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The Gray Notebook is devoted to descriptions of the landscapes around Barcelona, where Pla attended university, and Palafrugell, his hometown and where he spent much of during the influenza outbreak. Josep Pla, a budding young writer, was studying law in Barcelona in when the university was shut down because of the Spanish flu epidemic.

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Your order will be dispatched from England via Royal Mail 1st Class, although please allow days for delivery. I probably preferred the entries from Good book, on the whole, and the first book I’ve read all the way through in Catalan I’ve read bits and pieces of other books of Pla’s and a story or two by other writers. I ask him to read it slowly and calmly. Books by Josep Pla. The book is so full of beautiful images and perfect adjectives that sometimes is too much. Ha sido toda una aventura que me ha dejado muchos momentos muy buenos y muchas ideas sobre las que reflexionar.

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Tacodisc rated it liked it Aug 09, Estimated delivery within working days. Ostensibly a diary of a young man finishing, unwillingly and unhappily, his law degree and, more happily and enthusiastically, starting a career as a writer, Pla really worked on The Gray Notebook for over 40 years and only published in much later in life, reworked but not still in the form of a daily journal that makes it such an interesting and hard to explain work. Unlike Proust this book is not about how memories of events can turn into creative ideas and interpretations of what has happened and how it changed things, it is really meant to be a clear, precise, but also beautiful look at what the world is like.


Visit eBay’s page on international selling. I enjoyed it three and a half stars, let’s say and will be reading more Pla, but there are two Spanish-language diaries, more contemporary, that I prefer: The book is also as much memoir as it is diary, and indeed it’s sometimes a bit disconcerting to read the purportedly twenty-one-year-old Pla look back on his adolescence as if from a great distance much of the diary, then, was obviously revised, and probably rather heavily, much later.

Return to Book Page. At twenty-one, Pla was nervous and lethargic, an obsessive writer and poor student, brilliant but taciturn and extremely insecure about his own talent.

You do learn how people talk, how they think, their daily lives and habits.

The Gray Plqfull of incident and humor and light, is pure pleasure to read: The Gray Notebook is an attempt to follow that directive. Larry rated it it was amazing Jan 22, View all 3 comments. Please note that first editions are rarely first printings.

You’re immediately struck by how much spare time people had a century ago. The edition I read was a fairly cheap paperback with no introduction, notes, or index. No era exactamente lo que yo me esperaba y me resultaba muy cansado de leer; no me interesaba. Paperbackpages.

As a journalist he worked in France, Italy, England, Germany and Russia, from where he wrote political and cultural chronicles in Catalan. There’s talk of a couple cuaderho French novels, as well as of pieces by some long-dead Catalan writers no one outside Catalonia is likely to be familiar with Robert Robert?

It has a touch of Proust to it, the remembrances of a youth long gone—though again, living on the page on specific dates and places—and how a young man turns these events into his image of the world and how he will be in it. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab.

Find out more about your rights as a buyer – opens in a new window or tab and exceptions – opens in a new window or tab. I’d check something else out by him at some point in the future.

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I enjoyed the almost idyllic entries here and the many people we meet in Pla’s character sketches. Mar 10, Nicholas During rated it it was amazing.

John Murphy rated it liked it May 07, We may receive commission if your application for credit is successful. Sempre m’han agradat els dietaris, la mirada intima de l’altre, aquesta barreja de proximitat i llunyania His liberal-conservative thought, skeptic and uncompromising, filled with irony and common sense, keeps sounding contemporary, completely current, even though it seems to contradict the current cultural establishment same as it did with its completely opposed antecessor.

Read more about the condition. The Gray Notebook begins, and ends, before all that, however. There is no plot to speak of, and nothing really cuqderno, and that’s a tough task to se man, I hate writing negative reviews, it’s tiring and it makes me feel nasty, even though the last grs authors are long dead.

More chances to get what you want Feedback on our suggestions – More chances to get what you want. View all 6 comments. Refresh and try again. His initial support for the Franco regime, and his joxep politics, led to his qualified rejection by the politically progressive Catalan literary community after the fall of Francoist Spain in the s. The first part of the book, which cuaderho on March 8,is a story gfis family life on the Costa Brava and the coming-of-age story grjs a young man torn between an old-fashioned ideal of a life of quiet dedication to work and family and the intellectual seductions of European culture.

I enjoyed the a Josep Pla’s notebooks, detailing his 19th and 20th years, might seem incredibly precocious, but the introduction tells us that he came back to them as a much older, more established writer, fixing them up for posterity. The extent of his Obres Completes – Complete Works 46 volumes and nearly 40, pageswhich is a collection of all his journals, reports, articles, essays, biographies and both long and short novels.