The Pond (La Charca) : Puerto Rico's 19th Century Masterpiece: A Moving Chronicle About Love, Greed, Murder and Heroism / Edition 1

The Pond (La Charca) : Puerto Rico's 19th Century Masterpiece: A Moving Chronicle About Love, Greed, Murder and Heroism / Edition 1

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155876092X
ISBN-13:
9781558760929
Pub. Date:
11/03/2009
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated

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The Pond (La Charca) : Puerto Rico's 19th Century Masterpiece: A Moving Chronicle About Love, Greed, Murder and Heroism / Edition 1

Before the turn of the century, while the rich in Madrid, Paris and Rome capped their sumptuous dinners with sips of Puerto Rico’s exquisite black café, the anemic men, women and children who harvested the precious crop lived in squalid huts and rarely saw a scrap of meat. Brutalized by grinding poverty, theirs was the harsh world of Manuel Zeno-Gandia’s La Charca, published in 1894 and widely acknowledged as the first major novel to emerge from Puerto Rico. In the colloquial Spanish of Puerto Rico’s hill-country, una charca is a stagnant pond, a body of brackish water. Puerto Rico’s Spanish colonial society, says Zeno-Gandia, was an immense charca of human beings, oppressed by poverty, ignorance and disease. His bitter melodrama offers stark contrasts: the beautiful Puerto Rican countryside, a veritable Garden of Eden; yet within that “regal panorama,” starved, diseased human beings clung desperately to life.

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ISBN-13: 9781558760929
Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while I was in high school( 1991) . Its drama and truth has marked my life for ever.