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In this essay, Paz defines the Mexican identity, as seen in the early 50s, through the prisms of history, philosophy, linguistics and ethnology. This is quite an erudite and challenging book, but nevertheless quite interesting to read and showed me Mexico and, by extension, Latin America under a different light. However, its presence on the List is highly questionable, considering that this is an essay, not a novel.

I am sure that other writings from Paz could have been substituted here. If the intent was clearly to include an example of an essay, maybe posdat would have been wiser to include a more representative and accessible example, such as the original template for the genre, Montaigne’s Podata.

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Even Kundera, in many passages of his books, conjugates essay and poetry much better than Paz would have done. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

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Mar 18, Jonathan Mirus rated it liked it. Hay varios puntos interesantes que plantea, el amor, la muerte, la mujer El laberinto de la Soledad es un verdadero laberinto.

Postdata Postdata aparece por la necesidad de Paz a expresarse sobre los hechos ocurridos el 2 de octubre de en la Plaza de las 3 culturas. This is the book “all Mexicans should read.

Labyrinth of Solitude is difficult to rate because it’s a collection of essays that blows you to metaphysical bits Then, oh man, does it get dull.

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All the while I’m watching the boat sink, hoping that it’ll miraculously buoy. It remained boring, brutally boring, to the very end. The essays that were good amazed me. Paz’s lyrical solrdad reaches deep into the Mexican soul to unearth an ancient culture that still pu This is the book “all Mexicans should read. Paz’s lyrical philosophy reaches deep into laberunto Mexican soul to unearth an ancient culture that still pulses in our veins.


At times his views on Mexican psychology and spirituality literally frightened me. It was like hearing someone proclaim the secrets that you’ve kept since childhood. Likewise, there was a tremendous skledad of relief.

Though the book mainly applies to Mexican culture, its focus on solitude transcends cultural bounds. I believe isolation is better term to describe the breakdown of real human connection.

How many times have you seen a couple on a date with each one on their cellphone? Technology simply laherinto the means to turn away from life.

We ignore the real flower to stare at the representation. Yes, we withdraw into ourselves, we deepen and aggravate our awareness of everything that separates or isolates or differentiates us. And we increase our solitude by refusing to seek out our compatriots, perhaps because we fear we will see ourselves in them, perhaps because of a painful, defensive unwillingness to share our intimate feelings You don’t have to be Mexican to understand that.

Eric Garcia and Frank Diaz What’s doledad since Paz’s last piece in the book, written in the ’70s? If you don’t read the whole thing, definitely recommend reading the soledzd essay, L. But it’s a book worth sticking with. Other reviewers mentioned how he hammers belabors? BUT, as someone who doesn’t catch everything the first time around, and solecad taking a class for which this is required reading, and who is growing older and more distracted, I found that to be helpful in re-iterating the overarching messages of this book.

Kaberinto 16, Joaquin Garza rated it liked it Shelves: No creo que haya mucho que agregar laberitno del Laberinto de la Soledad. There were small parts I liked, such as on pages: At a certain point, it felt like Paz was repeating himself rather than bringing up alot of new points with the “Other Writings. The last chapter on solitude had insights that got my attention, at least when I was in my twenties, so I picked it up again and found it laborious, over cooked, like the ironwork railing on a Tunisian whore house.

One must have a pocketful of spare hyphens: Collection of essays in which the Nobel laureate describes and explains Mexican history and society. To understand Mexico and much of Latin America, this is a good read. Some of the essays were written during the politically charged 60s, but they are still readable today. This is a thick book I believe it deserves another try!

Only reading Chapter laberinro for English class Sloedad Chapter 2 completeessay complete handed in cinderella style at midnight: Interesting interpretations of the ideal Mexican woman and her counterpart the Mexican man. I don’t really remember the book, so the rating is just a guess. A really great book shows us how love is great and worth to die for. I love magical realism! This was a hard read, but worth it after I hacked through the first few chapters.


Paz gives really interesting insights into the formation of Mexican culture. Appreciated the discussion of the Fiesta, y El Chingador. Part solwdad my World Reading Challenge, reviewed on my blog: Learning that this book is central to 20th-century Mexican intellectual thought, I picked it up. It took me a while to get past the first couple pages, because it starts out rather ludicrously, with assertions that seem like they were formed when the author was fighting back pimples and never matured into real thoughts.

But since this guy won the Nobel Prize, I persisted. You can’t read this book literally, which is a pretty low standard, laberintto seems to me. However, it does have fascinating sections Learning that this book is central to 20th-century Mexican intellectual thought, I picked it up. However, it does have fascinating sections. The guy seems to think like a poet; not even a poet, but a mythmaker and a poetic poedata than exact philosopher.

So many assertions are demonstrably false. But somehow, the Mexican intelligentsia thinks that he has gotten to the heart of some essential Mexican truths, and so it is worth reading just for that.

I suspect that One Hundred Years of Solitude was named after the concepts in this book. These days, it’s unsafe to generalize about races and peoples, but Paz does just that. He tells us what constitutes Mexican-ness and what constitutes American-ness. He tells us about the look on the Mexican’s face and what lies beyond it. He tells us what Aztecs thought about the concept of time. He even alienated an academic friend of mine by famously denigrating pachucos.

A fascinating and provocative read, although not a fast one, for sure. Maria Yolanda rated it liked it Aug 01, Lwebb rated it liked it Oct 17, Hallie rated it liked it Jun 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Nobel Prize for Literature “for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.

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