Item description for The Bridge in The Jungle by Bruno Traven...
A simple story of Indian Mexican people thru the eyes of a Gringo who was with them for 3 days. They come together in heart and soul as they face the death of a young boy. As news travels during the same night as the tragedy, throughout the jungle settlements, many Indians arrive to console the grieving mother. The community unites in a way that the so-called advanced societies can never achieve. It is a philosophic story rather than political as are most of Trven's novel - to a point. "The Bidge in The Jungle" is regarded by many to be his finest novel. The reader finishes this story with renewed faith and the courage and dignity of human beings. A Collector's Edition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.13" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2007
Publisher Synergy International of the Americas, Ltd
ISBN 1934568287 ISBN13 9781934568286
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Bridge in The Jungle?
Sympathy for all Oct 17, 2006
By chance I came upon Traven at the library when I noted that he had authored "Treasure of Sierra Madre," a film classic that I automatically associate with Hollywood's old Bogey.
Not knowing anything more than that I picked-up "The Bridge in the Jungle," and what I found most fascinating was finding a story that so honestly stripped away cultural biases and opened a window to another universe. It revealed the dignity of a community dealing with death of a young boy in an obscure jungle town in early nineteenth century Mexico, and it also provided a vivid account of a proud Aztec culture on the threshold of extinction.
I wish I could see more modern American writers, who, like Traven, would more readily examine how cultural biases skew our understanding and appreciation of the quiltwork of cultures that inhabit our amazing World.
Ode to Chiapas Dec 5, 2001
I confess that I am a major afficionado of B. Traven. My politics have mellowed over the years but I enjoy Traven's political perspective. I believe B. Traven was an ararchist at heart. He attacked big government and big business as evil but saw the uncorrupted individual as nobel and good. In the rural Mexican Indian community he found, for himself, the most ideal form of government he had ever encountered. His Jungle Books were a tale of conflict between good and evil; peasant and capitalism. His book, The Bridge in the Jungle, is his ode to the Indian peasant community. He brings us into their midst throught his vagabond American who stumbles upon a small village at the time a tragedy is unfolding. A young boy has drowned and we witness their suffering and their coming together. We see the corruption of their society by misunderstood influences from the outside world. The example I remember best is the musician who, when asked to play something during the funeral march, comes up with "Yes We have no Bananas". Neither the musician nor anyone else except our American narrator comprehends the total inappropriateness of the song. All in all, a beautiful story of a disappearing society.
A novel about death, motherhood and the jungle. Nov 16, 2000
This book was dedicated by Traven to the mothers of the world. It is a cold, crude and, at the same time, compasionate and tender view on a child's death and the terrible, extreme pain it produces on his mother. It also describes the quite particular, "uncontaminated" and honest reaction the event creates among a small Indian community in Chiapas. All this is told by Gales, the main character, an American adventurer that hardly tries to undertand what is actually going on and how he feels about it.
Although the plot is very simple, this novel has some passages of an extraordinary literary intensity. It is also full of irony and sometimes sarcasm too.
Well, it can be said The Bridge in the Jungle is a sad, tragic novel but it is beautifully written and that is what matters.
It's good, but it's not classic Traven. Aug 26, 1999
"The Bridge in the Jungle" is one of those strange books you don't know how to respond to at first. On one hand it's absolutely tragic and, on the other, it's filled with some of the funniest passages imaginable. More or less condensed into a twenty-four hour period, Traven describes how an Indian community bands together, sometimes with folly but often with strength, when a young boy disappears into the bush.
Throughout the story Traven gives an intimate account of peasant life in southern Mexico, nevering missing a detail of how the campesinos live, think and act. In fact the narrative is filled with so many astute observations that you feel, at times, Traven works better as an anthropologist than as a novelist.
But, unfortunately, some of these observations sound a little sentimental. It's the only work by Traven that seems to run in circles, at times even becoming boring. He praises the spiritualism of Indians one too many times and focusses on their diet rather than moving on with the plot.
He does, however, redeem himself with the character of Sleigh, an expat who's made the jungle his home. He's like a good-natured version of Kurtz -- wise, crazy, but harmless.
On top of all this, Traven makes his usual attacks against the oil industry and organized religion.
If you enjoyed any of his "jungle books," then gives this one a read.