Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Lifeby Published 08 Aug 2005
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Adam Feinstein's book is the first English-language biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Relating Neruda's remarkable life story and delving into the literary legacy of the man Gabriel Garcia Marquez called "the greatest poet of the twentiehth-century-in any language," Feinstein uncovers the details of this icon's artistic output, political engagement, friendships with a pantheon of important 20th-century artistic and political figures, and many loves.
Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life Reviews
too many names....too many details
What an interesting life Neruda led - traveled the world! Tells his life very honestly - the good and the bad. Can't wait to read more of his poetry!
Marvelous book, just the way I like a good biography: replete with a fascinating variety of details, all reported and described by a multitude of individuals who knew the great poet. The man had friends far and wide, from every profession and background. The author also took a fearless look at Neruda's shortcomings: his weakness for women and wine (not song, he apparently had a tin ear), and his refusal for so long to face the failures and iniquities of Communism in the Soviet Union, and the crimes committed by his former hero, Stalin. It all has the ring of truth, pulls no punches, embraces the good and the bad in one man's life. A long and excellent account, that reads well.
Neruda's life was amazing but Feinstein's writing is mediocre.
The complex relationships in his life and world travel make for a great read. One of his teachers as a child was Gabriel Mistral.