- Series: Primero Vivo
- Paperback: 341 pages
- Publisher: Grupo Oceano (2000)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 9706514643
- ISBN-13: 978-9706514646
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,511,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Debo, luego sufro (Spanish) Paperback – 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
The glee of shopping, followed by the anxious turmoil of having put oneself in debt, makes up the vicious cycle that is at the core of Mexican novelist Loaeza's latest book. A sequel to Compro, luego existo (I Buy, Therefore I Exist, Alianza), this book is part of a larger project funded by a Mexican federal program for the consumer (PROFECO) to educate the public about the dangers of spending beyond their means. In short, the drama revolves around four upper-class Mexican couples and their families, showing the public what not to become: compulsive shoppers. On the surface, the text indulges in elitism as it presents the Mexican bourgeoisie as a tragic victim of its own privilege. Running deeper, however, is a clever expos? of the dysfunctions and insecurities that actually plague it, such as drug abuse, bulimia , infidelity, and the need to keep up social appearances. Ultimately, the novel falls short of its instructive and parodic intents because the upper classes are pardoned in the end they are, after all, gente buena, people of good upbringing. One must be patient to endure the excessive descriptions of commodities and consumption and get to the few pages that critique the hypocrisy and shortsightedness of the characters and their gluttonous lifestyles. An optional purchase for public libraries. Silvia Heredia, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Top Customer Reviews
¿Quién dijo que los mexicanos somos los hombres del mañana? Digo, si podemos obtener hoy todo con el poder de tu firma.
La novela es histéricamente divertida, más de una vez me encontré riéndome a carcajadas para luego ponerme a pensar que era en realidad una tragedia porque ¿cuántas vidas no se van desperdiciando en el consumo sin sentido? ¿cuánta prosperidad se convirtió en mera deuda con CAT del 45% anual? .....
El prólogo de Gilles Lipovetsky es simplemente brillante, la novela entretenida y hasta educativa porque contiene pasajes que hablan de temas de finanzas, psicología y filosofía. Seguramente leeré el libro otra vez, y seguramente encontraré nuevas ideas que antes no logré captar.
I was not expecting this sort of descriptions because the author is not a leftist writer, but when I read about the lives and ways of thinking of the very rich characters portrayed here, I only found a single one elaborated reasoning when a guy explained the way banks works and more stuff. But even that single one commentary was not so great, that poor fellow had to be like most of the Mexican upper class: zealot admirer of rich nations (under grounds their money, not what their cultures are really about) That poor youth seemed to be proud to be indebt with a British bank, something not easy for most Mexicans (lucky them). The huge lack of analytical thinking of these people is even disgusting at times, their vocabulary is an horrendous mixture of English and Spanish and it seem they get everything in life out their personal connections, never from their high skills even when they think very high of themselves and their private schools.
I'm not sure if this book should be taken seriously for professional sociology studies. The author herself is highly wealthy and displays much of teh same flaws of her social group. For example, she takes all of her mere points of view as facts.Read more ›