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ISBN-13: 9780802133908
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/10/1994
Edition description: English-language Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 125,047
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

JUAN RULFO (1918-1986) was one of Mexico's premier authors of the twentieth century and an important precursor of "magical realism" in Latin American writing.

Reared in Laredo, Texas, in the Mexican ranchero culture about which Juan Rulfo writes, JOSEPHINE SACABO is a photographer who now lives and works in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

  • Pedro Páramo
  • Juan Rulfo: A Biographical Note

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Pedro Páramo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pedro Paramo is a beautifully written book. The imagery and the symbolism take your breath away. This is a piece of art that you'll want to read over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Juan Rulfo's journey into Comala is far more than a journey home. It is an eloquent story of family, love, lust, and misfortune. Rulfo's style is far from Western standards, providing a wonderful distraction from a typical exposition, climax, and conclusion plot line. Rulfo dramatically surprises and dynamically lures the reader into a magnificent tale well worth reading.
lunasilentio on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I read this book a number of years ago but it still is in my thoughts today. It is sincerely haunting. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who likes to have an active role with text. It is written in sections where the narrator changes between characters, between times, and between realities. It takes some thinking to make it through with a good understand of what is going on and what has already happened.Rulfo was a gift writer and I really wish he had written so much more instead of working in a office.
jesssh on LibraryThing 25 days ago
It was an interesting and worthwhile read, perhaps largely because I can see Rulfo's writing informed the writing of Marquez and others. I didn't find the story particularly compelling, but I don't think this book is supposed to be about the story so much as the language, mood, and themes. I would like to read it in Spanish as I can imagine that it's more powerful in the original language and is probably difficult to translate effectively.
arubabookwoman on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I read this for Reading Globally's Mexico month. In fact, I read it twice, and I will probably read it again in the future. It is a book that, despite its brevity, will continue to reward and enlighten a reader with each successive reading.It is the story of a son's quest for the father he has never known. Juan Preciado promised his mother on her deathbed that he would seek his father, Pedro Paramo. He travels to the town of Comala, where he has been told his father lives.At first Comala appears to be deserted and abandoned. It is actually a place 'swarming with spirits: hordes of restless souls who died without forgiveness, and people would never have won forgiveness in any case...' Comala is a town permeated with rain, fog, falling stars, and murmurs.From the murmurings, Juan learns the story of his father. The story is told with seamless shifts in points of view; it is non-chronological and non-linear. In that sense, it reminded me of Faulkner, but without the dense and wandering prose. Rulfo writes in simple language, as in a fable or fairy tale.The novel is intense, surreal, and almost hallucinatory. It was extremely influential on Latin American writers who followed Rulfo, including Donoso, Vargas Llosa, and Garcia Marquez. In fact, Marquez said that he had memorized the entire book.
jentifer on LibraryThing 6 months ago
When "Gabo" (García Márquez) was on the verge of quitting his writing and going back to journalism, a friend handed him this slim volume by Rulfo. After reading it, Gabo was struck and went back to writing immediately. This novel is eerie and haunting, and it's fun to pick out similarities in Gabo and Rulfo's writing.
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