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JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. This novel takes a lot of twists and turns, and information is revealed little by little in a zig-zagging fashion, with lots of flashbacks and narrator swaps. However, we'll break it down in chronological order here for you, just 'cause that's the kind of sweethearts we are. Being a dutiful son and apparently having nothing better to do Juan takes off for Comala.

When he gets there, he finds a ghost town. His guide, Abundio, gives him some advice on where to stay before dropping him off, so he goes to find Eduviges' house. She is an old friend of Juan's mom, but rambles on and on about a lot of crazy stuff.

Juan has to sleep on the floor because Eduviges doesn't have a bed for him, and he wakes up in the night to a man screaming. He's kind of freaked out, and to make matters worse another old lady shows up, Damiana Cisneros, and takes him to her house.

The only problem "only problem" is that she disappears into thin air on the street, right after telling him that the town is full of ghosts. And not the cute 'n' cuddly Casper kind. Now Juan has really got the creeps, so he takes off and ends up being taken in by a brother and sister who live together, naked, in a dumpy, old house.

They seem to be husband and wife as well as being siblings, which makes dealing with the in-laws that much easier, but dealing with the priest… not so much. This town just keeps getting more creeptacular by the moment. Finally Juan out-and-out dies of fright and is buried in a coffin along with another woman, Dorotea.

Maybe there's a coffin shortage in this town? They were broke and owed everybody money when his grandfather died. As a kid he's crazy about a little girl named Susana, and he thinks about her all the time.

This is big-time puppy love: Susana moves away, but Pedro never forgets her. Then Pedro's dad, Lucas, is murdered, and what does Pedro do? He goes crazy on a wedding party, killing everybody, because he's not sure who the killer was but knows that the killer was supposed to be at the wedding.

And maybe he didn't like the bridesmaids' dresses, who knows? Anyway, after the massacre shows everyone that he's kind of a big psychotic deal, Pedro starts tricking people that his family owed money to. In one case, he marries a girl to keep from having to pay the debt his father owed her father. This girl, Dolores, will end up being Juan Preciado's mother.

Dolores hates living with Pedro because he's bossy, and always complains that she misses her sister. Pedro gets fed up with this and finally one day sends her on her way to live with her sister, and never calls her again. That's why Juan didn't know his father. The baby, Miguel, turns out to be even more of a hell-raiser than his father—and those are some big hell-raising shoes to fill. Miguel grows up to be a rapist and a murderer. In the meantime, Pedro has been spending all his resources trying to locate his old childhood crush, Susana.

He finally finds her living near some abandoned mines with her old dad. He offers her dad a free ranch if he'll come back to Comala and give him his daughter's hand in marriage.

The old man accepts, but Pedro has him killed after the wedding to Susana, for good measure. Susana, it turns out, is a real piece of work. She spends the whole day in bed crying and suffering. It seems she had her own true love, and it wasn't Pedro. It was a man who had died before she went back to live with her dad, and she's been crazy ever since. In the end Susana ends up dying, and when the church bells start ringing people start coming in to town to see what's up.

He decides to punish the town of Comala, and he does so by stopping work on his land. Since he owned all the workable land and employed everyone, this means starvation for Comala, which is why everyone ended up dead. In the end, Abundio, the guide whose ghost left Juan Preciado in Comala in the first part of the book and who is another of Pedro's illegitimate sons , loses his wife because he can't afford her medicine. He also can't afford to bury her, so he gets drunk and goes to the Media Luna for help.

When he gets there he ends up killing Pedro with a machete. With Pedro's end, the book ends too. Study Guide. By Juan Rulfo. Section 1.


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The novel is set in the post-revolutionary dustbowls of early 20th-century Mexico, when rapid industrialisation left hundreds of ghost villages scattered across the rural south. Urged by his dying mother to reclaim his patrimony, Juan Preciado arrives at Comala, and finds that things are not as they seem. Written by immigration agent Juan Rulfo with state funding and published in Mexico in , this psychotic novel does everything one could never dream of if limited by contemporary creative-writing dogma. The book's structure fragments and its protagonist fades out of the narrative, there is no clear plot-line, no hooks, no character development arcs, no climax, no epilogue, and one is left with an existential sense of dislocation and uncertainty. If this novel were to have been written today, there is little possibility that it would have been published. The literature of the past 50 years, our conception of the relationship between the word and reality, would have been measurably poorer.


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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Dentro de su brevedad, determinada por el rigor y la concentracion expresiva, Pedro Paramo sintetiza la mayor parte de los temas que han interesado siempre a los mexicanos, ese misterio nacional que el talento de Juan Rulfo ha sabido condensar por medio de los cotidianos habitantes de Comala, region inscrita ya en la mitologia literaria universal. Read more Read less.

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