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La mula

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Al humilde cabo Juan Castro le importa más encontrar a su mula preferida que ganar la guerra. Por eso sale tras ella y, poco después de atravesar la línea de frente, se ve envuelto en un episodio tan peligroso como hilarante que, contra su voluntad, lo va a convertir en un héroe de guerra. La mula es una atrevida desmitificación de la guerra civil.
Mass Market Paperback, 267 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Planeta (first published 2003)
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Margitte
The official blurb says it the best.
'Critically acclaimed throughout Spain, and now available for the first time in English, this tender, satirical novel vividly captures the intrinsic absurdity of war—and the joys of true friendship in a place where it is difficult to distinguish man from beast.

Juan Castro Pérez is a simple muleteer caught in the brutal Spanish Civil War. Never far from his closest companion—a stray mule named Valentina whom he is determined to keep for himself after the war—J
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Fausto
Historia sencilla que nos acerca a los padecimientos de la guerra civil pero con dos características no muy comunes en estos temas. Primero, Eslava Galán se sitúa desde la perspectiva del bando nacional (basado en las vivencias del padre del escritor), y segundo: todo esto enfocado en una realidad “cotidiana” y con gran humor.

Juan Castro, el protagonista, un joven sencillo, cándido y con una idea de la realidad y el mundo que ha vivido que se puede considerar predeterminado y opaco. La novela cl
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Labijose
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tomando como inicio de la trama la batalla de Valsequillo, que fue una de las últimas escaramuzas de los republicanos antes de la derrota final, el autor nos narra la historia del cabo acemilero de Falange Juan Castro Pérez, quién encuentra una mula perdida, a la que llamará Valentinilla, y decidirá conservarla contra viento y marea para poder regresar con ella a su Jaén natal.

Emotiva novela del gran autor Juan Eslava Galán, en donde la guerra es lo de menos. Es el sentimiento del protagonista y
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Geoffrey Fox
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: revolution
Algo un poco diferente sobre el tema ineludible en España, la Guerra Civil de 1936-39: Aquí la vemos desde los ojos y las experiencias de un humilde cabo acemilero en el ejercito Nacional (es decir, de los insurgentes de Franco). Dedicado "A mi padre, herrador y acemilero en la Guerra Civil", seguramente es un libro que Eslava se sintió obligado a escribir, para entender, primero, cómo un pobre peón de Jaén (zona republicana por excelencia) podría sentirse tan "de derechas" que se pasa del ejérc ...more
Raro de Concurso
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Libro ambientado en la Guerra Civil Española. Un alegato pacifista de la mano de un acemilero y su mula. Novela picaresca también.

Se deja leer estupendamente y no se regodea en calamidades, dramones u otros elementos tan manidos en novelas de esta época. Aquí sólo hay mucha gente ignorante pasando hambre y piojos, matándose los unos a los otros sin muchas ganas, y sobreviviendo lo mejor posible.

El cabo Juán Crespo, héroe de cartón piedra a su pesar, y su amada mula Valentina, nos dan una vuelta
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Melanie
I'm personally not a fan of the picaresque novel, even ones that use their episodic qualities to build into more character driven conclusions. That said, this was a pretty masterful picaresque novel about love and war and peasants and mules; it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Uncle
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pepe Ríos Castillo
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Una novela excepcional. Me fascina la facilidad de Juan Eslava Galán para escribir con esa soltura, con esa frescura que te hace saborear con deleite cada capítulo. Una historia entrañable que he disfrutado como quien degusta un exquisito manjar en un buen restaurante. ¡Gracias maestro!
Sebro14
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bonnie Ridley
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, spain
Another glimpse into the Spanish Civil War.
Michele
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Did not finish the book, I thought there would be more about the mule but it really about the Spanish war.
Strivetoengage
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jorge Sicilia
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente
Brenda
Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
1938/1939. Spanish Civil War.

Castro, the story's protagonist, starts out as a Red, a Commie, a Marxist, a Republican. It's the side of the civil war it makes sense for him to be on. He's poor (the son of a servant). He's good with mules. He decides, however, to change to the other side and becomes a Nationalist, a fascist... siding with the "lazy aristocrats".

Castro frequently says that the reason he sides with Franco is because "I like order." As the son of a servant, he never had to worry abo
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Brian
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AKA: The Reluctant Hero

The Mule takes place during the Spanish Civil war. General Franco organized a military coup to over throw the elected government that was going to introduce land reforms that would give land to the people who worked the land. So it was a fight between left and right, socialist vs fascists. Hard for the reds to win when they were fighting the organized army. Men from around the world went to Spain to fight against the fascists. I had never understood this civil war until I
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Sergiu Pobereznic
An unusual angle on the Spanish Civil War told through a muleteer and his mule(s). I had high hopes for this one. The cover was interesting, the blurb seemed attractive at first sight, and the first few pages had me intrigued.
There are a few comical aspects, which helped to lighten the difficult subject of war, and the protagonist is likeable; however, I honestly thought that the mule would feature far more in the telling of the tale. The title was very misleading and the ending was unsatisfying
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Diego González
Novela guerracivilesca en el mejor estilo de Eslava Galán. Personajes profundos, equívocos, decentes, metidos en medio de un fregado en el que nada pintan. Un labriego enrolado voluntariamente en el ejército Nacional se encuentra una mula y cuida de ella batalla tras batalla soñando con llevársela a su pueblo, donde le hará mucho bien. La novela sigue al personaje en sucesivas acciones militares, una de las cuales le lleva a ser condecorado y a conocer a Franco. El Caudillo y tal.

No falta la ir
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Simona
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La storia raccontata qui ha inizio nel giugno 1928 e termina nel giugno 1939 con protagonisti uno stalliere diventato maniscalco e una mula.
Siamo durante il periodo della Guerra Civile spagnola: un periodo di guerra, di atrocità , di crudeltà, di molti, troppi morti.
La mula, non è solo il titolo del romanzo, ma assurge a simbolo della bellezza e del rapporto che intercorre tra Castro e questo animale. Un animale tenero, docile che diventa una compagna di viaggio lungo un percorso di guerra, aiu
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Julie
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an often hilarious account of a simple, peasant muleteer caught up in the events of the Spanish Civil War in its final year (1939). I guess it could best be described as a "picaresque" novel, in that it is a series of episodes involving its comic (but sweet) hero, Juan Castro, and occasionally, his mule. But, humor aside, it also draws a compelling picture of the life of a common soldier: one of drudgery,filth and confusion, lightened by comraderie. It also gives some good insight into t ...more
Francisco
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Una historia salpicada de sabiduría popular y llaneza, con ternura y humor (eso es marca de la casa); sin embargo, creo que no hay trama sostenida, fuerte, y que se va por las ramas mucho más de lo deseable sin que haya un motor detrás del libro. Simplemente, lees cosas que pasan, pero sin una trabazón entre ellas.
En definitiva, no está mal para reflexionar o regocijarse en la diferencia entre la vida y los proyectos sencillos de la mayoría de la gente y la de los potentados que mandan, en espec
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Francisco
Novela tan breve y ágil como la anécdota que da origen a la misma. Claro ejemplo de la agilidad como narrador de Eslava Galán, que se distancia de la significación política con personajes atrapados en medio de un conflicto bélico del que no quieren ser protagonistas, y cuyas preocupaciones fundamentales son las de cualquier persona de su edad: el trabajo, el amor, el futuro...
Dani Gragera
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Novela de Juan Eslava que narra la vida de un provinciano cordobés que cambia de bando durante la Guerra Civil española, en la que en su aventura encuentra una mula, de la cual no se quiere separar durante la contienda.
Aubree
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy historical fiction, so I gave this book a high rating. It is well written and an interesting story with the backdrop of the Spanish civil war.
Rodrigo Pérez
Ameno. Sobre un mulero enrolado en las filas nacionales durante la guerra civil en el frente de Andalucía.
Fredsky
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rate this a 3.75, or more, couldn't put it down for long. I knew it couldn't end well, and, well...

A cautionary tale for those considering a new career.
Akeiisa
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A so-so read, meandering and slow.
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