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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of El arpa y la sombra. May 27, Mateo R. II de Artemidoro de Daldis. IV de Prudencio. VIII a. III-II a. Jul 28, Gabriel rated it really liked it. Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I've read so far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end.
However, much like Pasos , as soon as your head wraps around the story and gets into the characters, a whole new world opens before you. It is told in three parts Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I've read so far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end.
What puts this in a class by itself is the same theme that made Pasos so cool, the idea that going to a purer state of being symbolized in both books as going back to nature is possible and redeems the person, but only damns them in the eyes of "civilized" culture. I look forward to finding an English copy of this book to further delve into the metaphors and twisting sentences most as long as normal paragraphs, as is Carpentier's style and extracting that much more from the book.
The end does make the reading of the book worth it. The last section alone is worth the price of time and commitment as it holds true today. We still argue about the validity of idolizing Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of the Americas, but teach it to our kids anyway. For those of you who disagree, see if you can't finish this sentence: "In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two If your inner-scholar is looking for something more exciting than the accuracy of adolescent mannerisms in Harry Potter, than Carpentier is one place you could go.
View 2 comments. Hard to follow and get into. Divertido y muy serio. Aug 16, Carlos Mock rated it liked it. El arpa y la sombra Spanish Edition by Alejo Carpentier This is a book that deals with Cristopher Columbus and its attempt to be beatified.
The book is broken into three different chapters: "El arpa" --the harp, "La mano" --the hand, and "La sombra"--the shadow. He soon realizes that a good way to unite both Churches--the ones in the New World, and the one in and Europe--would be to canonize Christopher Columbus. He signs the beatification papers as Pope, but dies before any action is taken on it--February 7, The second chapter--the hand--is Christopher Columbus confession.
He narrates his life and how he gets to travel to the New World. Carpentier presents a dire picture of the Admiral: easy with liquor and women, ambitious, and wanting gold more than the Christianization of the Indians.
Creator of the practice of enslaving the Indians. Keeper of a concubine--Beatriz. The tribunal includes an "invisible" person, who is none other than Columbus himself. In the end, they decide against it because Columbus had a concubine and enslaved the Indians.
The book is poorly narrated, with gigantic run-on sentences, and no clear point of view. For the person who's not a native speaker, this is quite burdensome.
The book is very dry, uses a passive voice, and It's not one of my favorites from Carpentier. I believe Carpentier did not think highly of Christopher Columbus and uses this book to humanize the Admiral as he confesses all his sins in the second chapter. May 14, Sonja rated it it was amazing. A great book revealing so much about Christopher Columbus, although it is a novel in magical realism.
What else do we have? And what class, what layer of society does the person telling the story come from or represent? It is clear whose point of view Carpentier has. This book is a great read, short but thick with images and words that make me want to read it again. The translation reads beautifully. It was a revelation and a connection with a truth I already felt. View 1 comment. Apr 21, Emiliano Marley rated it it was amazing.
Altamente recomendable. Just in time for Columbus Day! I thought this was a very vivid and powerful character portrait. Mar 01, Lectora Incomprendida rated it liked it. This is my original review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in July This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba in , provides a look inside Christopher Columbus' head that is sure to add considerably to our understanding of an explorer who gets so much credit for such inglorious accomplishments.
Alejo Carpentier, a Cuban who died in , ''invented magical realism,'' according to Carlos Fuentes. A writer of considerable power, he shows his mastery most tellingl This is my original review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in July This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba in , provides a look inside Christopher Columbus' head that is sure to add considerably to our understanding of an explorer who gets so much credit for such inglorious accomplishments.
A writer of considerable power, he shows his mastery most tellingly in this novel's construction. The book opens with Pope Pius IX as he considers signing papers that could lead to the beatification of Columbus in the mids. How exciting! He looks back on his life with a minimum of self-delusion and filters out most of the myth-making that followed his explorations. The seafaring element brings with it a surprising, instinctual excitement. When Columbus ventures north, he hears tales of a land across the ocean, a northerly land with bronze-skinned people paddling little boats made of animal skins.
Such conjecture on Carpentier's part is highly plausible, for soon Columbus becomes a kind of glorified Amway salesman, traveling from court to court with his gaudy presentation about how he can make a lot of money for anyone who has the vision to back him. His pitch has nothing to do with discovering new worlds, everything to do with commerce. As Carpentier paints the picture, Columbus has an excellent in with Isabella, queen of Spain.
Namely, he's her lover. Still, it is only after he threatens to take his services elsewhere that she fronts him the million maravedis he needs to outfit the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta. Carpentier has some fun with his Columbus character during the voyage. History tells us that Columbus was hardly a master seaman, and yet his fallibility did not undercut his pompousness, at least not in Carpentier's portrait of Columbus' ruminations on the lieutenants who question his abilities.
This last accusation, despite the vexation it caused me, began to seem true, a source of private embarrassment. Isabella is not at all impressed with the gold Columbus brings back -- ''gold that wouldn't fill the cavity in a molar'' -- or with the small, sick men he has abducted in a feeble attempt to impress her. Columbus' spirit haunts the Vatican hearing on whether to make him a saint, and the differing views are pungent and vivid.
On the one side are those who condemn Columbus for failing to marry his mistress and for introducing slavery to the New World.
El Arpa Y La Sombra by Alejo Carpentier
Alejo Carpentier was director of Cuba's National Press, which published many millions of volumes in an ambitious program, and for some years was Cuba's ambassador to France. A composer and musicologist, he consciously applied the principles of musical composition in much of his work. Imprisoned for political activity in , he escaped with the aid of Robert Desnos, a French surrealist poet, to Paris, where he joined the literary circle of surrealists Louis Aragon, Tristan Tzara, and Paul Eluard. According to Carpentier surrealism influenced his style and helped him to see "aspects of American life he had not previously seen, in their telluric, epic, and poetic contexts. The Lost Steps takes the form of a diary of a Cuban musician and intellectual who seeks escape from civilization during his trip to a remote Amazon village in search of native musical instruments.
El arpa y la sombra
El novelista cubano vuelve a incursionar en la historia, ahora para recrear todo ese proceso increible que fue el intento de canonizar al Almirante de la Mar Oceana, Cristobal Colon y, a traves de un monologo alucinante, vital, las confesiones del marino genoves en el lecho de muerte. Las elucubraciones de papas y abogados del diablo prestan el contrapunto final que habra de marcar para siempre la vida en el mas alla del descubridor de America. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket.
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