- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (1 November 1997)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0140258833
- ISBN-13: 978-0140258837
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,04,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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El Laberinto de la Soledad y Otras Obras (Spanish) Paperback – Import, 1 Nov 1997
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About the Author
Winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature, and past recipient of the Jersusalem Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and the Neustadt Prize, Octavio Paz is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry and prose. In addition to being a poet, essayist, playwright, social philosopher, and critic, he as also served as a Mexican diplomat in France and Japan, and as ambassador to India.
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As a Mexican-American I can attest that how he describes Mexican culture, our subconscious, and the underlying issues that shape even perhaps our personality is very true to life.
To better understand this book one should not only see it as how close it matches our "mexican reality" but for us to also transport our views to understand how history shapes people.
It doesn't matter if the book was written decades ago, we can easily compare that to our ancestors, our grandparents, and parents and we will surely see the traces. As a young woman or teenager I feel I might have not taken as much as I am able now as an adult.
It is also very good in describing American culture, and I saw a comment where someone got offended, but I feel Octavio Paz describes everything with depth, and although some sentences seem too direct, perhaps harsh, as we continue to read we are then engaged in a very descriptive and profound personal analyzation that seems genuine and neutral.
Octavio Paz is an excellent writer, interesting sentences, enjoyable to read, surprising at times, poetic at others, a great mix of abstract combinations.
If you know Mexican people, or have traveled to Mexico, or have friends you will definitely understand them better and even perhaps better then they do! by reading Octavio's abstract study on the subject.