Sunday, February 7, 2010

365 so far

So far in this class I have enjoyed reading Asturias and Carpentier and analyzing their works to better understand their writing styles and influences that inspired them. Asturias’ focus was covering the origins and history of the indigenous culture as a way to secure, preserve and reflect on what had been passed down by generations in order to remind the people of their roots. Carpentier focused his book on more of the historical facts of the struggle the Haitian people what they had gone through to fight for their rights of independence and freedom only to realize that the freedoms their looked for were once again taken away by their own people. In both literary works we also analyzed the style of magical realism in its infancy as a literary style that presented people, history and its events in an alternative form that depicted reality, in some instances, in magical and blurred reality if you will. Almost felt that you were led into the fantasy and imagination of the authors that would note down as they saw it. Almost as if they would write how they would see things in their mind and write their draft without revision or interpretation and just presenting it as it was and allow the reader to become apart of the creative thinking.

As I am relatively new to this writing style it is interesting none the less to find yourself in their reality which is transformed into the awesome and unreal. I found that Asturias definitely used more of a magical setting than Carpentier but both had elements of the imaginative. I found that their experimentation with the mysterious and obscure that added an element of curiosity to these readings and in addition the difficulty in understanding the text made it hard to interpret at times. As we have just begun to discover the magical realism up to now I have begun to see the mysterious interaction between humans and their surroundings and how their circumstances in life are depicted with historical relevance. A mixture of a creation of imaginary beings and worlds, as in portrayed by Asturias where in contrast to Carpentier magical realism which combined the key events and reality of Haiti. It is an interesting class so far as it does test the understanding and logic of the author’s transformation and representation of reality.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

el reino de este mundo (2nd half)

The second half of Capentier’s El Reino de Este Mundo was just as enjoyable to read as the first half with the introduction to some new characters. Capentier’s magical realism explores a nation’s independence and freedom. What I really enjoyed was the strength in his narrative and being able to describe the historical context of a time of transition and self-discovery of a new nation and its new found freedoms. Ti Noel is able to describe the intense atmosphere of Haiti as it struggles to achieve its independence and the battle with the discriminating classes who control the power. It helped guide me further into the direction that Carpentier was taking his characters and the ultimate conclusion with Pauline’s fate. This section is what really began to draw me further into his narration and trying to interpret the character development. Although it was a little difficult at times to follow the meanings of the terminology that was being used, I was able to get the underlying feeling and direction of where Capentier was trying to make me see and feel I have enjoyed analyzing Carpentier’s fascinating writing style which was a bit difficult to read but with some help I was able to visualize being brought to a time that Carpentier had envisioned and created to put a perspective on the events that had taken place.