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  • ISBN-13: 9788441402812
  • Publisher: EDAF Antillas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Biblioteca Edaf Ser.
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 42.50 (w) x 67.50 (h) x 5.00 (d)

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    Although Unamunu's most famous novel is Niebla, this has always been my favorite.

    Unamunu "finds the memoir of Ángela Carballino as the bishop from Renada, Spain is considering the beatification of San Manuel Bueno, the local priest at Valverde de Lucerna.

    The story starts when Ángela was a young girl, never remembered her father, since he died when she was young. She lived with her mother and her parochial priest, San Manuel Bueno, became her father figure. "Everyone loved our priest, but especially the children. He always had things to tell us! They were things, not words."

    After going to school for five years, Ángela returns home. San Manuel Bueno is more popular than ever. He takes care of the poor, the sick-he always holds the hands of those who are dying until they die-always comforting them.

    Lázaro, Ángela's brother returns from America and he wanted to take the family to Madrid. But the women refused. Lázaro knows is a lost cause, and slowly but surely San Manuel Bueno takes him to church and a great friendship develops between them.

    After their mother dies, Lázaro reveals to Ángela the truth about San Manuel Bueno. The priest did not believe in the after life. San Manuel believed that the Church was in the world so that social stability could be preserved-and at the same time it would be the opium of the masses, to give them comfort in the only life they'll ever live. It would also help the poor with their dreams-and with their misery that was all they had. The only sin man commits is to be born-and the only absolution is death. "Life is but a dream," as another great Spanish author said (Calderón de La Barca), and the dream is cured by awakening.

    San Manuel Bueno gave comfort and happiness to all his parishioners until his last breath-but with Lázaro-he knew that he had to tell him the truth to convert him. That way Lázaro accepted the Life's truth and became San Manuel Bueno greatest follower, curing the sick and even working in the fields.

    Unamunu is one of the greatest Spanish authors. Member of the so call "Generation of 1898," he was a philosopher and a great writer. There are many beautiful metaphors in this novel: my favorite is how When it snows in Valverde de Lucerna-the flakes either flourish in the mountains or die in the lake. Faith is like that. Some are like the mountains-Ángela; and others are like the lake-Lázaro and San Manuel Bueno.

    Although Unamunu's most famous novel is Niebla, this has always been my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    A quick way to change your life

    This story by Miguel de Unamuno is full of rich symbolism, yet the themes are easily understood. The story is full of suffering and hard questions about faith and God. Rarely are philosophical questions and answers presented as clearly and simply as in San Manuel Bueno, Martir. Unamuno even uses a simple, quiet town as the setting to emphasize the simplicity of San Manuel's struggle with God. The story is also intriguing because it closely parallels Unamuno's own struggle with existence outside the natural world.

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