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Posted January 15, 2011
Me encanta como escribe Elena Poniatowska, este libro lo recomiendo ampliamente, lo lei hace varios años y simplemente me fascino, lo voy a comprar para mi nook. Realmente vale la pena!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2008
Posted December 1, 2001
This is a book written, like all by Elena Poniatowska, with passion, sincerity and sense of humor. She has undertaken no less than the chronicle of Astronomy in Mexico during the first half of last century. The reader is given a world of historical data, scientific formulae and anecdotes, seamlessly incorporated in the life of Lorenzo de Tena, who seems to be, in his selfless devotion to science, more a monk or even a robot than a human being. He is, in fact, impatient with most human expressions, except when they coincide to his one and only interest: the study of the celestial planets and stars. We are more attracted to a number of the characters who accompany him part of the road: the friend, the younger sister, the teacher,the colleague,the love of his life. Of them, however, we only have a glimpse, through dialogue. With the notable exception, not difficult to understand, of three women: Lorenzo's mother, his sister Leticia and Fausta, his frustrated lover, who are more rounded and alive than the rest. Lorenzo is not a novel character; cut off from real life, repeating incessanttly the same ideas and principles that move him, he is rather the embodiment of an obsession, the one that begins and ends in the Observatorio de Tonanzintla, Puebla, which is loved by so many because it allows them to feel close to the skin of the sky... This is,then, a historical chronicle, more than novel, of the origins of that Observatory. Summing up, I would say that the Alfaguara novel prize 2001 was awarded to Elena Poniatowska, who used the pseudonym 'Dumbo', in part for her hard labor in producing this book, where her style, voice and themes are immediately recognizable, and in part for the ensemble of her work, over a rich, intense and always very committed, writing career.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2008
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