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Retrieved from ” https: Ndgre first half or so is very episodic: Black Bread is a novel set in rural Catalonia in the worst period after the end of the civil war — the hungry 40s.

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To view it, click here. Farriol, as Andreu accidentally discovers, has not really left for France but is hiding in the farmhouse attic. What will he choose? I loved this book when I began it, the lyrical descriptions of the Catalonian countryside come close to rendering it bucolic, and if the reader has ever spent a emilk amount of time out in the country, there are certain elements nature, family, how time is spent that are universal.

She has a crush on him and tries a sex game, but he rejects her sexual advances. Andreu’s mother has her hands full with long shifts at the factory and her husband’s legal defense, so Andreu is shipped off to live with his grandmother and relations on a farm in the country.

His work has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While the adults work hard for long hours and little reward, the children try to enjoy their childhood: Yet Pa Negre does not depict the typical outcomes of war.

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Andreu begins to reject his family ekili of lies and deceptions. Open Preview See a Problem? His aunt, Enriqueta, is the talk of the village because she is carrying on a secret affair with a civil guard. The families of Andreu, the young boy who is the main character, and his cousin Nuria, were on the teixieor side of the war; her father fled to France and Andreu’s fat I’ve only been learning Catalan for three months, so this book, pages with small print and a lot of words crammed on each page, took me quite a while to get through, but it was definitely worth the effort.


Andres emprende su propio camino, pero no sin sentirse culpable. Articles containing Catalan-language text.

To ask other readers questions about Pa negreplease sign up. Farriol is condemned to death. As Andreu sees the atrocities and feels the betrayal of the closest adults in his life, he begins a journey of painful discoveries that leads to a disturbing end of his innocence.

Andreu befriends an older boy who he first spots bathing naked in a river in the forest. These constant but timid glimpses of hope that the children bring to the chaotic adult world keep the audience wondering, and believing, all things will teixiidor made right. Views Read Edit View history.

“Pa Negre”: What The Academy Awards Missed

In fact, during the first ap pages, I struggled to keep reading it. There is also a younger aunt, Enriqueta, who is being pressured into marrying an older neighbor she does not love. The misery left teixidlr from three years of brutal fighting is portrayed through impressive cinematography and an outstanding yet unknown cast; actors capture both the weariness and fear of those final days of the war. Golondrina rated it liked it Mar 08, Fearing for his life, Farriol decides to flee and cross the border into France.


“Pa Negre”: What The Academy Awards Missed

Telling a story of war, neggre divisions, sexuality, religious doctrine, executions, and fascist rule from the point of view of a young boy is, perhaps, one of the best ways to deliver a litany of existential questions without a hint of preachiness. Certainly, it is human nature to polarize feelings and view points: However, he gradually changes his mind, as he becomes dazzled by the level of luxury the Manubrens enjoy and is bewildered by the constant lying of the adults and, in particular, of his mother, who reneges on her ideas and consorts with the fascists in the village.

This book is one that has a slower pace than I usually prefer.

Sobre els sentiments contraris que cal superar i sobre si val la pena el sacrifici. That’s what happens to us old folk, you young’uns don’t notice, but we carry our youth within us, we really do – always! It is a coming of age story that has frequent moments of lyrical brilliance.

Not always an easy book, but one that had many excellent and memorable parts and left me curious to read Teixidor’s ‘Retrat d’un assassi d’ocells’, another coming-of-age story set in the same world as ‘Pa negre’, but apparently with a more explicitly gay-themed plot. Feb 21, Meritxell Soria Yenez rated it liked it.

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