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I liked the author’s decision to break the play into three parts, each at time intervals four weeks apart, because it allowed for the reader to understand the progression of Cesar’s new role over a span of time.

Already Usigli introduces themes of doubt, family dispute an Although the actual language is relatively easy to understand and the themes rdoolfo appearances and self-identification are overtly emphasized, I consider this play to be a wonderful insight into the mind of artists during the early to mid twentieth century.

I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. In summary, this story highlights the desperate and extensive efforts of one man, in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, attempting to elevate his status through a lie, to reinstate some of the goals of the lirbo as he runs for governor equalityand as a result, is not fully supported by his family and in the end, is assassinated.

Si crees que no saldremos de este lugar a algo mejor, e equivocas. Hector Torres rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Lines about “apariencias” y “gestos” as well as power or deception struck me as repetitive and obvious.

El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

Feb 03, Janey Fugate rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about El gesticuladorplease sign up. I was most interested by the suggestion in the play that one gestciulador create an identity, and furthermore a destiny, rooted only in desire. Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio.

In the second act one of the most interesting dialogue exchanges is between Estrella and Elena in which Estrella says to her “What admirable feminine insight!


It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. Written in the late What is truth? Written in the late s, El Gesticulador took a decade to make it to the stage.

Murderers could pose as heroes, thieves as diplomats and charlatans as founts of wisdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Although I enjoyed reading the book, I do not think that I would choose to read it again; however, that being said, I think it presents the revolution from an interesting perspective of identity and one’s possession of one’s self versus one’s nation. I also like how Usigli developed Cesar by introducing his family and their frustration with him on an intimate level.

Preview — El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli. Paperback ggesticulador, pages. Oct 18, Nayely Romero rated it liked it.

Trivia About El gesticulador. Already Usigli introduces themes of doubt, family dispute and tension, and appearances, which is first mentioned by Miguel, Rubio’s son, on the fourth page.

El gesticulador / The Gesticulator by Rodolfo Usigli (2004, Paperback)

Feb 03, Mary Frantz rated it liked it. Elena allowed herself to be convinced that what started as a lie in reality became a harmless opportunity for an unlucky man usigoi take hold of his potential.

Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican revolution, painting a picture of a movement steeped in corruption, lies and manipulation all for personal benefit and gain. I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would.

Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador.

Alexis rated it really liked it Nov 16, Jb Arteaga rated it liked it Jun 16, Feb 03, Sophia K-l rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates the machista attitude in Mexico. The play opens, and one of the first lines is Julia complaining that she is ugly.

El gesticulador es una de las primeras tragedias hispanoamericanas. Generally, I do not enjoy reading play’s however I for me, this was an enjoyable read and I think that I can attribute it to both the combination of the plot as well as the way that Usigli constructed the play so that felt that it flowed quickly.


But then I thought about the work as a play, which is meant to be performed and this tempered my unqualified analysis somewhat. I was able to connect with him and u Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio.

El Gesticulador allows the reader to question the meaning of truth. Truth is what impostors, advertisers and politicians convince us it is. Jan 26, Ivan T. First, the idealistic martyr who dies early in the war, the professor who inherits and tries to keep alive the revolution’s legacy but fails, and then the politician who tries to evoke the ideals of the hero but is killed by the strongman and only ends up perpetrating the violence.

Want to Read saving…. Fue uno de los mexicanos con mayor sentido de universalidad. Although the authors’ rodolto counterparts practiced and produced similar and unified works conveying similar messages, the written artists experienced their own sort of identity crisis because there was no central message or common genre. On the surface, there are two Cesar My initial criticism would be that the themes and gesticulaor is developed too overtly and that the lack of subtly in the dialogue and the story line take away from the play’s power as a portrayal of the impact of the Mexican Revolution.

Feb 04, Evelyn rated it liked it. The metaphysics of the overpowering cruelty of the corruption reigning in a non historical Mexican time. Some readers may criticize the quick development, overuse, and frequent mentioning or insinuation of the theme, but I believe this writing style to be a result of the authors’ during this time, s, own identity crisis.

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