The Crystal Frontier

The Crystal Frontier From Mexico s preeminent man of letters a Balzacian novel in nine masterly stories Vanity Fair that explores the uneven and painful meshing of two North american cultures Washington Post Book World A

  • Title: The Crystal Frontier
  • Author: Carlos Fuentes Alfred J. Mac Adam
  • ISBN: 9780156006200
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Mexico s preeminent man of letters, a Balzacian novel in nine masterly stories Vanity Fair that explores the uneven and painful meshing of two North american cultures Washington Post Book World A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year Translated by Alfred Mac Adam.

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    • Carlos Fuentes Alfred J. Mac Adam

      Carlos Fuentes Mac as was a Mexican writer and one of the best known novelists and essayists of the 20th century in the Spanish speaking world Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages.Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama his parents were Mexican Due to his father being a diplomat, during his childhood he lived in Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Santiago and Buenos Aires In his adolescence, he returned to Mexico, where he lived until 1965 He was married to film star Rita Macedo from 1959 till 1973, although he was an habitual philanderer and allegedly, his affairs which he claimed include film actresses such as Jeanne Moreau and Jean Seberg brought her to despair The couple ended their relationship amid scandal when Fuentes eloped with a very pregnant and then unknown journalist named Silvia Lemus They were eventually married Following in the footsteps of his parents, he also became a diplomat in 1965 and served in London, Paris as ambassador , and other capitals In 1978 he resigned as ambassador to France in protest over the appointment of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, former president of Mexico, as ambassador to Spain He also taught courses at Brown, Princeton, Harvard, Penn, George Mason, Columbia and Cambridge Carlos Fuentes Mac as fue un escritor mexicano y uno de los novelistas y ensayistas m s conocidos en el mundo de habla espa ola Fuentes influy en la literatura contempor nea de Am rica Latina, y sus obras han sido ampliamente traducidas al ingl s y otros idiomas Fuentes naci en la ciudad de Panam , Panam , sus padres eran mexicanos Debido a su padre era un diplom tico, durante su infancia vivi en Montevideo, R o de Janeiro, Washington, Santiago y Buenos Aires En su adolescencia regres a M xico, donde vivi hasta 1965 Estuvo casado con la estrella de cine Rita Macedo de 1959 hasta 1973, aunque era un mujeriego habitual y, al parecer, sus asuntos que se ha cobrado incluyen actrices como Jeanne Moreau y Jean Seberg, su llevados a la desesperaci n La pareja termin su relaci n en medio del esc ndalo, cuando Fuentes se fug con un periodista muy embarazada y entonces desconocido de nombre Silvia Lemus Se casaron finalmente Siguiendo los pasos de sus padres, tambi n se convirti en un diplom tico en 1965 y sirvi en Londres, Par s como embajador , y otras capitales En 1978 renunci al cargo de embajador en Francia en protesta por el nombramiento de Gustavo D az Ordaz, ex presidente de M xico, como embajador en Espa a.



    915 thoughts on “The Crystal Frontier

    • 4.5*This book is an exploration of the relations between the two neighbor countries, The United States of America and Mexico, from Carlos Fuentes’ perspective, that is to say a Mexican perspective. Of course he is subjective and taking sides with his fellow Mexicans, but that was to be expected. The Crystal Frontier is about things that both unite and separate these two countries ideologically, gastronomically, behaviorally, historically and so on. Under the hat name of a novel, Fuentes actual [...]


    • It was the late dictator Porfirio Diaz who once enunciated the great theme of 20th Century Mexican literature: "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!" To an extent That few Norteamericanos realize, the interpenetration of Mexico and the United States in a strange kind of yin-yang embrace is also becoming a major fact of life on both sides of the border. Living as I do in Los Angeles, a city that is soon to become one of the major Hispanic cities of the world, I see it h [...]


    • Carlos Fuentes es mi escritor mexicano preferido, no considero sin embargo, que sea el mejor escritor mexicano. Siempre me pareció mejor novelista y narrador que escritor, y lo que siempre me ha gustado de sus novelas es su ritmo ágil y su estilo crítico muy propio, mordaz e incisivo, un poco cínico incluso, nada discursivo, con un humor refinado muy sutil, nada obvio o exhibicionista.El título de esta novela es "La Frontera de Cristal: una Novela en Nueve Cuentos", y aunque parecieran nuev [...]


    • The subtitle to THE CRYSTAL FRONTIER defines the book as a "Novel in Nine Stories". Is it a novel at all? Not really, I find. The connections between the stories themselves are tenuous or indirect at best. However, seen as a whole, they present a critical perspective on Mexican society and its complex relations to its northern neighbour. The "crystal frontier" is both real and in the minds of the protagonists. Indeed, it may be useful for the reader to take Fuentes' book as a collection of short [...]


    • The master Mexican story teller has assembled stories of interconnected lives on the on the Tex-Mex border. The stories are loosely interconnected in that a few characters appear in more than one story and most have some connection to a Mexican “Master of the Universe” -- a multimillionaire mover and shaker who can make and break lives. We learn a lot about the politics, economics and sociology of the US-Mexican interrelationship, to the point where at times the lesson seems a bit heavy-hand [...]


    • They don't call Fuentes a genius for nothin'. This is one of my favorite books ever. If I could give it ten stars I would! It's written as multiple short stories with a central thread of which each story exploits a different aspect. Highly recommend.


    • Este es el único libro de Carlos Fuentes que volvería a leer, porque si tiene UNA frase que me gustó mucho Lo que sí es que es la frase más cruel y racista que he leído, así que no creo que sea bueno decir que me gusta, hahahaha. (Como frase de antagonista estuvo preciosa).



    • This was more assigned reading. I find it difficult to objectively analyze a book when I'm reading to answer specific prompts. I'm afraid that when I'm reading and analyzing only what serves the purpose of completing my assignment that I'm missing out on the larger relevance/quality of the story. I guess an easy solution would be to read it the same way I'd read any other book, but I'm not sure I could make that work. I tried to find a balance with The Crystal Frontier. The book consisted of nin [...]


    • I was ordered to read this because of the fact that I am a native of Southern California. My life, and especially my childhood has been influenced by growing up so close to the San Ysidro border crossing. I lived in predominantly hispanic neighborhoods at times, ate so much Mexican food (including homemade tamales at friends' houses), hearing mariachi music blaring over cheap boomboxes, and feeling slightly intimidated by the cholas with their hoop earrings and crispy bangs during middle and hig [...]


    • “The Crystal Frontier” collection of stories by Mexico leading novelist Carlos Fuentes tells different stories about different themes. He has a unique style of writing that i’ve never read before. You have different themes so it was hard to figure why he wrote a novel with nine stories. I personally didn’t like the the whole idea of including nine stories because it didn’t make any sense to me since i’m just beginning to read books and might of been hard for me to read.The plot is ki [...]


    • This was completed at Table 8; a section of the local public house where I spent the better part of a decade, rambling, reading and quaffing espresso and Guinness. I liked this gestalt of a story collection, its novelistic pulse crossing its own borders and checkpoints with a pessimism that can't be waived by visa requirements.


    • Una novela en nueve cuentos sobre la vida cerca de la frontera México-Estadounidense; da una buena idea de la simbiótica y a veces trágica relación entre México y los EEUU.


    • It was a sad trip, and to think that all this stories are true, and that new stories like this arise everyday.


    • Después de volverlo a leer, me di cuenta que no se acerca ni un poco a las experiencias reales de las personas fronterizas.


    • Lo que más cuestiono sobre este libro fue la decisión de componerlo como una colección de historias. Fuentes tiene una habilidad tremenda de contar historias a través de episodios/escenas singulares, como por ejemplo La Muerte de Artemio Cruz, pero en contraste con esa obra maestra los cuentos de este libro son demasiado independientes uno del otro. Aunque el lector llega a encontrar hilos que unen algunas historias hay varias que no tienen sino una conexión tenue con el resto. Dicho esto, [...]


    • En este libro Carlos Fuentes nos enseña una lección magistral sobre la literatura post-boom: cuando te quedes sin ideas, solo retoma los experimentos cuestionables de tu primera novela, habla otra vez sobre la figura del cacique pero en otro espacio-tiempo, repite, repite las ideas, la estructura, el lenguaje y mezcla algunas tesis sociales con palabras como "coger", "nalgas", "chingada" y "Coca-Cola". ¿Qué demonios tenía Fuentes en contra de las mujeres obesas?


    • Creo que he leído 'La Frontera de Cristal' por lo menos 10 veces desde la primera vez que lo leí en una clase de literatura mexicana de la universidad. Cuando lo leo, me parece que Carlos Fuentes escribió su cuenta por mi personalmente- siento la tristeza y el amor de sus protagonistas hasta en mi alma.


    • "Cocina y sexo son dos placeres indispensables, más aquélla que éste, pues se puede comer sin amar, pero no se puede amar sin comer, y el que sabe de paladares culinarios o culinarios paladares, sabe todo: en torno a un beso, o a un chilpachole de jaiba, se organiza toda una sabiduría histórica, científica y, aun, política."


    • Una novela que permite rastrear, a través de sucesos reprochables y desmotivantes, el quebrantamiento de un territorio en el que habitaban seres humanos de igual valor que permitieron que los prejuicios, el desdén, la avaricia y el odio, socavaran en lo más profundo de su alma, dando como resultado la separación de pueblos hermanos, que perdura hasta hoy.



    • Un poco dificil de entender ciertas palabras. A veces me perdía en las historias porque salta de una a otra sin avisar.



    • “Why are they all so dark, so obviously lower class?”“It’s the majority, Don Leonardo. The only thing the country can produce.”Thus we arrive at the jarring center of "The Crystal Frontier,” the title story of Carlos Fuentes’s 1995 meditation on the physical, ideological, and political borderlands—“what belongs here and also there”—between Mexico and the United States.The book’s subtitle, A Novel in Nine Stories, has prompted dismissal by some critics who deem its chapter [...]


    • Debo confesar que esta reseña puede estar sobrevalorando al libro. Fuentes es mi autor predilecto. Leí este libro hace unos 10 años, y quise recetarme otra vez el placer de leerlo. Consta de una serie de cuentos sobre las relaciones de  los personajes en la Frontera México - EE.UU.Sus personajes son complejos, con traumas y problemas verosímiles y cotidianos.1. La capitalina. Michelina la hija de una familia aristócrata venida a menos viaja a la frontera avisitar a su padrino (Leonardo Ba [...]


    • Despite being the most difficult book I've read to date in Spanish -- not only because of the vocabulary, but because of all the "mexicanismos" Fuentes uses, this is one of the most captivating and authentic books I've read about the symbiotic, and unbalanced, relationship between the United States and Mexico.A novel told in nine chapters, each an independent story, Fuentes traverses the entire cultural geography the two countries share, from the uber-rich of the Mexican upper class to working s [...]


    • I really, really liked this book. To my understanding it was translated from Spanish to English? Any who, it was written in ways you can only describe as amazing. It almost reminded me of Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) or Dogeaters. Each chapter was a different story, a different life as lived here in the "Borderlands". All stories intertwined or life intermingled by one character. There was some chapters that really stood out for me, left me in a slight daze of awe. But the way the chapters rea [...]


    • I'm certain that Paul Haggis read this book before making his movie Crash. The book is 9 stories with interlocking characters culture- clashing to a crashing culmination. The Crystal Frontier being the U.S. Mexican border, all of the characters are simultaneously cartoon character exaggerated stereotypes and just like someone you actually know. The glassy surface message seems to be that everyone is a racist, put forth in a less than subtle manner. Preachy. Tell us something we don't know. Never [...]


    • More a collection of stories than a novel, the book achieves in fiction what The Late, Great Mexican Border does with non-fiction. Fuentes account is more thoughtful, and his style ranges from outrageously comic to bitterly shameful. A Mexican food critic visits 'The American Grill': " la botella de salsa de chile no salio la salsa misma, sino un pequeno hombrecito, diminuto pero distinguible por su traje de charro, su sombrero de mariachi y sus bigotes zapatistas: --Paron -- dijo descubriendose [...]


    • (3.5 stars)I'm sorta conflicted about this book. Some stories were better than others. Being Mexican American, I found this book interesting. What bothered me the most about this book was the ending of some of the stories. They were in my opinion, weak compared to the momentum the plot had. To my liking, some stories were boring and others we're nail bitting thrilling. But on the other stories, I had to force myself to finish the chapter to move onto the next story. They weren't horrible, just n [...]


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