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El Viento De La Luna/ the Wind of the Moon (Biblioteca Breve / Brief Library) [Paperback]

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Man's first voyage to the Moon in 1969 did little to change the lives of many ordinary people, especially the people of Mgina in a Spain dominated by Franco and the Church, in a novel where a young protagonist believes he has freed himself from the gravitational pull to become a farmer, only to awaken from his adolescent dream surrounded by changeless traditions.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.2" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2007
Publisher   Editorial Seix Barral
ISBN  843221227X  
ISBN13  9788432212277  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ANTONIO MUNOZ MOLINA has twice been awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura in Spain in addition to winning the Prix Femina in France. He lives in Madrid and New York.

Antonio Munoz Molina was born in 1956.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > English
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Spanish

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The poetry of adolescense  Oct 2, 2007
Munoz Molina's novel is a moving evocation of the painful transition from the bliss of childhood to the loneliness of adolescence. The narrator is a thirteen year old boy who feels so oppressed within his reality (poverty, Franco's Spain, the collective memory of the Spanish civil war, Catholicism) that he becomes obsessed with the ongoing Apollo XI mission. The narrator lovingly reconstructs the moon flight from tidbits of information he gleans from magazines, library books, television reports, newspaper articles and the word on the street. This includes the propaganda inserted in the media by the-powers-that-be, which is evident to today's reader (as the propaganda inserted in our media will be comically evident to a reader forty years from now). The narrator's other obsession is -not surprisingly- his own sexuality which he explores with equal degrees of (very graphic) fervor and guilt. A novel for mature readers who will re-live the magic of going to the moon, historically and metaphorically.
Sin mayor interés  Oct 15, 2006
Trabajo bien logrado desde el punto de vista del despliegue del idioma español, pero desafortunado en cuanto a la trama y al apoyo que del proyecto estadounidense Apolo de llegada a la Luna hace para desarrollar la novela. Simplemente lleno de errores: Página 10, dice que el astronauta es golpeado imperceptiblemente por partículas de viento solar, lo cual no es cierto. El viento solar olímpicamente atraviesa, no golpea. Uno de los rebuznos más grandes viene en la página 11, donde dice que el cohete Saturno se cubría deliberadamente con láminas de hielo artificial, cuando sabemos que las placas de hielo eran bien naturales, provocadas por la condensación del hidrógeno líquido criogenizado dentro del cohete y expuesto a la cálida temperatura de la Florida del mes de julio. Errores del estilo de decir que la atmósfera del Apolo era puro oxígeno cuando sabemos que después del incendio del Apolo 1 en Tierra eso fue modificado; de decir que jamás un vehículo tan grande como el Apolo 11 había despegado de la Tierra cuando sabemos que los Apolo 8, 9 y 10 ya lo habían hecho inclusive con pesos mayores, como en el Apolo 10. El listillo chico de 13 años protagonista de la novela dice que Neil Armstrong nació en Watanaka, cuando el nombre real es Wapakoneta, Ohio. Dice el autor que los astronautas tenían oportunidad de oler el mar al ascender al cohete la mañana del despegue, cuando sabemos que habían sido herméticamente cerrados dentro de sus trajes y escafandras desde horas antes de subir; dice que jamás artefacto humano había alcanzado tales velocidades cuando sabemos que ya la habían alcanzado el Apolo 8 y el Apolo 10. Dice que el motor de ascenso del módulo lunar jamás se había encendido cuando se sabe que se encendió en dos misiones anteriores, el Apolo 9 y el Apolo 10. En fin, una sarta de errores históricos mezclados con una pobre trama de la llegada a la adolescencia de un muchachito de la España rural y todo ello ambientado en 1968-1969. No ofrece mayor interés.

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