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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: A Novel Paperback – March 2, 2010
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“Traven's philosophical anarchism, his disengagement, his scorn for regimentation and material goods and his love of individual liberty and the primitive past could, conceivably, command as much reverence form the new generation as does Henry David Thoreau.” ―William Weber Johnson, Los Angeles Times
“He tells his story better than the best storytellers; delves deeper into characters than most so-called psychological writers. All the virility, terseness and tension that Hemingway worked so hard for...seem to be Traven's by birthright.” ―John Anthony West, Books and Bookmen
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This review is written from the perspective of someone who has seen the film at least a half dozen times before reading the novel for the first time. The film is mostly faithful to the novel, so no nasty surprises await those weaned on the film. While less dramatic in some ways, the book provides a better explanation for the motivations of the characters. This necessarily leads to significant, though not unpleasant, changes in some of their fates compared to the film (or perhaps, better said, vice-versa). Some of the more interesting scenes also are expanded, such as the encounter with the bandits at the camp, and more background is provided about the bandits themselves and the efficient and clever way that they are ultimately dealt with by the local people.
Though a little slow going at first, once accustomed to Traven's writing style and well into the meat of the story, the feeling of the realization that a very special experience is in store for you simply builds and builds and continues doing so until the satisfying conclusion of the book is reached. This is a masterpiece, a gourmet treat for the soul, a book to relish during a lazy morning spent in a soft bed, or sitting by a cozy fireplace.
As in many screen adaptations, seemingly ancillary elements were culled for the film. However, those elements, namely the description of the factors which led to the oppression of the native peoples of Mexico, provides a pervasive, unifying theme throughout the novel. This lends an enriching, interesting counterpoint to the story of the central characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This printing is a photocopy of the 60s'ish mass market paperback. They didn't even enlarge the page images to fit the new larger pages of the thing they are showing. Read morePublished 28 days ago by A. Gabriele
Was a GREAT movie,and the book does not dissapoint.
Enjoying it and it will be passed on.
Condition was fine.
Good book, the story was much different than the classic movie. I liked the movie better, which is the opposite for my normal book vs. movie take.Published 11 months ago by MGunz
Got caught in a massive layover in Denver airport and found this book in the seat back of the plane. I'd seen the movie long ago, but had never read the book. It's a real gem. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael Eyan
A great follow-up to one of my favorite movies, the Bogart classic. Nice take on details not in the movie and a very good read.Published 17 months ago by J. P. Marshall
The classic movie follows the plot of this impressive novel by mysterious author B. Traven closely. Two Americans seeking work and money in Mexico in the 30s hook up with an old... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roy Armstrong II
I have seen the movie dozens of times and it is one of the few that actually is true to the authors intentions. This was a fun read .
badges? badges? well you know the rest:)