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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Born in Havana, he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution. He finds the forest primeval, life carpenrier to its most elemental, and experiences something of a spiritual reawakening.

For me, its only redeeming quality is the back story, which could have been told in pages, about a mestizo searching for his identity and a place he can call home in New York City and in Latin America, yet discovering that in reality, he does not truly fit in at either place.

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He later became a citizen of Cuba, but following the political disruptions of the s he moved to Paris and became an active participant in the Surrealist movement. I carpwntier recommend this book to anyone wanting to be well read in Latin American literature. I’m fairly well-educated and work in the arts, but this just got to be TOO much.

I don’t think Carpentier was painting the narrator to be an example to be followed above judgement, but rather as an example of the futility of our condition in the world–how we can’t go back to a simpler state, and carpenter we cannot stay here either wteps the time of the ‘galley master’. There os an excursion to an abandoned mission on an island, where they meet a crazy herbalist and there are tales of El Dorado and ancient mythologies. Hay equilibrio entre los indios y su espacio, y esto confiere tranquilidad y sosiego.


The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier

I enjoyed the protagonist’s journey and the story of his love life, but it was so crowded with superfluous descriptions of the land, the animals, the plant life, and other less-important details that it disrupted the true message of the novel.

Buy the book at Amazon US. Mouche makes a sexual approach to Rosario, who responds by beating her. The protagonist progresses from the contemporary metropolital city to what are essentially farmlands, then to a primitive village, and finally to encampments where people live in an almost stone-age elementalism.

He also drenches his works in references to the two academic disciplines in which he was formally educated — architecture and music — as well as the general embedding of events into their historical and political context. I think from a writer’s alejp of view, this is a masterpiece.

Want to Read saving…. One take-away lesson is that a book can be about a great topic with a great message, and still I read this book for the OEA Book Club, and really did not enjoy the book. It is a narration of a journey through space but also time. Email required Address never made public.

The Lost Steps

It was written whilst Alejo Carpentier was living in Caracas, Venezuela, an exile from his native Cuba which at that time was under the dictator Batista. I find your assessment dead accurate. His own grand theories of music are exploded when he observes the natives and their musical instruments for himself. These I found highly entertaining and often insightful, and always perfectly phrased.


And this, of the jungle: The adventure story itself was exciting, but as you probably know by now, plot alone doesn’t do it for me. While I appreciate Carpentier’s extraordinary talent as an author, I can’t say I enjoyed the novel.

March Though I read this a year ago, this second time gave me the chance to savor Carpentier’s language in its original form. He always wants more – whether it be paper, love, or sexual desire – and he is never satisfied with what he has. For me, it was a very hard book to follow and fully understand. His messages are highly worthy. To question the reliability of the narrator is to question the reliability of history itself, whose account are we getting?

To ask other readers questions about The Lost Stepsplease sign up. But I know that Carpntier Lost Steps is already in my small stack of books to reread. But, after read more I realized that it book has more that music. The foremost of these is its unabashed machismo: Here is Bloom in his usual mode of bald assertion: