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Der Schatz der Sierra Madre characters ↠ 4 » A CULT MASTERPIECE—THE ADVENTURE NOVEL THAT INSPIRED JOHN HUSTON'S CLASSIC FILM BY THE ELUSIVE AUTHOR WHO WAS A MODEL FOR THE HERO OF ROBERTO BOLAÑO'S 2666 Little is known for certain about B Traven Evidence suggests that he was born Otto Feige in Schlewsig Holstein and that he escaped a dN Schlewsig Holstein and that he escaped a death sentence for his involvement with the anarchist underground in Bavaria Traven spent most of his adult life in Mexico where under various names he wrote several bestsellers and was an outspoken defen. The movie has been one of favorites for many years but I never read the book Until now that is I have to say that it's a very readable book Traven excels at conveying what life would have been like in Mexico back in the Twenties He's very strong at atmosphere and the section of the novel when the men are working the gold mine is excellent The book held my interest and kept me turning the pages However it does have it's faults Much of the dialogue and there is a significant amount of dialogue is contrived Perhaps clunky would be the better descriptor However if the mysterious Mr Traven was actually a German then English would not have been his first language No matter how skilled the translator converting one language to another always results in some artificiality and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is not exempt from this phenomenon Another issue with the novel is Traven's anti clerical and anti capitalist attitudes tend to crash in at times Not that I necessarily disagree but I don't need to be hit in the face with a board and there are times it is laid on pretty heavy However despite those two main uibbles and a couple minor ones that I'm not going to go into at this time the overall book is very good It's an engrossing read and worth the time to dig into it

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A CULT MASTERPIECE THE ADVENTURE NOVEL THAT INSPIRED JOHN HUSTON'S CLASSIC FILM BY THE ELUSIVE AUTHOR WHO WAS A MODEL FOR THE HERO OF ROBERTO BOLAÑO'S 2666 Little is known for certain about B Traven Evidence suggests that he was born Otto Feige i. Brilliant radical underrated economically written in every sense of the word I'm a big fan of the movie and I enjoyed the book even which is something I'm not necessarily always prone to do Powerfully captures the madness and paranoia inherent in the lust for riches particularly when this takes place amid some hardscrabble vagabonds who don't really have much of a choice in the matter And the still mysterious origins of the author exiled German anarchist Mexican scribbler Moonlighting union man only adds another fun layer of enigma evidently he's the inspiration for Archimboldi in Bolano's 2666 to what is a very accessible readable finely honed tale of bad men in hard times under a pitiless climate Anyone who is willing to work and is serious about it will certainly find a job Only you must not go to the man who tells you this for he has no job to offer and doesn't know anyone who knows of a vacancy This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice out of brotherly love and to demonstrate how little he knows the world

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Der Schatz der Sierra MadreDer of the rights of Mexico's indigenous people First published in 1935 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is Traven's most famous and enduring work the dark savagely ironic and riveting story of three down and out Americans hunting for gold in Sono. I’m very fond of the movie it inspired so expected to enjoy this book I did not In my opinion the book is actually inferior to the film version The writing is very uneven some of it is downright atrocious I’m not saying the book is without merit but I approached it with expectations that were too high The story as it unfolds here is much darker than it was in the movie The backdrop is Mexico whose native population has been exploited for hundreds of years by the Catholic church only to fall now in the 1920’s under the sway of foreign oil companies who exploit the environment and the locals with eual abandon Life is cheap greed is rampant The three men who form an uneasy alliance in order to make their fortunes in the Sierra Madre never let down their guard long enough to establish anything approaching real friendship They have long become accustomed to believing that every man’s gain comes at the expense of another’s loss Of the three only the old man has any perspective He is as eager to make his fortune as the others but he also insists that the only real business of a man is “to live and be happy” He respects the native peoples and the land He shocks his partners by insisting that before making off with their treasure they must restore the mountain to the way it was when they found it They grudgingly agree and the time they spend at this task marks the closest they come to experiencing the joys of comradeship This is a terribly depressing story It’s a bleak look at how industrialization and materialism have eroded the natural world as well as the hearts of men