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خانواده‌ی پاسکوآل دوآرته

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  7,571 ratings  ·  486 reviews
کامیلو خوسه سلا را در ردیف نویسندگانی چون سلین و مالاپارته، و این کتاب را همسنگ بیگانهی کامو دانستهاند. پاسکوآل هم مانند مورسوی بیگانه مرتکب قتلی بیهدف میشود. خانوادهی پاسکوآل دوآرته بررسی روانکاوانهی ترس است؛ خشونت ترس و احساس گناه نسبت به آن. ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published 2008 by نشر ماهی (first published October 1942)
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Juan Fernández It's a way of showing the kind of person he is. You do not understand his actions because you are not like him. Great for you !!!

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MJ Nicholls
For fans of Spanish miserablism set in a heartless deterministic universe (i.e. this one), Pascal Duarte is the brief novel for you. Duarte’s confession, written from prison, is a beautiful recounting of a life of violent poverty and aimless murder, told in simple and frequently moving prose. Cela’s work is often concerned with the seemingly endless human capacity for violence and conflict and this short work leaves a powerful imprint on the reader with its moments of hair-raising cruelty and ...more
Vanessa J.
I am not, sir, a bad person, though in all truth I am not lacking in reason for being one.


Pascual Duarte has done many things in his life. Some of them took him to prison not once but twice times. He's now under his second sentence and he's about to be executed. Thus, he wrote a diary in which he told his entire life and the people who influenced it.

He killed many people. He states that at the beginning, so don't you worry about spoilers. Some in cold blood, some because of revenge, others
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Amorette
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is morbidly intriguing. It's sick fun to get into Pascual's head, "con perdón". Pascual kills his dog, his rival, his mom, your mom, and damned if you don't feel sorry for him in spite of it all. There is nothing sadder than a baby (Pascual's little neglected brother) having his ears eaten by a pig. Stop laughing, this is sad stuff.
Catherine
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, maestría
i am never so aware of my own mortality as when i waste time reading books like this
jeremy
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
camilo josé cela, spain's fifth nobel laureate, is perhaps best known for two novels, the hive (la colmena) and the family of pascual duarte (la familia de pascual duarte). the latter of these is a magnificent work of fiction he composed when he was only 26 years old. the family of pascual duarte relates the story of a castilian peasant serving a prison term for multiple murders.

the story is told from the perspective of duarte himself, as he spent his time incarcerated writing his life story
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Voldemort
Can a person fall in love with a book?
I did. Twice.
However, I have this problem. Every time I like someone/something I convince myself I DO NOT. Probably because of some fucked up ideals I built in my head since childhood.
So this is me, pretending I didn’t fall for Jose’s dedication “I dedicate this edition to my enemies, who have helped me so much in my career” or Pascual’s first sentence “I am not sir, a bad person, though in all truth I am not lacking in reasons for being one.”
This is me
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Teresa

I am rating this highly praised classic in the Spanish literature with just one star and if I could have, I'd given it 0. I am not basing my rating on its literary merit: the presumed originality, the social commentary value, the poverty and ignorance in rural Spain in the pre-war years, the Nobel prize, yada, yada,yada.
I am just rating it so low because I hated it.

So, yes. I have detested this book from beginning to end. It has been claimed as one of the best novels in the Spanish language,
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Ali
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The man who is born to poor, alcoholic parents, has had a couple of happy memories, such as his first marriage to a loving wife, and later a marriage to a second loving wife… Pascual Duarte, a man in his 50s, has killed his landowner during the Spanish Civil War, is sitting in prison, awaiting for his death, is a brutal Spanish peasant, shaped by poverty, ignorance and hatred, as he describes himself prior to killing his mother: as he sits in prison, awaiting death, he acknowledges that his ...more
Andy Weston
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1942, the same year as Camus’s The Stranger this short novel is the dark story of Pascual Duarte, a brutal Spanish peasant, whose life has been shaped by poverty, ignorance and hatred. The story recounts his mounting depravity as he goes from killing his dog to knifing a romantic rival to final horrific matricide.
It’s a raw and compelling read that has surprisingly been out of print as a translated version since not long after it won the Nobel Prize in 1989.
Delara H F
I hated it. It was awful and unlike what was written on the cover, it was absolutely not like the books by Celine or Albert Camus. Or at least I didn't feel like there was any similarities.
Iulia Marin
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lthough he writes in the nihilist mode, Cela, unlike most modern practitioners, starts from no preconceived positions; his premises tend to evolve as he goes along and then just as easily disappear all together. Is Pascual a cautionary tale, a psychological study, or mere naturalism of a dark, distressing sort? One never knows. All these ingredients are there, but brand names seem irrelevant. Cela's anti-hero is a man whose humanity is close to that of an animal, and yet what he has to say of ...more
Robert Wechsler
May 14, 2019 marked it as tasted  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: span-lit
A cold, violent first-person monologue about a man and his family. The pain of it was not offset by the quality of the writing, or anything else.
Robin
Well I mostly rated this book as 3 stars because there were parts that I couldn't follow what was happening. Perhaps that was intentional, perhaps it was lost in translation, but it was frustrating to be turning pages back and forth going, "wait, what? did he kill that guy? did he kill his wife? oh, he just left the city. I guess?" etc.

I'm surprised when people don't like a book because of a narrator that is evil or unlikable. I really enjoy being forced to be "on the side" of the narrator that
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Chenvael
Jun 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from_spain
To the fear.. To the anger.. To the madness..

LIKE:
I guess Cela (the writer of this book) has a good way to tell a story about the main character, Duarte. Cela put so much anger in Duarte's mind, body, all of it. It's as if two third of him is made from anger instead of water.

I like the way Cela wrap the overall story. The letters, the testatement, the note, everything give additional touch to the story. I like it.

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This book may be good to a phsyco so he can count how many people
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Nellie K.
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was shocking and that's what we call tremendismo. Realismo. el horror...
David
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Camilo José Cela is compared to Albert Camus, but he is no Camus, and Pascual Duarte is no L'etranger. The book is a fair nihilistic work.
Murtaza
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some died themselves, rest of them got killed by pascual, and himself got executed, while he didn't want to die. He was a psychopath. Sad!
Marc
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bleak, dark, ungainly, but ambiguous: self-relativity of the main character. Stylistically alternating sober-realistic-more prosaic.
Tuck
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dalkey-archive, spain
nobel prize in 1989. groundbreaking when published as it broke spain's ""great silence" and the "great forgetting"
Stephen
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bob Newman
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life Is Ugly"
Not everybody can control themselves, that's true. With some people passions lie close to the surface, uncertainty hovers over them like a rain cloud, soaking their better impulses, encouraging gloom. It seems to me that most writers of great literature [and Cela is no doubt one] form characters who wish to do well and to be successful in whatever they choose, big or small in scope. They often fail. But this novel is among the minority in which evil is explained, ugly feelings and
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Esculapio Poblete
This is a book to be read when you’re grown up. Too hard to understand, too subtle to grasp when youre young. Even so I would recommend anyone to read it, keep it close, and read it again when he felts its ready to.

I’m quite sure that I’m so fond of the story because I’ve been able to assist first-hand the hardships of rural life. Not as harsh as this impoverished area of Spain, because the territory were the story takes place was a sad extreme example of backwardness and poverty.

The novel
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Ville-markus Nevalainen
(Read this for university, which always affects the reading experience some what as I have to rush through it)

I believe that the reason that this novel was compared to Albert Camus's The Stranger is partially to blame for why I did not enjoy the it as much as I could have. I read The Stranger earlier this year and it was one of the best books that I had read for a long time and to have something like that in mind, expecting to get swept away in that similar way, might've been why it did not
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Sam
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, fun-lit
This novel is interesting because it is kind of out of time. Pascual Duarte seems to be a character taken out of a nineteenth-century novel--he is completely self-centered, he sees himself as a victim of circumstances, and he is incapable of any sort of redemptive behavior. Everything he touches dies, eventually, and it's never (according to him) his fault.

The novel, like El Quijote, is framed as a "found text," something that an editor has been sent in order to publish, and there are some
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Kristín
I read this book years and years ago but didn't remember a thing about it (which is sadly fairly common for me) so I decided to reread it. It's a short story about a man who's born into a cold and nasty family where both parents are simply rather evil. So I guess poor Paskval doesn't really have much chance of succeeding in life - which he of course doesn't. He writes the story from prison, retelling parts of his lives that are so far from most reader's reality that at least for some (me) it's ...more
Wow
The reason that persuaded me to read this novel was the fact that the author was novel prize laureate, also being a classic of the Spanish literature pre civil war era.

I wanted to read something out of my confort zone.

The writing was beautiful and lyrical , you could definitely see why he was such a celebrated author.
Yet something felt off about the protagonist voice, and while I sympathise with his suffering...I can't stop being annoyed with his whining.
How he turns all the blame on Faye and
...more
Benoît
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the commonest trick in the world for writers to come up with an introductory note that attributes truth (or verisimilitude) to their story. I must have been absent-minded, but this time I was abused, and I spent the first part of the book really thinking this was a confession of a commoner sentenced to death, I read his words with more intensity, and I guess it's a testimony to Cela's realism that it took me a while to come to my senses. And I still think the first half is the best part, as ...more
Stacey
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read for a reading list book as part of my graduate studies. It's a dark and violent meditation on life, written during a difficult period in Spain's history, but taking place further in the past. It's known in the literary world and is an important work, but for me, it just left me feeling depressed, so it's not a light read by any means. The introduction to the Kindle edition I read was extremely helpfully written and carefully constructed for those who are analyzing the text academically.
Oana
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conflicted about moral values. Who gets to judge a human being? Are you sure you have all the facts before you judge a criminal? This raw confession makes you double think the sentences we cast on others.
Frank Ashe
This is the sort of unremittingly bleak book that I should have liked more. Maybe I wasn't in the mood when I read it.
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Camilo José Cela Trulock was a Spanish writer. Prolific author (as a novelist, journalist, essayist, literary magazine editor, lecturer ...), he was a member of the Royal Spanish Academy for 45 years and won, among others, the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 1987, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989 ("for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a ...more
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“يقولون أن السمك يموت من فمه ، ويقولون أيضا إن من يتلكم كثيرا يخطئ كثيرا و الفم المطبق لا يدخله الذباب” 10 likes
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