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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: A Novel (original 1927; edition 2010)

by B. Traven

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Title:The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: A Novel
Authors:B. Traven
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2010), Paperback, 308 pages
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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven (1927)



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A great story of greed and how its effects on people ( )
  zmagic69 | Jan 1, 2012 |
B Traven has been overlooked by many as a source of great literature about the degradation of human nature. His perspective particularly rings a bell as an exposition of the male mind. This story that begins with the characters in situations that are dehumanizing and yet somehow more humane than where they wind up. The corruption of the mind by greed is breathtaking and completely believable. The correlation to our modern greed driven economy leaves no doubts about the potential, and perhaps inevitable, destruction of human character by lust for money.

Traven has a great way of weaving this massive tale. It in many ways is an extended fairy tale exposing the profits of greed. The writing is not fantastically lyric but the gruffness and simplicity of the text match up well with the stark setting of the novel in the heat of the Mexican sun. The writing also matches well with the characters as they represent our basest elements. This is not a spell-binding tale of high adventure but it is an intense and powerful accusation of how easily people are dehumanized. ( )
  bas615 | Mar 14, 2010 |
Explorer, film-maker and writer Hugh Thomson has chosen to discuss B Traven’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre , on FiveBooks (http://five-books.com) as one of the top five on his subject - Mexico, saying that:

“… There is a famous episode when the federales, the police, are challenged because they have no badges and one of them says: ‘We don’t need no stinking badges.’ He sets up this tough, amoral Mexico which presaged the Hollywood westerns that played to the fantasy that if you go south of the border there are no more laws..…”.

The full interview is available here: http://thebrowser.com/books/interviews/hugh-thomson ( )
  FiveBooks | Feb 9, 2010 |
Well written and clear and darker than the movie. The story portrays the chaos and violence of old Mexico (as opposed to that in the new Mexico?). The two stories told by the old man Howard were not necessary in the development of the story but did provide an historical violent context of for a violent story. ( )
  JBreedlove | Mar 9, 2009 |
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"All right," Curtin shouted back. "If you are the police, where are your badges? Let's see them."

"Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don't need badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching' tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809001608, Paperback)

The Treasure of Sierra Madre is the literary masterpiece for America's pop mythology of the Wild West. A savagely ironic novel, it follows the rugged adventure of three Americans hunting for gold in the mountains of Mexico who find themselves caught in a morality tale of greed and betrayal. Originally published in 1935, the book has captivated millions of readers, including the director John Huston, who immortalized it in his 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart. This is a timeless story that has much to teach us, for, as we all know, finding the treasure is always secondary to the hunt.

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Three American adventurers decide to invest their resources in a dangerous search for a lost gold mine in the mountains of Mexico.

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