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To ask other readers questions about El testigoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Me gusta pensar que uno no siempre elige los libros que compra, sino que testito libros lo escogen a uno. Y sospecho que este fue el caso. Y eso es territorio del ensayo. Posiblemente las novelas deben ser ensayos de esa realidad que la obra propone.

Por traer un ejemplo: Como buen thriller, la paranoia es esencial: Esas pinches mujeres se pasan la vida contando chismes, nunca de ellas sino de los patrones.

La novela se mueve en tres bandas: Y Julio es un testigo. Y ese testimonio es el que se transmite en la novela. Y finalmente Igancia, la mujer rota del desierto, enjuta por el hambre, con notables cicatrices en el cuerpo y en el festigo. Ella me encanta, porque representa en el protagonista una ruptura, cuando decide tomar las riendas, encarar su realidad y arrojarse a sus decisiones.

Villoro dice en una entrevista para La Jornada: Nos podemos vincular con la gente mucho mejor por sus heridas.

View all 4 comments. Dec 11, El Avestruz Liado testig it really liked it. A very complicated book to rate or review. Uuan scope of Villoro’s ambition is quite broad and that creates quite an issue when trying to write a review or, for that sake, a short description. Unsurprisingly, vilkoro core of the story revolves around the figure of the witness: The list is large, quite large and that is where the whole issue on reviewing wl book arises.

It is hard for me to A very complicated book to rate or review. It is hard for me to tell at this moment if Villoro simply tried to bite more than he could swallow or if I just had to put closer attention as a reader to really grasp the whole thing. In that light, consider this review and rate temporal.

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I might reread the book at some later time and then I could change my mind. I somehow believe that this is a 5 star book. The description of the Mexican intellectual class is also impressive and looks almost as a carbon copy of some events that would later happen compare Valdivieso’s story with that of Sealtiel Alatriste. Seriously, it seems that real life imitated some of the plots shown here.

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This book is a must read to understand contemporary Mexico during the 12 years of PAN rule. It is also a book filled with humor and penetrant observations. But beware of the depth of the scope, there are a lot of stories that come and go and it is easy to get lost. It is a total shame that this book has not been translated yet.

It is one of the most accurate and mesmerizing portraits of a nation made in the last years, not only in the mexican or spanish speaking literature. Apr 07, Mariana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Es un libro confuso, lleno de historias que se entrelazan, de pasados, presentes y futuros que se mezclan para mostrar el paso de cada uno de ellos. Villoro retrata la realidad mexicana de principios del siglo XXI: Es una obra completa y compleja que reproduce un mundo ficcional sumamente real y que nos convierte, tal como lo dice su nombre, en testigos de lo que Julio va viviendo.

Feb 17, Oscar rated it it was amazing. Aug 08, Pedro rated it it was amazing. Las historias se entrelazan, se confunden. El lector se convierte en un testigo. Su nombre es Julio y se gana la vida como profesor de Literatura en Francia.

A donde llegamos como los derrotados de una guerra que nunca ha cesado. Antes Julio ha huido. Ahora le toca enfrentarse a su propio pasado. El pasado sin embargo no es general.

Julio comparte sus propios fantasmas. Ahora ella ha fallecido.

Queda no obstante su semilla. La hija tiene remembranzas de su madre. El Testigo se convierte en una novela de posibles, de fueron, que de realidades. Sep 21, Mauro rated it it was amazing Shelves: My notes on this excellent novel are here: Me gusta mucho escucharlo hablar de libros, mucho. Pero, como escritor, no.

Un estilo desmesurado, barroco, pero sin sentido, al contrario del barroquismo de Carpentier, por ejemplo. Y es una pena. Jun 21, Doris Esparza rated it really liked it. Oct 05, Antonio Rubio Reyes rated it really liked it. Pocas veces pueden usarse con exactitud las palabras “novela total”. Feb 23, Lupita rated it really liked it. Quiero conocer su versatilidad. Jun 26, Carlos B. Tal vez es mi fanatismo por villoro o tal vez realmente es un libro muy importante para la literatura mexicana.

Oct 10, Hugo Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 27, Mario Franco rated it it was ok. Tiene un muy buen y prometedor inicio y se va deshaciendo mientras avanza.

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Nov 06, Malice rated it liked it. Creo que quiere abarcar mucho y al final no habla de nada. Jan 27, Carlos rated it really liked it. Juan Villoro brings us the story of Julio Valdivieso, a Mexican expatriate teaching at the University of Nanterre who comes back to his native land after 24 years of absence.

What does this return bring to his life? The revelation of past secrets in his life and family in the country hacienda were he spent several years of his childhood; episodes of the Cristero War in the ‘s; mysterious stories about the legend of the first Mexican modernist poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, and the attempt to prod Juan Villoro brings us the story of Julio Valdivieso, a Mexican expatriate teaching at the University of Nanterre who comes back to his native land after 24 years of absence.

The revelation of past secrets in his life and family in the country hacienda were he spent several years of his childhood; episodes of the Cristero War in the ‘s; mysterious stories about the legend of the first Mexican modernist poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, and the attempt to produce a soap opera to expose why Velarde deserves the beatification from the Vatican; the reunion of old literary workshop mates and their relatively unsuccessful careers; a Mexico whipped by drug-trafficking cartels, political transition to ‘democracy’, corrupt and conspiratorial authorities, and a highly distorted reality created by the media.

Filled with poetical prose, Julio Valdivieso’s journey back home could have distant similarities to the sequel of the Odyssey; Mexico is an Ithaca having unknown voices that ask for a witness, an accomplice, a narrator of history Oct 06, Karla Baldeon rated it liked it.

Por otra parte, los temas que aborda: Jan 19, Francisco rated it liked it. Tengo sentimientos encontrados respecto a este libro. Por un lado tiene episodios brillantes, demuestra en forma muy inteligente la situacion de corrupcion y violencia que vive Mejico y te da mucho en que pensar, y por otro,en partes me parece demasiado como una imitacion de Pedro Paramo.

Es dificil resumir de que se trata, tiene demasiadas tramas que se interlazan unas con otras. Eso es a la vez una cualidad y un defecto del libro.

Por momentos se siente que Villoro esta tratando de complicar las Tengo sentimientos encontrados respecto a este libro. Por momentos se siente que Villoro esta tratando de complicar las cosas innecesariamente.

La metafora de lo que le sucede a Valdivieso como la vida de Mejico es brillante, creo yo, aunque me es dificil decirlo, no siendo mejicano.