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Unable to return to his previous village, the poor forgive everything but failure, Antonio settles in the village of El Idilio the Idyllget a sense of how this. Honor, tradition, wisdom, all themes in a slight volume that readers will breeze through as danger mounts and admiration for the old man grows. Very nicely done. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Unable to return to his previous village, the poor forgive everything but failure, Antonio settles in the village of El Idilio the Idyllget a sense of how this. Honor, tradition, wisdom, all themes in a slight volume that readers will breeze through as danger mounts and admiration for the old man grows.
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Return to Book Page. But tourists and opportunists are making inroads into the area, and the balance of nature is making a dangerous shift. Translated by Peter Bush. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 14th by Mariner Books first published More Details Original Title. Premio Tigre Juan Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. He died on April 16 due to the virus. It was his first novel. He could read! It was the most important discovery of his whole life. He could read. He possessed the antidote to the deadly poison of old age. But he had nothing to read. He once lived with the Shuar natives, but tragic circumstances required him to leave his adopted tribe and settle with his fellow whites in the small village of El Idilio.
He was once a great hunter, but now he has become old and enjoys nothing more than losing himself in the pain and anguish of doomed love stories. A dentist who shows up twice a year to extract teeth from the villagers brings him two new books. The dentist knows a hooker who has the exact same taste in books as Bolivar. Bolivar would be quite content to lead his simple life and while away the hours of his days enthralled by the passions of fictional people, but a man is killed by a female ocelot after he killed her cubs and wounded her mate.
Bolivar is forced to join the hunt for the female by the fat, wife-beating mayor, whom everyone calls the Slimy Toad behind his back. These things take time. I wonder how many wives right now are contemplating creative ways to murder their husbands after being quarantined with them for several weeks. Bolivar finds what is left of a settler and a dead American, killed by the grief-stricken ocelot. The jungle is rather tidy with debris. The ants had done a magnificent job, leaving their bones as smooth as plaster.
They were carrying away his straw-colored hair strand by strand, like tiny women woodcutters felling coppery trees, to strengthen the entrance tunnel to their anthill. He soon finds himself in a desperate struggle to kill an animal he sympathizes with before she manages to kill him.
I keep thinking about The Old Man and the Sea, as one man battles the forces of nature. This is considered an ecological novel and certainly shines a light on the negative impact of the West on those regions of the world that were existing in balanced harmony before the trudge of their big feet, the jangle of their equipment, their loud voices, their arrogance, their pathological need to hunt, and their fascination in gazing upon primitive cultures reminding me of those who search out poverty porn turn a jungle into chaos.
I really love the sweet, subtle power of this novel. The resistance of a culture to technology and the metal monsters of guns and machines. The respect that the Shuar people show the jungle and the wonder they feel as they encounter mystical elements that seemingly defy science. I love thinking about this leather-skinned, old man pondering the mysteries of love as he listens to the river and turns the pages of a book. There is a movie based on the book, starring Richard Dreyfuss, that was released in He was arrested twice in his home country of Chile and tortured by the General Augusto Pinochet regime.
He was an ardent supporter of the rights of people. He eventually was released after pressure by Amnesty International and chose to live in Germany because of his great love for the literature of that country. If you get a chance, do read about his life on Wikipedia. He was certainly a man who used the power of his pen to try and expose the abuses of those in power.
It is unfortunate that it took a news story about his death appearing on my cell phone for me to be motivated to finally read one of his books. This is a slender, but powerful book. View all 15 comments. Toni Thank you! May 11, PM. Krazy Arnold jeffrey dita has a crush on you May 11, PM. View all 19 comments. Apr 22, Glenn Russell added it. But, alas, life has a way of intruding. One day when the old man is among the townspeople, Shuar Indians bring along a dead fair-haired gringo. The fat major immediately claims the Shuar killed him, sliced the white man's neck with a machete.
Ah, a killer on the loose! Thus begins the tale. But not a word more about the unfolding journey into the jungle. And then the old man hit on one novel where he found what he was really after, a love story containing love everywhere, where the characters "suffered and mingled love and pain so beautifully that his magnifying glass was awash with tears.
You may ask: What's the title of that very special novel? The Rosary is available via Project Gutenberg. I purposely kept my review brief. View 2 comments. Shelves: favorites , latin-american , boston-book-club. Oh, I must have erased my original review!! 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 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.
Alas, not formatted for the US I love it so much, I include it in one of my courses. And my students love it, even though most of them are younger than the novel. View all 12 comments. And I dont want to brag, but my boss is ze best! When we started working together, he quickly noticed I always had books kicking around and spent most of my lunch breaks with my nose buried in the pages of my latest read.
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I read this book in August and I really enjoyed it, so I thought it was time I finally made a review for it. So when people start turning dead, and obviously killed by a wild animal, the people ask for his help. But Bolivar is old now, and all he cares about is the book that is waiting for him in his small house.
After secondary school in Santiago, he studied theatre production at the National University. He also acted as a mediator between the government and Chilean companies. After the Chilean coup of which brought to power General Augusto Pinochet he was jailed for two-and-a-half years and then obtained a conditional release through the efforts of the German branch of Amnesty International and was kept under house arrest. He managed to escape and went underground for nearly a year. He was rearrested and given a life sentence later reduced to twenty-eight years for treason and subversion.
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
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Although written with a simplicity which verges on the childlike, this ecologically conscious novel set in the Ecuadorian Amazon certainly isn't slight. Dedicated to the memory of murdered ecological activist Chico Mendes, it finds Chilean exile Luis Sepulveda launching a determined defence of the native Shuar Indians of Ecuador, whose way of life is, inevitably, under threat from the encroaching white man. When a crazed ocelot takes to attacking humans in the forest, the Old Man of the title, who was brought up by the Indians, is required to return to the forest to hunt it down. Already a bestseller in France, the novel is at its strongest when it details the customs of the endangered natives, whose balanced existence makes a dramatic contrast with the rapacity of the white settlers.