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Book Tips - Octavio Paz

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1990 was awarded to Octavio Paz "for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity".

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A Tree Within (Árbol adentro)

In this diverse and modernist set of poems, Paz combines intellectualism and intuition as he wonders about nature, the brain, emotions, other poets, and the city. 'Entre lo que veo y lo que digo,' 'Carta de creencia,' 'Hablo de la ciudad' are the greatest hits.
/Jovan D. Abrego, United States

Alternating Current (Corriente alterna)

A very interesting collection of essays in which Octavio Paz discusses some different aspects of art, religion and politics written in a well-balanced, well-paced style, his most characteristic issues during his prolific and and almost life-long career. I could recommend as well other books by him, but this is the most recent one happily read and so one of the most enduring reading experiences so far.
/Borja Gimenez de, Spain


Deep and beautiful exploration of loop arguments.
/Carlos Hidaglo, United Kingdom

Freedom on Parole (Libertad bajo palabra)

Among Paz poetry this is the most outstanding. History, culture, philosophy, all in a single book. I didn't read much poetry but this book made me want to read more. It includes one of Paz lonest and finest poems: 'Sun Stone' a masterpiece of poetry. Paz likes to explore a new language trough the freedom of new words.
/Daniel Michel, Mexico

In Light of India (Vislumbres de la India)

Gives excellent insights into India even though it is written as a travel book.
/Anil Joshi, United States

Sor Juana or, The Traps of Faith (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; o, Las trampas de la fe)

It's a detailed portrait of a wonderful woman and poet in colonial Mexico and interesting essay on the birth of a nation.
/Roberto Marmolejo, Mexico
It is a portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican writer, and her times. Also it is a good introduction for other Octavio Paz's books, like 'The Labyrinth of Solitude' and his poetry.
/Luis Alfonso Rivera, Mexico

The Bow and the Lyre (El arco y la lira)

It is a excellent book.
/Octavio, Mexico

The Collected Poems: 1957-1987

He has a breathtaking poetic voice.
/Rachel Whitlock, United States

The Double Flame (La llama doble)

It looks at human eroticism both poetically and intellectually thus reaching a profound level in the comprehension of human sexuality and the expression of romantic love throughout the centuries.
/Nilda, Argentina

The Labyrinth of Solitude (El laberinto de la soledad)

Its creative and illuminating.
/Ramon, United States
How Octavio describes everything.
/Karla Castrejon, Mexico
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.
/Matheus, Brazil
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
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