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El reino de este mundo (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1490981574
ISBN-10: 1490981578
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Novela calificada por Mario Vargas Llosa como ""una de las mas acabadas que haya producido la lengua espanola"", EL REINO de ESTE MUNDO recrea de forma incomparable los acontecimientos que, a caballo entre los siglos xviii y xix, precedieron y siguieron a la independencia haitiana. Estimulado por la prodigiosa historia original y valiendose de un magistral dominio de los recursos narrativos, Alejo Carpentier alumbro en su palacio de Sans-Souci y la ciudadela de La Ferrière arquitecturas dignas de Piranesi. --Los editores --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1490981578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490981574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fortunately my Spanish is competent enough to have read this in the original. I might otherwise not have as much enjoyed the full yet controlled prose had I read the work in doubtless sincere translation. The fascinating theme of the Haitian revolution,Henri-Christophe and the Fortress Sans Souci, is complemented by evocative characterizations and colourful, well-balanced sentences without the purplish tendencies I had noticed in the other book of Carpentier's ("El Siglo de las Luces")that I had read.For anyone wishing to sample Spanish excellently written, I would recommend this work.
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Ti Noel, a young slave in Haiti in the late eighteenth century, adores a mandinga slave named Mackandal.

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.
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Ti Noel vive una triste y monótona vida de esclavo resignado en la hacienda de Monsieur Lenormand de Mezy esperando la tan anunciada sublevación de negros prometida por Mackandal y llevada a cabo por Boukman que le trajera la tan ansiada libertad. Salvado de ser pasado por las armas después de ser sofocada la revuelta pasa a Santiago de Cuba con su amo que acaba vendiéndolo para pagar sus deudas. Ya mayor vuelve libre a su tierra para caer prisionero y obligado a trabajar para el rey negro Henri Christophe en su palacio de Sans-Souci y la Ciudadela de la Ferriere, unas recreaciones antillanas del boato y la corte de los Borbones franceses. Ya anciano y abandonado a su suerte ha de soportar una tercera tiranía, la de los mulatos de Puerto Principe, que no dudan de impartir orden a la fuerza. Ti Noel no puede mas, se rebela con todos sus poderes contra la opresión que nunca termina.
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.
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This book begins before the revolution that freed Haiti from the French and uses the life of the slave Ti Noel to describe life in Haiti under the rule of the French, Henri Christophe and after. I think of life in the late eighteenth, early nineteenth centuries as running at a slower pace, and I was amazed at how tumultuous the life of Ti Noel is. In some ways, this book reminds me of “The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club)” by Pearl Buck. Like the family in the “The Good Earth” and due to political and economic upheaval, Ti Noel is forced to move from place to place and when he returns home things are never the same.

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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