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His grandmother burns his precious crosses for kindling. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood.

There wasn’t a narrative to speak of, as well as many imaginary characters, a Greek chorus, much talk of wells velestino hatchets and dancing on the roof. Anytime he experiences trauma, drl innocuously turns into the magically real, transforming his g I wasn’t able to finish this book because i’m leaving pittsbrugh and its a library book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 05, David Sasaki rated it did not like it.

Be the first to ask a question about Singing from the Well. Sep 28, Fabian rated it arenqs liked it. Inhe moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habana, where he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. Or is he really a cousin dropped off to live with the narrator and his terrible family?

The author’s biographical details can put much more into perspective with the story, but it is still highly enjoyable without those details being known to the reader. I still think the trope of Celestino writing on all the trees and the grandfather cutting them down was just that, a writers trope — too transparently ‘meaningful’ to have any power for me. Yet in the hills surrounding his home, another reality exists, a place where his mother wears flowers in her hair, and his cousin Celestino, a poet who inscribes verse His mother talks piously of the heaven that awaits the good, and disciplines him with an ox anres.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Aishah Rayman’s Chewed Water voice and that of Arenas are very much the same In he was diagnosed with AIDS and, due in part to the worsening state of his fel, he committed suicide on 7 Decemberleaving behind the memoir that would go on to make him better known in death than he ever was in life.

In fact, Celestino was the name umder wh The 5 stars I’ve given this book are in recognition of its genius that overides my intense dislike.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Singing from the Well 3. Interesting, semi-autobiographical work about a young boy growing up in a situation similar to Arenas. Although there were some beautiful images, an unusual structure, and a circular, surreal, Garcia-Marquez-like cloudy quality to it, I don’t think I have the patience to read any more in the series right now- the pace of the writing in circles was too tedious for me.

I began this book and it was weird and all about this strange mood with not much plot dwl I thought “Hey, I love this book! The Cuban first edition of Celestino antes del alba sadly not held by the UL.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. Next page of related Sponsored Products. Ships from and sold by Amazon. I finished this a few days ago and am still mulling it over, considering the layers of allegory involved.

Though it is interesting that the novel was originally titled Celestino antes del alba and how the book ends. I wasn’t able to albaa this book because i’m leaving pittsbrugh and its a library book. There isn’t really any narrative arc by which the main character changes or is changed. Mar 29, Sean A. Es lo que hace la literatura, nos mueve emociones. But all of the sudden rwinaldo elephants and fish come up.

Celestino Antes del Alba – By Reinaldo Arenas, Translator Uri Ben-David

The reader who takes the challenge to read this will be rewarded. Killing Commendatore Haruki Murakami. The prose switches from dream sequences to areans time quickly and seamlessly; so quickly I found it difficult to keep track of. Meanwhile Reinaodo compulsively writes poetry, carving lines onto every available tree, leaf and other surface he can find.

If you understand that difference you will treat Singing from the Well as the work of art and poetry that it is.


Reality for the boy holds violence, both at the hands of his peers and his family. May 20, Magdelanye rated it it was amazing Shelves: RA himself lived a tragic story that began with his early literary triumphs in Cuba,and ended abrubtly in exile, where he died triply outcast,in New York in at the age of There’s the Da Vinci Code for that. People are always dying or at least getting severely beat with switch’s and other worse but seemingly pretend predicaments and forms of violence.

Arenas’ memoir, Before Night Falls, is incredible.

Now, it is true I read it in Spanish but the criticism here from some of the readers is very pedestrian. Lists with This Book. Ships from and sold by Stars and Stripes Ante. Jun 01, Liz rated it liked it Recommends it for: