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Green Mansions (1904)

de W. H. Hudson

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Green Mansions is an exotic and tragic romance about a young man who travels to Venezuela. He lives there with an Indian tribe, but his new-found life is shaken when he meets the "magical" forest-dweller, Rima. He is moved by her story and travels through the jungle with her and her grandfather to find the answers she doesn't have about her past. But the presence of the young man has changed the Indian tribe forever, with vast and tragic consequences.… (més)
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    Green phoenix de Thomas Burnett Swann (Hermester)
    Hermester: Like most of Swann's work, Green Mansions explores the interactions of a lost race of mythical beings with humanity. What sets them apart from the work of authors such as Burroughs, Howard, and Doyle, however, is their evocative lyrical prose, and their sense that as civilization has progressed, it has cast aside what is best in life.… (més)
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    El Presoner de Zenda de Anthony Hope (atimco)
    atimco: Both are stories of a young man thrown into a foreign culture and forced to survive on his wits. And the love stories both don't have the typical happy ending.
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    Lorna Doone de R. D. Blackmore (atimco)
    atimco: The romantic relationships are very similar in these two books, and both are told in the first person by the man.
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    El món perdut de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (chrisharpe)
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    Mythago Wood de Robert Holdstock (bertilak)
    bertilak: Contrast Hudson's romanticized handling of the 'wild girl in the woods' theme with Holdstock's raw version.
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Perhaps Green Mansions provides more promise than it delivers, especially towards the end, where it grasps for a philosophy that it never adequately expresses or attains. It's an enchanting book, nevertheless, that leads you to think that an idyllic state with nature might offer salvation. Yet serpents are afoot in this Eden. It cannot survive unspoiled. Bleakness dominates; sorrow pervades the land. But as its hero, Abel, nears the end of his journey, his delirium leads him to a transmogrification of spirit and soul. All made possible through his encounter with the mysterious Rima, a woodland nymph whose spirit Abel literally carries with him for the rest of his life.

The writing style of Green Mansions is surprisingly fresh. It has a modern feel to it, although composed at the turn of the last century. This goes hand in hand, however, with a storyline that is pure romance and fantasy, where reality intrudes just barely at the book's beginning. Its belief in the power of the "natural being," the person unsullied by contact with civilization, to live harmoniously with nature, provided the more carnivorous qualities of human nature can be diminished, was just plausible when the novel was written, in 1904. Today, it might be more likely regarded as an impossible illusion. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
Mr. Abel, a socially prominent figure in Georgetown, Guyana, tells his best friend, a recent American? British? Canadian? arrival, the secret of certain events in his life before his own arrival in Georgetown from Venezuela.

I spent the whole book waiting for some big reveal to occur and for the REAL story to get started. It didn't. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Mar 11, 2017 |
Great story, wonderfully told. Simply a classic. Action, adventure, romance - it has it all. ( )
1 vota dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Abel leaves the city in Venezuela to live in the forest with a native tribe. They refuse to enter a nearby wood because of a mysterious girl who lives there. Able gives no heed to their superstitions, and spends a lot of time in the wood, eventually meeting Rima and her grandfather. Rima and Abel fall in love, he moves in with them, and they take a journey to the region where Rima’s ancestors are from. There’s a whole lot in between all that, but that’s the basic plot.

I wasn’t really impressed with this book at all. It’s not bad, but it’s just so simple, almost as if it were written to be a movie instead of a fully-developed novel. Also, I know it was written a hundred years ago, but the stereotyping of the natives by the white men was really obnoxious, and by the last paragraph the author is really shoving his personal message down your throat. I’m still trying to figure out why this was on my list of classic books. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Green Mansions is a sort of fantasy romance set in the jungles of South America. The author, W. H. Hudson, was a naturalist early in his life, doing research in the flora and fauna of the frontier near his birthplace in Argentina. His parents were British and Irish. After he settled in England in 1874, he began organizing and reporting on his research findings. He also wrote a number of books reporting on and extolling the English countryside.

His background as a naturalist is evident throughout Green Mansions, as he describes the terrain and flora of his jungle setting, as well as its birds and wildlife.

The story revolves around the wanderings of Abel de Argensola, a Venezuelan. When a plot against the government, of which he is a part, is thwarted, he slips into the jungle, ostensibly to document the flora and fauna, as well as the culture of the Indians, but really to avoid retribution. Travelling alone, Abel meets Indians, wins their trust, and is soon sharing life with them. He learns that a particular area of the jungle is strictly avoided by the Indians because it home to and guarded by "the daughter of Didi," a mystical girl who speaks to the birds and animals in a lilting, musical voice. Two Indians, hunting together in that jungle, saw this creature, and one shot a poison dart at her. It hit his companion, killing him. The shooter swore the creature caught the dart and threw it back at the hunters. Hence, the Indians fear her powers and stay clear of "her turf."

Abel, of course, ventures boldly into that jungle, hears and sees the creature and is enchanted. Before too long, he actually meets her, learns her name—Rima—and meets her "grandfather," an elderly, white-bearded Venezuelan named Nuflo. The time Abel spends in Rima's forest riles the Indians, who now distrust him.

Rima speaks repeatedly of her mother and the region where she died. To win her favor, Abel persuades Nuflo to lead him and Rima back to the mountain where he rescued the pregnant mother. After the rescue, Nuflo had carried her to a village with a priest, where Rima was born. The mother, who is never named, cares for her daughter and teaches her to communicate with the birds and beasts. Ultimately, she fades and dies. Nuflo and Rima travel to the area in which Abel has found them. With Nuflo persuaded, the arduous trek is made. In their absence, the Indians discover they can hunt with impunity in the forbidden forest.

And it's downhill from there.

Green Mansions is very much a book of its time—1904. The patient pace, the flowery descriptions, the slow, drawn out dialogue. To me, it started slowly, built up some momentum, than tailed deliberately to a conclusion. I read it a long time ago (like 50 years) and got caught up in the mystical Rima. To an old coot, Rima doesn't have the same appeal. I still liked it, but… Give it three.
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W. H. Hudsonautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Baker, CarlosIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Beckett, SheilahIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Galsworthy, JohnPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Galsworthy, John, SirPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Henderson, KeithIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kauffer, E. McKnightIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Green Mansions is an exotic and tragic romance about a young man who travels to Venezuela. He lives there with an Indian tribe, but his new-found life is shaken when he meets the "magical" forest-dweller, Rima. He is moved by her story and travels through the jungle with her and her grandfather to find the answers she doesn't have about her past. But the presence of the young man has changed the Indian tribe forever, with vast and tragic consequences.

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