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The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
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The Underdogs (1915)

by Mariano Azuela

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The greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution, in a brilliant new translation by an award-winning translator The Underdogs is the first great novel about the first great revolution of the twentieth century. Demetrio Macias, a poor, illiterate Indian, must join the rebels to save his family. Courageous and charismatic, he earns a generalship in Pancho Villa's army, only to become discouraged with the cause after it becomes hopelessly factionalized. At once a spare, moving depiction of the limits of political idealism, an authentic representation of Mexico's peasant life, and a timeless portrait of revolution, The Underdogs is an iconic novel of the Latin American experience and a powerful novel about the disillusionment of war.… (more)

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a novel about the mexican revolution. mostly just okay. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
An anti war book I think, from someone who was in one. Cast new light on Blood Meridian which seems to have been influenced by this (along with Westerns or others I'm not familiar with). Rang true about uglier aspects of human behavior. Simple descriptions created a visual picture of revolutionary period Mexican landscapes and towns.
  Latkes | Dec 30, 2019 |
Vaya, que clase de libro y qué clase de fin! Al comienzo tuve mucha simpatía para el protagonista. Pero al leer, anduve cobrando menos y menos voluntad. En fin ya me di cuenta de cómo son los seres humanos: el poder, aunque sea un poco de poder, siempre currumpa. qué tan triste somos nosotros los humanos. ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Vaya, que clase de libro y qué clase de fin! Al comienzo tuve mucha simpatía para el protagonista. Pero al leer, anduve cobrando menos y menos voluntad. En fin ya me di cuenta de cómo son los seres humanos: el poder, aunque sea un poco de poder, siempre currumpa. qué tan triste somos nosotros los humanos. ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
Me sorprendió. Azuela es un tremendo novelista. No glorifica ni justifica a nadie, la Revolución como un baño de sangre en el que, muchas veces, nadie sabía de qué lado peleaba. El triunfo de cualquiera de los bandos resultaba en la adicción al poder de sus dirigentes. Y el círculo de violencia sigue hasta nuestros días... ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mariano Azuelaprimary authorall editionscalculated
de Onis, HarrietForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuentes, CarlosForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jörgensen, Beth E.Translation revision and notessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Munguia, E. JrTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orozco, J. C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Poppe-Stolk, EllyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waisman, SergioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I'm telling you that's no animal. Listen to how Palomo is barking...That must be a man."
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—Te digo que no es un animal... Oye cómo ladra el Palomo... Debe ser algún cristiano...
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