The human mind is one of the scariest places on earth.
Treasure Island, | Robert Louis Stevenson
In the first place, it changes your character entirely. When you have it your soul is no longer the same as it was before. Of course you must have the guts to stand loneliness. Lots of guys go nutty being alone for a long time. On the other hand, going with a partner or two is dangerous. All the time murder's lurking about. This power, though, is only imaginary. If not recognizable by other men, it does not exist. Shelves: books-in-spanish. This is my first novel by Traven, before I had only read his short stories and loved them.
Tesoro is an epic story, it is a story about the mountains, about gold, about greed and what it does to men and women who go in search of riches and fortune. Not only that, it talks about destiny, how sometimes these things fall on your lap, like a test from life itself. Do you buy that lottery ticket? What if you don't win? What if you do? It is about keeping one's humanity when one could easily lose it This is my first novel by Traven, before I had only read his short stories and loved them.
It is about keeping one's humanity when one could easily lose it for "worthless" pieces of gold. It is about recognising and cherishing the worth of people and culture, rather than social status. I loved how Traven tells not just one story of three men and their search for gold in the Sierra Madre, he also tells stories of others who have searched and found treasure and what happened to them.
I liked the stories having to do with the natives and their encounter with modern society. Not only that but also hearing the natives' perspective on the white men and their madness when it comes to gold and oil.
It's a novel packed with social criticism that's still relevant today, about cultures that are in danger of extinction, and about human nature corrupted by things that should remain in the ground. The portrait of Humphrey Bogart on the cover of this book has been staring me down for at least a couple years now. I must have bought this book after re-watching the fantastic John Huston film adaptation.
The film has once again faded from memory, so I am now, of course, eager to see it once again. Traven's novel is a well-told adventure story, set in Mexico, with themes of greed and duplicity. I can see why it may have been a best-seller in the U. The writing is accessible and fairly pedestrian, with some occasional touches of artistry. Traven's intimacy with Mexico is evident, and paints a convincing portrait of the country.
In the manner of an epic, the novel plays host to several "frame" tales long, fabulous narratives told by the immediate characters. Just over pages in my edition, this is a slow, sweeping tale that was just good enough to drag this reader along for the ride. John Huston's film version is undoubtedly the superior work being one of the greatest films of all time, IMHO , so if one must choose between the two, the choice is obvious.
Jan 06, Joanna rated it really liked it Shelves: movies. The story was interesting enough to keep me hooked despite the dense language. Every so often little gems of lines would pop through making me think David Sedaris had clearly written this story has an homage to westerns and that all the tales of this book being old were inside jokes I never got. But then, blatant racism would draw me back to the time when authors could only say 'funking' as not to be censored. These tid bits still leave puzzled and question the well written morals of this story.
Nonetheless, a must read.
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Jul 11, Aaron rated it it was amazing. This book is an underrated masterpiece. It's the basis for the classic John Huston movie of the same name "We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges! Nobody seems to know who or what a "B. Traven" is, but he produced a compelling and beautifully written novel.
Jun 30, Pierre rated it it was ok. Traven, you are one of the few people in history who has managed to write a book duller than the quite good film upon which it was based. Aug 26, Beauregard Shagnasty rated it really liked it. Apr 05, Malcolm rated it liked it Shelves: western , hutt-u3a-book-group The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is often referred to as a classic but it is not easy to find a copy. I could not find it in print and Project Gutenberg does not list it, presumably because no one is certain if the book is out of copyright; the author B. Traven, a recluse, presumably died about In fact, the story of B.
Traven is more interesting than his novel. We can say he was active in the s to the s, wrote in German but lived in Mexico and that B.
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The early parts of the novel remind me of writers like Theodore Dreiser and John Steinbeck with the depressing account of Dobbs, an American looking for work in an unnamed port in Mexico. The town is in an oil boom, but Dobbs can find little work and when he does, he is cheated of his wages. While this part of the novel seems unnecessarily long it does provide a motivation for why Dobbs and his fellow American, Curtin, go along with Howard's scheme to find a lost gold mine in the Sierra Madre mountains, using a dubious looking map which Howard has found.
Once the hunt for the gold begins, the reader can have more confidence in Traven. His description of life in the isolated mountain peaks has the ring of truth in contrast to his description of the jungle where we are asked to believe that Mexico has lions and tigers!! As the three men find and accumulate alluvial gold we see Traven's skill in developing character. Howard presents as a decent person although his knowledge of how to navigate in the desert, build equipment to pan for gold and bring native boys back to life seem a little too much.
The portrayal of Curtin however, is very well done. His deterioration into greed, suspicion and madness is both believable and chilling. The final chapters of the novel however become quite confusing. Curtin shoots Dobbs but Howard returns in time to restore Dobbs to health. The Mounted Police drive off the Gold Hat gang of bandits who are still able to return to kill and rob Curtin but fail to see that he is hiding a fortune in gold.
Then the police return and retrieve Howard and Dobbs' possessions including the gold. The sub plots, that break into the main action, are a distraction. I'm not sure we need a story about how the lost gold mine became lost as the three men never find the mine and instead make their fortunes panning for alluvial gold.pofilnatung.tk
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Nor do we need the history of the Gold Hat Gang, their existence can be accepted without an explanation. Much of this novel is amateurish but the middle section showing how greed can destroy people makes it worthwhile reading the novel. This meditation on all natures of work focuses on a louche American wayfarer, Dobbs, whom we meet begging on the streets of a Mexican oil town.
What's it going to take to get this guy to work? First comes a buddy, with whom he sets off on a road trip to find work at inland wells, then comes a prospector, whose tales of mountain gold mines set them off for the titular mountain range. Traven connects scenes of adventure with mining tales told by Howard, the senior of the three miners. These tales This meditation on all natures of work focuses on a louche American wayfarer, Dobbs, whom we meet begging on the streets of a Mexican oil town. These tales help to spice up somewhat boring parts of the plot day after day, digging for gold , and to foreshadow challenges with bandits, transportation, and thirst.
These tales are, of course, missing from the film, but the film does a better job of cutting out Dobbs's early efforts to find work, and it explains the presence--and the end--of Lacaud--in a much better way. To me, this is a good adventure tale, definitely worth the read, but probably nowhere near the status of "classic" of the genre that motivated me to buy and read it. Mar 23, Debbie rated it liked it. First off, yes the book does have the stinking badges line. Traven's societal concerns are a little too in the forefront for my taste. He's not a fan of the Catholic church, the boss man, or, sometimes the government.
The main characters, Americans in Mexico in the s, don't have much of a past.
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