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The Labyrinth of Solitude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    Excellent book!!!

    A very profound book, yet it is not pretentious. Unlike other authors, Octavio Paz reaches and delivers to us both style and substance in this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Hommage to the late great Man of Letters

    Octavio Paz wrote the definitive sociological book that deciphered the Mexican character. He correctly diagnosed that, in fact, the Mexican was stuck in a labyrinth and condemned to find a way out, and in many respects is still trying to find that way out. He understood that he would receive harsh criticism and he did. However, he stayed true to his calling as a man of letters and delivered a book that must indeed be read by anyone wanting to understand the make-up of the Mexican or the serious scholar searching for understanding in the field of Mexican history. I strongly and without reservation recommend this book, it will change your outlook on this important country and most importantly on the inhabitants and descendants of it forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    A triple classic for lovers of Mexico

    This is one of the best (if not the best) books on the Mexican character ever written. Besides including Ridings wonderful insights which help further illuminate Paz's classic work, the book also has literary appeal, fine poetry and clear translations. I first heard of this book when reading Michael Hogan's insightful 'Mexican Mornings' which contains, among other things, Paz's delightfully humorous analysis of the verb 'chingar' and all its permutations. This is a book to keep on your shelf for a long, long time. If you lend it out, make sure they sign in blood.

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