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Industrias y andanzas de Alfanhuí

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Lo abramos por donde lo abramos, Alfanhuí nos ofrece un catálogo viviente de colores, de esa luminosa explosión de tesoros ópticos que es la vida. En la mirada de su protagonista, el mundo entra desnudo de equívocos, prístino, en una constante y fluida floración de revelaciones que nos invade y sumerge, convirtiéndonos en peces bienaventurados, habitantes del río de los se ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published 2010 by Ediciones Destino (first published 1951)
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Vit Babenco
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventures of the Ingenious Alfanui is written in the genre of magical realism and it is a tale in which there is much more magic than reality.
Everything is taking place in the land that is at the same time recognizable and very strange…
The paths cross the high limestone mesetas that slope down into the steep valleys. Once a year, in the distance, you might glimpse the tricorn hats of the civil guard who are out riding along these paths. But the paths belong to foxes and thieves, and the civil g
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Cris
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Leer este libro se parece mucho a contemplar una pintura de gran formato llena de elementos, signos y colores que se entrelazan, se acercan y se alejan para crear una cálida sensación de sorpresa. El realismo mágico que impregna toda la obra nos muestra una infinidad de imágenes y personajes pintorescos con una fuerza tremenda. Es difícil no verse transportado por las aventuras extraordinarias del pequeño Alfanhuí mientras recorre España en busca de fortuna.

Reseña completa y mi versión de la por
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Silvia Cachia
Alfanhuí has made a dent in my soul. Colorful and tender, unexpected, unassuming, Alfanhuí is magical. An ode to language, but language that draws with it solid meaning and pregnant with the fleeting life of Alfanhuí. The vastness of Ferlosio's language is unparalleled, as rich as humble. It is not a book for everyone. I don't say this snobbishly, I say it with sadness. Sadness because of the untranslatable quality of the poetic prose. Not just untranslatable across different languages, but acro ...more
Cris
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigue siendo, muy probablemente, mi libro favorito de todos los tiempos :)

https://sidumbledorefueralibrero.com/...
Adam
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only a novel in the very loosest sense, this book should probably be classified as something more ambiguous--a “surreal progression,” perhaps. There is no plot, and there are only the slightest traces of character. At its best moments, it’s a bit like Richard Brautigan or the early films of Luis Bunuel and the short films of the Quay brothers and Jan Svankmajer. At its worst, it devolves into chapter after chapter of flat, abstract description with no narrative “hook.” And yet some passages are ...more
Francisco Tapiador
A masterpiece. I read some excepts when I was a child, as they featured in reading-skills textbooks. Almost perfect Spanish, sadly lost in the English translation I checked. A treatise on color description. The plot is simple, and no complex ideas are conveyed. Therein, you need a special state of mind to go through it -just allow yourself to enjoy the prose and the sensations, nothing else. It is a pleasure to read page after page, and the short chapters idea perfectly fits with the whole conce ...more
Sr. Pálido
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Tú tienes ojos amarillos como los alcaravanes; te llamaré Alfanhuí porque éste es el nombre con el que los alcaravanes se gritan los unos a los otros.”
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Alfanhuí es un libro extrañísimo y extraordinario. Mucho más por el momento en que fue escrito, en el que la corriente literaria que predominaba era el realismo. Es una novela de aprendizaje, una especie de “Lazarillo de Tormes” que se desarrolla en un imaginario propio, un mundo imposible.
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Alfanhuí desarrolla artes muy particula
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Ana Ahyallah
¡Aleluya! Por fin me he terminado el libro.

Me ha resultado supertedioso y me lo he acabado de leer por obligación autoimpuesta (porque al ser una edición tan remona, el libro me costó casi 18 euros).

DETESTO las descripciones largas y este libro es una descripción tras otra. El lenguaje poético no me interesa y este libro es puro lenguaje poético y una metáfora tras otra. Las historias trepidantes son mis favoritas y este libro tiene un cuajo que se lo pisa. Vamos, que no tenía por dónde coger el
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Gloria
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho el realismo mágico de Ferlosio. Ya desde que empezabas a leer entrabas en la tónica del libro, un cuento para adultos muy bien escrito. La primera mitad me ha parecido preciosa, pero conforme iba avanzando se iba convirtiendo más en un relato costumbrista típico que en lo puramente mágico que llenaba las páginas del principio. Me lo voy a tener que volver, porque las mañanas en el bus son duras y me he pasado la mitad del texto un poco a duermevela, pero me ha gustado bastant ...more
Alejandro Teruel
Novela española muy particular, publicada en 1951, que se ha etiquetado, incómodamente, de picaresca, de bildungsroman, de infantil, de surrealista, de modernista y de ejemplar precursor del realismo mágico. En mi opinión fue una novela crisálida que no llegó a completar una metamorfosis a un género específico. Incluye relatos que bien podrían ser libretos para un futuro Tim Burton o unos hermanos Quay.

Un niño peculiar de ojos amarillos, como los de un alcaraván pasa por una serie de situaciones
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Patrick Kelly
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part surreal fantasy, part children's fable - "The Adventures of Ingenious Alfanhui" remains one of my favorite books. It's got the perfect combination of macabre and fantastical. The protagonist, a young boy, goes out into the world to gain knowledge. His master is a taxidermist who teaches him some magical, taxidermy tricks. Their experiments have the capacity to make trees grow feathers and birds grow leaves. Even though the story seems simple, it is very cerebral and ranks up there with the ...more
Murnau
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Ultimamente estoy teniendo un ojo nefasto para los libros, es por eso que hace ya mas de un mes que no cuelgo una reseña nueva, me ha costado horrores terminan estos dos últimos libros, y no porque sean malos, no, no, es básicamente porque ando con el criterio completamente atrofiado. En fechas tan problematicas en la que la mayor parte de las neuronas están centradas en memorizar conceptos y nombres el cuerpo pide algo de literatura evasiva, no a puto Sanchez Ferlosio: es tirarse piedras a tu p ...more
Israel Montoya Baquero
Curiosa y atípica novela, para la época en que fue escrita, que se aleja del realismo social imperante en la España de los años 50 para internarse en los mundos de lo sorprendente y la fantasía.
Es Alfanhuí una suerte de reverso luminoso del Lazarillo de Tormes, así como la novela una suerte de espejo de la novela picaresca del Siglo de Oro español. No encontraremos aquí desventuras, trapicheos y jugarretas, sino más bien una visión, pura e inocente, de diversas partes de la España rural (con la
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Fantasymundo
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘Industrias y andanzas de Alfanhuí’ (Literatura Random House, 2016) se construye como un ejercicio de equilibrismo magistral y sorprendente, donde el juego con tantos elementos, de tantas formas distintas, se resuelve de una forma tan brillante que, inadvertida y simultáneamente, te atrapa y te maravilla. Sin darte cuenta, solo interrumpido por Seguir leyendo
flannery
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Advertised on the back as being as popular in the Spanish-speaking world as Harry Potter is in the English-speaking world, which is a really misleading comparison as most of these chapters are non-narrative prose poems. Reading "Kwaidan" and then seeing the movie adaptation helped me better appreciate weird meditative books like this because it's easier to imagine these little parcels of picture and language extracted into full set pieces and stories with their own internal drama. Reminds me of ...more
Arax Miltiadous
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
απροσδόκητα ωραίο βιβλίο.
τα αγόρασα απλά και μόνο γιατί μου κέντρισε το ενδιαφέρων ο τίτλος του. και να μαι καθηλωμένη να διαβάζω ασταμάτητα χωρίς να επέρχεται κορεσμός στην πείνα μου για τις περιγραφές του.
κέρδισα έναν υπέροχο πολυμήχανο φίλο με τον Αλφανουί. ταξιδέψαμε μαζί, δώσαμε κουράγιο ο ένας στον άλλον και πιστέψαμε στην δύναμη της φαντασίας μας!
αν πετύχετε το βιβλίο αυτό σε κάποιο σταυροδρόμι, μην του γυρίσετε την πλάτη.

" διαβάζω τελικά σημαίνει... ονειρεύομαι?"
Alex
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this is a forgotten magical masterpiece because its title so easily slips the mind. Its beauty is intangible, leaving alluring little memories of color, fire, and wandering. (Thank you, Tom, for the research/resurrection.)
Diego
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Industrias y andanzas de Alfanhuí es una narración muy poética en la que el argumento es lo menos importante. No me ha disgustado aunque, a pesar de tener momentos muy interesantes, tampoco me ha llenado del todo.

Sin embargo, los otros dos relatos que incluye el libro (Y el corazón caliente y Dientes, pólvora, febrero) me han parecido una maravilla, en un realismo alejado tanto de la magia de Alfanhuí como del objetivismo extremo de El Jarama.
Etola
This was a very meandering picaresque that felt less like reading a story and more like reading a dream journal. It had some very beautiful moments, though I tend to prefer stories with a bit more of a plot.
Danae
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Después de muchos años he vuelto a leer este libro y la sensación que he tenido es la misma que cuando lo hice por primera vez: una pequeña obra maestra inteligente, divertida y mágica que hay que releer cada cierto tiempo.
Jesus M. Hernandez
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
Poético, entrañable, mágico, delicioso.
Sofia
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 🌟
Smisword
Obra muy alejada del estilo más conocido de Sánchez Ferlosio. Pura poesía. El inicio es rompedor, pero la calidad decae a medida que avanza la obra. Aún así, creo q merece la pena ser leída
Alba Mont
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro mágico injustamente olvidado.
Ada Soler
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realismo mágico en estado puro. No me canso de releerlo.
David Peterson
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Ferlosio can sure do a lot with 200 pages.

The Adventures of the Ingenious Alfanhuí is a kind of children’s book, in that the main character is a child, and the chapters are very short (two to five pages). Beyond that, though, this is a book that can be profitably read by anybody—except, perhaps, for very young, non-precocious children, ironically.

The theme of this book is color, and it seems like the plot of this book is essentially an odyssey wherein the main character, Alfanhuí, travels t
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Danielle
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book hooked my eyes several times at the library. After much deliberation, I finally checked the book out and certainly enjoyed the fantastical story of Alfanhui.

I would forewarn anyone who needs fast-pacing and action to stay away from this novel. It is a dream-like read that is more atmospheric and meditative than plot driven.

The basic premise is that the story follows Alfanhui, a certainly ingenious young boy, who experiments with nature, with color. He explores the world a
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Cristina
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a masterpiece in relation with being one of the first fantastic realism novel, but personally i haven't enjoyed its reading so much. Maybe, the third part si that i've found more ilustrative. In that part you can better discover the nature references and the progress from the childhood to the adult age of the main character.
Verena Annette
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein ganz eigenes, zauberhaftes Buch. Eine Handlung gibt es eigentlich nicht, beschrieben werden in bunten Worten die Erlebnisse von Alfanhui. In poetischer Sprache, die einem in den Bann zieht.
Mich wundert es, dass ich von diesem Buch nie gehört hatte - ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen ... und werde es sicherlich wieder lesen.
Mario Rosas
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si buscas fantasía, nada como este libro. No es fantasía "bonita", sólo es muy buena fantasía. Quienes quieran leerlo deben tener mucha imaginación y siempre estar atentos a los cambios de narrativa. Se llevarán una buena sorpresa mientras viajan junto con Alfanhui.
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