Besides her grandmother, the house is inhabited by her two uncles, Juan and Roman, her aunt Angustias, the maid Antonia, and Juan’s wife, Gloria, plus a menagerie of cats, an old dog and a parrot. Despite many gloomy descriptions, highly dysfunctional characters and a lot of sadness and loneliness this is not a depressing novel at all. Hi Andrew, thanks for visiting. There was something agonising in the entire scene, and in the flat the heat was suffocating as if the air was stagnant and rotting. It is a great starter novel.
Andrea is too happy to be in the big city to think much about it and enjoys the ride in a horse-drawn carriage in the middle of the night. Everywhere the scaling walls opened their toothless mouths oozing dampness. Even Andrea’s relationship with her best friend Ena provides another twist in the course, when Andrea discovers that Ena’s mother was once humiliated by her uncle Roman and that Ena’s friendship serves to accomplish a terrible revenge. What awaits her reads almost like a scene from a horror movie. I feel the strength of this book is that it is probably quite near to the writers own life she went to Barcelona spend time with her family.
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laforst Reduced to living in a small room in the Calle de Airbau. Nada tells the story of Andrea who, like Laforet herself, leaves her native Canary Islands at the age of 18 to live in her grandmother’s house in Barcelona, with the intention of studying literature at the university.
The British have a nice cover of it as well: They are all skinny and starving.
Nada by Carmen Laforet
Andrea has a little allowance but she prefers to spend edsay on presents for Ena or cigarettes. Within the country, within the characters, nothing has changed. Thanks for your comment.
Email required Address never made public. Gloria has been Roman’s mistress rssay and after her marriage to Juan, the straight-laced Angustias has been having an affair with her married boss, the grandmother who never sleeps fawns over her two sons while disdaining her daughters – three of them managed to leave the dreadful house long ago, including Andrea’s mother.
The author was 23, and it is hard to understand how someone so young, within the isolation of Franco’s Spain, should have been able to produce such an accomplished novel, so powerful in its story and so polished in its style. I think this is considered best translation of this bookas it had been translated a couple of times before ,a wonderful book ,bet you enjoyed doing a translation of part of it all the best stu. Twitter Updates RT ddillingworth: I am really glad I read it.
Join 5, other followers Sign me up! Hi Andrew, thanks for visiting. Notify me of new comments via email. Her descriptions are absolutely fantastic. Wow…I love the quotes you have chosen, it is indeed like a horror movie scenes.
It reminded me of an extended stay in this mysteriously beautiful city. Anyway, hope this helps. I ve been trying to get some Cela for a while sure I ll see some soon ,the hive is hard to get hold of know another had just come out from dalkey archive by him ,all the best stu.
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Born in Barcelona in her early days she moved to Canary islands ,returning to Barcelona at 18 to study and she stayed with family. Thanks for pointing us back to this review Stu, a great review and comments.
The image of Andrea, walking the streets, eating small pieces of chocolate is still vivid in my mind. Hi Caroline Thanks for mentioning this review — Nada has now shot up to the top of my list of books to read!
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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The circumstances in which she has to live are really bad. Liburuak Jul 21, Thanks for this fantastic comment and the many recommendations, Richard! How did I miss this review… I loved Nada, I had to read it in Spanish for a university assignment and found it fascinating.
I remember I liked it. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This was the first Novel I read in Spanish and I loved it. Do you have any recommendations?