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Journey to the Alcarria: Travels Through the Spanish Countryside

by Camilo José Cela

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In the summer of 1946, seven years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Camilo Jose Cela set out on foot to discover the heart of Spain. He chose the Alcarria because it was a place reknowned for its Spanishness.
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Viaje a la Alcarria
Camilo José Cela
Publicado: 1946 | 126 páginas
Crónica Viajes
Serie: Áncora & Delfín #101 /sl6aQAUlz_G4

El famoso relato de Camilo José Cela, es una obra consagrada de la literatura española que, dentro de una aparente simplicidad, encierra una gran sabiduría formal. La sencillez de Viaje a la Alcarria es resultado de un difícil ejercicio de depuración formal y su amenidad es el acceso a un mundo de gran hondura lírica. La pureza de empleo del idioma, lo ha convertido en libro de texto en muchas universidades extranjeras y no sólo ha servido para el estudio del idioma castellano sino también de la fisonomía de la España rural de la posguerra.La narración en tercera persona diferencia a este texto del tono tradicional de los relatos de viajes, en que siempre habla el protagonista.Una indagación que pretenda no dejar desperdicio, encontrará que el Viaje a la Alcarria es una novela de aventuras. Al menos, rastreará en sus páginas lo dos elementos más característicos de ellas: el exotismo y el riesgo. Nada más singular que el escenario primitivo por donde transcurre el relato y en donde el viajero encuentra las situaciones más comprometidas. Pasa hambre en el camino, duerme al raso, desciende con peligro de deslomarse por el barranco de Trascastillo en Durón, es atacado en Tendilla por perros y gansos, sube a Casasana por vericuetos ásperos, en la senda por las Tetas de Viana encuentra los vestigios de un crimen, sufre prisión en Budia, le echan de Pareja a las voces de «Usted coge su morral y se va. ¡Como hay Dios…!» Nuestro aventurero también irá registrando con su corazón el hallazgo de mozas, criadas y señoritas que aparecen en su camino por la Alcarria.
  libreriarofer | Feb 18, 2024 |
Hermoso libro. Lastima que el último capítulo no estuviera al nivel del resto.
De haberlo estado, le hubiese dado cinco estrellas ( )
  gomezborbon | Jul 27, 2022 |
This is a great book to read when feeling absolutely drained. ( )
  igorversteeg | May 24, 2020 |
The author, who won a Pulitzer later in life, recounts his travels in Spain's Alcarria region. He enjoyed talking to locals or doing things based on opportunity. The tale seemed to be as erratic as his planning for the journey had been. The narrative ended somewhat abruptly although some hints of its near completion appeared in the concluding chapter. The author consistently refers to himself in the third person as "the traveler." The construction seems odd to us now. While more modern forms of transportation existed--and the author did take a bus at one point--the locals mostly seemed to get around by animal-driven carts. I wonder what a modern traveler to the region would find. Perhaps the style appeals more to his original Spanish audience, but it lost its appeal through time or translation. Interesting tidbits of local color make it still worth reading, but one must slog through less interesting pieces to get to these gems. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 16, 2020 |
This short novel is a travelogue/memoir of a walking trip through the Alcarria region of Spain in the 1940s. It is interesting, but knowing little of the area or really of Spain in general, I couldn't really relate to it. The parts I found most interesting revolved around old buildings and current uses, and food. And the walking--I would love to take a trip like this, though Cela picked an area without many walkers. People were often trying to guess what he was doing there (traveling salesman?).

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. I would absolutley love to read something like this from there.

If you like/know rural Spain you might find this very interesting. ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 11, 2018 |
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To him who in the love of nature holds
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- William Cullen Bryant
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The traveler is is sprawled, face up, on a chaise lounge covered in cretonne.
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