El caballo y el muchacho (The Horse and His Boy)

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Narnia... where many horses talk... where treason is plotted... where destiny awaits. On a desperate voyage, two fugitives meet and join forces. Although they only seek escape from the hardships of their limited existences, they soon find themselves at the center of a fierce battle. It is a battle that will decide their own fates and that of Narnia itself.

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Narnia... where many horses talk... where treason is plotted... where destiny awaits. On a desperate voyage, two fugitives meet and join forces. Although they only seek escape from the hardships of their limited existences, they soon find themselves at the center of a fierce battle. It is a battle that will decide their own fates and that of Narnia itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060884253
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series , #3
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 450,163
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Biography

C. S. Lewis was famous both as a fiction writer and as a Christian thinker, and his biographers and critics sometimes divide his personality in two: the storyteller and the moral educator, the "dreamer" and the "mentor." Yet a large part of Lewis's appeal, for both his audiences, lay in his ability to fuse imagination with instruction. "Let the pictures tell you their own moral," he once advised writers of children's stories. "But if they don't show you any moral, don't put one in. ... The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind."

Storytelling came naturally to Lewis, who spent the rainy days of his childhood in Ireland writing about an imaginary world he called Boxen. His first published novel, Out of the Silent Planet, tells the story of a journey to Mars; its hero was loosely modeled on his friend and fellow Cambridge scholar J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis enjoyed some popularity for his Space Trilogy (which continues in Perelandra and That Hideous Strength), but nothing compared to that which greeted his next imaginative journey, to an invented world of fauns, dwarfs, and talking animals -- a world now familiar to millions of readers as Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book of the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia, began as "a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood," according to Lewis. Years after that image first formed in his mind, others bubbled up to join it, producing what Kate Jackson, writing in Salon, called "a fascinating attempt to compress an almost druidic reverence for wild nature, Arthurian romance, Germanic folklore, the courtly poetry of Renaissance England and the fantastic beasts of Greek and Norse mythology into an entirely reimagined version of what's tritely called 'the greatest story ever told.'"

The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. (Narnia even crops up as a motif in Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel The Corrections). Its last volume appeared in 1955; in that same year, Lewis published a personal account of his religious conversion in Surprised by Joy. The autobiography joined his other nonfiction books, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as an exploration of faith, joy and the meaning of human existence.

Lewis's final work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, came out in 1956. Its chilly critical reception and poor early sales disappointed Lewis, but the book's reputation has slowly grown; Lionel Adey called it the "wisest and best" of Lewis's stories for adults. Lewis continued to write about Christianity, as well as literature and literary criticism, for several more years. After his death in 1963, The New Yorker opined, "If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels."

Good To Know

The imposing wardrobe Lewis and his brother played in as children is now in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Wade Center of Wheaton College, which also houses the world's largest collection of Lewis-related documents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The 1994 movie, Shadowlands, based on the play of the same name, cast Anthony Hopkins as Lewis. It tells the story of his friendship with, and then marriage to, an American divorcee named Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), who died of cancer four years after their marriage. Lewis's own book about coping with that loss, A Grief Observed, was initially published under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk.

Several poems, stories, and a novel fragment published after Lewis's death have come under scrutiny as possible forgeries. On one side of the controversy is Walter Hooper, a trustee of Lewis's estate and editor of most of his posthumous works; on the other is Kathryn Lindskoog, a Lewis scholar who began publicizing her suspicions in 1988. Scandal or kooky conspiracy theory? The verdict's still out among readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

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El Caballo y el Muchacho


By C. Lewis

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 C. Lewis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060884258

Capitulo Uno

Shasta emprende un viaje

Este es el relato de una aventura que sucedio en Narnia y Calormen, y en los territorios situados entre ambos paises, en la epoca dorada, cuando Peter era Sumo Monarca de Narnia y su hermano y sus dos hermanas eran rey y reinas bajo su gobierno.

En aquellos tiempos, en una pequena ensenada situada casi en el extremo sur de Calormen, vivia un pobre pescador llamado Arsheesh, y con el vivia un muchacho que lo llamaba padre. El nombre del muchacho era Shasta. Casi todos los dias Arsheesh salia en su bote a pescar por la mana-na, y por la tarde enganchaba su asno a un carro, cargaba el carro de pescado y recorria casi dos kilometros en direccion sur hasta el pueblo para venderlo. Si habia conseguido que se lo compraran a buen precio, regresaba a casa mas o menos de buen humor y no le decia nada a Shasta, pero si no habia obtenido las ganancias esperadas, se dedicaba a censurar todo lo que el muchacho hacia y a veces incluso le pegaba. Siempre habia algo que criticar ya que Shasta tenia trabajo en abundancia: reparar y lavar las redes, preparar la cena y limpiar la cabana en la que ambos vivian.

Shasta no sentia el menor interes por lo que estaba situado al sur de su hogar porque en una o dos ocasiones habia estado en el pueblo con Arsheesh y sabia que alli no habia nada interesante. En el pueblo solo encontraba a otros hombres que eran iguales a su padre: hombres con largas tunicas sucias, zapatos de madera con las puntas vueltas hacia arriba, turbantes en las cabezas y el rostro barbudo, que hablaban entre si muy despacio sobre cosas que parecian aburridas. Sin embargo, si le atraia en gran medida todo lo que se encontraba al norte, porque nadie iba jamas en aquella direccion y a el tampoco le permitian hacerlo. Cuando estaba sentado en el exterior remen-dando redes, y totalmente solo, a menudo dirigia ansiosas miradas en aquella direccion. No se veia nada, a excepcion de una ladera cubierta de hierba que se alzaba hasta una loma baja y, mas alla, el cielo y tal vez unas cuantas aves en el.

En ocasiones, si Arsheesh estaba alli, Shasta decia:

-- Padre mio, que hay al otro lado de la colina?

Y entonces, si estaba de malhumor, el pescador abofeteaba al muchacho y le decia que fuera a ocuparse de su trabajo. O, si se hallaba de un humor apacible, respondia:

-- Hijo mio, no permitas que tu mente se distraiga con preguntas ociosas. Pues uno de los poetas ha dicho: «La dedicacion al trabajo es la base de la prosperidad, pero aquellos que hacen preguntas que no les conciernen estan dirigiendo la nave del desatino hacia la roca de la indigencia».

Shasta pensaba que al otro lado de la colina debia de existir algun magnifico secreto que su padre deseaba ocultarle. En realidad, no obstante, el pescador hablaba de aquel modo porque no sabia que habia al norte; ni le importaba. Poseia una mentalidad muy practica.

Un dia llego del sur un extranjero que no se parecia a ningun hombre que Shasta hubiera visto antes. Montaba un recio caballo tordo de ondulantes crines y cola, y sus estribos y brida estaban adornados con incrustaciones de plata. La pua de un yelmo sobresalia de la parte central de su turbante de seda y llevaba una cota de malla. De su costado pendia una curva cimitarra; un escudo redondo tachonado con adornos de cobre colgaba a su espalda, y su mano derecha sujetaba una lanza. Su rostro era oscuro, pero eso no sorprendio a Shasta porque el de todos los habitantes de Calormen lo era; lo que si lo sorprendio fue la barba del desconocido, que estaba tenida de color carmesi, y era rizada y relucia banada en aceite perfumado. No obstante, Arsheesh si sabia, por el oro que el extranjero lucia en el brazo desnudo, que se trataba de un tarkaan o gran senor y se inclino arrodillandose ante el hasta que su barba toco la tierra, e hizo senas a Shasta para que se arrodillara tambien.

El desconocido exigio hospitalidad para aquella noche, cosa que, desde luego, el pescador no se atrevio a negar. Todo lo mejor que tenian fue colocado ante el tarkaan para que cenara, aunque a este no le parecio gran cosa, y como sucedia siempre que el pescador tenia compania, a Shasta le dieron un pedazo de pan y lo echaron de la cabana. En ocasiones como aquella el nino acostumbraba a dormir con el asno en su pequeno establo de tejado de paja; pero era aun muy temprano para irse a dormir, y Shasta, al que jamas habian ensenado que estaba mal escuchar detras de las puertas, se sento en el suelo con la oreja pegada a una rendija de la pared de madera de la cabana para escuchar lo que hablaban los adultos. Y esto fue lo que oyo:

-- Y ahora, anfitrion mio-- dijo el tarkaan -- , me gustaria comprar a ese chico tuyo.

-- Pero mi senor-- respondio el pescador; y Shasta adivino por su tono zalamero la expresion codiciosa que probablemente estaria apareciendo en su rostro mientras lo decia -- , que precio podria inducir a este siervo vuestro a vender como esclavo a su unico hijo y carne de su carne? Acaso no ha dicho uno de los poetas: «El afecto innato es mas fuerte que la sopa y la progenie, mas preciosa que los rubies»?

-- Asi es-- respondio el invitado con sequedad -- , pero otro poeta ha dicho tambien: «Aquel que intenta enganar al juicioso desnuda al hacerlo la propia espalda para el latigo». No cargues tu anciana boca con falsedades. Esta bien claro que este muchacho no es hijo tuyo, pues tus mejillas son tan negras como las mias mientras que el muchacho es rubio y blanco como los odiosos pero hermosos barbaros que habitan en el lejano norte.

Continues...


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