Doña Bárbara, en la que la llanura venezolana es el personaje central, es la obra de mayor éxito de Rómulo Gallegos. En ella dramatiza el conflicto entre. The book Dona Barbara: A Novel, Romulo Gallegos is published by University of Chicago Press. Complete summary of Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Doña Bárbara.

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This review is bilingual. First romuo can find the English version and at the end of that one, you will find the Spanish version. This is my favorite Latin American book!!!

This book is by an author from Venezuela. And indeed I like a lot of books written by authors from my country. However, to choose a single book for my “Favorites” virtual shelf, when it’s down to pick just one book This review is bilingual. Also, it’s the only book that I had to read in high school as homework that appears in the “Favorites” virtual shelf that as I commented galoegos other review of books in that shelf, I decided to limit that shelf to only 10 books.

To denote how important are really these books doma me. From all the books that I had to read in school and high school, definitely this one is my favorite of those. But that title here denotes also the respect and fear that everybody, barbar the men, have for her.

And her first name “Barbara”, is a real name used by many women but in Spanish also means “wild” and this is crutial in the story, since she lives in the deep of the jungle around the Arauca River. She is a landlady, powerful, rich and ruthless. When she was young, she was raped by pirates, also losing her first love, so she became bitter and hating to all men. The shock when those powerful characters meet is the very heart of the story.

And don’t worry if you think that I spoiled you the book, all that it’s only the introduction of the main characters. The story is just beginning. Since this a really popular novel from Latin America, I am sure that it’s available in English too, but I felt important to explain you the names of the garbara characters since its symbolic importance can be lost in translation.

Este libro es por un autor de Venezuela. De todos los libros que tuve que leer en la escuela y el colegio, definitivamente este es mi favorito. Ella es una terrateniente, poderosa, rica y despiadada. View all 24 comments.

Jul 12, Sonia rated it really liked it Shelves: Siempre he tenido ciertos conflictos con la narrativa, pero casualmente, los libros venezolanos no barbqra crean ese dilema todo el tiempo. Jan 28, Mariana rated barbarz it was amazing Shelves: El autor no toma partido por ninguno de los dos extremos del conflicto, sino que los integra. Por ello, la naturaleza debe aceptar el orden y la ley, mientras que la ciudad debe convivir con los rasgos propios de la vida rural.


El deber no es destruirse, sino transformarla en beneficio propio. La naturaleza no perdona a nadie. It is, of course, my book from Venezuela for the Read The World challenge. I was more attracted by the fact that it has been made into a movie twice and a telenovela three times. And that suggests a novel with a good story to tell. It is indeed a rollicking yarn, full of love, lust, jealousy, dancing, cattle rustling, chicanery, revenge, murder, sweeping landscapes, colourful birds, and manly men riding across the plains.

Or Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches rolled into one. And in best superhero fashion, she is given a backstory of childhood trauma to account for her villainy. Although you can see how it could be a part of a developing Venezuelan nationalism, because it is very much a novel about a place and a culture; galleggos plains and the plainsmen who raise cattle there.

Doña Bárbara | novel by Gallegos |

I could see it forming part of a Venezuelan identity, rather as other cowboys did in the US. So I obviously missed some nuances. Anyway, I enjoyed it. It has an evocative sense of place, atmospheric set pieces, strong characters.

Aug 06, Rodrigo rated it really liked it. Si bien el lenguaje es evidentemente antiguo, y el estilo es yallegos anticuado, es un verdadero placer leer y releer las deliciosas descripciones del entorno: Mar 13, Albani Guillen rated it it was ok Barbaara Me encanta el naturalismo.

La devoradora de hombres La reina del llano.

Representa a la barbarie y nadie escapa de sus garras de leona aguerrida. Ella es “toda horizontes, toda caminos” y toda naturaleza. Jun 11, Mary R. Soto rated it it was amazing. Releyendo este glorioso libro. Sin dudas, una babara literaria. Oct 14, Marce Matamoros rated it really liked it. Though I never read it in high school, Dona Barbara is a staple lecture gallego Latin American schools all over, and maybe this fact kept me away from it for a long time, as normally the readings assigned as part of a scholar program tend to be boring.

Doña Bárbara

I couldn;t be more wrong with it. Short, but with an amazing narrative pace, the book tells us the story of Don Barbara, a cruel and vindictive woman who is know as the “cacica” chief of the Arauca, in the venezuelan “llanos”, due to her ferocity Though I never read it in high school, Dona Barbara is a staple lecture across Latin American schools all over, and maybe this fact kept me away from it for a long time, as normally the readings assigned as part of a scholar program tend to be boring.

Short, but with an amazing narrative pace, the book tells us the story of Don Barbara, a cruel and vindictive woman who is know as the “cacica” chief of the Arauca, in the venezuelan “llanos”, due to her ferocity, unscrupulous nature, and her apparent supernatural powers.

But behind that facade, lies a woman with tremendous grief due to a horrible experience in her youth, which molded her personality and brings her the painful memory of a one time love, of the person she might have become if reality hadn;t been so crude to her.

As a character, her nature is contrasting, as she might be interpreted as a feminist heroine, being brave enough to make other respect herself in a sexist environment, while at the same time being the damisel who wants to be rescued from her somber fate by a righteous man, represented in the figure of Santos Luzardo. It never gets boring, I can guarantee, and though it may remind you of a latin american soap opera at times, it never falls into that melodramatic space.


Doña Barbara

As well, descriptions of the life in the “llanos” are vivid and full of sensations. We are given a good deal of the local color. This is a seminal work in Latin American literature, with the beginnings of “magic realism”, developed more fu 2.

This is a seminal work in Latin American gsllegos, with the beginnings of “magic realism”, developed more fully in later works. As far as characters: Besides the regaining of Santos’s land, a big theme is Transformation to the positive of the personalities of the main female characters.

This may read better in the original Spanish; I felt this English translation was clunky. Mar 18, Fabiola Fulco Salazar rated it really liked it. Tal vez porque he digerido obras peores. Y eso la hace terriblemente bella.

Vale la pena mirarla dos veces. Jan 25, Richard rated it really liked it. Aug 17, Windy rated it gallgos was amazing.

Dona Barbara adalah simbol masyarakat luar bandar yang gasar, yang primitif dan percaya kepada unsur-unsur tahyul. Santos saint yang menjadi watak putih, Barbara barbaric yang mengambil watak hitam, dan karya yang penuh dengan rokulo masyarakat ladang di Venezuela yang dilukiskan dengan baik dalam karya. Jul 16, Kamalia Ramlan rated it really liked it Shelves: Gallegso naskhah ini bolehlah dibayangkan seperti menonton telenovela Venezuela tetapi dengan isu yang lebih serius.

Diterjemahkan daripada bahasa Spanish ke bahasa Melayu. Terjemahannya tidak terasa canggung. Yang pening sikit, sebab ada banyak watak dengan nama yang kita tak biasa dengar.

Tapi lama-lama, nama-nama tersebut akan senang dikenali. I am so glad that I did! I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt that I had been transported to the llano prairie in Venezuela, roping cattle, riding horses, and hunting alligators! I don’t always appreciate a lot of description of the setting, but in this case, it definitely enhanced the reading experience.

The language was beautiful! I was a little surprised that so much of the bo I decided to read this book because it was one of the few on the PBS Great American Read list that I had never heard of.

Ultimately, it was about her, though!

Luzardo returns to the llano to reclaim his family’s land and cattle. Barbara’s horrific experience as a young woman shaped her personality and her attitude towards men in a way that turned her into a vengeful and dangerous woman with supposed magic powers.

She meets her match in Luzardo, her enemy yet a man that she respects. The events that transpire between the two of them and their peons workers make for a great story.