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A Delicious Mind Tease,
This review is from: Pedro Páramo (Five Star) (Paperback)
Pedro Paramo is a fascinating little book that seems to take place in a parallel world.
For those unfamiliar with Latin American literature, the book is full of ghosts and conversations with dead characters. The narrative can be hard to follow, Juan Rulfo has much in common with Faulkner, and a second reading would go a long way to enhance understanding of the book and its central themes.
Juan Rulfo begins by telling the story of a son who is searching for his father. Almost immediately, the reader learns that his father, a certain Pedro Paramo, has died, but this does nothing to stop the search. It is here that the reader is submerged into the hypnotic mind of Mr. Rulfo and the narrative's hold on reality becomes a bit more tenuous.
Listening to the story of the disintegration of Pedro Paramo's life from this unique view point might leave the reader feeling a little muddy headed by the time he finishes the book.
Above all, though, the book is beautifully written and a must for anyone looking to branch out into Latin American literature.