As postconquest Maya tailored to lifestyles lower than colonial rule, they neither totally deserted those perspectives nor thoroughly followed the formula of sexuality prescribed through Spanish Catholicism. In Chapters in Brazil's Colonial heritage, Capistrano de Abreu created an built-in heritage of Brazil in a landmark paintings of scholarship that also is a literary masterpiece.
Abreu deals a startlingly smooth research of the previous, in line with the position of the economic system, cost, and the profession of the inner. But a much larger proportion regularly worked for the revolutionary cause. He and dozens of other lectores disseminated revolutionary ideas to tobacco workers. Sarmiento Ostensibly a biography of the gaucho barbarian Juan Facundo Quiroga, Facundo is additionally a posh, passionate paintings of heritage, sociology, and political observation, and Latin America's most crucial essay of the 19th century.
You will see glimpses of the war in the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, but only Sarmiento gives all the details: The Argentine Revolutionary War was twofold: The cities overcame the Spaniards, and were in their turn overcome by the country districts.
This is the explanation of the Argentine Revolution, the first shot of which was fired in , and the last is still [as of ] to be heard. Fortunately for Argentine history, Quiroga was assassinated and somewhat later Rosas was defeated and hustled into exile. It was only then that Argentina could begin to have the history of a civilized nation -- though it lapsed once again rather badly in the s with the rule of the junta under Videla, Viola, and Galtieri and the "Dirty War" against the montonero guerrillas and their many thousands of sympathizers.
But that is another story.
Pero cuando dejaba de leerlo me costaba agarrarlo de nuevo, tiende a ser tedioso. Sin embargo no por eso deja de ser espectacular.
Sep 22, Agustina Bogado rated it really liked it Shelves: Fue una lectura que disfrute mucho pero que no consigue sus 5 estrellas por aburrirme en algunas pocas partes. Jul 01, Marshall Comstock rated it it was ok. Sarmiento makes some cool points.
He plays a huge role in Argentine history and is responsible for many wonderful aspects of Argentine culture, but ultimately I get the feeling he was just kind of a snobby old racist who hated anyone who wasn't a white european wannabe. Jun 14, Daniel Polansky added it Shelves: Y el hombre que se muestra en esta obra es un ser de otro universo.
Jul 24, Marie rated it it was ok. I agree with his criticisms of Rosas, but comparing gauchos to arabs to imply that they, aborigins and Spaniards are uncivilized as opposed to Anglo-Saxons and Frenchmen is taking things a bit too far.
The prose was dense and not engaging at all. It's even funnier to find that he and Quiroga were distantly related. Basically, if there's something I share with Sarmiento is my grumpy lack of comformism towards these who hold power.
He was pretty much your "progressive", black le I agree with his criticisms of Rosas, but comparing gauchos to arabs to imply that they, aborigins and Spaniards are uncivilized as opposed to Anglo-Saxons and Frenchmen is taking things a bit too far. He was pretty much your "progressive", black legend consumer and perpetrator. Sure, he did a lot for education and as president of the country, no sense in denying this, but this remains almost absolutely unreadable.
May 21, Lena Gilmore rated it it was ok Shelves: Pero en fin, si quieren, leanlo. View all 4 comments. Dec 10, Monty Milne rated it really liked it. What a gallery of rogues is presented here, more than enough to make anyone thank their lucky stars they were not born in Argentina in the first half of the 19th century How far our author can be trusted I am not so sure - he was perhaps too close in time to the events he describes, and too far away morally and philosophically from most of the protagonists - to be a wholly trustworthy observer.
And yet, he seems to have been a genuinely Good Thing, in sad contrast to the vast majority of the grotesque personalities he describes. Now and then, a monster like Facundo - rapist, torturer, murderer, brigand, liar, braggart, thief - comes up against an opponent with better principles and a bigger army.
Between and he was frequently in exile, and wrote in both Chile and in Argentina. On the other side were Rivadavia, Paz, and the Unitarios , who wanted a unified Argentina ruled from Buenos Aires and subjected to European influences with regard to commerce, education, and culture. He represented barbarism in the book but there seemed to be precious little to oppose the barbarism and represent civilisation. Concebido fundamentalmente como literatura -por el relieve otorgado al plano del discurso y la plena conciencia del poder de las palabras-, el propio Sarmiento lo define como un arma destinada a perder a Rosas en el concepto del mundo ilustrado. Estefi I don't think than this book could like you.
But just when you think the repulsive criminal will get his come-uppance at last, his opponents throw away all the advantages of position, numbers and morale by the most extraordinary military ineptitude. If there is a common theme which seems to bind all the protagonists in this sorry story, it is that they almost all seem to have a combination of suicidal personal bravery with the grossest strategic incompetence.
At times, one just shakes one's head in fascinated disbelief like the account of the general who loses a battle because he is lassoo'd from his horse while leading from the front Don't cry for me Argentina could be Facundo's epitaph, but one could weep for the tragedies he caused - and not least because their long shadow extends as far as our own day. Other GR reviewers make reference to Sarmiento's alleged racism. Yes, there are some scornful references to the Indians beyond the southern borders, but this is because they are "barbarians", not because they are Indians per se.
Sarmiento elevates liberal, civilised values as he sees them over "barbarism" and superstition, as exemplified by Facundo and Rosas. This is an elitist view but not a racist one: Many personalities in this book are brave, but only a few are morally admirable, and almost none are competent in the discharge of their duties. Barcala, however, is unique in being all three, and has Sarmiento's and my unqualified admiration.
Alas, it is no surprise that he meets a sticky end Dec 10, Juan Fulugonio rated it really liked it Shelves: Una obra que trata un capitulo de la historia argentina pasada, pero cuyos conceptos e ideas perduraron en todo el siglo XX y lo siguen haciendo. May 02, Daniel rated it liked it Recommends it for: These South American cowboys and barbarians are such fucking men.
Best passage of the book: The rest of the book is pretty boring. Baker makes use of corn and maize to contemplate principal debates approximately nutrients safety and nutrients sovereignty, biodiversity and biotechnology, tradition and nature, in addition to globalization and native responses, in Mexico and past. From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: For the preconquest Maya, sexuality used to be part of ritual discourse and function, and all intercourse acts have been understood by way of their strength to create, retain, and damage society.
As postconquest Maya tailored to lifestyles lower than colonial rule, they neither totally deserted those perspectives nor thoroughly followed the formula of sexuality prescribed through Spanish Catholicism. In Chapters in Brazil's Colonial heritage, Capistrano de Abreu created an built-in heritage of Brazil in a landmark paintings of scholarship that also is a literary masterpiece. Abreu deals a startlingly smooth research of the previous, in line with the position of the economic system, cost, and the profession of the inner.