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Let's say there's a contest for existing short stories. Something like a beauty contest but with only two criteria: 50% for brevity (the shorter the higher the rating, like a girl's bikini) and the remaining 50% for this often undefinable quality of "beauty," "brilliance" or "excellence." Sitting as one of the judges I'll give this an almost perfect 99%--50% for its unbeatable brevity (only 6 pages in a pocketbook-size print) and 49% for the latter criterion--not perfect but only for the reason
2017 Popsugar reading challenge #49 A book you got from a used book sale
When you get off the plane in Managua, Nicaragua you are greeted by giant portraits of country's two national heroes: the general, Augusto Cesar Sandino, and the poet, Rubén Darío. Little paperback copies of Azul are standard issue for Nicaraguan school kids and can be found behind the counter at every librería around. Although he's not well known outside Latin America, Darío is a pretty big wheel in Spanish literary history, known as the "prince of Castillian letters" and the father of the mode...
the fuck is wrong with Ruben Darío
This is one of those books that represents everything I hate about Latin American literature (and don't get me wrong, there are a lot of things I love about it). "Lyrical" means ridiculously florid and "political" means painfully didactic. The sort of book that kids are forced to read in school that make them hate reading.
Rubén Darío is known for his beautiful verses. He's even called "the prince of Castilian letters." And I'm proud of that. He's Nicaraguan, and I am too. I don't usually like poetry, but this masterpiece deserved my love. Well done, Rubén Darío! It's good to have such a successful Nicaraguan!
maybe at the age i read it, i was not prepared
Just an okay book. It didn't inspire me.
The prologue paints a quite accurate description of this book, mentioning how Ruben Darío tries to play and explore the language best qualities without falling on ridiculous and unnecessary complexities. The stories fare welll with the descriptions, are short, simple and keep a consistent theme on which the "poet" always ends up reconciling in some way with the unfair way his art is treated, they can get a bit monotonous though, specially in a single read of the book, because the greek and frenc...