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Burnt water: Stories Hardcover – January 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; First Edition edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374117411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374117412
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,298,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Spanish (translation)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on July 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This particular translated edition of "Burnt Water" originally was released in Spainish under the title "Aqua Quemada" and has many more stories, over double, than the original version. The translations are excellent and deserve mention because they do not compromise the integrity of the beautiful written word of Carlos Fuentes. I have compared both editions and am very impressed with the literal translation. The stories are all very short, usually in the 25- 30 page range but read like little novels. The characters developed by Fuentes are colorful representations that come to life and jump off the pages. When reading Fuentes the familiarity with the characters and distant lands becomes familiar at once. Fuentes can take you on a journey to the times of the Mexican Revolution and you feel the period come to life. The rich literary style of Fuentes in his formative years is revealed to be not quite as eloquent as his later works but do show the characteristic stylings developing. When you read these short stories you will feel as though they are sketches of future works(if you are familiar with his later works), fragments creating a whole and eventually evolving into masterpieces. Fuentes ability to create visual scenes translates into an experience that allows you to smell the aromas, see the vistas, for example, when he describes a person sweeping in front of their home you can feel the wet earth being the neutralized by water to keep the dust down.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very entertaining, with lots of unexpected endings to interesting and vivid stories. Perfect for somone who doesn't have a lot of time to read.
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