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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In November ofa year-old Josep Pla left Barcelona for Paris, by his own account a quiet, anxious, insecure young man with average looks, a changeable expression, and a cheap suit — and, the reader knows, a prodigious talent for description. View all 6 comments.

Josep Pla (Author of El cuaderno gris)

kosep Refresh and try again. What is best about it, I think, is a model for how a young writer should work on his or her craft.

This journal by Pla was written in while he was in law school and after. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jan 28, Tuck rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sempre m’han agradat els dietaris, la mirada intima de l’altre, aquesta barreja de proximitat i llunyania Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. His liberal-conservative thought, skeptic and uncompromising, filled with irony and common sense, keeps sounding contemporary, completely current, even though it seems to contradict the current cultural establishment same as it did with its completely opposed antecessor.


His books remain in print and both Spanish and Catalan critics have unanimously recognized him as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

El quadern gris.

Lists with This Book. Cuadedno you like straight-shooter writing, clean and clear like George Orwell’s, this book might be up your alley. And what better world for a writer to describe than the world he knows best? Refresh and try again. To ask other readers questions about The Gray Notebookplease sign up.

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I enjoyed it three and a half stars, let’s say and will be reading more Pla, but there are two Spanish-language diaries, more contemporary, that I prefer: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Open Preview See a Problem? 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 Cuaeerno Johnson” or Anthony Bourdain’s entertaining round-the-world visits eating food in unlikely spots.

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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. The Gray Notebook, by Josep Hris.

And does Pla succeed in this? The edition I read was a fairly cheap paperback with no introduction, notes, or index. You’re immediately struck by how much spare time people had a century ago. You do learn how people talk, how they think, their daily lives and habits. 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.

It has a touch of Proust to it, the remembrances of a youth long gone—though again, living on the page on specific dates and places—and how lla young man turns these events into his image of the world and how he will be in it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.