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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 Gray Notebook by Josep Pla. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab. In any event it is pages I am glad to finish. Ostensibly a diary of a young man finishing, unwillingly and unhappily, his law eo 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 cuadsrno not still in the form of a daily journal that makes it such an interesting and hard to explain work.

Cuaderno de lectura con actividades de. Esta es la maravilla de este escritor: He also offers plenty of views on human nature. En mi caso concreto, tuve un comienzo bastante malo con el libro. Apparently a classic since so few writers have written in the Catalonian language.

In ,the first year, the university is closed due to influenza, and he writes about each person in his small I’m not sure whether to compare this book to Boswell’s “Life of Samuel Johnson” or Anthony Bourdain’s entertaining round-the-world visits eating food in unlikely spots. The extent of his Obres Completes – Complete Works 46 volumes and nearly 40, pages griz, which is a collection of all his journals, reports, articles, essays, biographies and both long and short novels.


Books by Josep Pla.

The Gray Notebook

Un Dietario El quadern griscontinued to be published and translated after his death. View all 6 comments.

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 cuadsrno like.

Con grandes momentos, empero. Brand new Perfect Paperback. College was boring in spots bad professorsthings ran amuck, money was scarce but still he spent most days on the townand eventually he graduates, but then can’t afford the diploma. When he went back to the university in Barcelona, he seems to do the same. There is no plot to speak hris, and nothing really happens, and that’s a tough task to set oneself, and to surmount it one would need to be an excessively brilliant writer, and I didn’t quite feel that Pla meets this high bar.

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In November ofa year-old Josep Pla left Barcelona for Paris, by his own account a quiet, anxious, insecure young man with average looks, a changeable cuadermo, and a cheap suit — and, the reader knows, a prodigious talent for description. Feb 17, Lydia rated it it was ok.

As a journalist he worked in France, Italy, England, Germany and Russia, from where he wrote political and cultural chronicles in Catalan.

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.

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Sempre m’han agradat els dietaris, la mirada intima de l’altre, aquesta barreja de proximitat i llunyania Estimated delivery within working days. 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 ppla during the influenza outbreak.

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Josep Pla (Author of El cuaderno gris)

His books remain in print and both Spanish and Catalan critics have unanimously recognized him as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Return to Book Page. He died ina year after being awarded a major literary award, the Gold Medal of the Catalan Parliament. By the time it’s all over, you will know Pla well. Y la edici’on de Destino es un lujo. See all condition definitions – opens in a new window or tab The Gray Notebook begins, and ends, before all that, however.

Jul 19, Ken rated it really liked it Shelves: Larry rated it it was amazing Jan 22, There is no plot to speak of, and nothing really happens, 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 three authors are long dead. Esta es la segunda vez que lo leo.

En canvi, ara, he gaudit com un camell. His collected works, including El Cuaderno Gris: The Gray Notebook is an attempt to follow that directive. We may receive commission if your application for credit is successful. This amount is subject to change until you make payment.