By Sandra Benitez
In A position the place the ocean Remembers, Sandra Benitez invitations us right into a spell binding global choked with, love and betrayal, tragedy and desire.
This wealthy and bewitching tale is a bittersweet portrait of the folk in Santiago, a Mexican village via the ocean. Chayo, the flower vendor, and her husband Candelario, the salad maker, are eventually blessed with the kid they notion they'd by no means have. Their reason for happiness, despite the fact that, triggers a sequence of occasions that influence the lives of each person of their world.
The hopes, triumphs, mess ups, and shortcomings of the novel's enthralling array of characters create a sleek photo of lifestyles that's either a common portrait and an insider's examine existence in Latin the USA
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But despite such historical precedents, the Cultural Revolution, particularly at its beginning stage, ambitiously presented itself as the summa of all the previous revolutions in world history. It thus endowed China with the power of hijacking world history in the name of “world revolution,” with the revolutionary Chinese youth—the Red Guards—as legitimate agents carrying out this task under the command of the great helmsman, Chairman Mao. Duo Duo ● 21 This radically utopian vision was evinced, most typically, in the poetry of the Red Guards themselves during the 1966–68 peak period of the Cultural Revolution: We are the faithful Red Guards of Chairman Mao!
Yet there is a more daring reading of this disjunction. Can the “She,” the poetry that Duo Duo is making after Tsvetaeva, also symbolize the stagnant and spiteful condition that China as a nation suffered during the waning stages of the Cultural Revolution, as well as the more general fate that modern China has suffered in spite of its successive revolutions? If we read the poem in this sense, the degeneration of youth and poetry coincides with— instead of contradicting—what has happened to China as a nation versus the world.
It would be certainly wrong to say that it is entirely counterrevolutionary. In fact the poem narrates the revolution in a very sympathetic and understanding tone. For example, by viewing the revolution as a revenge against “the whole world blessed by God,” Duo Duo seems to imply that the Russian Revolution was actually a (il)legtimate experiment in competing with the West by taking a different historical course. It is against this background that Duo Duo gives a concentrated description of Tsvetaeva’s personal tragedy in the second half of part B: Still noble, still sorrowful Marina Tsvetaeva Was seeing off the chariot of youth Duo Duo ● 43 While begging with indifferent expression In a Bolshevik spring She is holding the flower basket made by her daughter This is Tsvetaeva Who died in poverty and chastity (…) Leaving behind her proud heartbreaking verses Like love, like disciples Wandering on the Kremlin Square in solitude Around which the white snow wall of Communism has been silently erected If in part A there is a certain sympathy of tone toward the revolution, and even a kind of emotional identification of himself with “This stubborn baby in a pool of blood,” in parts B and C, Duo Duo shifts his perspective and sides with those who fell victim to the revolution as single individuals.
A Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez