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Memoirs (1974)

by Pablo Neruda

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MEMOIRS is as full of Neruda's passionate, volatile and profoundly generous personality as lovers of his poetry would expect. Lorca, Vallejo, Picasso, Gandhi, Mao Tse-tung, Castro and Allende all appear here too, making Neruda's a life story of truly universal reach and significance, as well as the richest account we have of Latin American history, politics, art and literature.… (more)
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On the whole, I would recommend this book. I enjoyed this book until about halfway through when it started to get a bit tedious. The style was very poetic and the words he chooses are very rich and full of meaning - but he does get a bit carried away at points making the book longer than strictly necessary. I also really enjoyed the fact that he told his story (often) through the stories of others making the memoir take on varied viewpoints. I did think that at some point, he started to make some very sweeping statements that began to grate on my nerves and this is what made the book tedious. It always infuriates me when people make broad statements about the world when they haven't experienced the whole world. ( )
  Keli_B | Oct 19, 2017 |
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The classic and deeply moving memoir by Pablo Neruda, the most widely read political poet of our time and winner of the Nobel Prize The south of Chile was a frontier wilderness when Pablo Neruda was born in 1904. In these memoirs he retraces his bohemian student years in Santiago; his sojourns as Chilean consul in Burma, Ceylon, and Java, in Spain during the civil war, and in Mexico; and his service as a Chilean senator. Neruda, a Communist, was driven from his senate seat in 1948, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. After a year in hiding, he escaped on horseback over the Andes and then to Europe; his travels took him to Russia, Eastern Europe, and China before he was finally able to return home in 1952. The final section of the memoirs was written after the coup in 1972 that overthrew Neruda's friend Salvador Allende. Many of the century's most important literary and artistic figures were Neruda's friends, and figure in his memoirs--Garcia Lorca, Aragon, Picasso, and Rivera, among them--and also such political leaders as Gandhi, Nehru, Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara. In his uniquely expressive prose, Neruda not only explains his views on poetry and describes the circumstances that inspired many of his poems, but he creates a revealing record of his life as a poet, a patriot, and one of the twentieth century's true men of conscience.
  LASC | Nov 20, 2012 |
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Arpad, Ahmetsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Martin, Hardie St.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mi pueblo ha sido el más traicionado de este tiempo.
Chile tiene una larga historia civil con pocas revoluciones y muchos gobiernos estables, conservadores y mediocres. Muchos presidentes chicos y sólo dos presidentes grandes: Balmaceda y Allende (...) Balmaceda fue llevado al suicidio por resistirse a entregar la riqueza salitrera a las compañías extranjeras. Allende fue asesinado por haber nacionalizado la otra riqueza del subsuelo chileno, el cobre.
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MEMOIRS is as full of Neruda's passionate, volatile and profoundly generous personality as lovers of his poetry would expect. Lorca, Vallejo, Picasso, Gandhi, Mao Tse-tung, Castro and Allende all appear here too, making Neruda's a life story of truly universal reach and significance, as well as the richest account we have of Latin American history, politics, art and literature.

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