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The Dream of the City

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Part love story, part chronicle of the modernist years of Barcelona and a society about to change irrevocably, The Dream of the City is an homage to the genius of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926)—an exciting historical novel in which we tour the most bohemian parts of Barcelona.

In Barcelona, at the beginning of the 20th century, the destinies of two families
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ebook, 557 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Open RoadMedia (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bandit
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why does historical fiction about Spain seem to be so lengthy? First, Winter in Madrid, now this one. Although with Dream of the City it isn't so much the page count itself, it just feels long. Possibly because unlike the aforementioned behemoth, this book actually didn't need its bulk, it needed either a stronger story or a stronger editor. To be honest, I was hoping for more about Gaudi, whom I think to be a genius, but he was no more than a minor character. His opus magnum, Sagrada Familia, i ...more
Mayra
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Not the best plot, seemed to wander at times, but a great description of Barcelona at the time Antoni Gaudi worked on La Sagrada Familia. The book eventually grew on me, but I found the pacing to be slow. Still, it left me wanting to read more about Barcelona. Now if Carlos Ruiz Zafón would finally publish the last book in the The Cemetery of Lost Books series, I'd be a happy woman.
Carol Glassman
The Dream of the City
by Andrés Vidal
This novel is a monumental undertaking, attempting to blend aspects of art, history, love, and family against a backdrop of 20th century Barcelona, in which the city and the unfinished Sagrada Familia church join the list of main characters.
The plot joins the main characters, Laura Jufresa, daughter of a wealthy goldsmith and Dimas Navarros, son of a poor working family in an unlikely union.
Against the background of the design and building of the church, which
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Jill's Book Cafe
More 3.5 than 3

I was keen to read this book as I love Barcelona and the architecture of Gaudi. However beware that this is less about Gaudi who really appears as a bit player, and more about how the Sagrada Familia represents the hopes and dreams of Barcelona's inhabitants in an increasing changing society at the early part of the 20th Century.

The story centres around Laura Jufresa and Dimas Navarro, two young people from differing ends of the social spectrum, and focuses on their individual st
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Nancy
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read the soon-to-be-released English language version of DREAM OF THE CITY (courtesy of Netgalley)on an airplane as I left Barcelona.

This bustling, vibrant city is fed by pride in Gaudi's architecture and his phantasmagoric shapes. Vidal's book takes place in Barcelona in the early 20th Century as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is in the early stages of development. His novel isn't about the building of the church, but he allows the church to serve as a character and moral guide for the story.

Dream o
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Marc
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mucho, muchísimo me ha gustado este libro. Ha sido una sorpresa muy agradable descubrir a Andrés Vidal con este libro.
Ambientado en la Barcelona de principios del siglo pasado, me encanta como describe la ciudad, de manera muy breve y concisa pero aportando la suficiente información para sumergirte de lleno en la trama y en la ambientación. Sus descripciones no son extensas en demasía, algo que me ha gustado mucho, muchísimo.

La trama del libro me ha encantado, con el personaje principal, Dimas
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Alex Rey
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
Un libro maravilloso. Una historia perfecta con sus claros y oscuros de una ciudad emergente, donde marca los tiempos La Sagrada Familia de Gaudí. Me hizo enamorarme de una ciudad que nunca podre conocerla tal como me la retratan, pero de seguro iré viendo sus guiños cuando vuelva.
Judy
This was an interesting historical novel set in the city of Barcelona during the early days of the 20th century, when Gaudí was in the early days of building La Sagrada Familia. The story is not about the church per sé, but it lingers in the background of the story of two families trying to get ahead through the WWI period in Spain. Spain was neutral, but people there sometimes took advantage of the situation to try to make money selling war materiél to the Germans or the French. The two familie ...more
Almudena
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-2019
No había leído nada de este autor pero por la sinopsis me esperaba algo diferente.

Este autor escribe bastante bien ha sabido escenificar muy bien la Barcelona de principios de siglo XX. Ese aspecto de la novela es el que más me ha gustado.

La historia en si, no me terminado de convencer, demasiado pastelosa para mi gusto
Michelle Only Wants to Read
Set at the beginning of the XX Century, the emerging city of Barcelona is the background for the story. It is difficult to imagine this thriving city—and one of the most important commercial harbors of Europe—was once covered by dusty roads, a few cobblestone avenues, and afraid of electricity, “the source of the devil.”

The magnificent temple of La Sagrada Familia (still under construction!) is featured in the storyline. As the construction of the cathedral progresses, the themes of story and c
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Lauryn
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I read through the description for The Dream of the City by Andrés Vidal and immediately wanted to preview this book. Originally published in Spanish in 2012, next week it will be released in English. The description paints a picture of contrasts—the beginning of World War I in Europe with the destruction that entailed juxtaposed against the construction of Gaudí’s Temple of the Sagrada Familia, the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie as workers pushed for better conditions, th ...more
Margaret
As soon as I heard about this book I really wanted to read it. I have been to Barcelona and visited the Sagrada Familia, it is stunning and words are hard to come by that would adequately describe it.

I was hoping for more about the Sagrade Familia in this book but the story inside was still interesting. It showed a side of Barcelona in the early 20th century, a city growing and two families involvement in that. The characters were likable, Laura (a woman of privilege) with her desire for indepen
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Mandy
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t a great work of literature, but it is a very readable and enjoyable story set in a changing and modernising Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century, with a backdrop of the building of the Sagrada Familia and with Gaudi himself as one of the characters. We follow the fortunes of two families, the wealthy Jufresas and the poor Navarros as they navigate their way along their respective paths, which gradually become inextricably linked. The love affair between the wealthy Laura Juf ...more
Carlos
Me gustó,se lee muy fácil y rápido (me lo leí en menos de dos días), pero no es nada del otro mundo, poco original, muy simple y poco detallada la aventura amorosa y los conflictos entre la pareja,con muy pocos diálogos directos y unos personajes que no llegamos a conocerlos tan profundamente como para llegar a emocionarnos. Incluso el desenlace final es muy previsible y ya lo había imaginado anteriormente. Novela olvidable, aunque entretenida, que parecía prometer en us desarrollo inicial, pero ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I received a copy of this e-book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to read this novel because I have been to Barcelona and am intrigued by Gaudi and his unique architectural works. The book was about so much more than that, in a very good way. There were many well-developed characters, beautiful descriptions, and a clear vision. The only thing preventing me from giving this book 5 stars is that at times it seemed a little wordy or draggy, where it could have been more to t
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Danielle
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this book, as I had honeymooned in Barcelona and fell in love with the city, but I just liked it. I enjoyed the characters, but I never really fell in love with the whole story. Barcelona, Gaudi, and the Sagrada Familia are just backdrops to the human drama of the story and I didn't feel like this novel was distinctly Catalonian. It was nice, however, to be reminded of the city via place names, people, and locales
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Karolien
Con la construcción de la sagrada familia como tela de fondo, relata la historia de Dimas Navarro, un humilde trabajador que consigue subir escalones en la escalera social pero que se da cuenta que algunas cosas nunca cambian cuando se enamora de la hija de su jefe.Bien escrito y entretenido, pero supongo que ya me estoy cansando un poco de tantas historias de amor imposibles en tiempos revueltos.
Altado
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Libro entretenido, se lee fácilmente, pero no es ninguna cosa del otro mundo.
Describe de forma superficial la sociedad de principios del siglo XX. La evolución que toma la clase obrera gracias a las huelgas y descontento de ésta; también habla de la otra parte de la sociedad, de la burguesía y la alta sociedad. Existe entre una clase social y la otra una relación amorosa imposible para la época.
Lo que más me ha gustado es el guiño a la construcción de la Sagrada Familia y a Antonio Gaudí.
Lois
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡¡¡¡Preciosa historia de Andrés Vidal!!!
Ambientada en la Ciudad Condal, en los primeros años del siglo XX:
Barcelona vive unos años convulsos; convulsión de los que sus personajes se contagian, debatiéndose en un torbellino de emociones.
Amor, ambición, odio,... bullen en esta novela. Y como telón de fondo, la construcción de la Sagrada Familia de Antoni Gaudí.
Puntuación: 4/5
Beverly
Received from NetGalley for an honest review....
I sooooo wanted to like this story....Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia..I loved this idea...however, the plot was rather circuitous,and wandering. I had hoped for more "insight" into the building of this architectural icon...it DOES make me want to know more about both the creator of this marvel AND the city of Barcelona.
Jose María
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acabo de terminar "El sueño de la ciudad" y me ha gustado aún más que "La herencia de la tierra" que me encantó.

Buena trama, buenos ingredientes y la novela no decae en ningún momento.

Otro autor a tener en cuenta. Gracias por darnos estás lecturas
Carm9n
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geno
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bonita historia y si conoces Barcelona se disfruta mucho más
Maria
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
libro entretenido, me gustan las reseñas históricas aunque final previsible
Lynn
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the English translation of this book. There were many typos, and many mistakes in word choice [hear/here; the/she]. Difficult to follow.
Ivonnegarza
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro en el que se descubren muchas cosas sobre la vida en Barcelona durante los tiempos de Gaudí.
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