Complete summary of Alejo Carpentier’s The Lost Steps. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Lost Steps. The Lost Steps was first published as Los pasos perdidos in Mexico in It was written whilst Alejo Carpentier was living in Caracas. The Lost Steps, by Alejo Carpentier. I discovered this book on the office charity table and picked it up for a dollar. I had only heard of Carpentier.

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The Lost Steps — University of Minnesota Press

Somos nada ou todo? To me, he lies somewhere in between the unreliable narrator and the reliable one. Three works of fiction by the inventor of magic realism-now back in print! Print Email Facebook Twitter.

I discovered this book on the office charity table and picked it up for a dollar. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While I have read other novels whose characters have bothered me, I found my annoyance at those of Carpentier to be distracting.

It is full of vivid descriptions about Latin American land and lifestyle and deals with the struggle of a lost protagonist in searching for his identity and home. Carpentieer words are laboured. It spoke to me. Extreme verbosity of every sentence; that I could not take.

The Lost Steps

He is also critical of the Paris-centred enthusiasms of three lkocal artists and vows to continue his expedition and assignment. He then moves to Latin-America — at first to what appears to be Caracas in Venezuela. Although my first reading did not prove to be entirely enjoyable, this is a book I’d like to give another go in a few years. Was everyone more artistically literate then than they are now?

It was of greater value for a people preserve the memory of the Chanson de Roland than tbe have hot and cold running water. The legal wife for Rosario is a woman who can send csrpentier guards, when he leaves the house where the husband has enthroned deceit, cruelty or alcohol disorders. It was too late when I rooted for him; thereafter let down by a story dangling bleakly. Together with his mistress Mouche and friends he watches a showing of a commercially sponsored film for carpentie he has composed the soundtrack.


Apr 22, Rita rated it really liked it.

But on arriving in Latin America he feels re-united with his native language, which is Spanish. But Carpentier finally rescues himself from carpsntier caricature. The narrator’s voice began to grate on me halfway through.

The protagonist is insatiable to a fault; I can understand wanting to escape the city in favor of returning to one’s roots, but nothing is ever enough for him, and it becomes harder and harder to tolerate the character as he refuses to be grateful for anything or anyone. The narrator is not a model thinker by any means.

He finds new love and the instrument in question and begins to compose again, finding his inspiration in the fundamental sounds of nature. However, from a college student learning about Latin American literature during thee boom, it was an overly drawn-out, tedious read. Lots of introspective musings about the modern and primitive life, with the narrator seeing more beauty and honesty in the latter.

Getting married is to fall under laws made by the men and not alfjo. Reminded of it today seeing the film Embrace of the Serpent, set in that same mysterious inhospitable all engulfing world – the Amazon jungle.

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Advanced vocabulary overflows with existentialism and anthropological wisdom. Lots carpentler introspective musings about the lst and primitive life, with the narr The language is poetic with lots of historical, literary and musical allusions no wonder, the author was a Cuban teacher of music and cultural history. Buy the book at Amazon UK. The narrator soon comes to understand that his movements from New York to the pristine jungles of South America allow him to see how Man lived in a less contemptible and free time.


A small party continues up river in canoes. He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana. He becomes irrationally jealous of the friendship between the two women. No todo resulta blanco o negro, ni bueno o malo. Notify me of new posts via email. Feb 25, Nora Perlman rated it it was ok. What I really found attractive about him was that he was so Additionally, the narrator has a strong background in the classics and art in general.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He feels reunited with his native language and his sympathetic responses to the unsophisticated local culture leads to friction with Stepa.

Oct 20, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m hoping to launch a reading-focused blog soon The Lost Steps is our first book to tackle and I plan to direct readers to your site if they seek a different prospective. The Kingdom of This World is a marvelously compressed account of the slave uprising and first revolution of the early nineteenth century in San Domingo — now Haiti.

He wants to enter into this primordial setting while remaining someone trained as carlentier musicologist. Nevertheless I enjoyed it. I fought to find footholds of enthrallment in ” The Lost Steps ” and pushed onward. Do not feel any obligation to link back — like I said, we’re not even up and running yet. Geography is centrally important to the novel, because its principal theme is the tension between European-based and ,ost culture. It feels a bit like you’re in a jungle and the words are vines climbing up your leg.

Buy the book at Amazon US. Here is another quote, as he argues with Mouche about progress: