ki okuyuşlarımda hissettiğim duyguları yeniden hissettirmesi ayrı güzel.
Elbette ben de insanlardan kaçıp kitaplara sığınıyorum, iyi ki...
Jimmy Navy
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PERINGATAN: Tulisan ini adalah sotoy belaka. Segala efek samping yang ditimbulkan menjadi tanggung jawab pembaca :p

Bumi, sebagai tempat tinggal kita, merupakan milik Sang Pencipta. Dengan cinta, Dia mempercayakannya kepada kita untuk dipelihara dan dikelola, seharusnya juga dengan cinta. Setelah waktu kita habis kelak, Bumi dan segala isinya juga akan dipercayakan kepada penerus kita, anak-cucu kita. Dipercayakan bisa berarti diberi tugas dan tanggung jawab untuk menjaganya dengan baik. Apa yang
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Ricardo Lourenço
“- Olha, com toda a confusão do morto já quase me esquecia. Trouxe-te dois livros.
Os olhos do velho iluminaram-se.
- De amor?
O dentista fez que sim.
António José Bolívar Proaño lia romances de amor, e em cada uma das suas viagens o dentista abastecia-o de leitura.
- São tristes? – perguntava o velho.
- De chorar rios de lágrimas – garantia o dentista.
- Com pessoas que se amam mesmo?
- Como nunca ninguém amou.”

Romances de amor. Através deles António Proaño, tendo passado a maior parte da sua vida na
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Lupurk
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia da leggere tutta d'un fiato, che trasporta in luoghi lontani, in atmosfere così diverse, eppure così ben descritte, che quasi sembra di essere là con Antonio José Bolivar, a leggere romanzi d'amore, cercando di immaginare Venezia, a dare la caccia ai serpenti e a prendere in giro il sindaco, tanto tronfio nella sua "istruzione", che così poco gli serve, tra le leggi della natura.
Mentre leggevo, mi sono immedesimata nel protagonista "al contrario"...mi sembrava buffo immaginarlo nella
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Julie Demar
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forse questo libro si meritava 4 stelle, ma è stato talmente piacevole e immersivo che ho deciso per le cinque.
La storia di Antonio José Bolívar Proaño dura poco, troppo poco, ma in queste poche pagine senza dirci nulla l'autore ci dice tutto, è difficile spiegare come questo libro ti avvolga e ti porti in un meraviglioso, crudo viaggio nel cuore della foresta pluviale, dove la tecnologia non l'avrà mai da padrone, e dove l'uomo sensibile e la natura si studiano e si ammirano.
Len
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Một trong những cuốn sách tôi có thể đọc lại nhiều lần nữa, giống như lão già, nhân vật chính trong câu truyện này, nhốt mình trong một không gian riêng tư gần như tuyệt đối, bên ngoài trời mưa như trút nước.
Sepúlveda đã vẽ nên một khung cảnh hoang sơ của núi rừng, nơi con người hoặc cùng tồn tại hoặc bị đánh gục bởi sức mạnh của thiên nhiên. Nơi đó, El Idilio, có ông già Antonio thích đọc tiểu thuyết tình cảm đớn đau với kết thúc có hậu, với vị bác sĩ Joachamín đến mở "phòng khám", nhổ răng của
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Rosie Nguyễn
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cách dựng truyện tuyệt vời, nhân vật sâu sắc, cách kết nối giữa con người và thiên nhiên tinh tế và dữ dội.

Muốn học cách dựng truyện như thế.
Juan Hidalgo
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es una gran sorpresa. En sus escasas 144 páginas se condensa una historia maravillosa de amor hacia la jungla y los seres que la habitan, y un relato ameno y a veces hilarante de las vivencias y las relaciones entre los pobladores de la remota amazonía.
A mi me recuerda al mejor García Márquez y su realismo mágico. También debo confesar que siento debilidad por los personajes solitarios y supervivientes en medio de lugares duros, extremos y poco aptos para la vida humana, así que Anton
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Raquel
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O "velho" mal sabe ler, e no entanto é esta actividade que mais lhe prazer dá na vida, imaginando cidades que nunca conhecerá, a cada palavra que demora uma eternidade a ler mas que não lhe podia soar de forma mais bela. Não há solidão que resista a tantas aventuras vividas em cada página de um grande romance, como este que não resisti a trazer da biblioteca para devorar em poucos dias. E é uma excelente forma de começar a ler Sepúlveda: como se fôssemos este seu protagonista inesquecível.

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Amir Mojiry
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amir by: Jireye Ketab
Shelves: story
پیرمردی که داستان های عاشقانه می خواند (به فتح نون) از چند جهت کتاب جذابی بود.
یکی این که از رسم های مردم بومی آمریکای لاتین و بومیان آمازون می گفت. رسم هایی که بسیاری شان به نظر علمی و انسانی و حتا شاعرانه می آیند و کمی شان وحشیانه و دور از منطق. با این حال نقطه ی مشترک همه شان پیوند نزدیک با طبیعت و فیلسوفانه بودن آن هاست (این که در همه ی این رسم ها به زندگی کنونی، به مرگ، به زندگی آینده، به انسان و به طبیعت اندیشیده می شود یعنی فیلسوفانه است).
دومین عامل جذابیت همان است که در عنوان کار شده. پیر
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Book Concierge
From the book jacket: An old man lives in a village on the Nangaritza River. The village is so small the dentist comes only twice a year, to pull teeth and bring books to the old man – love stories, the kind with maximum heartache. This is a story of the jungle, green hell and Eden; of the Shuar Indians, who know how to live in harmony with it; of the machines and settlers and gold prospectors and gringos who have invaded it. Nature, out of balance, becomes vengeful and violent.

My reactions:
Wha
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Linda Abhors the New GR Design
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone''appropriate for all ages
Recommended to Linda Abhors the New GR Design by: Fate
Oh, I must have erased my original review!!
This book is one of my favorite books of all times. An absolute gem. Its poignant, beautiful, simple and complex at the same time. You can read it as a simple story, or you can peel the layers, like an onion.
Themes of ecology, love, solitude, exile.....its all there, with a little adventure thrown in. The most unique of his works, in my opinion. His other novels are mostly thrillers, and entertaining. But this one has a special quality that touches me.
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Ben Winch
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Should be a bestseller. Could easily have been overpowered by sentimentality but it wasn’t. A kind of murder mystery where a big cat’s the killer and the mystery’s solved as soon as it’s introduced, but then they’ve gotta go hunt the cat. And it’s sad – it’ll stick in your throat. When the old man threw down his rifle and wept for shame I wept right along with him. Maybe not an ‘important’ work as far as the development of literature goes, but for spreading a message of conservation and respect ...more
Cărți și călătorii
Din nou despre contrastul dintre civilizație și „sălbăticie”, dintre coloniști și indigeni, dintre cunoașterea și respectarea naturii, pe de o parte, și cruzimea și prostia albilor colonizatori, pe de altă parte. O carte care mi-a adus aminte de Săgeata lui Dumnezeu, de Chinua Achebe, și de Așteptându-i pe barbari, de J. M. Coetzee. O poveste foarte frumos scrisă, surprinzătoare, emoționantă și condensată, pe care am citit-o chiar cu sufletul la gură. :) De recomandat oricând!
Ian D
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chilean-lit
Η αέναη μάχη του ανθρώπου, του μοχθηρού, άπληστου και κατακτητικού ανθρώπου ενάντια στη φύση όπου ο συγγραφέας, με τη χαρακτηριστική ευαισθησία και το ήθος που τον διακρίνουν, μας καλεί να ταχθούμε σαφώς υπέρ της πρώτης. Πώς να πεις όχι;
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