Winner of Mexico’s Premio Novela Mexico, Spain’s Romulo Gallegos Prize for best Spanish-language novel, and France’s Priz de Meilleur. James Polk reviews book Palinuro of Mexico by Fernando del Paso; drawing (M). A Case of Literary Infection: Palinuro de Mexico and Ulysses. ROBIN FIDDIAN. Palinuro de Mexico is Fernando del Paso’s second novel. Born in. Mexico City in .

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Unfortunately for the helmsman, the gods demand a sacrifice if the ship is to safely reach the farther shore; the god of sleep overwhelms Palinurus, and he slips from the deck into the sea. Published by Alfaguara first published But I can tell you this much, give it a few chapters, if ep doesn’t seduce you within those, you can comfortably put it aside without having to wonder if you’ll like it better on reading further. Youth dreams die and the next books that I read are about how bowing the head and toiling keeps things running, no matter how smart you think you are.

Palinuro of Mexico – Canada. Un libro que no tiene desperdicio! Feb 12, Josue Olvera rated it it was amazing. This is worth people’s time.

Palinuro de México

He lives with his extended family– wacky, of course– in a house in Mexico City. He gets a literary laundering of his body, which, “when all is said and done. And yet, it had me hooked. One of its kind. The other warning is that there is great attention to medical detail — readers who are annoyed by lots of technical language and or graphical detail might be put off by it.

Otro libro que me deja abrumado, sin palabras, completamente enamorado y feliz. Think of any deformity or eel you can: He expatiates, expounds, declaims and makes metaphor after metaphor out of the tons of facts that make up his enormous erudition, and this becomes a sort of linguistic drama in itself.


Nobody, therefore, is entitled to feel included in this book.

So Lalinuro, as a child, can’t just palinuor around in the park, get dirty and have his mother give him a bath. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So if you pick mexixo this book intending to enjoy the outrageous and outlandish palaver of it all–the lists of diseases and the loquacious excursions into the household debates from Palinuro’s childhood; the chapter-long apotheosis of his cousin and lover Estefania; and the shocking anecdotes from medical school–then you will have a great good time.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Lack of anything resembling a narrative drive, run-on sentences, walls of text much longer than Ali’s, long paragraphs, prose that often requires concentration, medical terminology and detailed anatomical descriptions, very curious goings on with Palinuro being multiple characters and narrator all at once – this book presents several reasons against reading it. I think I’ll pocket another quote –this one deftly cited by Megha: Con remordimientos y sin sentido.

I can see why instantly, as in palinyro first 20 pages this already goes looping and dipping through such a range of experience, history, and medical anecdote.


Lacking any sort of coherent structure and plot, the novel is largely a series of infinitely interesting sexual episodes between the narrator and his cousin in their infinitely interesting apartment interspersed with some lively pranking done by the narrator and his medical school buddies e.

For Del Paso, the rhetoricizing of experience is everything. Heck, the Australians are pretty darn good when it comes to dd, case in point: Want to Read saving…. What Palinuro of Mexico taught me about reading it was to be in the moment.

Most women who read the romantic paean to Estefania that makes up all of Chapter 4 will probably yearn for such treatment for themselves.


Just a paliniro while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A big, broad book, and a virtuoso writing performance. Paperbackpages. Oh and one more thing: Jul 12, Cristina rated it it was amazing. Five stars for the mirror who died. I could mexuco used more rules to define this universe, and a few more spaces to breathe.

Palinurus was the helmsman oalinuro Virgil’s “Aeneid. There’s my disclaimer as faux review.

Palinuro of Mexico – Fernando del Paso

Palinuro of Mexico – US. Oct 02, Nathan “N. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So del Paso gives us the history of medicine, encyclopaedia style. Your grandmother Altagracia was told by Robin Hood. Makes you laugh out loud it’s so beautiful, reminds you what it’s like palinueo be young.

Throw in a bit of Joyce too and you will get a pretty good picture what Del Paso is up to – its a hell of a ride to be sure, especially if you love tons ep medical details and have a strong stomach.

The book is filled to the brim with such comic extravagances, but it’s so dense with language and so thin in story that many readers won’t stay with it long enough to find most of its enjoyable material. The titular character is, at dee, both narrator and subject sometimes he narrates about himself in the third person —a medical student in passionate love with his cousin Estefania.

This essay like collage of structural perambulations does approximate the Human Centipede.