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Lilus Kikus and Other Stories

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  268 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Elena Poniatowska is recognized today as one of Mexico's greatest writers. Lilus Kikus, published in 1954, was her first book. However, it was labeled a children's book because it had a young girl as protagonist, it included illustrations, and the author was an unknown woman. Lilus Kikus has not received the critical attention or a translation into English it deserved, unt ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1954)
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Mariel
Aug 11, 2013 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: who had come down to her soul in a little elevator
Recommended to Mariel by: Leonora Carrington
Through the fog of her illness, Lilus sees many women pass, stiff and moralistic, with black letters on their chests and backs that say, "Prohibited, Prohibited," and who threaten her with expulsion from the organization Flowering Souls. Lilus feels enclosed and imprisoned.


A train that is happy for some, sad for others stomps through their beds like he's Godzilla. Not stopping to smell anything, smile anything, bringing Lilus to the convent school. God speed to God fearing. All of the things s
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Julia
5 deconstructing stars.

Lilus Kikus by Elena Poniatowksa, on the surface level, is about a young girl and her adventures as she grows up. This book was first published in 1954 erroneously as a child’s novel due to the age of the protagonist (although her age is never clearly defined) and the simplistic writing style. However, Lilus Kikus is bursting at the seams with a feminist and anti-patriarchal agenda.

As a modern reader, the evidence of this book’s agenda is so apparently and blunt that the
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Angel
Jan 31, 2016 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Los amores tempranos son los que esperan en las esquinas para ver pasar y después irse a soñar. Son amores que no se tocan pero que se evocan mucho. [...] Estaba contenta al verlo de lejos, sin hablarle jamás. En las noches me dormía siempre pensando en él. No esperaba que me estrechara en sus brazos ni nada. Mi falta de curiosidad era completa..."
Stella
Oct 25, 2012 Stella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué bonitos recuerdos de la infancia!
Y no fue hasta que crecí que pude pronunciar correctamente el apellido de la autora!! :)
Alejandradavilah
Una visión infantil del mundo, llena de la magia, la inocencia y la simplicidad con la que se prciben las cosas a esa edad.
Magnolia Blanca
Sep 22, 2012 Magnolia Blanca rated it it was amazing
De mi amada infancia, que estos libros hicieron mejor...
Annie
Apr 10, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
El lector se introduce primero en Lilus cuando ella está jugando afuera. Lilus no le gusta jugar con muñecas (que son tradicionalmente femeninas), en lugar de eso prefiere jugar al doctor y realizar experimentos (tradicionalmente papeles masculinos). A medida que crece, se une a una escuela sólo para chicas donde uno de sus amigas "la borrega", está siendo expulsada por tener sexo antes del matrimonio y con esto haber quedado embarazada.

Cuando Lilus está hablando con su vecino de al lado, el fil
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Jenny
Aug 31, 2010 Jenny rated it it was ok
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Gaby Juarez
Apr 20, 2016 Gaby Juarez rated it liked it
Este librito está lleno de imaginación por parte de la autora, nos narra de una forma bastante poética (característica de Elena) el paso de la niñez a la pubertad, las preguntas que se hace una niña y las respuestas poco convencionales que se da, si bien es un libro infantil, puede leerse fácilmente y sin menor prejuicio por individuos de cualquier edad, tiene toques de realismo mágico que consiguen una sonrisa y capítulos especialmente divertidos. Lee la reseña completa aquí: https://thevelvetb ...more
Rosa Rodriguez
Jan 22, 2016 Rosa Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Maravilloso. Pequeñas historias que te transportan al mundo lejano de la niñez, donde todo parece tan grande y al mismo tiempo posible. Narrados en un lenguaje poético lleno música y Sol. Me encantaron todos los relatos, en especial, La tapia (Señor del cuatro).
Vanessa
Apr 10, 2014 Vanessa rated it liked it
I liked all her spirit, curiosity and originality when she is little. How she sees the world as an interlinked universe that all is alive!!! How beautiful to see the simplicity yet the most important truth.... Feeling is more important that knoweldge, because knowledge is nothing without feeling.
But when religion gets in the way it smothers and finally kills her true spirit, so Lilus Kikus learns to follow signs and live in fear.
Point ...RELIGION = KILLING YOUR TRUE SELF TO BE A SLAVE MOVED BY
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Guillermo
Feb 24, 2014 Guillermo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bello, simple y tierno. Parece una mañana fresca de primavera con olor a jabón de flores.
Elena Delos (EscribadeAvalon)
No es un mal relato, sólo que no era para mí... definitivamente.
Ady Reyes
Jul 28, 2014 Ady Reyes rated it really liked it
Libro de cuentos cortos infantiles. Lindo.
César Salazar
Algunos fragmentos de este libro venían en los libros de texto de español de primaria (por el año 2000, creo), específicamente los capítulos 8 y 10. En ese tiempo me dejaron un poco intrigado por saber qué seguía, por saber más de Lilus Kikus. Hasta hoy fue que encontré el libro y si bien no es un libro de 5 estrellas tiene algunas partes bastante buenas. Además, me hizo recordar viejos y bueno tiempos. Gracias a esos libros fue que empecé a leer.
K.
Dec 16, 2014 K. rated it really liked it
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Silvia
Apr 11, 2008 Silvia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Lilus Kikus, knowing that it was one of the first books published in Mexico by a feminist writers.
Lilus is a curious and hilarious character who critiques the adult world through the eyes of gutsy girl.
J.
Feb 04, 2010 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute book; makes social commentaries, as seen from the eyes of an innocent pre-adolescent girl. For the most part, the impressions in the book seemed fake: more like what an adult would imagine a little girl to say.
Ariel Gingerly
Jan 04, 2016 Ariel Gingerly rated it really liked it
dark, whimsical, fast, very enjoyable read!
Diana Enma
Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge: #16. Libro que no hayas leído de un autor que ames.
Lewis Rimá
Dec 09, 2013 Lewis Rimá rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
"Nadie ha dicho jamás que la Santísima Virgen supiera griego o latín."
Dianita Zombita
Sep 23, 2011 Dianita Zombita rated it it was amazing
my favourite book n.n
Gaby
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good one
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Elena Poniatowska was born on May 19, 1933, in Paris, France. Her father was French of Polish ancestry and her mother a Mexican who was raised in France. When she was nine Poniatowska's family moved to Mexico City. She grew up speaking French and learned English in a private British school. However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking with the maids, so her written Spanish was largely collo ...more
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