Publication[ edit ] Gallegos took his first trip into the Llanos of Apure , central Venezuela at Easter , in order to gather material for the book he was writing,  staying on a ranch near San Fernando de Apure. Gallegos later made further changes, until the author was finally satisfied with his work in His rule saw wealth from oil discovered in the early twentieth century, and he used it to develop modern infrastructure and end the era of caudillismo , fully and completely uniting the country for the first time. However his rule was also brutal and corrupt. Santos Luzardo meets his cousin Lorenzo Barquero and discovers that he was a victim of the femme fatale, who left him bankrupt and a daughter, Marisela, whom she abandoned and who became quickly a vagrant. Lorenzo lives in poverty in a miserable house consumed by his own constant drunkenness.
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This review is bilingual. First you can find the English version and at the end of that one, you will find the Spanish version. This is my favorite Latin American book!!! This book is by an author from Venezuela. And indeed I like a lot of books written by authors from my country. To denote how important are really these books to me. From all the books that I had to read in school and high school, definitely this one is my favorite of those. But that title here denotes also the respect and fear that everybody, specially the men, have for her.
And her first name "Barbara", is a real name used by many women but in Spanish also means "wild" and this is crutial in the story, since she lives in the deep of the jungle around the Arauca River. She is a landlady, powerful, rich and ruthless.
When she was young, she was raped by pirates, also losing her first love, so she became bitter and hating to all men. The shock when those powerful characters meet is the very heart of the story. The story is just beginning. Este libro es por un autor de Venezuela. De todos los libros que tuve que leer en la escuela y el colegio, definitivamente este es mi favorito. Ella es una terrateniente, poderosa, rica y despiadada.
Doña Bárbara – Rómulo Gallegos (Resumen completo, análisis y reseña)