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Nada

By Carmen Laforet

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| Paperback | 9788423336326

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    More than just a coming-of-age novel

    The scene of Nada is Barcelona and the story begins in autumn 1939, maybe a year or two later. The protagonist is 18-year-old Andrea, an orphan from the province arriving at the Estación de Francia after many hours on the train. It’s midnight ...(continue)

    The scene of Nada is Barcelona and the story begins in autumn 1939, maybe a year or two later. The protagonist is 18-year-old Andrea, an orphan from the province arriving at the Estación de Francia after many hours on the train. It’s midnight and on her way to the Calle de Aribau where she is going to stay with the relatives of her dead mother she experiences a first taste of freedom, away from the narrowness of the village, of the convent school and of life with her cousin who took care of her after her father’s death. Andrea is looking forward to the independence which being a student of literature promises, but in her new home she is received by a bizarre assembly of people in a decayed flat crammed with the relics of a prosperous past. Her family draws Andrea into a nightmarish world which is filled with all the big and small tragedies of home life reigned by penury and hunger. As often as possible she flees the oppressive and depressing atmosphere in the Calle de Aribau to roam the city and spend time with her well-to-do friends from university, above all with Ena. Without her friend Andrea sinks even deeper into loneliness and sadness. In the end things take a new turn for Andra.

    Nada is a first-person narrative with all its limits and advantages. In some aspects the book reminds of Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse and J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. In reality Carmen Laforet’s masterpiece is their neglected precursor, though, since it was written and published almost a decade earlier. However, the historical background of Nada makes it much more than just the story of a girl who is coming of age in a grotesque environment.

    I definitely enjoyed the read although in Spanish it was a bit of a struggle as usual. Carmen Laforet's Nada would deserve much more attention from readers worldwide.

    To read the complete review please visit to my blog Edith's Miscellany at http://edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com/2013/08/nada-by-ca…

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    LaGraziana said on Aug 29, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Una novela absolutamente redonda.
    Una chica de provincias llega a Barcelona para estudiar en la universidad, alojándose en casa de unos parientes.
    Pronto se da cuenta que nada es como esperaba.
    Se siente insatisfecha con la universidad, y con el ambi ...(continue)

    Una novela absolutamente redonda.
    Una chica de provincias llega a Barcelona para estudiar en la universidad, alojándose en casa de unos parientes.
    Pronto se da cuenta que nada es como esperaba.
    Se siente insatisfecha con la universidad, y con el ambiente sórdido, degradado y triste, que crean los habitantes de la casa.
    Buen retrato de la Barcelona de posguerra.

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    mancusso73 said on Apr 25, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Es una novela que narra la historia de Andrea, una muchacha que decide irse a vivir a Barcelona para estudiar en la universidad en los años después de la Guerra Civil española.

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    Mariacuevas22 said on Apr 23, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Sorprende el lirismo en la primera novela de laforet con 23 años.
    Es cierto que es una de esas novelas que quieres que te guste. Había oído hablar tan bien de ella. Y no es que haya sido todo lo desgarradora que me hubiera gustado. Hay momentos del l ...(continue)

    Sorprende el lirismo en la primera novela de laforet con 23 años.
    Es cierto que es una de esas novelas que quieres que te guste. Había oído hablar tan bien de ella. Y no es que haya sido todo lo desgarradora que me hubiera gustado. Hay momentos del libro que me resultan prescindibles y esto resta, en una novela corta.

    Sin embargo, las sensaciones que me deja esta novela son muy buenas, o malas si hablamos en modo literal.

    Se trata de la vida y esperanzas de Andrea al llegar a Barcelona a estudiar en la universidad y vivir con una familia que le hará transformarse y replantearse la realidad. Durante un año vive lo más bonito y lo más duro que se puede sentir y esto alterará para siempre sus ilusiones, pero no la esperanza de conseguir algo nuevo, de construirse una nueva vida cerca de la felicidad. lo que convierte el tremendismo inicial en un mensaje de esperanza.

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    Jose Original said on Mar 22, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Dal 3 al 4...

    dal 3 al 4. Tre per la tragicità tipica del neorealismo che spesso non condivido. Quattro per l'architettura meravigliosa del racconto.

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    Dagio Maya (scambio solo ebook!) said on Jan 26, 2013 | Add your feedback

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