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Learning to Lose

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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  393 ratings  ·  44 reviews
It is Sylvia’s sixteenth birthday, and her life as an adult is about to begin—not with the party she had been planning, but with a car accident and a broken leg. Behind the wheel is a talented young soccer player, just arrived from Buenos Aires and set for stardom on and off the field. As their destinies collide and a young romance is set in motion, across town, Sylvia’s f...more
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Published June 22nd 2010 by Other Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ana
“Isto é desejo?
O desejo funciona como o vento. Sem esforço aparente.
Se encontrar as velas espraiadas arrastar-nos-á a uma velocidade vertiginosa.
Se as portas e as portadas estiverem fechadas, baterá durante algum tempo em busca de gretas ou de ranhuras que lhe permitam infiltrar-se.
O desejo associado a um objeto de desejo condena-nos a ele. Mas existe outra forma de desejo, abstrata, desconcertante, que nos envolve como um estado de alma. Anuncia que estamos prontos para o desejo e, depois de de...more
daniblues
Jun 16, 2013 daniblues rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to daniblues by: Raúl Alonso, Oriol Gálvez
Una lectura deliciosa, resultado de una notable combinación de sensibilidad y cotidianidad. Es de esos libros con los que me dan ganas de salir, hacerme con todos los ejemplares que pueda y regalárselo a todo aquel al que le tenga el más mínimo atisbo de aprecio.

A pesar de que sus dos primeros intentos construidos sobre la comedia, que humildemente yo considero fallidos, siempre he defendido que Trueba tiene la capacidad y el talento para regalarnos una Gran Obra. Al menos una. Nos la debe. Pued...more
Ivan
Saber Perder
David Trueba

“El deseo trabaja como el viento. Sin esfuerzo aparente.”

¿Qué pudiera unir las historias de un joven futbolista en ascenso, un retirado maestro de piano, una chica con 16 años recién cumplidos y un hombre de mediana edad en medio de una crisis laboral y un crimen? El autor de esta novela pareciera proponernos tres instancias: el deseo, el amor y el encuentro de uno mismo.

Saber perder es una novela llena de altibajos, tantos como la vida misma, que no deja de sorprender c...more
Jasmine
This book is GENIUS. It NEEDS to live on TABLE!!!

I don't really know how to review this book, I feel like I may love it far too much to actually say anything coherent about it.

I made a comment earlier about how this book was for me what twilight was for Karen. Although likely better written but being in translation makes that comparison a bit tougher than I would like. What I meant was Karen talked about twilight being what it was like to be a 16 year old girl. I never really was that girl, I m...more
Pablo
Maravillosamenete escrito con un primer párrafo colosal:

“El deseo trabaja como el viento. Sin esfuerzo aparente. Si encuentra las velas extendidas nos arrastrará a velocidad de vértigo. Si las puertas y contraventanas están cerradas, golpeará durante un rato en busca de las grietas o ranuras que le permita filtrarse. El deseo asociado a un objeto de deseo nos condena a él. Pero hay otra forma de deseo, abstracta, desconcertante, que nos envuelve como un estado de ánimo. Anuncia que estamos listo...more
Nacho
Por primera vez Trueba abandona la comedia y sale del paso con nota. Comprende bien a sus personajes, los humaniza con defectos con los que no cuesta empatizar y sabe imprimir un ritmo bastante vivo al relato. Es recomendable y alimenta las esperanzas de que lo próximo que escriba el autor sea aún mejor.
Maya Rock
I really did like this book. Here are some of my favorite lines.

Sometimes, when a teacher finishes an explanation and asks if anyone has any questions, Sylvia has a desire to raise her hand and say, yes, could you start all over again from the beginning? I mean from the very beginning, from birth because I don't understand a thing from any of these almost sixteen years I've been alive.

....but you know that taste is a form of memory, so you only appreciate what you know.

For years Leandro thought...more
Liz
May 18, 2010 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
David Trueba is an intelligent, insightful writer. He brilliantly captures the lives of his characters, which include a sixteen year old girl, a twenty year old professional soccer player, a middle aged man, and his elderly father. His ability to capture the innermost thoughts and actions of such a diverse group of individuals in such detail and so honestly is remarkable. (Sylvia is one of the most mature, self-aware sixteen year olds I’ve encountered in fiction, but nonetheless is authentic and...more
Mohammed
Learning to loose رواية اسبانيا لم اسمع عنها سوى عندما قرر جوارديولا ان يمنح لكل لاعب فى فريق برشلونة نسخة ومن الاخر ده اللى شدنى لمجرد انى بحب اعرف دماغ الناس.
اسرة مفككة بسبب زواج فاشل واب عاطل بسبب مشروع فاشل المفروض ينتج عنه ابنة سيلفيا ايضا فاشلة ولكن فى مرحلة التحول من طفل لفرد كامل يملك كل حقوقه وخياراته فى الحياة ممكن يحصل حاجات كثير بتكون واقفة على امكانيات الفرد بغض النظر عن الظروف المحيطة بيه.
فى الرواية مش المفروض تحكم على حد اذا كان الاب قاتل والام هربت من تحمل مسئولية المنزل بعد سنوا...more
Pequod Llibres
El 50% de Pequod ya se lo leyó y el otro 50% lo está haciendo ahora.
Allá va una pequeña reseña de "la mitad" que ya lo leyó:


Trueba nos narra sus historias entrelazándolas como quien reparte las cartas para el mus. Va de personaje en personaje y el paso de una historia a otra resulta fácil sencilla. Cada uno de ellos nos muestra el lado más humano desde situaciones en ocasiones sórdidas y patéticas. Y sólo podemos comprenderlos. Porque la naturaleza humana es así. Viene y va por el camino que le...more
Mike
I was watching an interview with Keith Gessen (author of All the Sad Young Literary Men, also reviewed) the other day, and he was explaining his belief that “sad young literary men (and women)” are a legitimate group or sub-culture that deserves / should be considered and written about seriously. Before going into a brief lament about hipster culture, which he claims seeks false authenticity and denies their own identity through the use of irony, Gessen notes that many people wonder why they sho...more
Imanol Epelde
Ikaragarria. Bizitza puska batzuen kontakizuna luze eta ondo emana. Egunerokotasuna ongi kontatua, detaile sinple eta adierazgarriekin. Jende arrunta da protagonista. Eta ez hain arrunta ere bada tartean. Madrilen.
Asko gustatu zait, Trueba. Batez ere, "Madrid, 1987" pelikula ikusi nuenetik. Artifiziorik gabeko pelikula. Sinplea. Gertukoa. Ederra. Gidoia ederrarekin: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1760980/

Saber perder. Galtzen jakitearen garrantziaz. Udan irakurri dut eta zalantzarik gabe, asko ask...more
Bibi
This is one of my favorite books of all times. Trueba created characters with human flaws. Usually you'd question their actions and motives but they are written so well, that I was actually sad to let them go when it ended. An old man trying to come to term with his wife sickness, a teenage girl falling for an argentine football player, who feels disconnected from the city he lives in (Madrid), a father who committed a crime etc every story goes to the heart and in the end comes together. Trueba...more
Martina Bergstrassenbahngipfel
very sympathic characters, even if they are up to no good you want to be their friend and keep reading about it. its a book that makes you understand the "loosers" and identify with this side of life, which makes for a better quality of life than the irealistic "winning" we are subjected to in many situations.. oh yes and the focus is a lot on sex, while exploring a lot of political and social themes of modern day life. Great book.
Zarah
My god I devoured this. I think it took me two days. Really well-written. I was surprised by how much I liked it.
Esther van Nes
Er gebeurt niets. Tot de laatste 50 bladzijden, maar tegen die tijd was ik zo blij dat ik het boek bijna uit had dat ik me niet goed meer kon concentreren. Haastig heb ik het uitgelezen.

In het boek worden vier verhalen verteld welke bij elkaar komen. De verhalen van Leandro, Lorenzo, Sylvia en Ariel. Deze verhalen gaan over liefde, vriendschap, voetbal en vreemdgaan met prostituees en blijven oppervlakkig.

Ik heb me geërgerd aan de Nederlandse vertaling waarin fouten zaten en waarin de zinnen re...more
Heather Noble
I enjoyed this book but felt some scenes in the lives of the 4 main characters were just repeated for no particular purpose. I think it captured the atmosphere of domestic and more glamorous life styles in an evolving Spanish city and was exemplary in depicting lives and mistakes without judgement or prejudice.
The 16 year old who is the main focus of the book is incredibly mature and emotionally intelligent for her years but perhaps this is necessary for the author to communicate the ideas inher...more
Rita
Takes place in contemporary Spain and the changes society there face. Interesting to
read a novel popular enough to make it into translation without being by a literary great. Although I am not a sports enthusiast one of the central characters is a soccer player and his year
in Spain as a soccer recruit from SA makes for interesting reading given how central
the sport is to Europe. The characters all seem almost casually true to life as they face their
own losses through one year of their lives.
Elsje
A grandfather, a father, a daughter and a football player are the main characters of this rather lengthy story about loss. Losing love, mainly. But also losing self-esteem. Although the story-line sounds interesting, and Trueba knows his way with words, the pace in which it is written, and the extreme amount of details made me lose interest. I finished reading the book because my IRL-reading group was talking about it. Not sure if I would have if it would have been just me reading it...
Chase
Beautifully written and translated from a Spanish author, this one tells of three generations of one family in Madrid as they all suffer from self-esteem issues and being beaten down by life. They each take risks in their personal lives that start out well, but inevitably backfire in the end. There are no big surprises here, but the journey of watching them "live and learn" is touching. The title is one of the most apt and insightful of anything I've read in awhile.
Raro de Concurso
Me es muy difícil contar algo sobre este libro, sin meterme en muchos detalles de la historia, así que intentaré salirme por la tangente.
Desde luego se ve un Trueba mucho más maduro y reflexivo, al menos comparado con sus anteriores libros. También algo más pesimista, de un pesimismo resignado y hasta bonito. También más observador, más consciente de la sociedad que le rodea. Y éso se refleja en un libro absorbente y rotundo. Para mi gusto, una pequeña obra maestra.
Richard G
my kind of book it follows three members of the the same family from different generations. the observations of the author hit me close. the book is sad but also uplifting. i had trouble believing the author was as young as he was when he wrote the book because of his observations on being elderly and aging. so if you like books where things are not always moving in a straight line to heaven this is a worthy read.
7SAMSUNG
Learning to lose…

People lose their love, their wife, and their best friend.
Others lose their money, their dignity, but that’s not the end.

No matter how big is your loss, as long as you’re still breathing, it means you’re still living.
The sun rises up calling for new day.
Don’t give in, step up and move on. Keep in your way.

Because life is full of surprises…
Fernando
Me ha costado dios y ayuda terminar este libro. Está bien escrito, pero no engancha. Los personajes me traían sin cuidado y tampoco ayudaba el tono melancólico y quejicoso que adoptaba el autor a veces. Me gusta bastante la parte final, pero para llegar allí tuve que arar a través de más 400 páginas por pura fuerza de voluntad.
Paulina
Me sorprende haber disfrutado tanto con unas historias tan tristes y melancólicas. David Trueba escribe muy bien y él lo sabe. El problema de que él lo sepa es que se le va la mano con la duración de una novela que habría sido redonda con 200 páginas menos. Pero, aún así, merece la pena porque te remueve algo y eso siempre es bueno.
Amy
Loved this book. Lyrical writing, graceful translation, beautifully detailed characters, absorbing plot that progressed to an ending that seemed inevitable without being clichéd or obvious. Plus the descriptions of Madrid and Venice made reading this book feel like going on a mini-vacation. Sorry I'm finished with this one.
Rodrigo Pérez
Está bien. Relata la vida de 4 personas, abuelo, padre hija y un joven futbolista llegado de Argentina a Madrid, contando cada una por separado, de manera que te vas enterando de parte de lo que le pasa a uno en las historias de otros. Es algo triste. El título no engaña.
Eileen
I would give this 3 1/2 stars. The writing was very good. There were 4 story lines that were intertwined. The relationships that people developed were complicated and influenced by modern urban life. My biggest complaint is that the book is too long.
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David Rodríguez Trueba es un escritor, periodista, director de cine, guionista y actor español.
Es el hermano menor de una familia madrileña con ocho hijos, entre ellos el ganador del Óscar Fernando Trueba. Ingresó en el colegio a los siete años debido al afán de su madre por retenerlo. Desde pequeño adqurió el hábito de escribir con la máquina Lettera 35 que vendía su padre en su trabajo de venta...more
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“El deseo trabaja como el viento. Sin esfuerzo aparente. Si encuentra las velas extendidas nos arrastrará a velocidad de vértigo. Si las puertas y contraventanas están cerradas, golpeará durante un rato en busca de las grietas o ranuras que le permitan filtrarse. El deseo asociado a un objeto de deseo nos condena a él. Pero hay otra forma de deseo, abstracta, desconcertante, que nos envuelve como un estado de ánimo. Anuncia que estamos listos para el deseo y sólo nos queda esperar, desplegadas las velas, que sople su viento. Es el deseo de desear.” 4 likes
“A veces, cuando algún profesor termina la explicación y pregunta si ha quedado alguna duda, Sylvia tiene ganas de levantar la mano y decir sí, ¿podría volver a empezar desde el principio?, pero desde el principio del principio, desde que nacemos, porque aún no he comprendido nada en estos casi dieciséis años de vida.” 3 likes
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