[Epub] ↠ El sueño del celta Author Mario Vargas Llosa – Submitalink.info

[Epub] ↠ El sueño del celta Author Mario Vargas Llosa – Submitalink.info Sort of between a 3 and a 3.5 it pains me to give 3 stars to a book by this author because I love his work came to this book in a sort of roundabout way, after recently finishing Robin Furneaux s The1969 Chapter eleven of that book examines The Putamayo Affair, which focuses on the PeruvianCompany, the largest rubber enterprise on the Peruvian side of the border between Peru and Colombia I hadn t known about Casement s work in the Sort of between a 3 and a 3.5 it pains me to give 3 stars to a book by this author because I love his work came to this book in a sort of roundabout way, after recently finishing Robin Furneaux s The1969 Chapter eleven of that book examines The Putamayo Affair, which focuses on the PeruvianCompany, the largest rubber enterprise on the Peruvian side of the border between Peru and Colombia I hadn t known about Casement s work in the , so I was glued to this chapter, and I wanted to knowAfter a bit of research linking Casement to the Putamayo, I came up with Dream of the Celt, a book I actually owned I was familiar with Casement and his work in the Congo having read Hochschild s King Leopold s Ghost, which is a book that in my opinion, everyone should read But I have to say that I was not as happy with Dream of the Celt as I think I might have been Let s put it this way I think it is absolutely outstanding that the author brought Casement s story into the modern reading public eye, but reading this book was beyond frustrating since the fictional narrative that could have emerged felt overwhelmed by what felt like a recitation of the author s research findings.The book isthan simply the question of Casement as hero or traitor, though, since Casement is portrayed as a man filled with contradictions and prone to self examination and even second guessing He does constant battle with his physical health, and in Germany was told that his mental health had become destabilized and would become undone without some rest He was also a man who had to keep his homosexuality hidden, but made notes in his diary about his encounters In a big way, we can also see that the political and the personal are hard to separate in this man, for example, when at one point he notes that while Africa was a place of enormous suffering, it was also a land of freedom, where human beings could be mistreated in wicked ways but could also express their passions, fantasies, desires, drives, and dreams without the whipping and judgment that Britain used to drown out pleasure In the epilogue, the author explains that a hero and a martyr is not an abstract prototype or a model of perfection, but a human being made of contradictions and contrasts, weakness and greatness, since a man, as Jos Enrique Rodo wrote, is many men, which means that angels and demons combine inextricably in his personality For me a major part of this book asks the question of what it is that we expect from people we view as heroes or champions for a cause, especially considering that the very people who supported him throughout his career as an advocate for human rights were dropping their support at the end I understand the reluctance of his friends to support his actions as a traitor to the British during the war, but it was the diaries revealing his homosexuality that seemed to seal his fate,so than his actual crime If only we had had less facts here andalbeit fictional insight from Casement himself here, or had we heardfrom his friends and supporters, this could have been a great book as it is, the novel becomes somewhat of a chore to read which is, as I said earlier, a shame However, I would certainly recommend it because it is most certainly well worth reading Roger Casement was an Irishman who famously revealed the atrocities in the rubber industries in, first, the Congo and, then, thein the early 1900s He saw a similarity in the mistreatment of the natives in Africa and South America to the British suffocation of Ireland and made the latter his final cause Unwisely, he courted Germany during the First World War, hoping to link with England s enemy in what he thought a common cause He was deemed to be a traitor arrested, convicted and the Roger Casement was an Irishman who famously revealed the atrocities in the rubber industries in, first, the Congo and, then, thein the early 1900s He saw a similarity in the mistreatment of the natives in Africa and South America to the British suffocation of Ireland and made the latter his final cause Unwisely, he courted Germany during the First World War, hoping to link with England s enemy in what he thought a common cause He was deemed to be a traitor arrested, convicted and then hung His reputation was further sullied by his diaries which graphically detail his homosexual and pedophillic desires There is some thought his diaries were a frame job by his prosecutors.What a marvelous novel this story would make greed, idealism, patriotism, existential angst, severed hands, poisoned darts, malaria, the highest levels of governments and the darkest corners of foreign bath houses And in the hands of a Nobel Laureate author, no less.Yet, The Dream of the Celt was horrible.To explain why, I need to compare this book to Vargas Llosa s The Feast of the Goat, which used rotating points of view to show the black heart of Trujillo That same style would have worked here you could see how it could have been done and which separate characters could have given voice to the complex story of Roger Casement But no Here, Vargas Llosa tells, he does not show He did his research and then told the story As if he was an editor at Wikipedia Here s an example of the beginning sentences of consecutive paragraphs for a few pages Roger left four days later.For the five days of the voyage to Manaus, he barely left his cabin.In Manaus, where he arrived in the middle of December, he felt better.For the week he stayed in Manaus, Roger led a spartan life.On December 17 he set sail for Para.On Christmas Eve, he left for Barbados.On December 31 he left on the S.S Terrencefor New York.The whole book is like that Hehehehehe.It s a great story of a great time and, in the hands of an author I m fond of, I was very much looking forward to this But there s no art here That s the problem It s a recounting But no art.So read the Wikipedia version Or better yet, read Adam Rothschild s King Leopold s Ghost, which will sear your soul La Aventura Que Narra Esta Novela Empieza En El Congo En Y Termina En Una C Rcel De Londres, Una Ma Ana De Aqu Se Cuenta La Peripecia Vital De Un Hombre De Leyenda El Irland S Roger Casement H Roe Y Villano, Traidor Y Libertario, Moral E Inmoral, Su Figura M Ltiple Se Apaga Y Renace Tras Su MuerteCasement Fue Uno De Los Primeros Europeos En Denunciar Los Horrores Del Colonialismo De Sus Viajes Al Congo Belga Y A La A Sudamericana Quedaron Dos Informes Memorables Que Conmocionaron A La Sociedad De Su Tiempo Estos Dos Viajes Y Lo Que All Vio Cambiar An A Casement Para Siempre, Haci Ndole Emprender Otra Traves A, En Este Caso Intelectual Y C Vica, Tanto O M S Devastadora La Que Lo Llev A Enfrentarse A Una Inglaterra A La Que Admiraba Y A Militar Activamente En La Causa Del Nacionalismo Irland STambi N En La Intimidad, Roger Casement Fue Un Personaje M Ltiple La Publicaci N De Fragmentos De Unos Diarios, De Veracidad Dudosa, En Los Ltimos D As De Su Vida, Airearon Unas Escabrosas Aventuras Sexuales Que Le Valieron El Desprecio De Muchos CompatriotasEl Sue O Del Celta Describe Una Aventura Existencial, En La Que La Oscuridad Del Alma Humana Aparece En Su Estado M S Puro Y, Por Tanto, M S EnfangadoUna Novela Mayor De Mario Vargas Llosa mario vargas llosa is born in peru in 1936 his father reveals he s cheating on his mother with a german woman mario has two younger half german half brothers enrique ernesto at 19 mario marries julia urquidi, his mother s uncle s sister in law she is 30 he publishes some short stories he receives a scholarship to university in madrid mario and julia move to paris mario and julia divorce a year later mario marries his first cousin, patricia they have three children mario writes his mario vargas llosa is born in peru in 1936 his father reveals he s cheating on his mother with a german woman mario has two younger half german half brothers enrique ernesto at 19 mario marries julia urquidi, his mother s uncle s sister in law she is 30 he publishes some short stories he receives a scholarship to university in madrid mario and julia move to paris mario and julia divorce a year later mario marries his first cousin, patricia they have three children mario writes his first book, time of the hero, at the age of 26 he is a prominent part of BOOM , the renowned latin american literary movement.he looks like this in 1971 he breaks with marxist and communist ideals after castro imprisons poets and writers from this point on MVL identifies with liberalism rather than extreme left wing ideology and mostly supports moderate conservative candidates in 1975 he directs a movie version of his book, captain pantoja and the secret service he keeps getting cooler in 1976 he punches gabriel garcia marquez in the face in a mexican movie theater neither man has ever revealed why this is what the chubby, less talented writer looks like afterwards in 1981 MVL publishes his first masterpiece, war of the end of the world you should read it in 1990 he runs for president of peru, proposing drastic economic austerity programs MVL s political opponents read sex scenes from his novels over peruvian radio he is defeated by alberto fujimori, an agricultural engineer this is what fujimori looks like this is what MVL looks like in 2000 he publishes feast of the goat you should read it in 2010 he receives the nobel prize for literature for, his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual s resistance, revolt, and defeat in 2012 he publishes the dream of the celt.you should read it this is what he looks like in 2015 MVL moves to beachwood canyon and meets brian jack for weekly sunday brunches at which the two men one dog argue till sunset about politics, literature, and life following this, they smoke cigars and walk the neighborhood, then retire to brian s apartment for a light dinner with kelly and the new episode of the bachelor I had about a 500 word review of this novel written when my computer decided to restart of its own volition Ugh So let me recap what I was going to say, in brief.Things with any version of Celt in the title are usually campy garbage this is not Historical fiction is usually just studied nostalgia this is not This is a vibrant, sensitive, nuanced portrait of an intriguing figure, Sir Roger Casement, offering a fair account of his life, relatively free of worship while still paying homage I had about a 500 word review of this novel written when my computer decided to restart of its own volition Ugh So let me recap what I was going to say, in brief.Things with any version of Celt in the title are usually campy garbage this is not Historical fiction is usually just studied nostalgia this is not This is a vibrant, sensitive, nuanced portrait of an intriguing figure, Sir Roger Casement, offering a fair account of his life, relatively free of worship while still paying homage to his achievements The story is remarkable, the writing is excellent Adventurer, anti colonialist, diplomat, humanitarian, Irish nationalist, traitor to the British crown Casement was all of these things, and this book gives all sides of him their due It is written with such an attention to detail and a confidence of voice that it almost steps into the realm of biography I recommend it highly Mario Vargas Llosa deserves accolades for this book And Casement deserves the attention he is given The list of atrocities committed by short, ugly men with sexual complexes and inhuman proclivities means that evil is legion it is omnipresent and as real today as 100 years ago One of the great anti colonial fighters and defenders of human rights and indigenous cultures of his time, and a sacrificed combatant for the emancipation of Ireland 354 is the man, Roger Casement MVL hooked himself another incredible biography this time to cement properly into itty, bitty literature for all of et The list of atrocities committed by short, ugly men with sexual complexes and inhuman proclivities means that evil is legion it is omnipresent and as real today as 100 years ago One of the great anti colonial fighters and defenders of human rights and indigenous cultures of his time, and a sacrificed combatant for the emancipation of Ireland 354 is the man, Roger Casement MVL hooked himself another incredible biography this time to cement properly into itty, bitty literature for all of eternity Again, stupid is the cause for the baffling downfall and failed revolution of a beautiful soul Vargas Llosa is by now an expert of this his best novels are all historic biographies Dream is the definitive novel which completes the triad of 4 star literary histories which began with the titanic War of the End of the World and was continued by the prolonged fever pitch of perfection that is Feast of the Goat This one is as magnificent as the other two as gripping and unputdownable The story never dies criminals of human degeneracy are never placed on trial crimes are never atoned for And in Casement we have the hero that is inherently human and whose destiny is therefore heart wrenching This, o readers, is the epitome of class y , of majestic lush prose a writer worth studying, and CLOSELY.I am an enormous fan of this man His expertise ranges from the tiniest germinating seed to the sprawling cosmos Indeed, he could write about ANYTHING, and make of it a BRILLIANT work of art In this, MVL s fair distribution of the light and dark, of the humanity and evil tug of war that is everlasting is the main attraction I dare to compare this, not just to his other works of immaculate intelligence and craft, but with Kenneally s Schindler s Ark or Margaret Atwood s Alias Grace as well.this is a hardcore recommendation as minute and insignificant as Desdemona s hankie I am ready to bestow on Mario Vargas Llosa the title of most disappointing author I ever read Maybe my mistake was to start reading him with The War of the End of the World, because none of his books that I read since have been able to match that first experienceThe Dream of the Celtwas certainly well researched, but maybe this is where the problem with this book lies The story follows Roger Casement, the humanist and Irish loyalist who was sentenced to be hanged by the British governmen I am ready to bestow on Mario Vargas Llosa the title of most disappointing author I ever read Maybe my mistake was to start reading him with The War of the End of the World, because none of his books that I read since have been able to match that first experienceThe Dream of the Celtwas certainly well researched, but maybe this is where the problem with this book lies The story follows Roger Casement, the humanist and Irish loyalist who was sentenced to be hanged by the British government in 1916 We get lost on the information of dates and which ship the Casement rode, and who he met where, but we never get to feel what he felt or dream what he dreamed It is too bad, because Casement who I confess I knew nothing about deserved better than that Casement, as a British diplomat, was significant in unveiling to the world the atrocities committed against the natives of the Belgium Congo and later at the rubber plantations of Peru He was knighted by the British government for these efforts Later, however, his Irish nationalism and idealism led him to approach the German government to help with the Irish uprising of 1916 This was certainly a controversial historical move during World War I, which muddied his image not only among the British, but also with the Irish people Roger Casement was also a homosexual, and the discovery of his diaries and publication of passages from it in the British media did not help the efforts by his friends and lawyers to commute his death sentence Now, tell me if this is not great material to write an historical book Vargas Llosa however failed in bringing this controversial man to life, portraying him instead as one dimensional character, lacking depth and humanity Maybe the third person narrator is the problem, where we are told, and not shown the character s true feelings and experiences In the case of Casement s sexual experiences, Vargas Llosa comes across as a prude His own belief is that most of the crude descriptions of Casement s sexual encounters are fabrications of the British government, or simply Casement s fictional creations to deal with the frustrations of unrealized sexual fantasies I don t deny the possibility of the British government re writing Casement s diaries, but Vargas Llosa did miss a great opportunity to explore the sexual awakening of someone born in Victorian England immersed in a muchsensual Africa and South America The few attempts the author makes are awkward and constrained Ditto on Casement s conversion to Catholicism, which must had been a profound spiritual awakening fuelled by political perceptions of the cultural closeness of Ireland and the Catholic religion but that Vargas Llosa paint in strokes that are careless I think, Mario Vargas Llosa, that I have finally gave up on you I will remain a fan of The War of the End of the World but I gave you 4 shots now, and three were misses I just have too many other authors to read I don t recall ever reading anything by Nobel Prize winner Vargas Llosa before, so I can t compare this historical novel and thinly disguised biography to his other work, but the subject the life of Sir Roger Casement is one which interests me deeply Adam Hochschild s 1998 book of the Congo, Curb Your EnthusiasmRoger Casement had consistently disappointing experience with modern institutions His work as a shipping clerk in a private firm in Liverpool had no adventure His time as an adventurer in the Congo for the Belgian monarch lacked humanity His diplomatic efforts as part of the British government on behalf of humanity had little practical success And his association with the ultimately successful 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland led to his conviction for treason against his c Curb Your EnthusiasmRoger Casement had consistently disappointing experience with modern institutions His work as a shipping clerk in a private firm in Liverpool had no adventure His time as an adventurer in the Congo for the Belgian monarch lacked humanity His diplomatic efforts as part of the British government on behalf of humanity had little practical success And his association with the ultimately successful 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland led to his conviction for treason against his country and death by hanging If he had survived into the Republic, I m confident he would have found that Eire didn t meet his expectations either And incidentally he was gay, which did him little good among many institutions with which he had yet to have contact.One might accurately call Casement a serial idealist He moved from one idealistic fantasy to another throughout his life, seeking that true cause within an organization composed of other similarly dedicated true believers When he failed to find the right ideal or a sufficiently sympathetic organization, he doubled the stakes, plunging intoandradical causes until he ended up conspiring with Germany to free his native Ireland from British rule He was, in short, somewhat of a social menace.There are numerous poems, ballads, and mythical stories about Casement as an Irish national hero Brian Inglis wrote his biography in 1973 this was republished 20 years later, and then again in 2002 Casement has been the subject of international television documentaries, a stage play, another biographical novel contemporaneous with that of Vargas Llosa, a graphic novel, as well as numerous articles, government reports and literary references Casement s memoirs, journals and diaries have been published and extensively analyzed in the popular and academic press He is even the theme of an American country rock song The man, in other words, has been well studied.Therefore it seems to me odd that Vargas Llosa would choose Casement as the subject of this biographical novel At times it is unclear if Vargas Llosa had decided definitively either to write a biography or a novel He ends up providing immense amounts of historical detail but very little about what s going on in Casement s head, except his progressive disillusion with the way the world had been organized in his absence There are no innovative insights, no obvious literary themes, no controversial interpretations as there are in his other biographical novel The War of the End of the World Other than as a somewhat strident cautionary tale for today s young idealists, therefore, I don t see the point Roger Casement by Sarah Purser, oil on canvasHmm Fictionalised biography Is it a good idea Can it be successful How best should it be done The Dream of the Celt caused me to ask myself such questions and.The way I understand the genre of fictionalised biography, the author gets to create memories for his subject, to reveal intimate details about his life, to attribute motives to his actions, to put words in his mouth It is no accident that most fictionalised biographies are written af Roger Casement by Sarah Purser, oil on canvasHmm Fictionalised biography Is it a good idea Can it be successful How best should it be done The Dream of the Celt caused me to ask myself such questions and.The way I understand the genre of fictionalised biography, the author gets to create memories for his subject, to reveal intimate details about his life, to attribute motives to his actions, to put words in his mouth It is no accident that most fictionalised biographies are written after the death of their main characters Those that have been written in their subjects lifetimes tend to be surrounded by controversy After all, the subject becomes the author s creation even if he is dressed in authentic garments provided by background research He becomes a puppet for the author s sole use, his life the clay with which the author shapes his narrative arc But, you say, some historical characters have such extraordinary life stories that to tell them as straightforward biography is missing a great opportunity to create an astounding tale of intrigue and suspense Further, you might point out, in the hands of an author with a major literary reputation, such a fictionalised biography must be a valuable addition to the world of letters Hmm.Being aware of Vargas Llosa s reputation and knowing a little of Roger Casement s exciting and controversial life from school history classes, I was eager to read The Dream of the Celt What could go wrong here, I thought Casement, born in Ireland, became a British diplomat and eventual human rights activist when such a role was almost unknown He campaigned for the freedom from virtual enslavement of the natives of both the Congo and the Peruvian jungles, raising awareness of the exploitation carried out by the rubber industry in both places during the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th In his final years, he turned his back on Britain and devoted himself with an idealist s fervour to the cause of Irish nationalism, view spoiler actively seeking German aid in the form of guns and military power for the Irish freedom fighters even while Britain was at war with Germany He was tried as a traitor to the British crown in 1916, his controversial life and fate being further compromised by the opportune leaking of diaries describing his real or imagined homosexual trysts with very young men in brief but unambiguous detail hide spoiler What a fascinating story, I hear you say, a biographer s dream A literary figure like Vargas Llosa must surely work magic given such ingredients As I read the pages and pages of plodding writing, of repetitions and banal expressions, of bizarre time shifts, of bland and pointless reporting of Casement s intimate thoughts and memories, of altogether too many uninteresting words, I wondered what Hilary Mantel might have done with the same material Something outstanding, I m certain

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