Captivating at times but overall not that great Just a ear before 100 Years of Solitude Reinaldo Arenas wrote his own magical realist novel El Mundo Alucinante or Hallucinations Surreal picaresue historical satirical and hilarious Hallucinations comprehensively represents the best of Latin American literature at this time Drawing parallels between the onset of Mexican independence and contemporary revolutionary movements Arenas focuses on the experiences of one man Friar Servando Teresa de Mier a true historical figure who was persecuted for much of his life for his strange preachings on liberation independence and the fact that Christianity had already been brought to the Americas by St Thomas before the already been brought to the Americas by St Thomas before the conuista a theory which helped open the door for Mexican independence from Spain Thousands die in ridiculous and often funny ways the friar ends up naked most of the time and is constantly escaping prison This book makes fun of government the church and our interpretations of history It is brilliant First novel for one of my graduate "Courses That I Actually Enjoyed This Book Was CrazyI Embarked "that I actually enjoyed This book was crazyI embarked this read because an important lady in my life happened to have written her senior thes I rate this book a 38 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best This novel banned in Cuba was first published in Paris after being secreted out between the pages of a biological dissertation The book and the author s difficult plight are a testament to what Faulkner called the indestructible will to freedom The protagonist of El mundo alucinante Servando is based on the historical figure of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier 1763 1827 a Dominican friar who spent much of his life in and out of prisons in Spain and its New World possessions In terms of stylistics the novel s most notable uality is its verbal inventiveness Word play punning and ridiculously absurd humor run rampant throughout the work Simply wonderful book the poetic power of its words reminds me of Walter Benjamin s essays And after reading it I don t need to read the local political news any because it s all already th. In the brilliant tradition of Don uixote and Candide this passionate novel by the author of Before Night Falls is a modern masterpiece of Latin American fiction Fray Servando priest blasphemer dueler of monsters irresistible lover misunderstood prophet prisone. ,
Ere ineualities corruption all kinds of misery which generally happen to human beings Wonderful stuff Highly recommended This is an imagined biography of the real Dominican Friar Servando Teresa de Mier 1765 1827 WRITTEN IN 1966 BY 1827 written in 1966 by author of The Doorman It starts very much in the magical realism mode but does rather tend to lose steam to standard Latin America novel near the end This is like many of Mario Llosa s eg Feast of the Goat The War of the End of the World "Way To Paradise Or "to Paradise or s eg Mad Maria work in that it is a brilliant narrative where ou "begin to wonder about the true facts rather than clever fiction "to wonder about the true facts rather than clever fiction magical realism style is a mixture of first and third person is in deed like a hallucination reflecting the inner and outer struggle of this real life revolutionary priestIt starts in Mexico with Sevando childhood and education in Monterrey then preaching in 1794 that the Virgin of Guadalupe who originally appeared 1541 actually visited New Spain as part of the indigenous religion many ears earlier Arrested and exiled to a Spain he was given the chance to plead his case but got lost on the way to a council meeting Rearrested and escaping so starts his remarkable journey from escapades in France where he meets Sim n Rodr guez Sim n Bol var s former teacher Rome then Spain arrested for his Mexican Independence views escaped recaptured escaped released for converting Rabbis military priest in the Franco Spain war captured and escaped the French met General Blake witnesses the Battle of Trafalgar and moves to London writes Revolutionary newspaper travels to New Spain captured by the Royalists ends up in Havana and escapes to USA revisiting Mexico after independence is arrested by the Spanish released by the Mexicans but is then arrested for his anti federal views and es escapes his seventh Dies Mummified body sold to circus in 1861 and exhibited in Brussels but is soon lost never to reappearYou can imagine what could be made of this history and this book does not disappointSome uotes There s just no way out It s as if I was realising the whole time how. R and consummate escape artist wanders among the vice ridden populations of eighteenth century Europe and the Americas fleeing dungeons a marriage minded woman a slave ship captain and the Inuisition Whether by burro by boat or by the back of a whale Fray Serv. .
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can do everything ou can And I do But the trouble is Comprendre et grer les conflits dans les entreprises et les organisations you never how muchou can do And if everything were possible it might as well be impossible simply because it can be done and nothing "IS GAINED BY IT ROUTINE WOULD BE THE ONLY "gained by it Routine would be the only left routine and routine Summer I ask God to grant me proof of His existence by letting me die But I doubt that He can hear me If God were here He would have gone mad Not for me but Servando s memoirs in translation are available to read This though not a perfect attempt is another 5 star magical realism tale Reinaldo Arenas s The Ill Fated Peregrinations of Fray Servando is a picaresue novel about the real life Mexican friar who is persecuted for his religious opinions and hatred of the Spanish monarchy and episcopate Almost half the novel is set in various prisons where Fray Servando Theresa de Mier is imprisoned and from which he escapes or is freed There are numerous very improbable hijinx such as Fray Servando s witnessing the Battle of Trafalgar but twice locating it "in diferent bodies of water The author himself was a prisoner in Castro s Cuba for two "diferent bodies of water The author himself was a prisoner in Castro s Cuba for two It was only with the Mariel boatlift that he made his way to the United States where he died of AIDS in 1990Arenas intersperses his text with uotatiojns from the real Fray Servanto s diary and other documents though the veracity of the Cuban author s own contributions is not uite at the same level This book is soo fun to read I really enjoyed it and discovered a lot of things about my country and one of the most ignored heroes Fray Servando Teresa de Mier I think Arenas could develop this amazing novel because of the emotional and circumstantial link he established with this character As Arenas suffered repression from Castro s system and was imprisioned several times Fray Servando was also sent to jail a lot of times because he uestioned religion and politicsAwesomely well written I introduce Islamic Dynasties A Chronological and Genealogical Handbook Islamic Surveys you to the most ignored but also most amazing writer of the Magic Realism Let s not exclude Rulf. Ando's journey is at once funny and romantic melancholy and profound a tale rooted in historyet outrageously hallucinatoryAn impenitent amalgam of truth and invention historical fact and outrageous make believe a philosophical black comedy The New York Times.you can do everything ou can And I do But the trouble is ou never