Complete summary of Alejo Carpentier’s The Lost Steps. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Lost Steps. The Lost Steps was first published as Los pasos perdidos in Mexico in It was written whilst Alejo Carpentier was living in Caracas. The Lost Steps, by Alejo Carpentier. I discovered this book on the office charity table and picked it up for a dollar. I had only heard of Carpentier.

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The Lost Steps — University of Minnesota Press

His writing is a fusion of literary and music themes. Stes was a vain attempt to be artistic and different that was immensely disappointing. All of his interpretations are shaped by his own history, which involves civilization and extensive knowledge of Western art and mythology.

I loved the book. At times he seemed normal, not like a typical ‘crazy’ unreliable narrator with unpredictable moodswings. University of Minnesota Press Coming soon.

It is a narration of a journey through space but also time. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The story follows a European man, a failed musician, who journeys into the South American jungle on an anthropological mission in what becomes a quest for his own recovered history — his own authenticity.

Feb 04, Katie rated it did not like it. The older I get the more I notice that the works I value are largely a matter of personal affinity with the authors — whether their preoccupations and methods line up with mine, either in obvious or more mysterious ways. I personally did not enjoy The Lost Steps. Here is another quote, as he argues with Mouche about progress: Cultural complexities Carpentier obviously felt a great deal of tension between his European education and cultural heritage, and his Latin-American sympathies — but he turned this tension to creative account by fusing the two.


To question the reliability of the narrator is to question the reliability of history itself, whose account are we getting? I discovered this book on the office charity table and picked it up for a dollar. Thanks for dropping by Reading After Dark!

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The narrator is intimidated by the tropical atmosphere, and feels as if he is undergoing some sort of trial. The Lost Steps describes his search, his adventures, and the remarkable decision he makes in a village that seems to be truly outside history. Mouche wants to go with him on the expedition and proposes buying fraudulent antiques. I never related to the twice-cheating protagonist.

Buy the book at Amazon UK. A very old, falling apart copy.

Extreme verbosity of every sentence; that I could not take. He then moves to Latin-America — at first to what appears to be Caracas in Venezuela.

The Lost Steps

This became especially effective in chapter four, when our protagonist actually enters the jungle Although my first carpentisr did not prove to be entirely enjoyable, this is a book I’d like to give another go in a few years. Carpentier’s vivid, detailed descriptions of the natural world in the “lost steps” that delve into edenic Latin America overshadow the lack of development in the protagonist’s secondary world.

Esa parece ser la pregunta central en torno a la cual se construye esta novela.

On a more trivial note, there was an obscure adjective – “telluric” – that was used about ten times in the book. He goes there with his aleejo, and ditches the mistress later for an exotic jungle woman.


And he boldly travels through the symbioses of cultures, concoction of customs, beliefs and superstitions… And there are many parallels with Homer ‘s Odyssey: View all 3 comments. Alejo Carpentier was born in Switzerland but grew up in Cuba and is identified as a Cuban author. Your email address will not be published. There were ceaseless, analogous segues in place of dialogue and no cohesive tale played out.

Dec 23, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: I also liked the lesson of the protagonists inability to achieve satisfaction and his incessant search to find a place where he truly belonged which ultimately led to his unhappiness. Es algo que da identidad a lo latinoamericano. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Does he live in society where he can write or stay in the nature where he is timeless, where he is creative?

But Stepz suggests that even total immersion into a foreign culture doesn’t make you a native — you can’t leave home even if you try.

Learn how carpentir comment data is processed. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. In a free union, however, -says Rosario, judgmental- the male knows that his treatment depends of who give pleasure and care.

An erudite yet absorbing adventure story.