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Diana: The Goddess Who Hunts Alone [Paperback]

Carlos Fuentes

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21 Mar 1996
This is an exploration of love, lust and betrayal. The central character is Diana Soren, an elegy for a decade that refused to die. She is a predator set on self-destruction, and a casualty of her own times and beauty. Carlos Fuentes is the author of "Terra Nostra" and "Old Gringo".

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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (21 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747525412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747525417
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of obsession 27 Jan 2001
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
In "Diana, the Goddess Who Hunts Alone," the reader will discover a compelling tale by one of the masters of contemporary fiction. This novel by Carlos Fuentes has been translated into English by Alfred Mac Adam. Taking place primarily in 1970, the book tells the story of a tempestuous love affair between the narrator, who is a Mexican novelist, and American actress Diana Soren.
The novel captures the turbulence of the era being portrayed. Such phenomena as the Black Power movement and FBI surveillance of suspected "radicals" are woven into the narrative. Particularly interesting is the way that real people appear as characters in the book; the other characters have encounters, and sometimes conversations, with such figures as William Styron, James Baldwin, and Tina Turner. The novel is superbly written, and deals with such fascinating topics as national identity, racial identity, obsession, paranoia, creativity, political radicalism, fidelity, and Hollywood mythmaking.
One interesting note: The character of Diana Soren appears to be based on a real-life person, actress Jean Seberg. I recommend that those who are fascinated by Fuentes' novel do a little research on Seberg's life. Finally, I give "Diana" high praise as an outstanding example of the art of the novel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot lusty tale of a woman in control of her lust! 28 May 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Carlos Fuentes, Diana, The Goddess Who Hunts Alone is a great book about lust. Lust of a man for a woman. A man who generally gets everything he wants, marriage and a multitude of affairs without consequence. This book details a passionate affair between two excentric people with the female in total control. I didn't put it down until it was read
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Diana by Carlos Fuentes is an exceptional book! Fuentes uses vivid descriptions like in his other books, but this one is much easier to follow. He has the ability to captivate the reader and make the reader part of his story.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spite or Obscure Object of Desire? 10 May 2003
By James Paris - Published on Amazon.com
Carlos Fuentes had a brief but tempestuous affair with actress Jean Seberg over thirty years ago. The encounter seems to have marked him, for this book is a barely disguised roman a clef (where Diana Soren = Jean Seberg) about his relationship. It is like one of those European stories where the man gives up everything to follow some vixen, including his money, family, and peace of mind. Luis Bunuel (who actually appears in this novel as a character) created the ultimate masterpiece of the genre with his film THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE.
Jean Seberg has come down to us today as a tortured sado-masochistic saint who still has the power to beguile men. Film posters and stills featuring her and her movies command a premium in today's cinememorabilia market; and I know several collectors who seek out anything they can find depicting her. Perhaps, what Marilyn Monroe was for the 1950s, Jean Seberg was for the 1960s.
Why Fuentes wrote this novel in the way he did puzzles me. If I were as obsessed as he was, I would still feel queasy about exposing the dirty bedsheets and underwear to the gaze of the public. To me, love -- however brief or unhappy -- is a gift of the gods; and by spiting it, one shows oneself to be somehow unworthy. Fuentes has flouted a gift whose memory I would have locked away in the deepest recesses of my being and thrown away the key.
If, however, Fuentes feels himself to have been traduced by his relationship, like Charles Swann at the end of Proust's SWANN'S WAY after his recognition of Odette's unfaithfulness, I could understand his need to exorcise this "expense of spirit in a waste of shame."
Instead, I see both the anger and the gratefulness simultaneously. As a result, DIANA THE GODDESS WHO HUNTS ALONE leaves me with a feeling of unease, as if the author did not know his own mind and went off in several emotional directions at once.
The result is a very well written book that in the end does not quite jell. One can't worship at the shrine and spit at it at the same time.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unconvincing 26 Feb 2004
By marcus lonte - Published on Amazon.com
I simply was not convinced by this book! very disappointing, especially since i love jean seberg. but her character is ravaged and the prententious prose gets in the way too! a glorious opportunity wasted.
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