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Diane  | 2051 comments Rating: 4 Stars

This is a fictionalized memoir/coming of age story of a peasant boy from rural Galicia, in northwest Spain during the early 1940s. The book is translated from the original Galician. The book is told through the perspective of a child and has a sweet, innocent quality. The book highlights the poverty and inequality the boy endured, as well as the experience of falling in love for the first time.

Kristel (kristelh) | 4259 comments Mod
read 2014
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 interrupted when the boy moves to America with his parents. He often mentions that he is a boy not meant to have good fortune. The author is Galician but he moved to Argentina before writing this book. Galician is a separate language and people from Spain. The author wrote in Galician. It was translated to English.

First sentence: I am….Balbino.

“Our life will keep on fermenting with strange, borrowed yeast.”

“because time both treats injuries and make trees rot.”

Last words: Let him take it away.

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