As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling inventiveness, layering memory upon memory, from Cruz’s heroic campaigns during the Mexican Revolution, through his relentless climb from poverty to wealth, to his uneasy death. Perhaps Fuentes’ masterpiece, The Death of Artemio Cruz is a haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico.
©1962 Carlos Fuentes. Translation copyright 1991 Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"The main character may be on his deathbed, but narrator Tony Chiroldes brings the recollections of his last moments to vivid life. As Chiroldes moves capably between the present and the past, his pronunciation of Spanish names and words is impeccable, giving the listener a sense of authentic Mexican culture. His narration is full of passion as he takes the listener through the ups and downs of one man's life--and through modern Mexican history. He alternates between empathetic narrative and softly spoken musings to give the listener a wide range, thereby avoiding an overly dramatic monotone. This will be a welcome discovery for those who have not read Carlos Fuentes or had the pleasure of listening to a volume by a skilled narrator." (AudioFile)
"Live in your days with your eyes close" more than three, but I love those words.
the imaginary relationship with Regina, he truly loved her. or he thought so.
I could see my father through Artemio. so I really like Artemio.
Life is what we make of it. Artemio lived with what life gave him and made what best he could with it.
this book is so amazing. I love every minute of it. the narrator was superb. I could feel everything as Artemio did. one of the best book in a while.
If you prefer literature over nonsense, and have an attention span that exceeds 15 minutes, you won't regret using some of your precious and fleeting time reading this creative, beautiful and powerful story.
Carlos Fuentes' use of three narrative points of view keeps his audience actively engaged in the story as it progresses, through events that take place in the past, present and future. It is through the main character Artemio that we are taken on a historical, social, psychological, spiritual, and political journey in order to fathom Mexico's complex national identity. Great novel in English, if you have the opportunity to read this novel in the original Spanish, you will be even more dazzled by the author's ability to manipulate language, time and space in order to create a multilayered look at Mexico and its people.
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