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Josep Pla, a budding young writer, was studying law in Barcelona in .. sincero, con unos toques de humor que me han ganado, El cuaderno gris es uno . Amb a penes vint anys, Josep Pla accedeix als cercles socials de la Barcelona noucentista. Després d’abandonar els estudis de Medicina i començar Dret. Cuaderno gris, El. Un dietario. Título original: El quadern gris. Traducción de Dionisio Ridruejo y Gloria Ros. by Pla, Josep [Palafrugell, – Llofriu, ]: and.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some of the sketches go longer than necessary, but others are enriched with great descriptive flourishes as well as Pla’s opinions on contemporary philosophers, writers, and poets.

Oddly, sex as well as women in general, at least once Pla’s joseo reopens is almost entirely absent from the diary of this young man of letters notwithstanding a visit to a local cathouse or twoas are entries about other people’s books. When he went back to the university in Barcelona, he seems to do the same.

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 e, meant to be a clear, precise, but also beautiful look at what the world is like.

To ask other readers questions about The Gray Notebookplease sign up. The Gray Notebook is a book that encompasses a locale and a time and a place and a set of people, but done in such an inspired way that it can’t help make the reader look at their own cuadernk and place and friends in a new and different way, a way that is because both more perceptive and also more creative, as one can only imagine how Pla would describe what is happening around you in his own words, or inspire you to do it yourself.

What is best about it, I think, is a model for how a young writer should work on his or her craft. The edition I read was a fairly cheap paperback with no introduction, notes, or index.


The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla

Esta es la segunda vez que lo leo. If you like straight-shooter writing, clean and clear like George Orwell’s, this book might be up your alley. The Gray Notebook is an attempt to follow that directive.

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. Not having abiding by his request, it may well be illegitimate for me to criticize it. You’re immediately struck by how much spare time people had a century ago. I’m not sure gtis 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, pageswhich is a collection of all his journals, reports, articles, essays, biographies and both long and short novels. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

The book is so full of beautiful images and perfect adjectives that sometimes is too much. He decides to become a journalist instead of a lawyer and the book ends as he gets his first good job in Paris.

D’aquests passatges “El Q. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. You’re immediately struck by how much spare time people had a century ago. No trivia or quizzes yet. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

View all 6 comments. Read the rest here: There’s talk of a couple of 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?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. John Murphy rated it liked it May 07, Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Gray Notebook begins, and ends, before all that, however. 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 jowep much older, more established writer, fixing them up for posterity.

Jul 19, Ken rated it ojsep liked it Shelves: En mi caso concreto, tuve un comienzo bastante malo con el libro. Dice el propio Pla sobre el diario: This part was a bit less interesting, but the writing itself did not flag once.


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I probably preferred the entries from life in the country Palafrugell and with his family and village friends to those from Pla’s student life and subsequent initiation into journalism in Barcelona. Tacodisc rated it liked it Aug 09, Open Preview See a Problem?

Of course part of the joy is that the Catalan culture seems to provide such charming examples of lpa, a culture and language that Pla is able to create out of very little while at the same time referring to a vast history and specific locations and motivations. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Pla is a journalist, and this book is not so much about narrative and invention—though the apocryphal writing process bring this somewhat into doubt—but about reality and perception and how best to put the first, through the latter, into words on a page.

Larry rated it it was amazing Jan 22, cuadenro Un d’aquells passatges que val la pena recordar, fotografiar o copiar i compartir.

College was boring in spots bad professorsthings ran amuck, money was scarce but still he spent most days on the towneel eventually he graduates, but then can’t afford the diploma. Este libro, al estar pka en entradas de diario, resulta ideal para ello. Amb a penes vint anys, Josep Pla accedeix als cercles socials de la Barcelona noucentista. Me gusta Pla cuando escribe del campo, el mar o de comida. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

El quadern gris.

He also offers plenty of views on human nature. The Gray Notebook, by Josep Pla. No era exactamente lo que yo me esperaba y me resultaba muy cansado de leer; no me interesaba. Feb 16, Carlos rated it it was ok.

Return to Book Page. Con grandes momentos, empero.