The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

The Death of Artemio Cruz

Carlos Fuentes with Alfred MacAdam (Translator)

307 pages first pub 1962 (editions)

fiction classics literary reflective sad slow-paced


As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with d...

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reflective 76%
challenging 70%
dark 58%
emotional 47%
mysterious 41%
sad 35%
tense 17%
adventurous 5%
funny 5%
inspiring 5%


slow 68%
medium 31%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 94% | A mix: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 13%

Loveable characters?

No: 62% | It's complicated: 31% | Yes: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 58% | Yes: 33% | N/A: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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