The Labyrinth of Solitude (El laberinto de la soledad)
It has tremendous explanatory power. Paz's insights, which he seems to reach both through masterful intellect and poetic intuition, give us an intimate understanding of Mexican history and how it has conditioned our attitudes. Yet, a few pages into this book, one realizes that Paz's insights apply not only to Mexicans but to all humanity. So even if you are not Mexican, you would find a reflection of yourself in it.
/Jovan D. Abrego, United States
Connects native amerindian mysticism, colonial culture and contemporary culture and politics.
/Arthur Brown Lee, United States
It is expressing the inner voice of life.
/Ramani Ranjan Sahoo, India
It is an amazing, lucid and profound analysis of the nature of Mexican idiosincrasy. Kind of a psycoanálisis of our Mexican colective unconsciousness. Written about 60 years ago it conserves its validity.
/Leopoldo Gatica, Mexico
Because this book is very important to search our origins like Mexican and Latin-American people, and find our destiny inside the world ...
/Carlos Emir Arellano, Mexico
I loved the way he wrote.
/Paola Paz, Mexico
The book is just amazing. Octavio Paz writes about Mexican history and Mexican culture, but, at the same time, he shows us, in a deep way, the fragile of humans and the weakness of Man. He says, that the Mexicans love parties because they are lonely, but we see ourselves in those Mexicans, we are the lonelies.
Just an amazing way to get to know the Mexican culture and the Mexican figure by what it really is, a complex character that has developed little by little and has been influenced by its history and its roots. Anyone who is interested in knowing not only the Mexican figure but the effort to understand a culture itself.
/Carla Aguilar, Mexico
Because he talks about Mexico and his people.
/Alberto Garza García, Mexico
Because it is a clear reflect of Mexican culture. But if you are not Mexican, you may enjoy the context, language and literary creations of the author.
/Yadira Palacios, Mexico
Is a great book not only for Mexicans or Latin Americans, for all the world, because it tells us why do we have certain behaviors in our life.
/Jaime Cervantes, Mexico
For his words and many other tellings about Mexican people.
/Jose Angel Lopez, Mexico
Having re-read his work in light of a broader experiential social context than my younger reactionary days, it has a persistent truth beyond the regionalistic, it is rather, existential. O. Paz describes what psychologist today name a 'narcissistic disorder', the fragmented self, really, the problem of post-modern society. The general society today is experiencing this depleted self.
/Joel, United States
It's a great novel specially if you are Hispanic. This book gives you different perspectives of how people think of Mexico's culture. It's a full context of Mexico's history. It gives you an idea of how people think when they are raised in the United States. There is definitely two different worlds between Mexico and the USA I would recommend it to anybody who is eager to find out history about Mexico. Its contents are from time ago to the present life.
/Yesenia, United States