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Awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela has long been recognized as one of the preeminent Spanish writers of the twentieth century. Journey to the Alcarria is the best known of his vagabundajes, Cela’s term for his books of travels, sketchbooks of regions or provinces. The Alcarria is a territory in New Castile, northeast of Madrid, surrounding most o ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 1948)
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Xan
Nunca me ha gustado Cela, siempre me pareció un hombre demasiado pagado de si mismo, pomposo y grandilocuente, encerrado a gusto en su circunstancia. Tan solo salvo sus primeras obras de la quema. El viaje a la Alcarria era una lectura pendiente desde que leí un fragmento a los diez años, en un libro de texto de literatura de mis hermanos mayores. Creo que lo he leído en el momento justo, he disfrutado el viaje a un tiempo pasado de caminos polvorientos, mulas y mendigos, posadas sin camas ni co ...more
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قرأت ثيلا في مجموعته القصصية "سحب عابرة"، وأقرأ هنا ثيلا من وجه آخر...ففي قصصه سحب عابرة يتبدى للقارئ لمسة تشاؤمية ونهايات قاسية...أما هنا فالأسلوب مختلف رغم اشتراك كليهما بالصور الفنية البديعة والتشبيهات
الرائعة...


يصنف هذا الكتاب من أدب الرحلات، كتبه ثيلا بقالب روائي...لن يروق لمن لا يحب التفاصيل والسرد الهادئ...فهي مجرد مشاهدات يطلعنا عليها ثيلا في رحلته إلى القرية مشيا على الأقدام...يصف لنا المكان بكل هيبته وجماله، من يصادفهم فيه بكل أحلامهم وآمالهم وهمومهم، حتى الأطفال منهم...ويطلعنا على الط
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Asinhar
Un libro maravilloso cuyo interés, más que en el paisaje y en el detalle geográfico, radica en la filosofía del viajero y sus cavilaciones. No le doy 5 estrellas porque al final del libro la narración se centra más en las descripciones geográficas y menos en la proyección de la filosofía del autor.
Francisco
Libro pretendidamente simple, y que va más allá de su simplicidad.
Peter Charles
My favorite travelogue, period. Charming, wise, eloquent.
Kris Kipling
Cela prefaces Journey to the Alcarria with a letter to Gregorio Maranon, to whom he dedicates the book. He writes:



I didn't see anything strange during my journey, nothing really shocking - a crime, or a triple birth, or a man possessed by devils - and I'm glad of it now, because since I had planned to tell exactly what I saw (for this book isn't a novel, it's more like a geography), if I start off telling horror stories people would say I was exaggerating and nobody would believe me.


A fine, shor
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Tiare
El autor nos cuenta su experiencia viajando por la Alcarria, llena de observaciones sobre los lugares y las personas.

Relato interesante, especialmente por la sinceridad de las apreciaciones (justas o no) de Cela. Aquí no hay aventuras extravagantes ni todo es bonito o divertido. Lo único que me sacó un poco de quicio fue tener que leer tantas veces la palabra "viajero", con la que el autor se refiere a sí mismo.
Christina Dawn
"When the belly is empty and the mind filled with golden memories, the golden memories continually retreat and at last, though no one goes so far as to admit it, there is even doubt whether they ever existed and there is nothing left of them but a benevolent and useless cultural residue."Journey to the Alcarria: Travels Through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo José Cela
Caroline
Very quiet book of observations and descriptions during a trek through the Spanish countryside in the mid-1940s. Leaves the reader to draw his own conclusions; the author simply takes each road and peasant or traveling salesman as he finds them. Interesting to read along with Laurie Lee's Spanish walk between the wars; this is a people closed in and reserved but not unkind.
Adrian
Un libro que nos habla de “un señor gallego” afincado en Madrid que decide recorrer la Alcarria a pie… Un libro lleno de descripciones de gentes, paisajes y costumbres… Tan lleno de estas que en algunas páginas aburre y en otras deslumbra (pero por lo general satura y aburre por la falta de acción ya que se limita a describir).
Aprobado por la mínima.
Dawn
Traveler as "the traveler," effectively or not, doing the distance between the material and its experiences. The train starts. Rural, rural and without encountering any particularly shocking or extraordinary experiences. The mundane is a kind of sheath, making the geography more sincere without much lyric or narrative weight. The Spanish Civil War.

Lauren Binley
I read this for my university course and I have to say it was a little difficult to get through. The author never stuck to the point and had a continuous side track. It is interesting to read if you are looking at different types of travel writing but I wouldn't recommend it from a pleasure point of view.
Angel Serrano
Crónica de un viaje que el autor realizó caminando desde Madrid hasta Guadalajara, con descripción del paisaje y sus gentes, la economía de la zona, las costumbres y las ideas que sugiere su paso por esas tierras.
Juan Carlos Santillán
Interesante "libro de viajes". Entretenido, ágil, matiene la atención del lector con una hábil dosificación de descripciones agradables y anécdotas divertidas. Muy recomendable.
Igor
This is a great book to read when feeling absolutely drained.
Sasha
This was an amazing book on the same level of Dharma Bums.
Jorge Gorostiza
Wonderful travel book
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