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  • Title: The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
  • Author: Álvaro Mutis Edith Grossman Francisco Goldman
  • ISBN: 9780940322912
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback

  • Maqroll the Gaviero the Lookout is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty five years His extravagant and hopeless undertakings, his brushes with the law and scrapes with death, and his enduring friendships and unlooked for love affairs make him a Don Quixote for our day, driven from one place to another by a restless and irreMaqroll the Gaviero the Lookout is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty five years His extravagant and hopeless undertakings, his brushes with the law and scrapes with death, and his enduring friendships and unlooked for love affairs make him a Don Quixote for our day, driven from one place to another by a restless and irregular quest for the absolute lvaro Mutis s seven dazzling chronicles of the adventures and misadventures of Maqroll have won him numerous honors and a passionately devoted readership throughout the world Here for the first time in English all these wonderful stories appear in a single volume in Edith Grossman s prize winning translation.
    Álvaro Mutis Edith Grossman Francisco Goldman
    Novelista y poeta colombiano Uno de los grandes escritores hispanoamericanos contempor neos Autor destacado por la riqueza verbal de su producci n y una caracter stica combinaci n de l rica y narratividad A lo largo de su carrera literaria ha recibido, entre otros, el Premio Xavier Villaurrutia en 1988, el Premio Pr ncipe de Asturias de las Letras en 1997, el Premio Reina Sof a de Poes a Iberoamericana en 1997, el Premio Cervantes en 2001 y el Premio Internacional Neustadt de Literatura en 2002.


    I could say that I met Maqroll the 'Gaviero' on June 3rd, 2015, though our acquaintance in fact dates from much earlier. In December 2012, my good friend Benvolio di Adelaido introduced me to him, but not without a noticeable hesitation. And although the name Maqroll immediately caught my attention, evoking such disparate places as Scotland and the Middle East, I had so much confidence in Benvolio’s judgement that I did not try to pursue a friendship with Maqroll at that point, preferring to k [...]

    I recommend this to no one. No one. Read your post-moderns and your initialed ones. Be cognoscenti. Let this be my secret. My adultery.I may have found the book to take on the getaway spaceship.Jesus, sweet Jesus, this was good.___ ___ ___ ___ ___Maqroll, O Maqroll.Who are you? What are you? You are the Gaviero. The Lookout. But that was when you were a boy, at the top of the mast, searching the horizons. Since then you have been a wanderer.No one knows where you were born. You speak many langua [...]

    It is August, a warm sultry August. An implacable heat hangs like a pall over the town, sapping energy from the veins, filming the skin with moisture, leaching purpose and efficiency out of my days to leave them washed in a colourless languid laziness.I read. And for eight days I am transported in a flat-keeled barge up the Xurandó in search of an elusive and treacherous lumber factory; in a freighter painted a furious yellow that is impounded by a bank consortium and leaves me stranded in Pana [...]

    Vit Babenco
    “This was fated to happen to me. To me and nobody else. Some things I’ll never learn. Their accumulated presence in one’s life amounts to what fools call destiny. Cold comfort.”Wheels within wheels, stories within stories… The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll goes as a fabulous maelstrom of misfortune… Sinbad the Sailor of the Arabian Nights meets the Wandering Jew of the medieval folklore…“Life attacks us like a blind beast. It swallows up time, the years of our life, it [...]

    A beautiful and comic voyage of a book that at different times will evoke Heart of Darkness, Greek tragedy, Moby Dick, Sinbad’s voyages, King Solomon’s Mines, narratives of Proust and Nabokov, the rogue casts of Pynchon and Dickens, Don Quixote, Journey to the End of the Night, and Borges. These seven novellas form one novel are filled with stories that are comically absurd, fraught with menace or existential doom, and or both at the same time. The at times anachronistic feeling of the narra [...]

    I didn't want to wait until I finished all seven hundred pages of this thing before I stuck my big toe into the waters of literary criticism. That's the ostensible reason that I'm beginning this review at the half-way mark. The real reason is that I can't be expected to remember my precious thoughts and feelings about the beginning of Maqroll three hundred fifty pages hence.* * * * *A wise old man (who shall not presently be named) once criticized The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll for [...]

    Ben Winch
    Half of this book strikes me as brilliant, half as a testament to wasted talent. The brilliant bits can mostly be found in the earlier collection Maqroll, which comprises the first three of the seven novellas collected here. The first of these, 'The Snow of the Admiral' is easily the most potent, existing on another plane from the others entirely, and for this piece alone I give the book four stars. A first-person depiction, via a series of journal-entries, of a sinister boat journey up a South [...]

    Simon Robs
    "All is a tale told, if not by an idiot, at least by a dreamer; but it is far from signifying nothing" - so says G. Santayana about nature/everything . And John Berger speaking w/S. Sontag, "A story is always a rescuing operation." This A. Mutis' "Maqroll el Gaviero" is a dreamer and a doer of high sea adventure not an idiot savant on a sappy horse chasing windmills signifying nothing; and all seven of el Gaviero's tall tales rescue his ghost assail at his side just beyond oblivion, waiting pati [...]

    This is one of those books that many GR friends love, but I couldn't connect to it. Each 'adventure' seemed just like the others. I finally quit after Amirbar, leaving the last two unread. Part of the problem is jamming 7 novels into one volume. The print is tiny and the pages are very long and dense. One thing I liked is the very brief comment on 'Maqrol's' favorite books that comes after Amirbar. One of his five best companion books is the memoirs of the Prince de Ligne, a Belgian diplomat of [...]

    DisappointingI came into this book looking for the same peach-colored richness I secretly desire whenever I inadvisedly order a fruity mixed drink at a bar; as so often happens during said fruity-drink orderings, I got about halfway through and realized that I was neither drunk nor particularly satisfied by the bland mango-and-lemon-rind taste. Someone has been trying to sell me an atmosphere, but it's one that I enjoyed more in Conrad's Polish grog. Or Kipling's shirley temples. Compared to boo [...]

    Disclaimer, I only got to page 400 and will read the other novellas at a later time. Preferably in deep winter, when I have more tolerance for long-winded descriptions of heat.It's a man's book, IMHO. It is excellent writing if you can tolerate seven page descriptions of feral and carnal at a crack. The story telling is deep with contextual layers. The first novella was the best so far. This is not a person I would enjoy as company or for companionship. My personal enjoyment in the reading dimin [...]

    Eddie Watkins
    A great book for the armchair traveller with a metaphysical bent. It's a collection of seven novellas detailing the adventures of one Maqroll, easy-going adventurer and hard luck guy, as he gets into one ill-fated enterprise after another. The stories roam all over the globe, and are adorned with a surplus of naturalistic detail, but the whole book is coated with a fantastical mist. It reminded me of R. L. Stevenson (for its proferred joys of pure and effortless storytelling) with a touch of Bor [...]

    I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer. Nietzsche (Otherwise: Yes-Philosophy; otherwise, again, Amor Fati) THE SNOW OF THE ADMIRA [...]

    Terry Pearce
    I find this book very difficult to review, or even possibly to fully understand, but the way in which I fail to understand it is the way in which I fail to understand life: its complexity, its inconclusiveness, its openness to interpretation, its endless self-reference and connection and blurring of chronology and order and narrative, its cast of colourful characters that come and go and return again until they don't, its habit of nesting stories within stories within stories, and above all, its [...]

    This is one of my favorite foreign language novels. Maqroll is an individual who occupies that grey area of life where one's occupation, one's friends and one's activities are suspect. In reading Alvaro Mutis' wonderful prose the reader gets a sense of a literary character who is more comfortable on the go than staying in one place. And yet Maqroll is a bibliophile who, regardless of where he is or what he is doing, is constantly reading and trying to understand the world. I cannot recommend the [...]

    I read and reread this book many times. Mostly I now open it at random and let Alvaro Mutis’ prose carry me to magical places. But Mutis writing, as beautiful and effortless as it is, pales on the strength of the character he created. Maqroll is an anti-hero always in the margins of society, always traveling from port to port, meeting people in an underworld of brothels and bars. Maqroll’s quest is never defined, and never attainable. He is a voyager from another realm, someone lost in a dre [...]

    I read this book in mid-August on a marsh island on the Altamaha river delta in south Georgia, which is an appropriately tangled and malarial setting to read this feverish book.Tasting notes:  hints of Conrad, subtle  Borgesian bouquet, noticeable Cormac tannins,  its long complex finish resonated most strongly of Werner Herzog’s diary of filming the incredible Fitzcaraldo.  (sample quotes from Herzog: "The jungle is obscene. Everything about it is sinful, for which reason the sin does not [...]

    Throughout the seven novellas contained in this hefty tome, Mutis guides us through the trials and tribulations of Maqroll, one of the most enchanting and enigmatic literary characters I've ever encountered. An incorrigible vagabond, Maqroll thrives on tramp steamers cris-crossing the seven seas trafficking cargo of questionable legality, drifting up anonymous South American rivers in search of elusive riches, and operating brothels in port towns, among other things. Mutis endows Maqroll with wo [...]

    To be shelved among 'Very Important Books That Changed My Life.' Not because I'm hopping on the next ship to Mallorca, but just for Maqroll the Gaviero and his misfortunes. I can't imagine ever forgetting Maqroll. I know why Mutis started referring to him as a real person. It makes sense now and it's starting to make me feel a little nutso.Well, probably one of my favorite books to come out of Latin America.

    to look into (Lookout?)/hunt down

    Tantas cosas. Mientras lo leía, pensaba que algunos de los libros de esta recopilación me habrían llegado al alma hace unos quince años. "Abdul Bashur" y "Tramp Steamer" en particular me hicieron recordar los tiempos en los que llegué a Europa por primera vez, por allá en el 2004. Sin embargo, no me sentí conectado de una manera más que nostálgica. Ahora fue el último, "Jamil", el que sentí muy cercano. Sólo en este último libro sentí a Maqroll como una persona real, y no sólo com [...]

    I did not want the adventures and misadventures to end. In some way, I believe them to have continued beyond the pages of these books, and think of my friend Maqroll as if he is out there still, wandering. I loved this so much, and am looking forward to reading the original Spanish, and anything else I can find by or about this author, who created such compelling characters and such lush phrases and metaphysical and existential poetry. I felt so much of Maqroll, and Ilona and Abdul and the narra [...]

    A wonderful set of tales of modern day Don Quixotes. There is sense of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo echoing in it as well.

    M. Milner
    Maqroll travels with a shady Cypriot passport, takes odd jobs at sea and travels with almost nothing but the clothes on his back and a hardcover book or two. He’s known throughout the world, but his full name never gets mentioned. He’s just Maqroll or The Gaverio: the lookout. Throughout this book he gets involved in arm smuggling, gold mines, a brothel and sawmills, often barely escaping with his life. Yet the stories are never as action-driven as you’d think: Maqroll drifts along, like a [...]

    Juan Hidalgo
    Llegué a las "Empresas y tribulaciones de Maqroll el Gaviero" buscando libros sobre la mar y sobre marinos, aventuras en lugares remotos para viajar cómodamente desde la butaca. También la portada me ayudó a decidirme por esta obra: la imagen, a través del ojo de buey, de lo que en la historia se denomina "Tramp steamer", un viejo carguero, un buque en cuya denominación inglesa ya tenemos la palabra que quizá define principalmente al protagonista (tramp, vagabundo).El Gaviero es, según [...]

    My computer is broken and I was going to wait to write about Maqroll. Instead, because I loved this book i'll write on my iphone, a much more perilous undertaking. It is seven approximately 100 page novellas written over twenty year span (I need to fact check this). They tell the adventures in non chronological order of one Maqroll the Gaviaro (which refers to his serving in that job as a youth). Gaviaro, as his friends use the name also seems to imply he is the Avante Guard positioned to warn h [...]

    Mutis displays prevalent talent in the unveiling of the adventures and misadventures of the mysterious Maqroll. There is a richness to Mutis' prose and a depth to his writing that evokes comparisons to Conrad, Neruda, and Whitman. I also felt a Dickensian tone to certain parts, primarily those that came straight from Maqroll. On the basis of talent alone, it's an awesome book. Maqroll is the gin to Mutis' vermouth, a timeless combination - the perfect dry martini. Layered but smooth enough to ca [...]

    It took me forever to read because this is a book that requires immersion, so it's not a book that can be picked up, read 20 pages, then set down again. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone -- as another commenter has said, it is most definitely a man's book. What I like is more the HOW it's told than WHAT happens. I have pages and pages of notes that I've taken that I just like the style of the writing, little maxims on life and the human condition: e.g"I pointed out that the living are often de [...]

    Hookers and Hoes, Monkies and fools, this here peach colored book, written by a poet that sold out, that worked for MGM, a poet that was more than 70 at the start and who should be dead by now if only because it's too damn torturous to know he's probably too senile to write and one-- meaning, I might kill him myself-- because there's no waiting for another. Albeit, there are seven novellas, but all totaled they're bigger than some books that are too long already, but to short for a book this goo [...]

    What's wrong with me? This book has a Stalinist rating on this site, but still I didn't like it. Also, I think I kind of had high expectations from a NYRB book. In other reviews I read that "The Snow of the Admiral" is the best story in the book, but I didn't even like that one, so I decided to stop reading the book there."The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll" is obviously well written, but the story isn't captivating. As a matter of fact, it just consists out of small, random and meaning [...]

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