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The Pond: Puerto Rico's 19th-Century Masterpiece 1st Markus Wiener Publishers Ed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1558760929
ISBN-10: 155876092X
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"A classic of Latin American fiction [in] a modern and colloquial translation. . . . " -- The Nation

"A classic of Latin American fiction [in] a modern and colloquial translation. . . . " -- The Nation

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers; 1st Markus Wiener Publishers Ed edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155876092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558760929
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maureen Emeric on May 31, 2013
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Manuel Zeno Gandia came from a wealthy family and witnessed the harsh treatment and living conditions of poor farm workers and the writing slant from this perspective is obvious. The story is an excellent source for peering into the past for this particular time, these particular social classes, and the coffee plantation hierarchy.
The writing and language is archaic in keeping with the time written, but there is an element of the writing style which comes across somewhat verbose and another "murky" element I'm at a loss to describe. I can not say whether the book's original impact may have been lost in translation, but I found myself irritated by the declamatory discussions between the plantation owner and his peers; his "superior" understanding of the ills plaguing the uneducated peons, and the endless prosthelizing without any real concrete solutions or organized action. I also wondered just how well he understood the classes below his station, since people of this period and background were notoriously silent about "personal matters".
The brutal realities of daily life, group silence, and loss of innocence for a teen girl were difficult to read and imagine. The struggle to survive hunger and illness were well articulated, and the vast gulf between the classes effectively noted. I did find myself wanting more definition for the characters, many were light in substance. In the end, I certainly appreciated the author's effort to shed light on the issues of his time.
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By Irfan S. on February 27, 2007
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The single most depressing book I've ever read in my life. It's amazing because the book inspires you to get out and help others who are stuck in a hapless situation.

I'll quote the last paragraph in the book to give you an idea, if you're not interested then look no further.

"Only the river remained, murmuring, ever moving, ever restless, ever sounding, as though it dragged in its current the prolonged lament of an inconsolable grief, as though it carried dissolved in its waters the tears of a misfortune that no one wipes dry, that no one comforts...that no one knows about!"

Phenomenal book.
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I'm not going to sit here and tell you what the book is about. You should read it! It is that good! I will tell you some of its themes. Haves vs Have nots, incest, rape, murder, poverty, love, romance, all throwned into a presssure cooker titled "La charca" to create one of the most touching, poigant stories you will ever read. It has a lot of twist and turns which in the end left me completely blown away.
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