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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Fill in your details below or click lst icon to log in: Just to be contrary, I said that the thing that impressed me most on this trip was the discovery that there were still great carppentier of the earth where people were immune to the ills of the day, and that here, even though many people darpentier contented with a thatched roof, a water jug, a clay griddle, a hammock, and a guitar, a certain animism lived on in them, an awareness of ancient traditions, a living memory of certain myths which indicated the presence of a culture more estimable and valid, perhaps, than that which we had left behind.

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 wo Update: That said, this novel is full of descriptive wizardry.

The Lost Steps

One take-away lesson is that a book can be about a great topic with a great message, and still I read this book for the OEA Book Club, and really did not enjoy the book. Taking his mistress with him, he soon tires of her The narrator has already grown weary with the marriage and has taken a mistress.


The narrator thinks he can go back to complete the task of academic research he has undertaken as a matter of honour then return to the native experience he has discovered.

I have the same feeling when I read Graham Greene. It was everywhere, diligent, looking after all the details, making the necessary arrangements, placing the mourners, lighting the candles, taking pains cafpentier see that the whole town should find place in the vast rooms with deep window seats and broad doorways, the better to contemplate its work.

What are these preoccupations? What makes his writing difficult for me was the music. Doesn’t she understand she’s too decadently European to be of service any longer to our brave, self-exploring protagonist? Readers and critics will have a problem with this. Steos 1 question about The Lost Steps…. It feels a bit like you’re thf a jungle and the words are vines climbing up your leg.

However, the most fleeting thoughts I have ever seen were accepted as a novel! Most characters are only identified by what they do rather than names. So what else interested me?

I personally did not enjoy The Lost Steps. Could be somewhat difficult to obtain a copy. He was interested in the marvelous things waiting to be found in the Americas, and this stepss exemplifies an attempt at finding these lost steps.

The language of this work is rich, and is put to good use describing the jungle scenes of the protagonist’s journies.

He has very specific knowledge, and the ideal reader must also know these varied discourses in alejoo to keep from being lost, or at least to stay engaged with the story.

Advanced vocabulary overflows with existentialism and anthropological wisdom. I got to your blog because I was looking for discussion about this book, but I have to say I enjoy your work.


To question the reliability caprentier the narrator is to question the reliability of history itself, whose account are we getting? His narratives are decidedly pedestrian, but there’s a rewarding richness in his well-researched and meticulously designed structures, and his themes and passions remain provocative and relevant in the 21st century.

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They reach Puerto Anunciacion on the edge of the jungle where he argues violently with Mouche, then meets Adelantado, who recounts tales of semi-secret life in the jungle. The Kingdom of This World is a marvelously compressed account of the slave uprising and first revolution of the early nineteenth century in San Domingo — now Haiti. He can be despicable at times, and selfish and unfair, and though he doesn’t see these aspects in himself, I think the author intended for them to be apparent to the reader.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Mouche wants to go with him on the expedition and proposes buying fraudulent antiques.

Ultimately, the narrator is a paradox. Newer Post Older Post Home.