The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico

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Grove Press, 1961 - Mexico - 212 pages
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"One of the major poets of our time here probes and defines Mexican character and culture in a series of essays. Silence, irony, the formalization of social life -- these are the masks that permit the Mexican to conceal his personality. Far more than an interpretation of his own country alone, this book is also a penetrating commentary on the plight of Latin America today as a whole, an enlightening view of the North American -- "who wanders in an abstract world of machines, fellow citizens, and moral precepts" -- and a universally applicable evaluation of the situation of contemporary man." [Back cover].

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Most of the time I kept wondering what Mexicans today think about this work, as the text felt a little dated, especially Paz's brief mention of/about women (pages 66 & 197. There were small parts I ... Read full review


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Coke dealer looking for easy way out of the criminal life—difficult, you say?As one would expect of a book that's already been filmed in London (to be released here in fall 2004) by a producer of the ... Read full review


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Mexican Masks
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Octavio Paz is the author of more than forty columes of poetry and prose.

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