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#TuesdayBookBlog #Bookreview THE LABYRINTH OF THE SPIRITS by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Trans. (@ZafonOficial) (@orionbooks) A magical visit to Barcelona and to the world of books and stories. Unmissable!

Hi all:

It’s with great pleasure that I bring you a wonderful book.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruíz Zafón
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruíz Zafón

The Labyrinth of the Spirits: From the bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 4) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Lucia Graves

The long-awaited new novel from the author of the global bestseller and modern classic, The Shadow of the Wind.

As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books an extraordinary novel that would change the course of his life. Now a young man in the Barcelona of the late 1950s, Daniel runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop and enjoys a seemingly fulfilling life with his loving wife and son. Yet the mystery surrounding the death of his mother continues to plague his soul despite the moving efforts of his wife Bea and his faithful friend Fermín to save him.

Just when Daniel believes he is close to solving this enigma, a conspiracy more sinister than he could have imagined spreads its tentacles from the hellish regime. That is when Alicia Gris appears, a soul born out of the nightmare of the war. She is the one who will lead Daniel to the edge of the abyss and reveal the secret history of his family, although at a terrifying price.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits is an electrifying tale of passion, intrigue, and adventure. Within its haunting pages, Carlos Ruiz Zafón masterfully weaves together plots and subplots in an intricate and intensely imagined homage to books, the art of storytelling and that magical bridge between literature and our lives.

‘For the first time in 20 years or so as a book reviewer, I am tempted to dust off the old superlatives and event to employ some particularly vulgar clichés from the repertoire of publishers’ blurbs. My colleagues may be shocked, but I don’t care, I can’t help myself, here goes. The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller’s art. I couldn’t put it down. Enchanting, hilarious and heartbreaking, this book will change your life. Carlos Ruiz Zafón has done that exceedingly rare thing – he has produced, in his first novel, a popular masterpiece, an instant classic’ Daily Telegraph

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Spirits-bestselling-Cemetery-Forgotten-ebook/dp/B07DCY1MX1/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Labyrinth-Spirits-bestselling-Cemetery-Forgotten-ebook/dp/B07DCY1MX1/

Editorial Reviews

Review

“THE LABYRINTH OF THE SPIRITS is the sublime culmination to a truly outstanding series…a reading experience not to be missed…As long as you actually open a door to the labyrinth and enter it, all is well. As to not reading the Cemetery of Forgotten books at all, that is obviously a grave error.” (Publishers Weekly, ShelfTalker)

“Ruiz Zafón clearly has had a great deal of fun in pulling this vast story together…His ability to keep track of a thousand threads while, in the end, celebrating the power of storytelling is admirable…. A satisfying conclusion to a grand epic that, of course, will only leave its fans wanting more.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Gothic, operatic, and in many ways old-fashioned, this is a story about storytelling and survival, with the horrors of Francoist Spain present on every page. Compelling…this is for readers who savor each word and scene, soaking in the ambiance of Barcelona, Zafón’s greatest character (after, perhaps, the irrepressible Fermín Romero de Torres).” (Booklist)

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón

About the author:

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind. His work has been published in more than forty different languages and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebé Award, Spain’s most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

https://www.amazon.com/Carlos-Ruiz-Zaf%C3%B3n/e/B001JOSYGI/

My review:

Thanks to NetGalley and to Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Orion Publishing Group) for providing me an ARC copy of this novel that I enthusiastically and freely chose to review.

I read the first two novels of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books series years back, in Spanish. I have recommended The Shadow of the Wind to anybody who would bother to listen to me (probably multiple times, sorry) and was enthralled by the complex tale of creation and mental unravelling span by The Angel’s Game. In the maelstrom of the last few years, somehow I lost track of the series and missed the publication of The Prisoner of Heaven (although I have been trying to locate a copy since I started reading this volume), but when I saw the last novel in the series was being published in English and offered on NetGalley, I knew it was my chance to catch up. As I also do translations and had read two of the novels in their original Spanish version, I had the added interest of scrutinising what the translation into English would look like. Well, I must say I thought it was superb, in case I forget to mention it later. Lucia Graves (daughter of Robert Graves, here you can read in interview with her) manages to capture the style of the author, the complexity and beauty of his language, and translates the local peculiarities of the dialogue, helping readers feel the joy and the intoxicating and magical experience of reading the original. Hats off!

If you’ve read up to this point, you’ll likely have guessed that I loved this novel. To get it out of the way, I’ll clarify that I think it can be read by itself, or as a starting point to a reader’s visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and although perhaps somebody who starts by reading this book will feel s/he knows already the whole story, I suspect they’ll feel curious and intrigued and will want to learn the full details of the stories that come to fruition here (this is my case as well). Here, the author of the story inside the book, Julián, (yes, the story is full of books and writers) explains how the series works better than I can:

The way I dreamed of it, the narrative would be divided into four interconnected volumes that would work like entrance doors into a labyrinth of stories. As the reader advanced into its pages, he would feel that the story was piecing itself together like a game of Russian dolls in which each plot and each character led to the next, and that, in turn, to yet another, and so on and so forth. The saga would contain villains and heroes, and a thousand tunnels through which the reader would be able to explore a kaleidoscopic plot resembling that mirage of perspectives I’d discovered with my father in the heart of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books.

This is a long novel, and a complex one, although not one difficult to read or follow (I don’t think). As the quoted paragraph says, there are many stories here, and many memorable characters, some dead, some alive, and some… (among them, Alicia Gris, femme-fatale, spy, little girl, seductress, avenging angel, long-suffering survivor of a terrible war; Daniel Sampere, bookshop owner extraordinaire searching for answers; Fermín Romero de Torres, whimsical, fun, full of life and common-sense, witty, heroic, down-to-earth;  Julián Sempere, the stand-in for the author and heir to a long tradition; Isabella, a mysterious figure much of the action revolves around; authors David Martín, Julian Carax, Víctor Mataix; the fabulous Vargas, a hard-working an old-fashioned honest policeman with some secrets of his own; the complex Leandro; the horrifying Hendaya; the intriguing Rovira…). The story moves back and forth in time, from the time of the Civil War in Spain (1938) to its aftermath during the Franco regime, and into 1992. We visit Madrid, Paris —however briefly— although the main setting, and the main character, is Barcelona, in all its glory and horror.

In the darkest corner of her heart, Barcelona, mother of labyrinths, holds of mesh of narrow streets knotted together to form a reef of present and future ruins.

I kept thinking what genre one would fit this book into. Amazon has it listed in the categories of literary fiction, historical fiction, and mysteries. All true, I guess. There are secrets, mysteries, action, revenge, intrigues, crimes, murders, torture… The novel reminds me, in some ways, of the big adventures and narratives of old, novels by Victor Hugo (whose pen, possibly?, makes an appearance in the novel), Jules Verne, the Dumas (father and son), with its sprawling narrative, its wondrous descriptions of people and events, its historical background (the Spanish Civil War and the postwar years, accurately reflected through a fantasy lens), and even its gothic setting (we have mysterious mansions, dungeons, cells, castles, underground passages, true labyrinths…). This book bears homage to literature, to books, to authors, to the power of imagination, and to the magic of reading.

The book talks about books and writing and contains plenty of advice on writing, some of it contradictory, and there are many different types of writers contained in its pages. It is metafictional at its best, and I was not surprised when I read that the author also composes music. There are variations on a theme in evidence (stories are told and retold: sometimes different versions, sometimes from different perspectives, and in different formats). There is plenty of showing, there is telling from direct witnesses, or third-hand, there are documents that bring us missing pieces from the pens of those who are no longer able to tell their own stories, and everybody gets a chance to tell his or her own story, be it in the first person or the third, be it directly or through a narrator. The author has explained that he writes his novels in a similar way to how movies are conceived and designed, and that is evident when one reads the story, as it is impossible not to visualise it. Carlos Ruiz Zafón professes his admiration for Orson Welles and that comes across loud and clear in this book. But, however much he loves movies, he believes books can conjure up worlds that no filmmaker would be able to bring to life, and that is his stated reason for not selling the rights for the film adaptation of the series. Part of me would like to watch it, but I am convinced I’d be disappointed, so incredible is the world the author has built.

I have mentioned the style of writing when I talked about the translation and I have shared some quotes. I kept highlighting and highlighting text while I was reading it and I found it very difficult to select some to share, but I hope the few fragments I have included will pique your curiosity and make you check a sample if you are not sure if you would like it (you would!). One of the tips on writing contained in the book highlights the importance of the way the story is written, above and beyond the plot, but in this case, the two mix perfectly.

I have mentioned some of the themes, the historical background, and the mystery elements included in the story, with some gore and violent scenes, but there are plenty of magical, lighter, and funny moments as well, and I wanted to share a couple of sentences from Isabella’s notebook that I particularly enjoyed, to illustrate the sense of humour (sometimes a bit dark) also present:

We were three sisters, but my father used to say he had two daughters and one mule.

I didn’t like playing with the other girls: my specialty was decapitating dolls with a catapult.

I’m not sure what else I can tell you to try and convince you to read this book. I am from Barcelona and love the city, even if some of the places mentioned in the novel no longer exist (or not in their original form). You could use the book as a guide for a visit (and I know there were tours visiting some of the streets and settings of The Shadow of the Wind), or you could lose yourself in the labyrinth of your imagination. You could imagine the movie, cast the characters, or put yourself in their place (I’d happily be Alicia Gris, pain and all). If you need to live some adventures and take a break from your life, go on, enter the labyrinth and visit the cemetery of the forgotten books. You might never want to find the way out. I am rearing for another visit soon.

Ah and when I read this article about the pleasures of slow reading, I immediately thought of this book and decided to share it with you. Because this is one of those books that are better enjoyed and savoured slowly.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/14/joe-moran-pleasures-of-slow-reading?

Thanks very much to NetGalley, to the publisher, and to the author and translator, for this fabulous book, thanks to all of you for reading and for putting up with my enthusiasm and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment, click, review, and always keep smiling and reading!

 

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#Bookreview, news, and a sample. #ILoveYourCupcakes #Romance

Hi all:

I decided to take a mini-break from my reviews (not that I’ve finished reviewing all the books, but some of the books I’ve reviewed recently are not due to be published yet, so…) to bring you some news. And to share a lovely review of one of my books.

First, some of you know already, but I’m now back in Barcelona. Although I will probably visit the UK sometimes, as I have friends there, I’ve sold my house, so I won’t be spending there long periods of time. I might tell you more about the process itself at some point, but let’s say it put my patience to the test and it took longer than I expected. I have only been back a few weeks, my things took a bit of time to join me and I’m still trying to get settled here, so I’ll keep you posted. (The weather has been quite crazy, but I know that’s been the same everywhere, so I’m not too alarmed yet, worried that I might have brought the weather with me).

Second, as those who read me often know, I don’t talk about my own books often and don’t check my review unless somebody shares them with me.  But Robbie Cheadle, baker, writer and blogger extraordinaire, was kind enough to review the audio of my book I Love Your Cupcakes, recently, and I had to share it with you.

Here it is:

#Bookreview – I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Nunez Miret

Oh, and don’t forget to check Robbie’s blog and her books. If you love cakes and great stories, you should not miss her collection of books created in collaboration with her son Michael. And she has a new book just out. Check it here!

As this book has also been republished in Spanish by a small independent publishing company, I thought it was a sign I had to talk about it. Ah, and the #MeToo campaign has made me thought about it more than once. Unfortunately, sometimes fiction is not so fictional.

Here a sample, from chapter 16, where the main protagonists, Dulce and Adelfa, and the two members of another team competing in the same TV baking programme, are having a bit of a break.

The girls’ night in was exactly what the two teams needed. They had a heated discussion about what movie to watch, with Adelfa and Trisha set up on an action movie or a thriller, and Dulce and Candy keener on a comedy. Eventually, they decided to start with a romantic comedy and if they still felt like watching anything else they’d look for something less “fluffy.” They ordered from a variety of fast-food venues and more than anything, they had a great time talking about their businesses and their lives.

“It’s amazing to think that after being all day in the kitchen around food we can still eat,” Dulce noted.

“I don’t know if it’s the nerves or what, but I don’t think I’ve eaten a proper decent meal since all this started” Trisha replied. “I’ve just realized I’m starving!”

“A proper decent meal this? I thought you were into organic products” Adelfa said, stuffing a big chunk of pizza into her mouth and proceeding to munch it noisily.

“Well, OK, a good old-fashioned bad-for-you bit of food then” Candy nodded. “If one is good all the time it’s too boring. After all, if there was nothing bad in the world, and no temptations, how hard would it be to be good? There would be no merit in it!”

“I love how you think!” Dulce declared.

The romantic movie got them talking about relationships. They realized that none of them were, or had been, in a steady relationship for some time.

“I guess we’re very dedicated to our businesses and we don’t have much time to do things that encourage the birth of a relationship.” Candy said.

“I’m firmly of the opinion that women who are in a relationship with somebody have a better chance of ending up in another relationship than if they are alone,” Trisha said.

“How do you work that one out?” Adelfa asked.

“Oh, it’s my own theory, but it’s the law of the market. If you are with somebody, it signals to other men that you are relationship material, others find you desirable (and men are suckers for competition,  having to prove that they are better than anybody else, can have what other men have and take it from them) and your market value is higher. If you’re alone, on the other hand, either nobody values you and thinks you’re good enough, or you’re too difficult. Your market value is lower. You’ll have to offer a discount to make a sale. It’s also easier to find a job if you’re already in one than if you are unemployed.”

“Trisha’s law of relationships,” Candy said. She’d evidently heard her friend expose her theory a few times.

“No, don’t mock her. I think she might be onto something.” Adelfa said.

“It’s also quite possible that being independent women, our own bosses, and used to doing things our own way will not make us very attractive to certain types of men either,” Dulce said. “Look at my friend Adelfa, here. Not only is she in a fairly successful partnership with me, but she’s on her way to becoming a Professor at University, she does her own research, she’s a sought-after chemist…And on top of that, she’s pretty too. You need to be fairly self-confident to try and woo her.”

Adelfa smiled and pinched Dulce’s cheek.

“We’re all pretty amazing women. Anybody for some Chinese food?”

They went to bed quite late, tired but happy and relaxed. They had a whole free day ahead of them!

Here the info about it in case you want to check:

I Love Your Cupcakes. Cover by Lourdes Vidal
I Love Your Cupcakes. Cover by Lourdes Vidal

I Love Your Cupcakes

Dulce, Adelfa, and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the studio of the contest “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love? Recipes included (only for cakes, not love!)

AMAZON (e-book)    KOBO           NOOK            APPLE           SCRIBD        

PAGE FOUNDRY   OYSTER  GOOGLE PLAY     PAPER    

Also in audio, with a slightly different cover:

I Love Your Cupcakes, audio with Gwyn Olson as narrator

In AUDIBLE (UK) AMAZON.COM    AMAZON.CO.UK     i-TUNES

And for an audio sample, you can go here!

Thanks very much to Robbie for her review, and to everybody who’s kindly shared it, to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, click, REVIEW, and to keep smiling!

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Timecode de Juanjo Giménez (@rikkinadir) corto español nominado al Oscar al mejor cortometraje de ficción

Hola a todos:

Había pensado en incluir el trailer de Timecode en mi previo post, pero se me pasó y luego pensé que merece un poco de atención.

Resulta que la madre de Juanjo Giménez, director de Timecode el corto español nominado al oscar por el mejor cortometraje de ficción (ha ganado muchos premios, entre ellos la Palma de Oro en Cannes) vive en el mismo edificio que mi madre, en Barcelona,  y tengo el gusto de conocerla, aunque al director no. Pero bueno, por una vez que me cruzo con una buena noticia, no pude resistirme.

Así que, deseándole mucha suerte y todo mi apoyo.

Y varios artículos sobre el director y su obra:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/24/actualidad/1485262655_717419.html

http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/ocio-y-cultura/entrevista-juanjo-gimenez-palma-de-oro-cortometraje-timecode-5152698

http://www.fotogramas.es/Oscar/2017/timecode-nominacion-oscar

Y por si queréis seguir su blog:

http://www.juanjogimenez.com/

Mucha suerte a todo el equipo y a Timecode y gracias por leer y ver. Ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

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Miscelánea

#Felizañonuevo. ¡2017, pórtate bien!

Hola a todos y feliz año nuevo.

Como os he comentado, estoy planeando hacer algunos cambios en mi blog, así que me voy a tomar un respiro. Empecé a publicar un blog hace algo más de cuatro años (http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com) con la idea de darme a conocer y promocionar mis libros. En ese tiempo he conocido a muchos blogueros maravillosos que se han convertido en amigos y parte de la familia (ya sabéis quiénes sois y estoy segura de que se irán añadiendo más) pero como estrategia promocional no me ha funcionado, así que me toca repensarme qué voy a hacer. Puede que haya cambios drásticos, o puede que me lo tome con mucha calma. Ya veremos.

Mientras lo pienso, seguiré compartiendo reseñas cuando las tenga, y me encanta compartir nuevos libros, así que si tenéis alguno, no dudéis en poneros en contacto conmigo.

Y mientras tanto, os dejo unas fotos, ya que fui a dar una vuelta por Barcelona el día de Navidad.

Barcelona, swim across the harbor on Xmas Day

Travesía tradicional nadando el puerto de Barcelona
Floating sculpture in Barcelona's Harbor
Escultura flotante en el puerto. Yo también me siento así de vez en cuando, y además va muy bien para estirar el cuello después de tantas horas sentados delante del ordenador
Christopher Columbus statue in Barcelona
Cristóbal Colón, que nunca se cansa de señalar, aunque no sepamos exactamente a qué. Últimamente las palomas y gaviotas no se acercan…
Carmela de Jaume Plensa
Escultura de Jaume Plensa delante del Palau de la Música Catalana.
Representa una niña de Barcelona, y se llama Carmela. Aquí os explica un poco más.

Gracias a todos por leer, a ver si el 2017 se porta un poco mejor, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y sobre todo que tengáis un muy buen año!

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#HappyNewYear 2017, please, behave!

Hi all:

Happy 2017!

As I’ve been promising you (I was going to say threatening you, but I think it’s not much of a threat) I’m planning on taking a bit of time to gather my thoughts about blogging. It might result in a major overhaul or on a less is more approach to life. I started blogging in OlgaNM.wordpress.com over 4 years ago (it’s still alive although mostly through an automated connection with this one) with the idea of trying to gain some presence on-line and sell some books. I’m happy to have met wonderful bloggers who have become friends and family over the years (you know who you are, and some of you will join the family, hopefully in the future), although from the point of view of the books it hasn’t been a winning strategy. So I want to rethink again.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to share some reviews, and I’m happy as always to feature new books if you let me know.

And a few pics from Xmas day in Barcelona.

Barcelona, swim across the harbor on Xmas Day
Traditional swim across Barcelona’s Harbor on Xmas Day
Floating sculpture in Barcelona's Harbor
Floating sculpture on the harbor. I feel like that sometimes and I hear is a good stretch for the neck
Christopher Columbus statue in Barcelona
Christopher Columbus, never tired of pointing, although there’s some controversy as to what he’s pointing at… (Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic Queen and King were in Barcelona when he returned from his first trip to America, so he came bearing gifts)
Carmela de Jaume Plensa
Sculpture of Jaume Plensa in front of the Palau de la Música Catalana. It represents a girl from Barcelona and it’s called Carmela

Fingers crossed, hoping that 2017 behaves better than 2016.

Thank you for reading, like, share, comment, CLICK and don’t worry if I’m not around much for a while. But if you have any new books coming up, don’t forget to let me know! 

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#Feliz Navidad ¡Gracias por leer y que tengáis unas fiestas maravillosas!

Hola todos:

Pues sí, ya ha pasado otro año y aquí están las Navidades.

Árbol de Navidad de luces, centro comercial las Arenas, Barcelona
Árbol de Navidad (más o menos)

Espero que las paséis de lo mejor, en buena compañía, disfrutando y que hagáis lo que hagáis, no os estreséis. Si lo celebráis, pues muy bien, y si no, pues también.

Belén en Plaça Sant Jaume de Barcelona
El belén de la Plaça Sant Jaume en Barcelona este año es un pelín especial

Lanzo un libro la semana que viene y luego quiero tomarme un poco de tiempo para evaluar el blog, pero…

Un belén en Sants
En Sants, un poquito más tradicionales

Gracias por acompañarme, por leerme, por comentar, y por estar ahí. ¡Feliz Navidad!

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La Mercè en #Barcelona. L’Hospital de Sant Pau y el Palacete Albéniz

Hola a todos.

Si todo va bien cuando leáis esto estaré de camino de vuelta a Inglaterra. Como sabéis, en estos últimos tiempos estoy yendo y viniendo mucho por razones familiares, y esta vez coincidió que me encontraba en Barcelona por las fiestas de la Mercè, la patrona de Barcelona. Con motivo de las fiestas, aparte de conciertos, bailes, gigantes y cabezudos, castellers, fuegos artificiales y un sinfín de eventos, se abren las puertas (gratuitamente) a museos y a locales que a menudo no están abiertos al público.

Esta vez decidí aprovechar y con mi madre fuimos a visitar el Hospital de Sant Pau (San Pablo) el mayor complejo de edificios modernistas del mundo. Hace años que esta parte no se usa como hospital (el hospital sigue en marcha pero en edificios adyacentes) y ahora se puede visitar esta maravilla creada por el arquitecto Lluís Domènech i Montaner  otro de los grandes arquitectos de ese estilo (y si no conocéis el Palacio de la Música Catalana… pues no esperéis más).

Aquí unas fotos:

It was cloudy in the morning but it improved
Por la mañana estaba nublando pero mejoró

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One of the feature up close
Un detalle más de cerca

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One of the stained glass domes
Una de las cúpulas con vidriera
Gorgeous tiles
Me encantan los azulejos

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Por la tarde, aprovechamos para ir a ver el Palacete Albéniz, la residencia de la familia real española cuando visitan Barcelona (aunque para recepciones grandes suelen usar alguna de las salas del palacio de Pedralbes). Está en Montjuich, y si habéis visitado las instalaciones olímpicas, el Pueblo Español o las fuentes mágicas igual habéis pasado por allí. Aunque los jardines se pueden visitar a temporadas, el palacio no. Pero, estaba abierto, y siempre había sentido curiosidad. Además, para cuando llegamos había salido el sol, en los jardines había títeres para los niños, danzas de época, camionetas con comida, y actores disfrazados de mayordomos, criadas, entreteniendo a la gente mientras esperaba, con instrucciones, anécdotas, y luego preguntando a todo el mundo de dónde eran y haciendo pasar el tiempo de forma agradable.

Unas cuantas fotos:

Dalí painted the fresco in the dome and ceiling at the entry
Dalí pintó los frescos en la cúpula y el techo a la entrada
As you've probably noticed I like stained glass and domes...
No sé si se nota que me gustan las vidrieras y las cúpulas…
The banquet hall
La sala de banquetes
The kitchen
Sentía curiosidad por ver la cocina. Y había comida fresca y todo
The building itself
La fachada
A view of the garden. I told you it was sunny later.
Una vista de los jardines, con la torre de Telefónica al fondo. Ya os había dicho que luego salió el sol

Muchas gracias a todos por leer y ver, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

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Concurso de novela de Amazon Novedades literarias

#Novedades literarias a concurso DE AMORES Y OTROS PREJUICIOS de Roberta Galbraithy (@MaximoCorporan) y VOYEUR: JOHNNY HUNTER THRILLERS NEGROS/BARCELONA de Johnny Hunter (@JohnnyHunter114)

Hola a todos:

Hoy es viernes y os traigo dos novelas que se presentan al concurso de novelas de Amazon y el Mundo. Y os encantará la variedad. Una trata sobre el prejuicio y la otra es muy negra (y está ambientada en Barcelona).

De amores y otros prejuicios de Roberta Galbraithy
De amores y otros prejuicios de Roberta Galbraithy

De amores y otros prejuicios (Spanish Edition) by Roberta Galbraithy (Author), Zayra Márquez (Illustrator)

Un agente del FBI se enfrenta a múltiples pruebas de amores y otros prejuicios en su vida, pero ser homosexual no le impide ejercer su función de trabajo y de padre, sino que le incentiva a luchar por cerrar el ciclo social del suicidio, que muchos adolescentes y jóvenes ven como opción de salida para no aceptarse por la presión social y cultural de su entorno que los arrastra de manera indirecta a ese acantilado y terminan ahorcados en sus frustraciones.

“He llegado a creer que muy en el fondo acepta la realidad, de que, Alan es homosexual, pero por el prejuicio de su religión es que se cierra las puertas de aceptar libremente nuestro matrimonio. ¿Quiénes llorarán nuestra muerte? ¿Quién nos extrañará? ¿Por qué dejar de ser feliz? ¿Para qué vivir para otros? ¿Somos culpables de ser homosexuales? No sé cuáles serían las respuestas que tú le des, pero lo que sí sé, es que nunca permitiré que mis hijos se cohíban de ser ellos sólo porque una partida de idiotas religiosos quiera controlar nuestra manera de vivir y nuestra mente. No soy ateo, pero el Dios que yo creo no sería capaz de odiarme por ser feliz, y por no hacerle daño a otros.”

“Se me hace inconcebible apoyar a ¨gente tan idiota¨ que se alegra, de la muerte de los homosexuales. La muchedumbre está perdiendo su humanidad. ”

No dejes de conocer a los Morgan un matrimonio normal que se abre paso ante las vicisitudes…

https://www.amazon.com/amores-otros-prejuicios-Spanish-ebook/dp/B01I0U4RUA/

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Voyeur de Johnny Hunter
Voyeur de Johnny Hunter

Voyeur: Johnny Hunter thrillers negros / Barcelona de Johnny Hunter

Sinopsis:

Una chica debe sobrevivir a una situación desesperada; un voyeur que ansía cumplir sus fantasías sin importarle las consecuencias de sus actos; un psicópata a su servicio; un joven atormentado que trata de recuperar la cordura; un boxeador amateur que debe salir adelante sin perder por el camino a su novia: lo único que no cambiaría de su vida.

Un cóctel demoledor ambientado en una Barcelona actual, con protagonistas tan reales que podrían tratarse de cualquier amigo o conocido. ¿O acaso eres tú uno de ellos?

¡Atrévete con esta novela negra!

https://www.amazon.es/Voyeur-Johnny-Hunter-thrillers-Barcelona-ebook/dp/B01HAIVVCA/

Muchas gracias a los dos autores y mucha suerte, gracias a vosotros por leer, y si os han interesado estas novelas o conocéis a alguien interesado en ese género, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid and haced CLIC!

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#Reseñadelibro. ‘Carta a Charo’ de Estrella Cardona Gamio (@ccgediciones). Epístolas, nostalgia e inolvidables personajes.

Hola a todos:

Ya sé que os había dicho que hoy no habría post, pero me he dado cuenta de que muchos de mis posts han desaparecido con el traslado, así que he decidido ir recuperando algunos poco a poco. Y he decidido empezar con algunos recientes. Como leí el libro de Estrella Cardona Gamio hace poco y lo vamos a discutir en el club de lectura en enero, me pareció muy oportuno traéroslo otra vez (y prometo revisitar los clásicos y añadir de nuevos pronto).

Hoy os traigo la reseña de un libro que, como muchos, llevaba un tiempo en mi Kindle. Aunque no participo como debiera, estoy en un grupo en Goodreads, Café Literario, y Concha y Estrella Cardona Gamio, las administradoras, me recordaron que este mes estarían leyendo la novela Carta a Charo y la discutiríamos el mes que viene. Así que, la leí. Es muy corta, y me encantó. Pero bueno, aquí os dejo la reseña…

Carta a Charo de Estrella Cardona
Carta a Charo de Estrella Cardona Gamio

Carta a Charo de Estrella Cardona Gamio. Lo bueno si breve….

Ésta es una novela epistolar compuesta por las cartas que se intercambian dos amigas que se conocen desde la juventud pero llevan años viviendo en países distintos (una en Barcelona y la otra en Londres), y otras cartas de sus allegados (a veces protagonistas importantes en la historia, como el marido de Charo, Antonio, otros muy secundarios, como Francesc, el hijo de su amiga), e incluso de personajes cuya relación con ellas es mucho más tangencial (como la última carta, que añade una perspectiva completamente externa a la situación). Hoy en día, cuando las cartas están cayendo en desuso, es una maravilla recuperarlas y darse cuenta de la de cosas que se pueden decir (y no decir) usando esta forma de interacción social.

En la descripción de esta novela la autora nos desvela su proceso de creación. La fecha de la primera carta es la fecha en que empezó a escribirla y quizás eso explica en parte lo vívidas y lo auténticas que resultan estas cartas. Aunque la novela es corta, llegamos a conocer a los personajes (por más que a veces las expectativas que tenemos resulten erróneas), a través de sus intercambios con los demás, de lo que nos dicen, y de lo que no. Historias de amor, de desamor, sueños, errores, malentendidos y el día a día de la convivencia, y como a veces lo que creemos compartir con otros (memorias, momentos, sentimientos) no son más que un producto de nuestra imaginación. Experiencias que tuvimos con alguien y que cada persona ha asimilado de forma diversa. Amistades que no lo son, y rutinas que no se sabe bien porqué se mantienen.

Me encantaron los personajes que resultan familiares y reconocibles pero no por convencionales. Las cartas y el estilo de cada una reflejan perfectamente las personalidades de los personajes y las diferencias entre ellos. Y las referencias a otras épocas y situaciones nos hacen partícipes de la atmósfera y de las experiencias de los protagonistas. La autora demuestra que no hacen falta largas exposiciones ni páginas y páginas para desarrollar no ya una historia, sino unas vidas.

Leí una reseña en que comentaban que al lector le había recordado ‘Cinco horas con Mario’ y es cierto que algunas de las cartas tienen un aspecto confesional, ya sea porque no se envían realmente al destinatario (y acaban siendo una carta a uno mismo) o porque el autor explica cosas a un lector que quizás solo existe en su imaginación (ya que el destinatario no es la persona que ellos han creado en su mente).

Se la recomiendo a los que gusten de una lectura fresca, breve, y de calidad, con personajes que les harán pensar. Y estoy segura de que a partir de ahora recordaré esta novela cada vez que vea una película de Marcello Mastroianni.

Enlaces:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QOE1FPK/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00QOE1FPK/

http://www.amazon.mx/dp/B00QOE1FPK/

Y no os olvidéis de visitar la página de la autora en Amazon, y seguirla para enteraros de todas sus novedades:

http://www.amazon.com/Estrella-Cardona-Gamio/e/B007ZT0JWS/

Muchas gracias a la autora por su fabulosa novela, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

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Por poco!

Hola a todos:

Como ya sabréis si leísteis mi post de la semana pasada, por desgracia mi verano sufrió un serio cambio de planes. Mis padres viven en Barcelona y tienen la suerte (?) de llevar bastante tiempo sufriendo una mejora/reforma, delante de su edificio. Nunca ha sido el sitio más tranquilo del mundo, ya que pasan los trenes, el metro (en superficie a esa altura), y el Cinturón de Ronda (aunque con los años la mayoría de estos han acabado cubiertos).

Las obras no son la Sagrada Familia pero a veces lo parecen. Aunque desde luego, hace unas semanas debió haber intervención divina, porque un camión cayó desde la parte de arriba (carretera aún no abierta por encima de la línea del tren) a donde estaban trabajando, y no hubieron heridos.

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Gracias a todos por leer, tened mucho cuidadito, y ya sabéis, si os ha gustado, comentad, compartid, y dadle al me gusta! Y cruzad los dedos, o tocad madera por que las obras se acaben (pronto) sin más incidencia!

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