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El reino de este mundo (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) 1st Edition
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Mackandal is strong and can command forces to do his bidding; he can summon thunder and metamorphose into animals. Tired of being a slave, he chooses to flee the hacienda of Monsieur Lenormand de Mezy and hide in a cave in the mountains. Four years later, after many metamorphoses, he assembles slaves from all over the Northern Plains and leads a rebellion that ends up crushed.
Years later, the Haitian revolution is under way and Ti Noel embarks in a ship towards Santiago of Cuba, where he makes enough money to buy his freedom. Upon his return to Saint Domingue, he can no longer recognize his land for the French are gone but Henri Christophe, a black man who used to be a cook in a tavern, has become king and has enslaved his own race worse than the French did before him. Henri Christophe is dethroned by his own people and his family forced into exile. Then, a new form of tyranny is installed again.
I liked this book. I first read it as a high school assignment and loved it. I've re-read it over the years but I guess it never--except its ending--made much sense to me as it does now. El Reino de Este Mundo is at its core, a fable that describes the repetitive cycles of tyrannies brought on by social revolutions. Most revolutions start with high ideals and most of the times with the best intentions, and end up betraying the mere ideals they supposedly stood for in the beginning; not only ideals are betrayed, so are its followers, and that has been the case in every social movement in the world, secular or religious, except perhaps the American Revolution.Read more ›
Novela corta, precursora de lo real maravilloso en la literatura latinoamericana, a través de las memorias del esclavo vamos siendo testigos de la Revolución Haitiana (1791-1804), el reinado de Henri Christophe (1767-1820) y la llegada de la casta mulata al poder ambientando esta trama con descripciones de las costumbres de la colonia, la religión y el folklore haitiano sin olvidar los momentos mágicos de metamorfosis que hicieron esta obra original en 1949, año de su primera edición.
The chapters describing the building of the Citadelle under Henri Christophe’s rule were difficult to read in Spanish because I wasn’t sure whether the stories were that fantastic or if I was misreading the Spanish, but through subsequent research I now believe that the stories about the cruelty involved were true. In general, what happens to Ti Noel throughout his life is so far removed from my life experience that I have difficulty connecting to it, but the historical aspects of this book make me realize that the recent earthquake in Haiti is just another in a long line of devastating events in that country over several centuries.
Of course, one of the main features of the book is magical realism, especially involving the character Macandal. Often readers do not appreciate the magical realism of Marquez and other writers, but I actually look for this in Latin American writing. I thought the best parts of the book were the chapters describing the transformations and travels of Macandal and was a little disappointed that he or similar characters did not occur throughout the book.
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Not an easy read for a non-native Spanish speaker, but it is very engaging. The characters are lifelike and the story is very reminiscent of slave-era Haiti.Published 9 months ago by Caitlin
El reino de este mundo (This world's kingdom) is perhaps Carpentier's earliest great work and best masterpiece. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
El producot llego a tiempo y cuenta con muy buena calidad. Estoy satisfecho.Published on July 25, 2014 by Mario Marti-Brenes
This book is the best way to know why Haiti's future is so difficult to explain.
The writer is one of the best writers from Latinamerica.
Very disappointed to wait for this book after the class finish discussing it!! So I had to return it and got deducted about $3 for shipping fee..Published on November 24, 2007 by AnaC