The book of questions

by Pablo Neruda

Other authorsWilliam O'Daly (Translator)
Paperback, 2001





Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2001.

User reviews

LibraryThing member judtheobscure
The book, consisting of 74 poems each of four or five questions, is haunting and typical of Neruda. At times childlike and winsome, at others laced with something darker, they are each a little koan to meditate on. However, the work was left unpublished when Neruda died and I think it shows in the lack of editing. I am used to Neruda being one of the more expansive and generous poets, but some of these little questions shine more than others, and sometimes the transitions of tone are a little awkward. My Spanish is not good enough to comment on the translation, but I found the English to be delicate and moving.… (more)
LibraryThing member sadiebooks
fun things to think about while having a lazy day under a tree.
LibraryThing member Capnrandm
I have always loved Neruda, and I bought this book because it was written in the last months of his life. My father is currently dying of cancer, and everyone in my family is searching for ways to shape our emotions right now. Neruda has always done such a beautiful job plucking the strings of love and love-lost, I was hoping he could give a voice a emotion that can't be contained by the word "grief." Rather than simplify or contain his words made a noise my heart recognized.… (more)
LibraryThing member Michael.Xolotl
Occasionally, but infrequently, borders on the cutsey. For the most part, though, the questions are beautiful and koan-like, with the best running into one another like a brief breeze. 4 1/2 stars if that was possible.


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