Library Journal - Library JournalOriginally issued in 1962, The Labyrinth of Solitude (Grove Weidenfeld. (ISBN 0-8021-5042-X. pap. $10.95; reprint) ``contains nine beautifully written, deeply felt essays . . . whose concern is the Mexican's solitariness and quest for identity'' ( LJ 4/15/62). The expanded volume contains additional essays written in the spirit of Labyrinth and other important works.
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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.
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.
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.