One more month the Reading Club “El Jardinillo” has met in order to chat and discuss the proposed books: THE PRINCIPITUM
of Saint-Exupéry and LA BUSCA de Pío Baroja.
THE PRINCE OF Saint-Exupéry.
This little book can be read in different stages of life and in each of them we can discover a new message.
When we read in the adult stage we turn to the child who lives in us and who at some time we have neglected. As the pages progress, we are left with a sense of nostalgia, and these are the characters that the
little prince who shows us the loss of values that we have suffered as we grow up. We can highlight this work
many sentences with their consequent teachings; some of them could be the
-Exact. You have to demand from everyone what
everyone can do, “replied the king.” Authority rests, first of all, on reason …
THE SEARCH for Pío Baroja.
LA BUSCA is one of the novels that make up the trilogy “LA PUCHA POR LA VIDA” by the writer Pío Baroja.
Splendid novel that runs from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth.
It tells the evolution and development of Manuel, a teenager who goes to live in Madrid with his mother who works in a boarding house.
Manuel is doing various jobs to learn a trade. When his mother dies he is forced to know the underworld of Madrid, crime and misery.
Baroja describes the suburbs of Madrid with great realism where they smell the misery and poverty
Despite Manuel’s life, the end of the novel is hopeful because he reflects and considers that there are two parallel worlds: that of people who want to get pleasure in the shadows of the night and those who live by day and have a job. .
The novel takes place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and, although it is necessary to look for the meaning of many words already in
disused, has not aged because the subject matter is still current:
1. Crime in the periphery of cities.
2. The influence of the environment on the formation of young people.
3. Treatment of women.
It seems that PIO Baroja believed little or nothing in society and that it was something misogynistic and that is how it manifests itself in this novel, on the other hand something normal for the time.
The women who appear are prostitutes or with bad arts and appear phrases like: “… is to take it in a corner and there get fed up …, and then give it a beating and leave the body made a breva …; the next day he followed you like a dog. ”
4. Gender violence: Leandro kills Milagros and then commits suicide.
“The three women blamed everything on Milagros, who was a slut, a bad, out-of-date, miserable and miserable female.” Still, nowadays she thinks: Something will have happened “” the sergeant mounted on the back of a Naked woman with spurs tore her thighs.
-It is that in order to make women happy, there is no way to make them suffer -he ended by saying ”
“Only the blacks went to that school; and these creatures, why do they want to know how to read and write? ”
The figure of the TRAPERO is striking for its honesty and because it represents how garbage was recycled and how these activities were generating wealth.
We consider this meeting to be very productive and we are planning for next December 10 with the following work: THE PATIENTS OF DOCTOR GARCÍA by the writer Almudena Grandes.
Archena October 22, 2018