There, a professor from Harvard University confuses him for a missing revolutionary hero with the same name. Rubio claims to be the deceased hero, telling the professor that, disillusioned with the course of the Revolution, he had embraced anonymity until thirty years thereafter. The story is published in The New York Times , and Rubio comes to the attention of his compatriots, receiving accolades and fielding offers to run for the governorship of his state against a corrupt Revolutionary general. Rubio loses himself in his new identity, viewing it as an opportunity to renew the promise of the Revolution. In their conversation, each attempts to blackmail the other.

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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli. El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Ediciones Catedra S. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4.

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Yo soy major que muchos de ellos. Feb 04, Abby Hinrichs rated it really liked it. At the beginning there is some tension among the members of his family as to why they had to move and their desire to go back to living the way they were before.

Rubio becomes consumed by this lie, against the will of his family, and it eventually leads to his death. Usigli uses Rubio to comment on the false idea of heroism that the people of Mexico had during this era. Following the Mexican Revolution, the people had hoped to have solidified their national and individual identities, but this book shows how everyone was still searching for their own identity through the revolution. They also were looking for heroes in the wrong places, putting their faith and trust in the corruption politicians of the time.

Usigli also hints at political corruption and the perils of becoming involved in this system. I really enjoyed reading this play, which was surprising because I typically do not enjoy reading plays. Although the ending is kind of predictable, it was a fun play to read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in reading a Spanish play, as it was not very difficult to understand and moved along quickly! Feb 03, Carissa Margraf rated it liked it. That being said, "El Gesticulador" wasn't as painful to read as I was anticipating, so that was a pleasant surprise.

I really love the contrast Usigli makes between Cesar's life before the story is published versus the life of a war hero in the public eye after. It places an emphasis on the way that the Mexican people would elevate the status of war heroes and politicians after the Revolution in order to have something else to believe in after the armed conflicts ceased.

However, the corruption of Navarro shows the evident pitfalls of war heroes turned politicians that have too much power. The characterization of Navarro demonstrates the possibility for a new wave of dictators after the Revolution.

I also found the different reactions to the lie of those close to Cesar to be an interesting means of characterization. The negative reaction towards his father of Miguel could be interpreted as a change in the mindsets of younger generations. Overall this play was a good method to show the ways in which the Revolution affected societal outlooks and politics following the conflicts.

Feb 03, Edwin Castellanos rated it really liked it. I don't usually find myself liking plays, but this wasn't the case when reading El Gesticulador. He happens to share the same name as a hero during the revolutio Prof. He happens to share the same name as a hero during the revolutionary war. This causes a Harvard professor to mistaken him for the hero and lead Cesar to identify as the hero and not the college professor that he truly is.

His son questions his motives by asking if he's really better than the corrupt politicians when he's lying to fulfill his personal goals of reinstating the revolutionary fight. Usigli shows how people struggled to keep a certain image as he criticized the political leaders in society along with ordinary people. This explains a lot of the controversy that existed when the play was published. Usigli does a good job on showing how the leaders in society are not to be trusted since they're not who they claim to be.

This uplifts the idea that the people should seek the truth and be careful to establish a sense of heroism in political leaders. Without this, the Mexican revolution would continue endlessly under the realm of politicians. I recommend this play to anyone who enjoys plays and the topics of false identities and political corruption within the Mexican revolution. Feb 03, McKinley Hamilton rated it really liked it. I believe overall that Usigli is making a commentary on the superficial nature of the idea of heroism through both Rubio and Navarro.

Not only does Rubio impersonate a deceased revolutionary, but Navarro shields some aspects of truth to present himself as a better candidate.

Their final conversation shined light on the falsehood of heroism and how the perception of the people is what creates your identity, not yourself. I really enjoyed this play because it kept me interested until the very end with the suspenseful plot and the character development.

Feb 04, Alexa Caffio rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rubio, a history professor specializing in the recent violent era of the Mexican Revolution the play was written in , must assimilate into political culture after being found and mistaken for one of the war's presumably fallen hero. Several characters seek to revitalize the ideals a Prof. Several characters seek to revitalize the ideals and the dreams sought since the beginning of the revolution, but ironically enough, the new public figure encapsulating these ideals is not real.

Grounded in a family-based plotline, this work goes beyond a microcosmic view of one poor family and exposes the inner workings of the PRI partido revolucionario institucional. Other themes relating to the revolution and the surrounding time periods include maintaining appearances and political corruption.

Personally, I truly enjoyed the main character and was seriously disappointed by the ending. Feb 04, Bryn McCarthy rated it really liked it. I enjoyed reading this play because it was dramatic and kept the viewer wanting to see what would happen next, but in the end it left me feeling disillusioned.

Feb 04, Clara McCollam rated it liked it. El Gesticulador is a very interesting read in the ways it connects to the time period during the Mexican Revolution. I read online that the play was highly censored by the Mexican government so I think its interesting for us to read today and discuss why there was such high censorship on the work. Oct 07, Marcos rated it it was amazing.

Aug 23, Manuel Correa rated it really liked it Shelves: teatro. Oct 18, Nayely Romero rated it liked it. O adaptada al cine. View all 7 comments. May 01, Osheen Jain rated it liked it Shelves: play. Professor Cesar Rubio was indeed disenchanted by the world of the university where every single person was ignorant of his knowledge about the revolution and also because the university has become a place where no one ever wanted to teach or learn.

When his son Miguel and daughter Julia are disappointed in their father for moving to a different location, Cesar tells them the reason why he shifted to the town of Allende located in the north of the country. As he was disinterested in the world of Professor Cesar Rubio was indeed disenchanted by the world of the university where every single person was ignorant of his knowledge about the revolution and also because the university has become a place where no one ever wanted to teach or learn.

As he was disinterested in the world of University, he is seeking to secure a good position among the candidates for upcoming elections, to persuade them to create a new state university. When the American Researcher, Prof Bolton tells Cesar about his intentions of looking into details of the great General Cesar Rubio, one of the most distinguished generals in the Mexican Revolution. The municipal president and deputies in the name of the town and the president ask for it as a candidate for governor.

Elena, Caesar's wife, tries in vain to convince her husband not to accept and go away knowing the danger that Cesar runs to sustain such a lie that will eventually lead him to death, although he has already become a hero.

Cesar is determined to get into politics. He does this to bring about change and for the good of the people. He believes that he is doing less harm is living the life of a dead man than the other politicians like Navarro who are in politics for their gain rather than for the benefit of the people. He calls the other ministers demagogues who agitate the people they claim to represent and profit from their lives.

Usigli does an excellent job of showing how the leaders in society are not trusted since they are not they claim to be.


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