La Travesia del Viajero del Alba

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Narnia... where a dragon awaits... where the stars walk the earth... where anything can happn. A king and some of his companions unexpectedly embark on a voyage that will take them far beyond their known lands. While they sail farther and farther away from turbulent waters, they find that their voyage has a purpose they did not anticipate and that the end of the world is only the beginning.

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Overview

Narnia... where a dragon awaits... where the stars walk the earth... where anything can happn. A king and some of his companions unexpectedly embark on a voyage that will take them far beyond their known lands. While they sail farther and farther away from turbulent waters, they find that their voyage has a purpose they did not anticipate and that the end of the world is only the beginning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060884291
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series , #5
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 726,757
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (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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La Travesia del Viajero del Alba


By C. Lewis

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 C. Lewis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060884290

Capitulo Uno

El cuadro del dormitorio

Habia una vez un chico llamado Eustace Clarence Scrubb, y casi se merecia tal nombre. Sus padres lo llamaban Eustace Clarence y los profesores, Scrubb. No puedo decirte como se dirigian a el sus amigos porque no tenia. El, por su parte, no llamaba a su padre y a su madre «papa» y «mama», sino Harold y Alberta. Eran una familia muy progresista y moderna, y, ademas, eran vegetarianos, no fumaban ni bebian alcohol y llevaban ropa interior especial. En su casa habia muy pocos muebles y muy poca ropa en las camas; ademas, las ventanas estaban siempre abiertas.

A Eustace Clarence le gustaban los animales, en especial los escarabajos si estaban muertos y clavados con un alfiler en una cartulina; tambien le gustaban los libros si eran de divulgacion y te-nian fotografias de elevadores de grano o de ninos extranjeros gordos que hacian ejercicio en escuelas modelo.

Eustace Clarence sentia aversion por sus primos, los cuatro Pevensie: Peter, Susan, Edmund y Lucy; pero se alegro bastante al enterarse de que Edmund y Lucy irian a pasar con el una temporada. En lo mas profundo de su ser sentia una gran debilidad por mangonear e intimidar a la gente y, si bien era una criatura enclenque y menuda que no habria podido enfrentarse ni siquiera a Lucy, y mucho menos a Edmund, en una pelea, sabia que existian docenas de formas para hacer que la gente lo pasara mal si uno estaba en su propia casa y los demas solo de visita.

Ni Edmund ni Lucy querian ir a pasar una temporada con el tio Harold y la tia Alberta, pero no habia otro remedio. Su padre habia conseguido un trabajo como conferenciante en Estados Unidos durante dieciseis semanas aquel verano, y su madre iba a ir con el porque la pobre no habia disfrutado de unas autenticas vacaciones desde hacia diez anos. Peter estaba estudiando mucho para aprobar un examen y pasaria las vacaciones dando clases con el anciano profesor Kirke, en cuya casa los cuatro ninos habian disfrutado de maravillosas aventuras tiempo atras, en los anos de la guerra. Si el profesor hubiera seguido en su antigua vivienda los habria invitado a todos a quedarse con el; pero su situacion economica habia empeorado bastante desde entonces y vivia en una casa pequena con una unica habitacion de invitados. Como habria costado demasiado dinero llevar a los tres ninos restantes a Estados Unidos, solo habia podido ir Susan.

Susan era la mas bonita de la familia, en opinion de las personas mayores, y no demasiado buena en los estudios --aunque por lo demas muy madura para su edad-- y su madre dijo que «obtendria mucho mas del viaje a Estados Unidos que los mas pequenos». Edmund y Lucy intentaron no tomarse a mal la suerte de su hermana, pero resultaba espantoso tener que pasar las vacaciones de verano en casa de su tia.

--Pero es mucho peor para mi --dijo Edmund--, porque tu, al menos, tendras tu propia habitacion, y yo tendre que compartir el dormitorio con ese odioso Eustace.

El relato se inicia un tarde en que Edmund y Lucy habian conseguido pasar unos minutos preciosos los dos juntos. Y como es natural hablaban de Narnia, que era el nombre de su mundo particular y secreto. Supongo que casi todos nosotros poseemos un pais secreto, pero para la mayoria no es mas que un pais imaginario. Edmund y Lucy tenian mas suerte que otras personas en ese sentido, pues su mundo secreto era real y lo habian visitado ya en dos ocasiones; no jugando o en suenos sino en la realidad. Desde luego habian llegado alli mediante la magia, que es el unico modo de acceder a Narnia. Y en la misma Narnia se les habia hecho la promesa, o algo muy parecido a una promesa, de que regresarian algun dia. Puedes imaginar, por lo tanto, que hablaban largo y tendido sobre ello cada vez que tenian la oportunidad.

Estaban en la habitacion de Lucy, sentados en el borde de la cama y contemplando un cuadro situado en la pared opuesta. Era el unico cuadro de la casa que les gustaba. A tia Alberta no le gustaba nada --motivo por el que habia ido a parar a una pequena habitacion trasera del piso superior de la casa--, pero no podia deshacerse de el ya que habia sido un regalo de boda de una persona a la que no queria ofender.

Era la pintura de un barco; un barco que navegaba directo hacia el espectador. La proa era dorada y tenia la forma de la cabeza de un dragon con las fauces totalmente abiertas. Poseia un unico mastil y una vela cuadrada enorme de un intenso color purpura, y los costados de la nave--lo que uno podia ver de ellos donde terminaban las alas doradas del dragon-- eran verdes. El navio acababa de ascender a lo alto de una soberbia ola azul, cuya pendiente frontal descendia vertiginosamente hacia el observador, veteada de espuma y burbujas. Era evidente que el barco navegaba a toda vela con el viento a favor, y ligeramente escorado a babor. (A proposito, para poder leer este relato, y por si no lo sabias, sera mejor que recuerdes que el lado izquierdo de un barco cuando miras al frente se llama «babor» y el lado derecho, «estribor».) Toda la luz del sol caia sobre la nave desde babor y alli el agua estaba llena de tonos verdes y morados, mientras que en el otro lado era de un azul mas oscuro debido a la sombra que proyectaba la embarcacion.

--La cuestion es si no empeora las cosas contemplar un barco narniano cuando uno no puede ir a Narnia --dijo Edmund.

--Pero mirar es mejor que nada --repuso su hermana--. Y es una nave tan narniana...

--Todavia seguis con esa cancion? --inquirio Eustace Clarence, que habia estado escuchando al otro lado de la . . .

Continues...


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