(Los años con Laura Díaz) [Ebook/PDF] í Carlos Fuentes
45the better looking version of this review is on my blog Our lives are hourglasses Every rain of sand is a moment An hourglass is turned over Mesagerul gravity does its job sand starts falling A life starts Personality is first an inchoate entity arain of sand then two then the accumulation "of all the fallen rains of sand is "all the fallen rains of sand is we are what we become Until the final rain has fallen there is a continuous transformation the present me is built upon and layers of different alter egos the multitude of me that we have been in the past Laura s story does not begin when she is born It would be too easy None of our stories have this kind of well established beginning We only see the trees but under the round there are roots I loved this book It is a big sweeping saga about a woman s life and reflecting upon the last century of Mexico True to Fuentes style it can be What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers grandiose and very political and yet very intimate There were few dull parts considering its 600 pages It is the story of a woman s seventy some years so one needs time to tell the storyHer begins when she discovers a magical person in the forestlittering with jewels but she is corrected She came across a spiny ceiba tree with the sun Jimmy: The Terrorist glittering on those spines Things are not what they seem becomes a motif throughout the book Laura s liferows from her German Mexican family roots to her fame as a photographer of Mexico City So many changes take place in her seventy years especially the men in her life from her husband lovers children and How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar grandchildren At the same time its a reflection of Mexican history as well Bear with it There are so many surprizes and I found the last chapters powerful and full of reflections on life androwing old At times it felt almost like Garcia Maruez in tone but never crosses into magical realismThen when its all over Fuentes adds his recognitions and explains how so much of the book is based on his own family I was floored Talk about life inspiring art Well done se or FuentesRead in Spanish Only the fact that he s supposed to be a More scary stories for sleep-overs great Latin author makes me notive it a one star Too long and obscure kind of like One Thousand Years of Solitude another supposedly reat novel that I found almost unreadable This one I slogged through for book club and ot about half way through with no reward for doing so A sweeping novel encompassing decades of Mexican politics from the point of view of a fictional character who mingles with the movers and shakers especially the socialists labor activists and artistsParts of the novel are fascinating and others are so inpenetrable that I couldn t et through. Laura Diaz is a passionate character intimately connected to many historical event. .
This book but I read 80% of it I d previously read another book by Fuentes in a Spanish lit class in rad school which I also did not enjoy and imagined it was due to a lack of language understanding on my part Now that I ve read so much of one in English I ve realized that it wasn t that I didn t understand the language it
Was That I Don T Understand The Way Fuentes Writes that I don t understand the way Fuentes writes "do I like his characters His rambling paragraphs jumping from the third person to first person format was frustrating jumping through "I like his characters His rambling paragraphs jumping from the third person to first person format was frustrating jumping through in flashbacks was confusing to follow and there is so much political philosophy that I was often bored 400 pages in and I still didn t care what happened to the protagonist whose behavior with men and disdain for her own family irritated me throughout At least now I can accept that it wasn t that I couldn t understand the words after reading a Fuentes novel in Spanish In some ways this was sort of a slow book I kept waiting for something to happenOf course a lot did happen The book was the story of Laura Diaz a Mexican woman of partly German ancestry but it is also in many respects a history of Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuriesIn her early teens Laura met her half brother Santiago who later died in the Mexican Revolution They had been reat friends and Laura vowed to dedicate her life to himOver the years she had several love affairs with different men all of whom were revolutionaries of one kind or another She seems to have been drawn to the first two because of their relationship or supposed relationship to Santiago She marries the second of these men and moves to Mexico City with him after the revolution is successful After the last of her lovers dies about 90% of the way through the book Laura finally oes out on her own and discovers her own talent She takes a camera and visits all the poverty stricken parts of town that she had avoided before documenting the suffering she finds there but also the hope and strength And she becomes uite successful in her own right There is a Lot Of Discussion Of Politics of discussion of politics philosophy and many tales of the other people in her lovers lives as well as a few other adventuresI found this book on Scribd This was a hot mess of a book The really infuriating part is that I am fascinated by a lot of the history that is the basis for the story He also actually made anarchist characters that were idealists organizers and artists instead of the usual bomb throwing nihilist villains He even had a few moments of deep thought about life thrown in But none of that made up for the long stretches of banal philosophizing It didn t make up. Pporting his novel with facts and characters that define the shape of today's Mexi. ,
Carlos Fuentes ½ 4 Read,
Them I just had to skim I don t know how much
Was The Author Sthe author s and how much was the English translation I don t think I ve encountered another novel where I loved about half and couldn t read the rest all mixed up like that Reading this book almost twenty years after it was originally published offered me a refresher course in Mexican political and cultural history Carlos Fuentes took on the daunting task of seeing the world through the eyes of a female protagonist That he succeeded so well says something about his stature as one of Latin America s leading novelists Given today s focus on the issues of feminism and immigration THE YEARS WITH LAURA DIAZ sheds light On The Decades When Both Were Emerging the decades when both were emerging central aspects of national and personal identity in Western Europe and the Western Hemisphere Above all we see how European immigration the Spanish Civil War and the Holocaust in particular contributed to changes within Mexico and the United States Carlos Fuentes offers a panoramic view of world shaping events while intimately suggesting how individuals experienced them I enjoyed the range of history and the historical figures but I felt no sympathy or empathy with or for Laura The characters are like cardboard cutouts whose role is to show history and to philosophise at times tediouslyI m pleased I read it but I had to skim pages and kept checking how many pages I HAD to o before I ot to the end An interesting ride through various revolutions and oppressions Laura Diaz story is told through a series of vignettes many "Of Which Fuentes Has "which Fuentes has on the experiences of members of his own family descendants of German immigrants from the region of Veracruz and her experiences illustrate the artistic and political movements that shaped 20th century Mexico In an English television interview Fuentes characterizes the book as a sort of female The Death of Artemio Cruz but it struck me as much broader in scope besides the Mexican revolution and economic development of the 1940 s and 50 s Laura shelters the refugees from the Spanish Civil War and the McCarthy hearings in the United States but also intentionally less psychologically realistic and narratively interesting That is why it took so long to reach her randfather s bedroom Reaching the dying man s bed reuired her to touch each and every one of the days of his existence to remember imagine perhaps invent what never happened and even what wasn t imaginable and to do so by the mere presence of a beloved being who represented everything that wasn t that was that could be and that never could take place p 82 Well I didn t finish. S Through her story Fuentes writes the journal of the Mexican twentieth century su. .