La piel del cielo (The Skin of the Sky)

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La piel del cielo es la historia de un hombre que busca en las posibilidades de la ciencia la explicación del mundo y que halla, en el proceso de esa búsqueda, el desafío del amor. La novela presenta una trama cuyo personaje central es Lorenzo de Tena, de madre soltera y padre señorito. A la muerte de su madre se traslada, junto a sus hermanos, a la casa de su padre y de su tía Cayetana en la ciudad. Su brillantez intelectual le permite trabar amistad con los hijos de la clase más acomodada de México, pero su ...
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La piel del cielo (Premio Alfaguara 2001)

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Overview

La piel del cielo es la historia de un hombre que busca en las posibilidades de la ciencia la explicación del mundo y que halla, en el proceso de esa búsqueda, el desafío del amor. La novela presenta una trama cuyo personaje central es Lorenzo de Tena, de madre soltera y padre señorito. A la muerte de su madre se traslada, junto a sus hermanos, a la casa de su padre y de su tía Cayetana en la ciudad. Su brillantez intelectual le permite trabar amistad con los hijos de la clase más acomodada de México, pero su origen humilde y su carácter inconformista le apartarán del destino que se abre ante él como dirigente del país. (Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2001.)

English Translation: The skin of the sky is the history of a man who looks for in the possibilities of science the explanation of the world and that finds, in the process of that search, the challenge of the love. The novel presents/displays a plot whose central personage is Lorenzo de Tena, of unmarried mother and single father. To the death of his mother it is transferred, next to his brothers, to the house of his father and his Cayetana aunt in the city. Its intellectual brilliance allows him to unite friendship with the children of the accommodated class more of Mexico, but their humble origin and its inconformista character will separate to him from the destiny that is opened before him like leader of the country

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789681908249
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Katana

    *knocks on the door with two car seats*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    muy buen libro

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    Outstanding

    This book is a Literary gift to the world, taking the reader into many worlds by looking closely at daily lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    The way to the stars

    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.

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    Posted December 11, 2008

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