The Death Of Artemio Cruz

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The Death of Artemio Cruz is a novel written in 1962 by Carlos Fuentes chronicling the singular life and destiny of a man raised in the lower classes of Mexico, who manages to rise into political and economical power through intrigue and Manichean maneuverings. The following book critique will contain a summary of the novel and provide some examples and parallels on core course concepts evident in the story, hopefully demonstrating what learning was obtained using the lens of global health matters. Some of my personal musings and reflections will be included in the paper, and provide food for thought, reflections on universal problems commonly known if not shared by us all.

Book Summary Beginning with his participation in the Mexican Revolutionary War as a young soldier embracing Marxist ideals bent on overthrowing the established, corrupt political structure in place, The Death of Artemio Cruz details the gradual rise in political and economical influence of our character in the aftermath of a successful revolution. The main plot underlines a striking contradiction, as the protagonist eventually espouses principles he has long eschewed, becoming the exploiter instead of the champion of the downtrodden, betraying the principles he had fought so long and hard for. The narrative begins while he lies helplessly on his deathbed, in the throes of drug and disease-induced delirium, and through a series of flashbacks features his somewhat addled reminiscences of a (n) (in)

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