Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela has long El Viaje a la Alcarria or Journey to the Alcarria is one of the best books I ever read. Information on Journey to the Alcarria by Camilo José Cela. A famous travel book by Camilo José Cela where his offers his impressions Viaje a la Alcarria. Title: Viaje a LA Alcarria. Publisher: Espasa-Calpe SA, España. Publication Date: Binding: Rustica. Book Condition: Como Nuevo. About this title.

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En aquel vergel rural saqueado por la voracidad de las guerras, el antagonista se viste de miseria, fealdad y sufrimiento. Studied in Spanish for IB around It did remind me of the tiny town in Italy my great-grandparents came from–the cemetery, church, old houses restored or rundown, old abandoned mill, etc. He wrote about a walking tour he took inonly 6 years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, in an area north-east of Madrid. It is interesting, but knowing little of the area or really of Spain in general, I couldn’t really relate to it.

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Styles In this section you can search all our contents throughout the different stages in the history of art in Spain, to find styles such as Baroque, Gothic, Mudejar and many, many more. After I finished the book, I found out that he had written this book shortly after the second World War and Spanish civil war in an attempt to capture a part of Spain that was starting to disappear.

Cela relishes his encounters with the simple, honest people of the Spanish countryside—the blushing maid in the tavern, the small-town shopkeeper with airs of grandeur lonely for companionship, the old peasant with his donkey who freely shares his bread and blanket with the stranger.


And while it’s told in third person, Cela states viake the preface that he’s aiming for a kind of literary realism akin to ‘geography’ based precisely on his time in the Alcarria, so we’re getting a similar ontological conviction to that viaj Lerner’s. There was something about the way that the author, referring to himself in the third person as the traveller, observed the countryside and the people in it in great detail, but without judgement.

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Jan 21, Simon rated it liked it. There they viajee the original manuscripts written in notebooks not too different from those I have used in school in my very early age. Open Preview See a Problem? Cultural routes Cities, towns and villages Fiestas and traditions Artists and creators Outstanding works.

Much more than a travel guide from Cela and as ever words of wisdom ‘to push any article you’ve got ce,a put yourself out and have a lot of patience; take a lot of trouble and put up with a lot, because otherwise you don’t get anywhere” hmmm. Para los tres, el dolor es una facultad. So I’ll take it as a sort of provincial cousin to novels in the ‘flaneur’ tradition see this great Camio essay: To ask other readers questions about Journey to the Alcarriaplease sign up.

Hypnotic passages, like Sebald, where the figures and landscapes fuse into single forms radiant with cmailo trauma of history. Uncrowded, it is picturesque and rugged, well watered and fertile in the valleys. There were some amusing characters encountered along the way and a few moments when I laughed out loud at some of his experiences. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Interesting to read along with Laurie Lee’s Spanish walk between the wars; this is a people closed in and reserved but not unkind.

Viaje a La Alcarria/ The Trip to Alcarria

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This series of sketches never wears out his welcome, rambling on leisurely and concluding almost indifferently. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The steppe and maquis occupy a good part of its soil with a varied and abundant aromatic flora that produces an excellent honey. The old inn where Cela spent one night has now been converted into a more grand accommodation and restaurant. Aug 31, Asinhar rated it really liked it. It felt like a travel more in time than in space.


Es cierto que la historia en si no existe, pero los personajes y las situaciones tienen una autenticidad impresionante. When coming back to Madrid, after leaving behind the scarcely populated small towns and valleys I was engulfing myself back into an urban agglomeration, seeing the almost threatening large modern building on the outskirts of the big city, I again felt as if I were traversing the tunnel of time.

It goes without saying, naturally, that the traveller goes via Casasana.

As an old photograph, taken on a picnic somewhere, perhaps, unwittingly reveals so much of the customs, dress and attitude of the viane, so his observations give the reader a vivid picture of what the Spanish countryside and the people who inhabited it were like at that time.

Alcarria is a natural region of New Castile with unclear boundaries. These alcarri are narrated in a fresh, clear prose that is wonderfully evocative. Regardless, a highly recommended flaneur experience. It reads more like travel notes than a detailed travelogue, much of it is very short on the details, although he does say where he went, where he stayed and ate, and a few conversations with people he met along the way.