Titolo: Pioneering in the Pampas
Casa editrice: Stockcero
Data di pubblicazione: 2002
Condizione libro: New
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Riassunto: Pioneering in the Pampas ENGLISH- 156 pages. An actual historical racconto of the vicissitudes of two young British gentlemen in the Argentine pampas of 1865. In the Author's own words, "... the simple narration of the difficulties which beset the settler in the first few years of his enterprise, more particularly when he has been tempted to fix himself outside the older settlements, and to be, as in the case of the writer and his companions, in the truest sense of the word, a Pioneer". Pioneering in the Pampas constitutes the historical basis which inspired Juan Carlos Casas to write his novel "Fraile Muerto"
Dall'editore: Richard Seymour's writing reflects an outstanding memory and a love for detail that make reading Pioneering in the Pampas a journey into the experience of everyday life in the Pampas Indian frontier during the early eighteen hundreds.
Were the gauchos honest workers or did they try to work as little as possible? How were the English-type horse races held in Rosario organized? How the weak commitment to religion of the Gauchos, allowed them to "delegate" church attendance to women delegating also the burden of advocating on their behalf at doomsday. Why the immediate requirement to dig trenches surrounding the houses and corrals as a defense measure against Indian attacks...
With the educated and fluent prose of an "average" nineteenth century Oxford scholar, the geography of the Pampas and the times before railroads and immigration waves acquire amazingly realistic characteristics.
Soon enough the conquest of the desert by President Roca in 1880 would change the character of the place, though strangely Richard Seymour seems unwilling to stand witness to it. Without explicitly mentioning the detail in his book, he departed for England in1869 where –in the Rectory of Kinwarton, Warwickshire– he devotedly relived his experiences by writing this book.
The vivid memories and the ever present strict Victorianism of his stance regarding relations with the opposite sex, strikingly never mentioned in spite of his youth and circumstance –a man in his early twenties dwelling with bachelor friends in a savage land where they must have undoubtedly encountered Creoles, Indians and some scarce British female subjects– altogether with the implicitly painful and unexplained abandonment of it all, sparked my mind up to the point of writing "Fraile Muerto", the novel, bridging the notorious sex absence gap with an imaginary underlying plot.
All said, I must add that bringing back to print Richard Seymour's book is my most sincere homage to the man who preceded me in the love for the strange solitudes of the Argentine Pampa's soul.
Juan Carlos Casas
Buenos Aires – December 2002
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