The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
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...more
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. ...more
“It’s one of my favourites: I hope you’ll like it!”
Seriously. Best ...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.
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 ...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
Chilean author Luis Sepulveda was jailed for several years when dictator Pinochet seized power, then was later under house arrest. Eventually exiled, he worked briefly for UNESCO, living for seven months with the Shuar indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon before moving to Germany in 1980.
His highly readable and quite delightful short novel, The Man Who Read Love Stories, is clearly influenced by his Amazonian experience with the Shuar. ...more
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is certainly worthy of praise. It is a very well-written story about an old man, ...more
Plot cant be more ...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 ...more