Item description for La Charca (Spanish Edition) by Manuel Zeno Gandma...
The double condition of Manuel Zeno Ganda --as medical doctor and politician-- joins the writer's to transform the drama in La Charca into a deep reflection upon the evils that still nowadays harm the Latin American societies in general, and Puerto Rico in particular.
Within the Crnicas de un mundo enfermo series, La charca (1894) is the best from a literary standpoint. As the reader delves into the plot the depiction of the labourers' life, tersely exposed and without panphletary adjectivations, stands out as a stern denunciation. The discusions between the cult and freethinking Juan del Salto and his friends --doctor Pintado and the religious P. Esteban-- contrast with the outcome and become a loud call of attention cast at the cultivated class that, having wasted decades in the discussion of social improvement theories, proved themselves incapable of building a legal and political framework to humanize the lives of the dispossesed and foster among them the practices to induce their gowth out of poverty. Zeno Ganda, as Balzac and Prez Galds, initiates in La Charca a narrative universe with archetypical characters that later on will reappear in successive works, sometimes under different names. Human society, degraded by its passions and hampered by colonial mentalities, first under Spain and later on under the US influence, constitutes the axis of Zeno Gandas's novels, in a narrative tone both naturalistic and cultivated.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 10, 2005
ISBN 9871136315 ISBN13 9789871136315
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A sad, yet wonderful major work in Puerto Rican Literature Dec 8, 2006
La Charca is a Puerto-Rican novel that is mandatory reading for anyone interested in reading "real Puerto Rican" literature disassociated from the U.S. diaspora. It appeared in 1894, four years before the U.S. war against Spain, and before Puerto Rico became a "U.S. Possession", and twenty-three years before Puerto Ricans became defacto U.S. citizens via the Jones Act. La Charca [The Stagnant Pond] is a sad realist account of rural exploitation and class struggle, yet it reads like a flesh and blood multi-dimensional tragedy, rather than a dry social critique. I will be teaching Latina/o Studies this coming Spring and wanted to see if this text was in print. Happily, it is. It is important for readers of U.S. Latina/o Literature to read books written by Puerto Ricans who were not primarily interested in the Puerto-Rico U.S. encounter, or another stereotypical U.S. P-R prison tragi-comedy with a predictable conversion or otherwise nihilistic ending. Readers should note that THERE IS a Puerto-Rican Literature of the nineteenth century, and this wonderful book is a taste of that rich literature. Juan Flores is a wonderful critic, so be sure to read any article he has on La Charca, even if it doesn't appear in this text. You can reference Flores's articles "for free" by going to JSTOR (short for Journal Storage) via any good university/college electronic research page and typing in Flores and/or La Charca after you get onto JSTOR.
A sad touching novel Oct 9, 2006
I'm not going to sit here and tell you what the book is about. You should read it! It is that good! I will tell you some of its themes. Haves vs Have nots, incest, rape, murder, poverty, love, romance, all throwned into a presssure cooker titled "La charca" to create one of the most touching, poigant stories you will ever read. It has a lot of twist and turns which in the end left me completely blown away.
la charca Sep 17, 2005
la trama se enreda demasiado,el autor hace demasiadas descripciones del paisaje,lo cual no viene al caso y cuando terminas de leer la novela,todo sigue enredado,fue una falta de tiempo y dinero para mi el comprar y leer este libro.