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Fiction. In English translation. José María Arguedas is one of the few Latin American authors who loved and described his natural surroundings, and he ranks. : Deep Rivers (): Jose Maria Arguedas, Frances Horning Barraclough: Books. 4 discussion posts. Beth Asmaa said: Translator’s Note. Frances Horning BarracloughBarraclough points out that a reader will find in Los Rios Profund.

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What a lovely book this is. This pushes Ernesto into a profound awareness: The subjective side of Deep Rivers is focused on the efforts of the protagonist to understand the world around him, and to place himself within it as a living whole.

University of Texas Rovers- Latin American fiction – pages. Bridge Over the World The boy describes life at the boarding school in Abancay for the various boys.

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And yes, he does not fit in, but that is because he has never needed to or had the opportunity to live amongst the same people for long, and his father does not visit nor write. These holes produce the typical buzzing sound when spun, which give the object its name.

Qrguedas the boy Ernesto, salvation is his world of dreams and memories.

The boys’ fears, however, are mollified by the Rector, and their boyish pursuits again take precedence over their thoughts. The most moving and lyrical parts describe his connection to nature, not just animals and plants but the mountains and rocks and rivers, all of which in Quechua culture have much greater significance than in white culture, and are often even personified.


He is all alone, trying to make friends and he does, though it is hard and he is an outcast. The ending of the book is ambiguous, and not a little shocking. A text of Arguedas which was published in in the form of autobiography Las Moradas, vol.

But he didn’t fit into Indian culture either, being Latino and not native.

Top Five Books of Contents The Old Man. It is a functional and flexible Spanish, which brings to light the different shades of a plurality rivvers issues, people and peculiarities of the world exposed in the work. Argurdas Kindle 0 editions. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. This was in fact Arguedas’ own upbringing. Interestingly, the books summary sees this book more how I read it. Word around town reaches the schoolboys to the effect that a troop of soldiers is coming to the area to reassert authority after the disturbance.

Bridge over the World. Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Ernesto’s security and acceptance reside with the Indians, who raised him, and with his father a traveling lawyernot with an old uncle, who owns a hacienda and is a powerful man.

And yes, the description sounded like one! Over 2 weeks for fewer than pages He simple does not know how to function in a stable society. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. I struggled to know who was Indian and who was not—at the seminary school, the boys aeguedas a huge hierarchy very Lord of the Flies-esque, another book I did not love.

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Another aspect of the boys’ lives is the tendency to schedule fights and demonstrate more feats of bravado besides, but the feeling for these sometimes breaks down into a desire for camaraderie instead.


The novel ends when Ernesto leaves Abancay and goes to a ranch owned by “El Viejo”, situated in the valley of the Apurimac, awaiting the return of his father. Arvuedas using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It is there that most of the novel takes place. He saw the beauty of the Peruvian landscape, as well as the grimness of social conditions in the Andes, through the eyes of the Indians who are a part of it. What a lovely book this is. Four round holes, like eyes, emanated from the sphere.

The descriptions of the natural world–birds, bugs, landscape–were my favorite parts. Most critics agree that this novel is one of Arguedas’ masterpieces.

Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 6 Juneat The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. The story centers on Ernesto, a white boy who was banished to the kitchens by his stepmother, so he lived among Peruvian Indians, learning not only Quecha but their manner of relating to the landscape so closely. In this respect the novel functions as a dazzling lyrical operation.