March to the Monteria

March to the Monteria

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The third title in the series of 'jungle' novels written by the mysterious author B. Traven whose identity is still unknown. A forced march of labourers through the Mexican jungle eventually leads to resentment and open violence. From the author of THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, TROZAS and THE REBELLION OF THE more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 121.92 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 074900214X
  • 9780749002145

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This is the third of six "Jungle Novels" Traven wrote during the '30's to document the intolerable conditions of Indian peasants in Mexico prior to the long overdue revolution of 1911. It chronicles in straightforward, matter-of-fact fashion the attempt of Celso to earn the 80 pesos custom requires him to pay the father of the girl he wants to marry, first by working on a coffee plantation, then by going to the monteria, where cutting down mahogany trees turns out to be the only thing worse than working on a finca. Neither the agents who contract the workers (usually by trickery) nor the bosses on the plantation nor the huge foreign companies that own them have any respect for national boundaries or human life; if the Indians whom they treat somewhat worse than their animals survive, it is only because a dead Indian is worth no money. As with Celine, this unrelenting account of the treachery of man and the hopelessness of human existence is all the more devastating for the prosaic style in which it is written, relieved by only the faintest shards of irony. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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