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Historia De Un Amor Imposible, Narraci N De Un Terror Cotidiano Que Los Protagonistas Preferir An Creer Que Se Trata De Algo Fantasmag Rico, Las Batallas En El Desierto Es Una Magistral Novela Breve Que Involucra Otros Aspectos Como La Corrupci N Social Y Pol Tica, El Inicio Del M Xico Moderno Y La Desaparici N Del Pa S Tradicional, El Testimonio De Las Transformaciones De Nuestras Vidas Y Nuestra Historia, Y El Rescate De Las Memorias Individuales Y Colectivas De Una Ciudad A La Que Jos Emilio Pacheco Ama Profundamente, Pero Recrea Sin Nostalgia Y Denuncia De Manera ImplacableDesde Su Aparici N Esta Novela Corta, Traducida Al Ingl S, Franc S, Alem N, Italiano, Ruso, Japon S Y Griego, Y Publicada En Otras Partes Del Mundo Hispano, Asombr Por Su Aparente Sencillez Y La Estructura Compleja Que Tiende Lazos Para Una Variedad De Lecturas M Ltiples Y Diferentes Y Para Una Complicidad Que Hermana Para Siempre Al Lector Con El Autor

10 thoughts on “Las batallas en el desierto

  1. says:

    For years my buddy Pablo has been telling me that I need to read this book Indeed, for anyone under 40 who lives in the hip Roma Condesa part of Mexico City and especially for foreigners , Pacheco s slim novella should be mandatory reading Sadly, it was Jos Emilio Pacheco s death a couple weeks ago that finally convinced me to give it a read Set in 1948, though published in 1981, the plot follows a typical literary trope young, precocious kid falls in love with his friend s mom and is then ostracized by his friends and family who think he s too young to experience love and that he s been corrupted by a depraved woman increasingly amoral society But, much like Antoine de Saint Exup ry s The Little Prince, it s not the plot that draws you into the narrator s charm so much as his innocent, honest way of seeing the world around him The novella is infused with nostalgia for a Mexico City that was just beginning to take shape as migrants from around the country the narrator s family is from Jalisco moved to Mexico City to work in industrial factories, which one by one were acquired by multi national corporations This is one of those books that I turned the last page with regret, not wanting to the story to end, not wanting to leave the character behind Among my favorite passages Mientras tanto nos moderniz bamos, incorpor bamos a nuestra habla t rminos que primero hab an sonado como pochismos en las pel culas de Tin Tan y luego insensiblemente se mexicanizaban tenquiu, oqu i, uasamara, sherap, sorry, uan m ment pliis Empez bamos a comer hamburguesas, pays, donas, jotdogs, malteadas, iscrim, margarina, mantequilla de cacahuate La Coca Cola sepultaba las aguas frescas de jamaica, ch a, lim n Los pobres segu an tomando tepache Nuestros padres se habituaban al jaibol que en principio les supo a medicina En mi casa est prohibido el tequila, le escuch decir a mi t o Juli n Yo nada m s sirvo whisky a mis invitados hay que blanquear el gusto de los mexicanos.Romita era un pueblo aparte All acecha el Hombre del Costal, el gran Robachicos Si vas a Romita, ni o, te secuestran, te sacan los ojos, te cortan las manos y la lengua, te ponen a pedir caridad y el Hombre del Costal se queda con todo.Antes de la guerra en el Medio Oriente el principal deporte de nuestra clase consist a en molestar a Toru Chino chino japon s come caca y no me des Aja, Toru, embiste voy a clavarte un par de banderillas Nunca me sum a las burlas Pensaba en lo que sentir a yo, nico mexicano en una escuela de Tokio y lo que sufrir a Toru con aquellas pel culas en que los japoneses eran representados como simios gesticulantes y mor an por millares Toru, el mejor del grupo, sobresaliente en todas las materias Siempre estudiando con su libro en la mano Sab a jiu jitsu Una vez se cans y por poco hace pedazos a Dom nguez Lo oblig a pedirle perd n de rodillas Nadie volvi a meterse con Toru Hoy dirige una industria japonesa con cuatro mil esclavos mexicanos.

  2. says:

    The only thing a person of my age can do is fall in love secretly, silently, likeI had done with Mariana Fall in love knowing that all is lost and there is no hope.

  3. says:

    A tale of a middle class family in Mexico City as seen through the eyes of the youngest kid, there s mystery, romance, and self discovery.

  4. says:

    So detailed description of Mexico in Miguel Aleman times First love story, teenager story love Excellent

  5. says:

    I d like to imagine this was really hip and transgressive forty years ago, but the illusion as of right now doesn t quite do it for me.

  6. says:

    Coming of age steeped in nostalgia of by gone days in the heart of D.F now CDMX, even the acronym has changed Already a big city at the cusp of big changes and full of immigrants flooding in, the neighborhoods of Roma, Condesa, Polanco and the rest mingle and clash as a young teenager falls in love for the first time But he makes the mistake of falling in love with his buddy s mother, the mistress of an important man in the new regime Politics of the day and cultural shifts go hand in hand with the personal account of school days spent fighting, visits to wealthier friend s impressive houses, playing Indians and Arabs, and the making and losing of friends This short novela is a must for anyone who visits D.F and walks in the streets of Roma Recommended for those who like tortas, other people s houses, and wild older brothers.

  7. says:

    A fast read and a very silky short novel Set in Mexico City during the presidency of Miguel Alem n 1946 1952 it is a mixture of social critique to the double moral of those times and also a nostalgic remembrance of the past The plot is very simple and essentially revolves around the love story of a kid who lives in a prudish family Yet, it is mostly a device to show social injustice and the self serving rationalizations of the upper classes The author is well known mostly for his poems and his command for rhythm is clearly put on display here, even when he gets to list places or brands the cadence is just the right one to produce a list that can be read with prosody The other trademark element of this narrative are the witty remarks, one can trace some of the contemporary writers style like Juan Villoro to this kind of narrative.Overall, a brisk read that will last an hour at most It is entertaining, has a good cadence and some air of nostalgia that makes it standout It s main problem is that even when the final outcome is shown not much narrative power is reached Since this book follows the format of a short novel than that of a short story that isn t a deal breaker Still I would had liked a bit of tension to be delivered For the english edition the publisher had the right idea of combining this short novel with a few additional short stories to keep the reader busy for than half an hour.3.5 5 if translated properly, the english edition is probably a 4 stars book

  8. says:

    Coming of age novels I can t deal with them I had seen this book around bookstores before, mentioned at some book gatherings and praised by some kind of knowledgable people It seemed to be so not down my alley and I would have regularly stayed clear of it but a student of mine lent it to me to get my opinion so I couldn t refuse.The writing style drove me crazy It was a run on sentences fest No clear dialogues, scarce descriptions, excessive pop culture references It felt like amateur writing at best Is it, like, a thing for this kind of book I had the same problem with other coming of age novels before and some Young Adult ones, too Is it a way of dumbing down things for younger readers Or to seem edgy and cool to youngsters Hell if I know What I do know is that I don t like it I get it that it tries to portray a real, no sugar coating version of Mexico Well, the totally unrealistic ending kind of messed that up for me And, really, were so many political references necessary Such thing doesn t age well I teach History, I know what the guy is talking about, yet that didn t make it any interesting Which would be okay if this was meant to be a profound story But it wasn t I don t know, it just didn t work for me Only good thing about it was that it was short so I lost no than an hour of my life on it.

  9. says:

    I read this book for my Spanish class in Puebla, Mexico and loved it In few words Jose Pacheco captures the invasion of the U.S in words, culture, and products during the post WW2 period in the colonia Roma in Mexico City The changes in the 50s led to backlash and prejudice against immigrants who settled there The battles in the desert reflects the playground battles the boys fought during recess, especially judios contra arabes This reflected the wars in the Middle East at this time.It is also a love story of a young boy who has a crush on Mariana, the mother of his best friend She is everything his mother is not loving, tender, young, beautiful, interested in her son and his kids She also fed them American food instead of the chicharon in salsa verde and other traditional Mexican dishes of his mother She was exotic and alluring He gets in big trouble to visit her during school hours and ends up both confessing to a priest and talking with two psychiatrists The short novel is both humorous and sad The author only hints at an ending, leaving the book quite open ended The reader must decide the real conclusion.

  10. says:

    Interesting and short read, also an allegory of Mexico through the character of Carlitos