And yet, it had me hooked. I find this a hard book to recommend to anyone.
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But I can tell you this much, give it a few chapters, if it doesn't seduce you within those, you can comfortably put it aside without having to wonder if you'll like it better on reading further. What Palinuro of Mexico taught me about reading it was to be in the moment. Don't read it looking to get somewhere or to finish. Don't look for big questions or answers. Let it into your bloodstream and when it hits your head, you will know. There were a few occasions when I felt like I was dragging my feet through sand, when a chapter began to look longer than eternity.
But, for each of those moments, the Del Paso voiced angel on my shoulder made me fall in love with it all over again.
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Taking into account all that is wonderful and all that is potentially frustrating about Palinuro of Mexico , my rating averages to all of those five stars. Five stars for Estefania's blue eyes. Five stars for Grandfather Fransico's stories. Five stars for Aunt Luisa's Parisian love. Five stars for Cousin Walter's patchwork waistcoat.
Five stars for Tristram Shandy's apples.
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Five stars for Don Prospero's obsession. Five stars for the three friends' trippy adventures. Five stars for the house in Holiday Square and the world around it. Yes, five stars all around for this one. Let me not forget to acknowledge the great job by the translator who not only made this work accessible to us, but sculpted all the wordplay, never-ending sentences and paragraphs into delicious prose. And many thanks to the Loch Ness monster's neighbor for bringing a terrific book to my attention yet again.
I keep seeing Rabelais's name in reference to some of the books I have been reading. I ought to read me some Rabelais soon. And Joyce. And Sterne. But for now, a needy Warholic is looking for my time. Palinuro of Mexico , likewise, is our navigator through this ambitious book. View all 31 comments. Del Paso favours the maximal form— Palinuro of Mexico and News From the Empire are sprawling imaginative playgrounds, concerned with the seemingly limitless possibilities of the human mind to transcend anything with everything. In Palinuro of Mexico Del Paso has created a magical, surreal, artificial and dreamlike narrative.
The titular character is, at times, both narrator and subject sometimes he narrates about himself in the third person —a medical student in passionate love with his cousin E Del Paso favours the maximal form— Palinuro of Mexico and News From the Empire are sprawling imaginative playgrounds, concerned with the seemingly limitless possibilities of the human mind to transcend anything with everything. The titular character is, at times, both narrator and subject sometimes he narrates about himself in the third person —a medical student in passionate love with his cousin Estefania.
Ostensibly, this is a novel about the body—in love, in pain, in all its staggering medical complexity—and the irresponsible people responsible for keeping it ticking. Ostensibly, this is about a lovedrunk incestuous romance between sex-mad cousins. Ostensibly, this is an enormous strutting vulture larded with medical terminology, literary references, nonsensical internal monologues that run for up to ten pages sans paragraph breaks. Ostensibly, this is that all-too-rare bird—a freewheeling uninhibited masterwork in pursuance of pure readerly pleasure, of that Gassian wonder of the word.
Ostensibly, it is all these things, and a million more you can think up if you do the decent thing and read this exasperating Mexican supernova tomorrow. A thin line between love and hate, perhaps.
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I promise. View all 23 comments. Feb 22, Guille rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Fernando del Paso nos riega de palabras, nos reboza y nos inunda de ellas, modificando significados, invirtiendo significantes, buscando movernos del sitio, alterarnos el mundo, mudarnos el pensamiento, siempre tan supeditado a la palabra. Search for all books with this author and title. Customers who bought this item also bought. Stock Image. Published by Punto De Lectura.
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I switched the computer on again. It felt very sad to read those FBI files on Lindbergh. Apparently, Edgar Hoover had been convinced that Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathizer. And when war broke out, he had opposed the United States attacking Germany on the grounds that the whole mess was a matter of domestic policy.
But the most damning evidence was the language of the texts he published that year. I also wrote out the names of every one of the probable murderers. And suddenly, during one of my searches, the screen showed photographs of the body of the Lindbergh baby. Then I understood it all. I understood that person who had crossed the Atlantic, had wanted to be president, was seduced by Nazism, and then traveled around the world on a philanthropic mission. And that other person: the hero who flew solo over the furious Atlantic, standing with half his body outside the hatch of an unstable airplane to keep on course.
Come on, baby Lindbergh, I prayed, you can do it, come home. Outside, I could hear praying. Those snores like a sleeping sea. Like a low tide. Like a wave breaking on the sand of a beach. A hidden beach onto which a monoplane descends, the ground carpeted with chocolate bars. A safe, firm beach. A beach that fits in the palm of my hand. By arrangement with the author.
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All rights reserved. Diez periodistas haciendo guardia en la entrada de mi edificio. Esperar es todo lo que me queda. No puedo evitar pensar en ella como una enemiga. Tuve que volver a contar lo que he estado contando toda la madrugada. La ventana estaba abierta. Estoy seguro, dije. Otra vez en mi cuarto, buscando datos sobre Lindbergh y el secuestro de su hijo. Se llamaba Charles Junior, fue secuestrado en marzo de , alrededor de las 9 de la noche. Incluso se dio el lujo de perder dinero en la bolsa. Lo ejecutaron sin que llegara a comprobarse por completo su responsabilidad.