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Boxwood

Author: Camilo José Cela; Patricia Haugaard
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2002.
Series: New Directions paperbook, 1108; New Directions paperbook, 1108.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Boxwood, which can perhaps best be described as a non-novel, has none of the structural signposts readers generally expect: there is no exposition, no crux, no denouement. Instead we have a mix of folklore, tradition, superstition, autobiographical snatches, cooking directions, a litany of nautical disasters on the coast of Death -- ships from afar with cargoes of oranges, typewriters, iron ore, oil, spices --
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Genre/Form: Translations into English
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Camilo José Cela; Patricia Haugaard
ISBN: 0811214974 9780811214971 0811217515 9780811217514
OCLC Number: 48013273
Description: 211 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: New Directions paperbook, 1108; New Directions paperbook, 1108.
Other Titles: Madera de Boj.
Responsibility: Camilo José Cela ; translated by Patricia Haugaard.

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Boxwood, which can perhaps best be described as a non-novel, has none of the structural signposts readers generally expect: there is no exposition, no crux, no denouement. Instead we have a mix of folklore, tradition, superstition, autobiographical snatches, cooking directions, a litany of nautical disasters on the coast of Death -- ships from afar with cargoes of oranges, typewriters, iron ore, oil, spices -- elements of nature both cruel and beautiful, of man both saint and sinner, whales, witches, mermaids, ghosts, the exquisite, the crass all against the background of Cela's birthplace, Galicia. In one of the early exchanges between reader and author that occur randomly in the text the reader understandably asks:

"Isn't this getting a little jumbled?" / "Just a shade jumbled." /

"Like life itself?." / "Yes, though I try not to say so."

Reader bear with him. There's gold to mine!

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