The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll has ratings and reviews. Fionnuala said: I usually tell people that I met Maqroll the ‘Gaviero’ for. Spanish Empresas y Tribulaciones de Maqroll el Gaviero) is a compilation of novellas by Colombian author Álvaro Mutis. First published as a two-volume. Maqroll’s creator, the Colombian Álvaro Mutis, died last year at the age of 90 in Mexico City after a long career as a television executive, poet.

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The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll

A compilation of seven wonderful novels that make up the saga of the great, wandering protagonist Gaviero. His travels through different gaviego and seas and undiscovered places illustrate one of the most passionate literary journeys.

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I came into this book looking for the same peach-colored richness I secretly desire whenever I inadvisedly ep a fruity mixed drink at a bar; as so often happens during said fruity-drink orderings, I got about halfway through and realized that I was neither drunk nor particularly satisfied by the bland mango-and-lemon-rind taste. Someone has been trying to sell me an atmosphere, but it’s one that I enjoyed more in Conrad’s Polish grog. Or Kipling’s shirley temples.

Compared to books gqviero Years of Solitude, orthis book feels diluted and extremely literary.

I hate to post negative reviews, but Gavieroo was expecting great things given NYRB’s usual magpie-ish capacity for gemfinding. Go straight to Bolano, or back to Nostromo. Disclaimer, I only got to page and will read the other novellas at a later time. Preferably in deep winter, when I have more tolerance for long-winded descriptions mqaroll heat. It’s a man’s book, IMHO. It is excellent writing if you can tolerate seven page descriptions of feral and carnal at a crack.

The story telling is deep with contextual layers. The first novella was the best so far. This is not a person I would enjoy as company or for companionship. My personal enjoyment in the reading dimin Disclaimer, I only got to page and will read the other novellas at a later time.

My personal muyis in the reading diminished as I progressed. This is at least 4 star in the emotive and creative factors but my interest has plummeted to at least a distasteful bar I refuse to scurry under.

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Álvaro Mutis

So I leave it for a possible future with more tome tolerance. Im zweite Roman “Ilona kommt mit dem Regen” betreibt der Protagonist in Panama mit einer altebn Freundin ein Bordell, was tragisch endet.


Ein eher unbeachtliches Werk. Allerdings stirbt der Protagonist am Ende, wodurch die folgenden Romane einen Konstruktionsfehler bekommen. In Summa, eine gute Idee, die zu oft wiedergekaut wurde.

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Eines ist allerdings anzumerken. Gerade das fehlt bei Mutis. Der protagonist hat einen zypriotischen Pass und bringt muslimische Kroaten auf die Hadj. Nov 18, Juan Hidalgo rated it liked it.

It took me forever to read because this is a book that requires immersion, so it’s not a book that can be picked up, read 20 pages, then set down again. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone — as another commenter has said, it is most definitely a man’s book.

I have pages and pages of notes that I’ve taken that I just like the style of the writing, little maxims on life and the human condition: I had trouble keeping track of all the other characters — where did he meet Abdul, who was Obregon again, what was the crazy thing Sverre did. It’s a book that I’ll read again in a few years, and I think that I’ll like it better the second time around.

What’s wrong with me? This book has a Stalinist rating on this site, but still I didn’t like it. In other reviews I read that “The Snow of the Admiral” is the best story in the book, but I didn’t even like that one, so I decided to stop reading the book there. As a matter of fact, it just consists out of small, random and meaning What’s wrong with me?

As a matter of fact, it just consists out of small, random and meaningless sometimes very absurd, events memories and dreams. I also find that the characters remain vague beings without depth, I couldn’t identify with.

It isn’t as bad as “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, but still there are always some resemblances. Excellent prose but didn’t seem to add up. Only read the first novel in the bunch. La escritura de Mutis en las tres primeras novelas es un ejemplar extraordinario de la literatura moderna.

Si solo leyes una, debes leer “La Nieve del Almirante” o “Ilona llega con la lluvia” – de verdad son muy buenas. On top of that the stories in these three are great — very interesting, with lots of action and also philosophy. Mutis’ writing in these three novellas is an extraordinary example of modern literature.

With “Amirbar” I saw and understood the long, rambling descriptions and that there is more description of, say, the journey up the mountain to the mine, than there is actual action that many North American readers have complained about in Mutis’ writing.

With Amirbar, another issue I had was that the descriptions of the journey up to the mine were very similiar to the descriptions of the journey up the mountain in “Un bel morir”. And so, after finishing “Amirbar” and reading more than pages I decided to return the book to the library without reading the last two novellas in the volume.


Empresas y Tribulaciones de Maqroll el Gaviero

I hope to read them someday, but right now I’ve lost patience for the trials and tribulations of el Gaviero. I really enjoyed the first three novellas! Alvaro’s Maqroll adventures are a sort of cross between something Joseph Conrad would cook up crossed with Robin Hood. Like all collections in this vein some of the stories were great – the first one stuck out and a good number were so-so.

Personally the problem lay in the fact that everything was collected in one volume. If these had been sold separately, it would have been better.

Such a bookish book. Some of the stories venture into inane territory, but most are gripping. Mutis can really set a scene, that’s for sure.

Worth reading, especially if you love the idea of travelling South America Marcos rated it liked it Jun 18, Tina rated it liked it Nov 04, Danielle Elliott rated it liked it Feb 09, Tosin rated it liked it Apr 02, Seneca Stone rated it liked it May 11, Hunter Tolbert rated it liked it Feb 04, Cory rated it liked it Jun 19, Deborah rated it liked it Sep 10, Daan Pieters rated it liked it Sep 01, Chandler Groover rated it liked it Aug 05, Katie rated it liked it Jun 23, Ross rated it liked it Oct 20, Kris rated it liked it Mar 28, Ricardo Kerguelen rated it liked it May 04, James rated it liked it Feb 09, Santiago Malvido rated it liked it Aug 12, Harold rated it liked it Jul 13, Novelista y poeta colombiano.

Trivia About The Adventures an Quotes from Empresas y tribul She penetrated a corner of my soul that had been kept sealed and even I didn’t know was there.

With her gestures, the scent of her skin, her sudden, intense glances that filled me with overwhelming tenderness, with her dependence that was a kind of unthinking, absolute acceptance, she could rescue me instantly from my confusions and obsessions, my discouragement and failure, or my simple daily routine, and leave me inside a radiant circle made of throbbing energy and powerful certainty, like the effects of an unknown drug that produces unconditional happiness.

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