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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Evidence suggests that he was born Otto Feige in Schlewsig-Holstein and that he escaped a death sentence for his involvement with the anarchist underground in Bavaria. Traven spent most of his adult life in Mexico, where, under various names, he wrote several bestsellers and was an outspoken defender of the rights of Mexico's indigenous people.

First published in , The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is Traven's most famous and enduring work, the dark, savagely ironic, and riveting story of three down-and-out Americans hunting for gold in Sonora. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Treasure of the Sierra Madre , please sign up. Would you say these are similar books? Particularly what I loved about Lonesome Dove was the larger exploration of life's meaning, human connection, regrets of life and if it's possible to reconcile them, all against the dramatic backdrop of the wild west.

See 1 question about The Treasure of the Sierra Madre…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Hal Croves, agent to novelist B.

Traven, visited the set of his client's film the treasure of the sierra madre. Ret Marut was involved in leftist politics in germany in the s. Traven Torsvan first emerged in mexico in Traven, operated by Torsvan. Traven, Torsvan disappeared from history. Otto Feige was the name given to police when they questioned Marut in london in Traven had been photographed once.

Traven drifting between the cracks like a literary phantom. Traven, the imaginary writer. Traven is a name shared by many people, which could explain the anti-semitism of the early novels and the humanism of the later ones. Traven is, of course, Archimboldi. Traven: [image error] View all 15 comments.

Brilliant, radical, underrated, economically written in every sense of the word. I'm a big fan of the movie and I enjoyed the book even more, which is something I'm not necessarily always prone to do.

Powerfully captures the madness and paranoia inherent in the lust for riches, particularly when this takes place amid some hardscrabble vagabonds who don't really have much of a choice in the matter.

And the still-mysterious origins of the author exiled German anarchist? Mexican scribbler? Moonlig Brilliant, radical, underrated, economically written in every sense of the word.

Moonlighting union man? Only you must not go to the man who tells you this, for he has no job to offer and doesn't know anyone who knows of a vacancy.

This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice, out of brotherly love, and to demonstrate how little he knows the world. View 1 comment. The movie has been one of favorites for many years, but I never read the book.

Until now that is. I have to say that it's a very readable book. Traven excels at conveying what life would have been like in Mexico back in the Twenties. He's very strong at atmosphere and the section of the novel when the men are working the gold mine is excellent. The book held my interest and kept me turning the pages. However it does have it's faults. Much of the dialogue, and there is a significant amount of dia The movie has been one of favorites for many years, but I never read the book.

Much of the dialogue, and there is a significant amount of dialogue, is contrived. Perhaps clunky would be the better descriptor. However, if the mysterious Mr. Traven was actually a German then English would not have been his first language. No matter how skilled the translator converting one language to another always results in some artificiality and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is not exempt from this phenomenon.

Another issue with the novel is Traven's anti-clerical and anti-capitalist attitudes tend to crash in at times. Not that I necessarily disagree, but I don't need to be hit in the face with a board and there are times it is laid on pretty heavy. However , despite those two main quibbles and a couple minor ones that I'm not going to go into at this time the overall book is very good. It's an engrossing read and worth the time to dig into it.

View 2 comments. Jul 19, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Traven, whose biography and even his identity remains a bit of a mystery, has a strong, punchy prose style Hemingway meets Hammett.

Howard is wise to the fact that there are two enemies, maybe three, but only one truly matters. The enemy that ultimately gets you is yourself, your own greed, it will turn you against your friends, your partners, yourself.

Traven has knowledge and affection for the Mexican landscape and people that is evidenced in his writing. Lovely descriptions of the mountains and deserts, of Mexican village life, bring the setting not just authenticity but, as they say, almost rise to the level of a critical character in the drama.

They are generally brief asides and therefore not particularly disturbing to the tale he is telling. But the main story and almost all of the writing is focused, compelling and vigorous. John Huston got the movie right but B. Traven first got the novel right. The Treasure of Sierra Madre is a very good novel. Jul 02, Ned rated it really liked it.

Written in the 30's, this story provides intricate details about the adventures of the poor scrapping men trying to find work in Mexico.

It is about Spanish and American imperialism, the power of capitalism, the despoiling of the environment yet another oil boom , religious elitism and power mongering and mostly the omnipresent greed in the heart of every man. Three men seek their fortune in gold, finding that it is a chore and there are unimagined perils. An old man grey in the beard keeps Written in the 30's, this story provides intricate details about the adventures of the poor scrapping men trying to find work in Mexico.

An old man grey in the beard keeps them together, and spins tales and yarns aplenty and dispels wisdom that is largely ignored by the others. The writing is very masculine and quite humorous in the way the men dig at each other and use an unending assortment of nicknames for each other.

The old man Howard seems to see into all their hearts and know what is coming. He assumes a zen-like presence, teaching the trade of prospecting and guiding them in their daily chores under the scorching heat and chilly nights.

In the end there is much danger, and treachery and murder. But what mammon gold in this case creates in humans in universal, and morality weakens and greed wins in even the most strong. This is an anti-capitalistic book but highly entertaining and educational as we learn about the history of a time and place, native American and Spaniard domination, and the day to day habits of small town mountainous Mexico.


El tesoro de la sierra madre / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

It is an adaptation of B. Traven 's novel of the same name , set in the s, in which, driven by their desperate economic plight, two young men, Fred C. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood productions to be shot on location outside the United States in the state of Durango with street scenes in Tampico , Mexico , although many scenes were filmed back in the studio and elsewhere in the U. In , the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In , in the Mexican oil-town of Tampico , Fred C.


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