The Family of Pascual Duarte (Spanish: La Familia de Pascual Duarte) is a novel written by Spanish Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela. CAMILO JOSE CELA AND “LA FAMILIA DE PASCUAL DUARTE”. DAVID M. FELDMAN. Princeton University. La familia de Pascual Duarte1 occupies. Complete summary of Camilo José Cela’s The Family of Pascual Duarte. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Family of Pascual Duarte.

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It has been claimed as one ls the best novels in the Spanish language, a I am rating this highly praised classic in the Spanish literature with just one star and if I could have, I’d given it 0. She left their house and probably began to work as a prostitute.

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Tamagawa rated it did not like it May 08, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Brian Greene March 21, at 2: His autobiographical tale shows some of the tremendously harsh peasant reality of rural Spain up to the beginning of the Franco regime. For my part I can say there were times I thought I’d lose my mind thinking about what was going to happen. I read this in one of my Spanish classes in college. We remind you that you can change your cookie settings on your browser at any time and get more information on our cookie policy.


Let’s also assume that this celaa has a wide knowledge of genre fiction as well as so-called literary fiction. There’s the way he luxuriates in his family stable’s foul smells, and there’s his attraction to decomposition: He claims, amongst other things, that Fate is controlling his life and whatever he does it will never change. And pain is perhaps the most central theme of the book.

Some men are ordered down a path lined with flowers, others are asked to advance along a road sown with thistles and prickly pears. There is a world of difference between adorning one’s flesh with rouge and eau-de-cologne and doing it with tattoos that later will never wear off…. Sometimes, even without wanting to. I even told my professor who assigned the book to the class that I hated this book. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

You convinced me, Scott. Refresh and try again. As for life and his place in it, at the very least he has a sense of self-awareness. I am not, sir, a bad person, though in all truth I am not lacking in reasons for being one. Sigour rated it did not like it Nov 07, His autobiographical tale shows some of the tremendously harsh peasant reality of rural Spain up to the beginning of Franco ‘s regime.


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I could not understand why Pascual killed the bitch he was so fond of. And why should he go against his nature? I am not basing my rating on its literary merit: Pascual ultimately killed him.

There is misery everywhere, in every paragraph and every page. She has total control over their father. I can see that these mistakes might have been completely deliberate by the author who was, after all, a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language when attempting to evoke the idea of a semi-illiterate rural labourer writing his memoirs, but I have not enjoyed reading this and I ed that the effect is not fully realised.

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This particular classic is noir. I have read the original Spanish version and I have found the language archaic and difficult to follow. This book is new to me, so thanks for the introduction.