The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings

  • Title: The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings
  • Author: Octavio Paz Lysander Kemp Yara Milos
  • ISBN: 9780802150424
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico s foremost writer and critic In this international classic Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its
    Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico s foremost writer and critic In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture Compared to Ortega y Gasset s The Revolt of the Masses for its trenchant analysis, this collection contains his most famous work, The LabyrinOctavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico s foremost writer and critic In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture Compared to Ortega y Gasset s The Revolt of the Masses for its trenchant analysis, this collection contains his most famous work, The Labyrinth of Solitude, a beautifully written and deeply felt discourse on Mexico s quest for identity that gives us an unequalled look at the country hidden behind the mask Also included are The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, and The Philanthropic Ogre, all of which develop the themes of the title essay and extend his penetrating commentary to the United States and Latin America.

    • The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings by Octavio Paz Lysander Kemp Yara Milos
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    About Octavio Paz Lysander Kemp Yara Milos


    1. Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.


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    1. yeah, donkey don, i see no way a twenty year old could get much out of this book it's so rich and deep that some life lived and a healthy dose of critical thinking is certainly required. paz sets out to do nothing less than try and understand the totality of mexican existence and identity. which, understandably, poses quite a problem. as he puts it:"The whole history of Mexico, from the Conquest to the Revolution, can be regarded as a search for our own selves, which have been deformed or disgui [...]

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    2. I usually hate to star-rate nonfictional papers.If you have read a snippet of "Labyrinth" (& let's face it--you HAVE: or else you know little about the Mexican race) you get the point. The Mexican is a pariah who wears masks to hide inner feelings (sometimes the repressed bursts outch as in its celebrations), and the country borrows dogmas that do not usually sit well with the Mexicans ergo disorder, even to this day.Paz has done a sociological paper right. He gives authenticity to his thesi [...]

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    3. El libro que todo mexicano debería de leer, me tarde tanto en terminarlo a pesar de su breve extensión porque no es posible digerir tanta realidad de golpe, hay que analizarlo, pensarlo y darle oportunidad de que se plante en nuestra conciencia.La obra de Octavio Paz se mantiene actual y firme al paso de los años, cambiamos tanto para ser los mismos de siempre, con el PRI de siempre y los problemas de siempre, la raza de los derrotados y del, termino aun no acuñado pero ya presente en el inc [...]

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    4. La Chingada es la madre de todos los MexicanosThe Chingada [translations varies with sentence] is the mother of all MexicansI remember I move through Mexico through the years my family lived there after moving from Madrid like a ghost against a compulsory changing Mexico. I traveled the streets where legends are an integral part of both tradition and history just to turn around the corner into a night club. Mexico was a magical land, yet a place of change, or a never moving change. It seemed to [...]

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    5. There was a common joke I used to hear a lot when I was a teenager, and that was "Call someone from Mexico a Mexican and they will get angry and tell you they are not Mexican." I found it funny at the time because it seemed to work every time. But in reality, the words must have cut far deeper than I imagined. And after reading Octavio Paz's Labyrinth of Solitude, I can understand why.Paz brilliantly links Mexico's history with the question of "What makes a Mexican a Mexican?" It pervades every [...]

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    6. Required reading for anyone interested in Mexican history and literature. Really for anyone immersing themselves in the fiction and Literature south of our border. More specifically it served as a most excellent warm up to my reading News from the Empire. One might imagine every nation and/or culture having their Paz. And let's say nothing about it's place in post-colonial literature. Some works simply stand as models for what in other contexts might also be done.

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    7. Es casi criminal que a los mexicanos nos pongan a leer este libro ¡en Preparatoria! A esa edad, esta lectura resulta, no sólo aburrida, sino odiosa. apenas lee el joven unas cuantas páginas y saldrá corriendo a copiar algún resumen bajado de la red, para cumplir con la tarea El resultado, uno termina considerándolo como aburrido e ininteligible, cuando en realidad es un GRAN libro! Cosa distinta cuando lo lees siendo adulto, con un criterio formado y una idea, no importa que sea vaga, de c [...]

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    8. Paz dissects Mexican politics and culture. There were some interesting sections of this book, but he says the same things over and over again, describing Mexico as a palimpsest where Spanish Catholicism overlays itself on Aztec religious theocracy. There were also some parts of the book I did not care about, such as long discussions of the history of Mexico's many revolutions and a critique of each regime.Also, Paz states often as generalized facts things that, while he may be trying to present [...]

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    9. El laberinto de la Soledad es un libro que Todo Mexicano deberia de leer, ya que en el podemos encontrar un estudio hecho a nuestra sociedad de una manera critica y libre de malos prejuicios o favoritismos.Octavio Paz nos hace un recuento del porque de muchisimas cosas que nos aquejan como mexicanos, de una manera soberbia nos habre los ojos y nos explica por que somos unos Hijos de la Chingada, por que emigramos a US, por que exiten los Cholos, Pachucos y Chundos, por que solamente miramos de n [...]

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    10. The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico is Octavio Paz’s project of describing a National Mexican Identity. Of course I immediately had my doubts. Anthropologists / cultural critics are always saying how projects that attempt to grasp any sort of national character are impossible, misguided. Nations are composed of heterogeneous peoples, all of different cultural traditions, historical backgrounds, economic classes… How could we even attempt to find a generalization that fits a [...]

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    11. This is A MUST for any mexican studying out there. Every school has it on their resumé. The book picture perfectly mexican culture, the pros & cons, the lacks and virtues, the ideas that have remained fixed in the mind of every mexican-born, mexican-raised individual: the genetic mapping of a culture.I loved the book, I felt somewhat identified & the prose is beautiful and precise. I still don't find Octavio Paz to be the best mexican writer (even if he's the only one with Nobel Prize), [...]

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    12. Esta obra de Octavio Paz, da un acercamiento muy bueno a lo que hace al mexicano, ser mexicano. Mi capítulo favorito "Todos Santos, Día de muertos" narra perfectamente lo que es la fiesta del mexicano, para lo cual te sientes totalmente identificado cuándo las has vivido tal como lo narra Octavio Paz. A este libro lo marcaría con un "debes de leerlo" si quieres entender parte del pensamiento mexicano.

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    13. Paz writes with such clarity, his beautiful and complete prose shedding light on his homeland to the passing strangers who are the readers of the book. Yet, it is filled with ambiguities, as he leads you through the questions raised and answered, and the very character of the Mexican which is both to be and not to be.The same themes were present throughout the book, as he brought out similar ideas in different forms and essays. In the first section of the book, the chapters were well laid-out to [...]

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    14. (English Below)Un excelente libro, lleno de sabiduría y poder, escrito en un estilo suave como poesía y con profundidad como la mejor filosofía. Desde la historia de la conquista de México, hasta la espiritualidad de la fiesta, hasta la sociológica de las palabrotas, casi cada página enseña algo nuevo y brillante.Recomiendo El laberinto de la soledad para todos que tienen un interés en filosofía o ciencias sociales. Este libro cambió mi perspectiva como muy pocos otros que he leído.__ [...]

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    15. Intense, richly written essays on history and society from a deeply perceptive mind. Now, granted, I don't know nearly enough about Mexican history to be able to verify or falsify his statements about various Mexican leaders and ideologies, but they're impressive arguments, and good groundwork for why Mexico remained a semi-colonial state decades after independence. Delving deep into topics ranging from 19th Century debates over positivism, the role of the fiesta in village life, Aztec myth, the [...]

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    16. My infatuation with the Mexican mask culture must somehow mirror that of the Jungian persona; after all, man is amidst, in the words of José Corostiza, a "wilderness of mirrors." Paz has created an air of holistic realm, giving psychological, sociological, anthropological, and historical insights and adding the zest of poetry, artistic creation, and the art of love to conclude an interpretation and understanding of Mexican culture so vivid, yet so dark.The Labyrinth of Solitude presents an argu [...]

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    17. I finished reading El laberinto de la soledad almost two weeks ago but left the book on my "currently reading" list while I contemplated what I would include in this review. My theory was, if I left my brain alone to churn, it would eventually settle upon some clever-ish thought or two that would wrap Paz's masterpiece up in just a couple of paragraphs. Like a labyrinth, it confounds me.So I'll settle for sharing the first three thoughts that come to mind:1. I didn't find terribly useful the par [...]

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    18. Octavio Paz mastered the role of the one of the most trenchant essayist of the 20th century. Leaving his coat of poet in the corner his gives reader incredible journey to the sole of Mexican nation, more precisely to the soul of Mexican and thus man and his solitude.With his tremendous skills he analysis Mexican culture and Mexican nations. Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is perceived from European view as totally hardly to be taken and understood, however Octavio Paz wrote excellent e [...]

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    19. Un libro que cumple su misión clara de ser un ejercicio de análisis y crítica sobre la sociedad y sobre el mexicano.Desde sus primeros capítulos me capturó al iniciar analizando profundamente al mexicano, desde lo que hace, lo que piensa, como habla y como se comporta. Al ser mexicano y haber vivido en México toda mi vida tuve la posibilidad de corroborar la exactitud con la que este análisis se hizo, y lo que más me sorprendió fue encontrarme cara a cara con lo que Paz llama la "másca [...]

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    20. This is a beautifully wrought attempt to unearth and examine some of the deep differences between Mexican and Anglo-American cultures. In some ways, it still is a valuable tool for interpreting Mexican public culture. What Paz calls 'the Mexican's willingness to contemplate horror' is still very much on display. Paz' description of Mexican language in The Sons of La Malinche' and his meditation on retributive justice in 'The Day of the Dead' are classics of anthropology, poetry and maybe even so [...]

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    21. I like Paz's open-endedness: he can discuss the problems of Mexico (and the world) without dictating an ultimate solution. He knows that our world-view is a choice, a construct, and that we are lost--this is true even 60 years after the first publication of his essay. Progress "has given us more things but not more being". He believes the task, to be able to live comfortably amidst diversity and contradiction, to allow for freedom, yet provide equality and justice, requires a different approach [...]

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    22. Nunca deberían darnos este libro mientras estamos en la secundaria. Es demasiado complejo como para entenderlo con apenas 13 o 15 años de edad.Ahora lo veo de forma distinta, hasta lo disfruté. Pero en vez de creer que se trata de un análisis de México y su idiosincracia, lo creo el grito de un intelectual que se ve a sí mismo en un país hostil y profundamente indiferente. Crítico consigo mismo, aspira a una comunión con sus compatriotas, ofreciéndoles un programa en el que se reflejen [...]

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    23. Во-первых, прежде чем начинать читать эту книгу, все должны понимать, что это эссе, а не новела. По-видимому, автор пытался объяснить природу мексиканского менталитета, почему мексиканцы такие как они есть, какими историческими причинами это обусловлено. Но я так ничего и не [...]

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    24. Éste es posiblemente uno de los libros más profundos y complicados que jamás he leído. Es impresionante como alguien puede apretujar en pequeño libro de no más de 300 páginas toda una descripción de una cultura tan entretejida y variada como lo es la cultura Mexicana.Paz esconde en un renglón todo un mundo de significados ocultos, mensajes encriptados y pensamientos implícitos que hacen de esta lectura uno de los textos más ricos, pero también más densos, que uno nunca acaba de comp [...]

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    25. Es en libro escrito hace unos 60 años, pero que al leerlo parece de actualidad. A través de los años seguimos teniendo los mismos problemas. Y no solamente Paz lo ha dicho, sino otros pensadores de nuestra época, Mexico debe dejar de voltear al norte y encontrarse con sus hermanos del sur. Puedo decir mucho y a la vez terminar cantinfleando, pero sin duda este libro me ha dejado huella, que debo admitir no es sencillo de leer al principio, pero conforme se avanza en la lectura, se hace un p [...]

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    26. Había tratado de leer este libro antes y hace poco lo vi en la biblioteca, pensé que quizá ahora que puedo ver más claramente las diferencias culturales sería mejor leerlo. Tiene ideas interesantes aunque es bastante deprimente, me gusta el análisis social que hace sobre nuestro uso de palabras, al parecer las malas palabras, las palabras "tabú" siempre son las que dicen más sobre cómo somos, sobre lo que tememos y sobre lo que queremos ser.

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    27. PazEL MaestroMarcada como su obra cumbre, al leerlo podrás atestiguar que su opinión de México y el mexicano es fiel, objetivo, pintoresco y lo mejor: está vigente a pesar de que se publicó hace 60 años. Nuestros muertos y nuestro culto a la muerte, el albur, "la chingada" madre de todos los mexicanos, el pachuco. Un buen manual, si no para comprendernos, sí para retratarnos y vernos retratados en él. Buen provecho!

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    28. A friend and I once saw someone reading a Spanish edition of this: El Laberinto de la Soledad. A cognate code my friend couldn't crack: "Tale of Two Gardens?" I say, "Nah, it's essays." Other guy looks pensively at the book he's supposedly been reading, says to me, "I could see how you would think that, but no it's not." I can't imagine what he thought he was reading.

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    29. This is a book that will not tell you a story, but it will help you understand what is behind every mexican. I love it and I am thankful that it exists. Este es un libro que no te cuenta una historia, pero te ayuda a comprender lo que se encuentra detrás de cada mexicano. Me encantó, y estoy agradecida por su existencia.

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    30. It is really exciting to read Paz because he captures the real meaning of "solitude." for Mexicans, this word is a whole world, an old and new experience of how to see their culture, yet to understand their pre-colombian origins is a book that teaches you to understand the difference between Meztizo and CriolloI love reading it.

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