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Valparaiso Chile — the home of Pablo Neruda and a key location for watching events of Chilean history unfold. There’s an overabundance of great subject matter here, and Ampuero lets himself get distracted by much of it, forcing too much into the novel, diluting the story.
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From Wikipedia, the free casso. With Simenon’s Maigret novels as guide and instruction-manuals — so Neruda’s suggestion — Cayetano has a go at it.
Ampuero’s writing is passable while not rich or particularly evocative, much less poetic but the translation by Carolina De Robertis –“The Invisible Mountain” which IS a wonderful read I just wished the main character had been more developed instead of focusing on Neruda.
View all 14 comments. He studied there for 12 years, completing his schooling in with a GPA of 5. What a great robert of a novel. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Yet imagine a Latin American reader reading a translation of Kurt Andersen masterful even magisterial novel of American college students in the s, True Ampueri ; how much would be lost or misunderstood?
Galileo, Brecht, and Neruda had more in common than their flights from threatened pain: Csao really liked how Ampuero was able to weave all of these elements together in order to create a story that will appeal to so many different readers.
Likewise, as an outsider’s view, Ampuero’s novel doesn’t offer much insight or other valued context about this important period of Chilean history. The prose—or is it the translation?
El Caso Neruda
I knew a little of Neruda having studied him for A level Spanish and then again at university but never had I seen him like this before. So Neruda hires a young man who he judges to have aptitude as a potential detective Ampuero’s fictional detective Cayatano Brule’s very first case to search for the elusive woman. The result is okay, but not much more. I found this an ambitious book which combines literary and political tropes to good effect.
I used the word “sly” midway in my status updates, but it is also nostalgic, and audacious, taking the poet and looking at his life through the women he loved or betrayed, real and fictional, and looking at the period through which he lived, the politics and posturings, the succession of disguises people don Even in his epilogue where Ampuero talks about how and why he wrote the book, he fails to even suggest that the poet ever had a similar relationship or such a dying wish, or even had serious misgivings about his own relationships with women–as the words and thought’s that Ampero places in Neruda’s mouth and mind would lead readers to believe.
Author Ampuero, in an afterword to the novel, Chile.
El caso Neruda
On the other hand, his politically aware and active wife is a real go-getter, realizing that the Allende government in Chile is in grave danger and trying to do her part which eventually also takes her to Castro’s Cuba. The main action takes place in against the chaotic and real events surrounding the fall of Allende and rise of Pinochet amouero Chile.
The hills, harbor, taverns, cafes, plazas and factories paint a picture of complexity and diversity. Her trail grows cold in Havana and appears to lead her back to her native land, Germany, the eastern sector behind the Iron Curtain.
The subplot about the turmoil of s Chile becomes a bit obtuse at times; I needed a history book to connect some of the dots that ultimately led to Pinochet’s coup. Neruda tells Cayetano not to say a word to anyone while handing him a fistful of Georges Simenon Inspector Maigret mysteries with a suggestion to learn how a Detective goes robsrto his business. Robreto you also learn much about the life of the great Pablo Neruda.
If you can buy into ampuerl original premise that a Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda would hire a young man with no experience other than from his reading of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels, you will be carried along. As I got further robertk the book, the narrative was good enough to hold my interest without making the reading seem like a chore, the writing got better and the story became far more interesting.
You can read my review at http: I favor a nuanced view of great artists and leaders. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review ampuerp a whole.
They arrived at the island in and that same year they got married. Neruda-friend Allende also pays a visit to the poet in the course of the story.
In the s, Cayetano, his wife, and Neruda watch the consequences of the political landscape play out right in front of their eyes — The attempted coup came live and direct over the nerufa, like in the American movies, turning the country into a passive spectator The media buzz and the fear and excitement nerudda the people show a country on the edge nerkda tension is the order of the day.
So often Ampuero caught Neruda in all his artistry and his contradictions. Nowhere does this author justify this essentially magical thinking about Neruda or the manner in which Neruda is portrayed in his novel. His peace is shattered when another man walks into the room and they begin talking. I think it is safe to assume that a man who can write movingly about love has experienced it in spades.
I received an uncorrected proof of this book as a winner in a Goodreads First Reads drawing.