The first two editions created an uproar and in less than a year it was banned. A new Spanish edition was allowed in This novel is fundamental to the generation of tremendismo named from tremendo , "awful, tremendous" , which focuses on the treatment of its characters and is marked by extended and frequent violent scenes. The novel is in fact considered the first novel of this style of writing, but also contains themes of extreme realism and existentialism : the characters live in the margins of society and their lives are submersed in anguish and pain; the archetype of this theme is found in the protagonist of the novel, Pascual Duarte, who has learned that violence is the only way to solve his problems. The Family of Pascual Duarte has various narrators, the main being Duarte, who recounts his history in a rural dialect.
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Why should what I write here be of use to other ,stop judges from judging ,spare unfortunates ,innocent or guilty ,the agony to which I have been condemned? What does it matter? He wrote over 50 books ,was out spoken once describing the Cervantes prize as being covered in shit he went on to win this award.
The Family of Pascual Duarte was his first novel. The second of my Spanish lit month choices. They had been badly brought up ,were endowed with no special virtues , and could not resign themselves to their lot. Andtheir defects,all of them.
I inherited to my misfortune. He then marries a woman who constantly cheats on him , a brother who died young after being bullied by a step father and a sister that becomes a prostitute. He is sitting in a cell telling us his story ,as he took the final plunge in this brutal world and killed his family.
The world surrounding him is one of shifting power this book cover the period before Franco and the first year of the Civil war. The bulk of the story is a document found after his death. The memory of my poor brother Mario used to haunt me.
If I had a son who suffered like Mario ,a son who had his luck and his misfortune. Now the main book mention on both the back cover and Wiki page for this is of course Camus The stranger ,it is hard for me to say ,as I read that book more than twenty years ago ,but I know the world of writinng at the time this book was written But for me the book I was most remind of was one I reviewed a few months ago , the last days of a condemned man by Victor Hugo.
A similar feel of a man giving his last testament a looking back on a life and what brought some to the point of killing someone. I so pleased I choose this as my first book from him to read as it was his debut and I want to try his other books now like the The hive as he has for me become one I want to complete as much as I can in what is available in English. Miguel St.
Orberose Jul 03, Disliked it so much I never felt like returning to him. Anokatony Jul 03, As long as you are going back in time to find great writers, you might want to read the Portuguese writer Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz, a writer whom Emile Zola said was better than Flaubert.
Orberose Jul 04, You have inspired me to actually read it. Guy Savage Jul 03, This is a new name for me Stu, and from the sounds of the book, I might like it. I was going to say that the character suffered a lot of bad luck, but it sounds as though it all comes down to poverty. Violet Jul 04, Adam Morris. Violet Jul 05, How VERY embarrassing! Caroline Jul 05, I totally forgot that I own this book. It really sounds like something I will appreciate a lot.
Scott W. Jul 08, No, but I have had this on my TBR pile for a few years now — and just noticed it again a few days ago when I was looking for something else. BTW I love your comment about reading older books to add depth to your blog.
I was just saying to someone the other day about how it is important to do this, and how we bloggers, unlike newspaper reviewers, can do it easily. We can just decided we want to! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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Pascual remembering his poor brother who had less luck than him in life. Have you read Cela? Share this: Share Print Tweet Email. Like this: Like Loading Adam Morris Have you read it? I found it pretty wild and weird. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.
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The family of Pascual Durate by Camilo José Cela
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