The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
This novel won the Tigre Juan Award in 1988. It was his first novel.
”He could read!
It was the most i ...more
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...more
Luis Sepúlveda, (October 4, 1949 – April 16, 2020)
Luis Sepúlveda, a sensitive man, a beautiful man, a writer and journalist from Chile who died of COVID-19 this spring.
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is one of Luis Sepúlveda's most beloved books, a timeless classic that speaks powerfully to all of us in our worldwide community.
Similar to Hermann Hesse's Sidhartha and Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Luis Sepúlveda's short tale possesses a deeply moving, universal, mythic quality th ...more
This book is one of my favorite books of all times. An absolute gem. It´s 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.....it´s 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 ...more
“It’s one of my favourites: I hope you’ll like it!”
Seriously. Best bo ...more
The El País article noted this book was his most well known and after a little delay, as his books had sold out, I finally received a copy.
First, let us start with the beautiful and enchanting cover. Painted by Wolfgang Rieder it seduces one into wanting to read thi ...more
It's actually a short novella so I read it in one sitting. The story is sweet, funny at times and simple ( although you can read more into it ).
All in all very entertaining and I would recommend it. ...more
He had no choice but to remain with only his memories for company. He wanted to take revenge on that accursed region, that green hell that had snatched away his beloved and his dreams. He pictured a huge blaze that would turn the entire Amazon into a raging fire.
Yet in his helplessness he discovered he didn't know the jungle well enough to hate it.
He learned the language of t ...more
That sentences tells you quite a bit about what you need to know to read this little novel.
Personally, I'm not a fan of the formulaic romance and its clear villain. I'm certainly not, from the comfort of my centrally-heated, indoor plumbing, rapid internet connection, multiple libraries at my disposal, painkillers and antibiotics when I need them ...more
The real love story that moves me is ...more
But now a new bridge links the two sides, making it possible to go ride on reasonably good road from the Pacific coast of Peru, across Brazil and on to the Atlantic.
Travelling the highway was one of the reasons I went to South America a few weeks ago. A trip like that makes ...more
Author: Luis Sepúlveda
it's The Old Man and The Jungle,
a slim book that speaks volumes.
oh, the barbarity of man-
killing, marring, raping nature.
an idyllic life's all he wants,
it's The Old Man and The Jungle;
but the mayor demands his help-
for the natives have taught him well.
a grieving female ocelot prowls,
out to get revenge on mankind;
it's The Old Man and The Jungle-
only he understands her needs.
in his Amazonian hut, ...more
I read literature to travel to unknown places. To experience them through the eyes and words of authors. This book gave me an exceptional experience. The hero, who is as described, an old man who reads love stories, is a unique, multidimensional character ...more
Antonio Jose Bolivar is an old man who lives alone in a small Ecuadorian village, right at the edge of the Amazonian jungle, on the bank of Nangaritza river. He came from the mountains, long ago, together with his wife, Dolores Encarnacion del Santisimo Sacramento Estupinan ...more
The story focuses on Antonio Bolivar, an old Ecuadorian man living on the edge of civilization and of the Amazonian jungle, living the remainder of his life in a simple manner, respecting and benefiniting from the surrounding nature, and finding comfort in love novels brought to him by the dentist who visits the remote village two times a year.
We learn about the past life of the man, his short marriage and h ...more
He studied theatre production at the National University. In 1969, Sepúlveda was given a five-year scholarship to continue his drama studies at the Moscow University, but it was withdrawn after five months on account of 'misconduct' (he attended a party with a Politburo Officer's Wife, which was considered high o ...more