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Memoirs of a Peasant Boy

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A peasant boy, Balbino, tries to flee the repressive Galician society of the 30s and 40s by questioning, answering, and criticizing every aspect of social and religious restrictions.
Paperback, 111 pages
Published August 2nd 2004 by Trafford Publishing (first published January 1961)
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Jose Moa
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We are in front of a masterpiece of galician literature,i obviously have read it in galician but have put the title in english with the goal of give to it more universality.

I think it is in some USA list of the 1000 book one have to read before die.

Tells in first person the memories written by a peasant galician boy and is formed by several chapters entitled by names of things ,concepts or persons and in its make reflections or tell his vivences in that situations.

The words to describe the book
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Eu son Balbino, un neno de aldea, un ninguén"
Con esta declaración de principios ábrese o libro que representa a Galicia que foi para moitos galegos. Balbino fala dunha aldea que xa non existe, pero que podía ser calquera lugar entre finais do século XIX e os anos 60 do século XX, a infancia dos mesus avós e dos meus pais.
Para min, un desertor do arado que pouco papou dos traballos deses tempos non tan vellos, "Memorias dun neno labrego" é un dos libros que todos tivemos que ler na escola e tam
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A young Galician peasant boy tries to make sense of his world by writing down his experiences and thoughts. His is a poor, hard working world with little opportunity to break free. What adds realism is the writing style and language of the narrator.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a story of Galicia, an area in NW Spain, isolated and poor. It is the notebook of Balbino, a peasant boy. He writes about his day to day experiences and his musings. Balbino is very smart, his thoughts are full of richness and they give the reader a picture of this area and life. We know that Balbino was able to go to school. He also does some substitute teaching. He talks about the unfairness of having to take abuse from the landowners mean son. The joy of his friendship that is interru ...more
My grandad gave me this book as a legacy of his childhood. He used to keep it as a treasure, and now it is one of my most valuous treasures.

Just as my grandfather, Balbino is a young kid from a tiny village in Galicia who works the land. This book tells from the perspective of a child his age the adventures of Balbino with his family, his friends and "enemies" and people who work with him. Simple and short, just like life at that age itself, this is an excellent book that anyone interested on th
Thalía L/A
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"-¿E logo as cousas non pasan porque teñen que pasar? -díxome.
Aledeime de que Lelo cavilase. A xente que non fai traballar o miolo deberíase anagar e ir polo monte, enriba de catro patas.
-As máis delas podemos gobernalas. E acontencerán según nós queiramos -díxenlle. Depende de min, poño por caso, que me chimpe ou non agora mesmo da ponte embaixo."
Eugenio Fouz
I have just read for a second time "Memorias dun neno labrego" (Memoirs of a ploughman kid from Galicia). I read it in its original language, that is to say, Galicians peoples language in which the story was written by the author Xosé Neira Vilas.

The book tells the remembrances of Balbino, a poor childs reflections on life, death and love. Can it be anything more important than that?

Balbino lets us see his deepest feelings all along the confessional writings. He writes a personal notebook, a k
María Lourenzo
"Eu son... Balbino. Un rapaz da aldea. Coma quen di, un ninguén. E ademais, pobre. Porque da aldea tamén é Manolito, e non hai quen lle tusa, a pesar do que lle aconteceu por causa miña".

Seime de memoria fragmentos de 'Memorias dun neno labrego' de Xosé Neira Vilas; e gardo coma un tesouro unha primeira edición deste libro, ademáis, da edición de Edicións do Castro con ilustración de Isaac Díaz Pardo.

'Memorias dun neno labrego' conxuga novela de iniciación con reivindicacións sociais; mezclando
Marcos Ibáñez Gordillo
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frikadas
Salvando distancias, diría que es el "Platero y yo" de Galicia. Pero mucho más sencillo en lenguaje y como más cercano de la realidad, aunque sigue teniendo mucha profundidad y encanto.
La perspectiva infantil le da una lectura especial también, como una especie de principito, pero de nuevo más directo.
Los Secretos de Lore
Un libro que todo niño gallego debe leer, para conocer un poco más su tierra, como era todo antes, como se divertían los niños en aquella época y mucho más que puedes aprender de este libro. Balbino te enamora línea a línea.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una historia de amor a la cultura y lengua gallega.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this in the list of classics. But I didn't enjoy it all that much. It was ok but nothing great.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cando morreu Neira Vilas e lin tantos comentarios cariñosos en Facebook, tiven a impresión de que todos leran "Memorias dun neno labrego" cando nenos. Todos menos eu. Así que o lin agora, aos 36. Non sei se o impacto é o mesmo, pero foi un pracer. Quédome coa linguaxe e co esforzo por transmitir que era (nalgúns casos, que é) ser un neno de aldea. E crear un personaxe que trascenda o libro para converterse nunha icona, algo do que a nosas letras non están sobradas. O gran mérito de Neira Vilas p ...more
Patrick Robitaille


This is the story in diary format of a young peasant boy growing up in Galicia in the 1940s. While exploring the themes of poverty and inequality through the eyes and language of a child conveys a certain charm to the novel, I do feel that it does not highlight sufficiently the Galician condition as it was back then; I would have loved to learn more about Galicia and its place within Spain in the 1940s. A quick read, with a few laughs and a few emotional moments.

Estevo Raposo
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela
Maxistral retrato da vida nunha aldea galega dende os ollos limpos do neno Balbino, que vai rexistrando no seu caderno como ve a escola, un velorio, o traballo na terra e o ir co gando, unha romería...

Xa sei que é unha novela, unha ficción, pero pareceume un libro cheo de verdade e sorprendeume a riqueza do léxico galego de Neira Vilas.
María Loureiro
O libro que todo pequeno galego debería ler.
Luis Andrés Serrallé Marentes
:______) obrigada lectura
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unha boa lectura para un tempo de campaña electoral.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
It is always a pleasure to walk in another's shoes as it were, and try to imagine a very different life to one's own.
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