Josep Pla, a budding young writer, was studying law in Barcelona in .. sincero, con unos toques de humor que me han ganado, El cuaderno gris es uno . Amb a penes vint anys, Josep Pla accedeix als cercles socials de la Barcelona noucentista. Després d’abandonar els estudis de Medicina i començar Dret. Cuaderno gris, El. Un dietario. Título original: El quadern gris. Traducción de Dionisio Ridruejo y Gloria Ros. by Pla, Josep [Palafrugell, – Llofriu, ]: and.

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Pla is a journalist, and this book is not so much about narrative and invention—though the apocryphal writing process bring this somewhat into doubt—but about reality and perception and how best to put the first, through the latter, into words on a page.

The Gray Notebook is devoted to descriptions of the landscapes around Barcelona, where Pla attended university, and Palafrugell, his hometown and where he spent much of during the influenza outbreak. In fairness, at one point towards the end of the book Pla goes on a long soliloquy requesting that any theoretical readers consume the Gray Notebook in the same fashion which Pla created it, that is to say, in small bursts and over the course of months and even years.

That apparatus wasn’t necessary to my enjoyment or broad understanding of the book, but it wouldn’t have been superfluous, either. Amb a griw vint anys, Josep Pla accedeix als cercles socials de la Barcelona noucentista. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Geert rated it it was ok Apr 10, Oddly, sex as well as women in general, at least once Pla’s joesp reopens is almost entirely absent from the diary of this young man of letters notwithstanding a visit to a local cathouse or twoas are entries about other people’s books.


You’re immediately struck by how much spare time people had a century ago.

College was boring in spots bad professorsthings ran amuck, money was scarce but still he spent most days on the townand eventually he graduates, but then can’t afford the diploma. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Published January 4th by Destino first published Es una lectura densa, lenta y muy personal. Get to Know Us. Refresh and try again. As a journalist he worked in France, Italy, England, Germany and Russia, from where he wrote political and cultural chronicles in Catalan.


The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla

No trivia or quizzes yet. I probably preferred the entries from life in the country Palafrugell and with his family and village friends to those from Pla’s student life and subsequent initiation into journalism in Barcelona.

Unlike Proust this book is not about how memories of events can turn into creative ideas and interpretations of what has happened and how it changed things, it is really meant to be a clear, precise, but also beautiful look at what the world is like.

English Choose a language for shopping. The first part of the book, which begins vuaderno March 8,is a story of family life on the Costa Brava and the coming-of-age story of a young man torn between an old-fashioned ideal of a life of quiet dedication to work and family and the intellectual seductions of European culture.

There is no plot to speak of, and nothing really happens, and that’s a tough task to set oneself, and to surmount it one would need to be an excessively brilliant writer, and I didn’t quite feel that Pla meets this high bar.


Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: When he went back to the university in Barcelona, he seems to do the same.

El quadern gris. by Josep Pla (2 star ratings)

Sempre m’han agradat els dietaris, la mirada intima de l’altre, aquesta barreja de proximitat i llunyania Trivia About The Gray Notebook. El quadern gris is a long book, and my brief reaction to it here in no way does it justice. Larry rated it dl was amazing Jan 22, In ,the first year, the university is closed due to influenza, and he writes about each person in his small I’m not sure whether to compare this book to Boswell’s “Life of Samuel Johnson” or Anthony Bourdain’s entertaining round-the-world visits eating food in unlikely spots.

Y la edici’on de Destino es un lujo. His hometown, his family and friends, and the dinner he ate ever week.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Lidia rated it it was ok Feb 12, The extent of his Obres Completes – Complete Works 46 volumes and nearly 40, pageswhich is a collection of all his journals, reports, articles, essays, biographies and both long and short novels.