Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Books read lately

I have been reading in my way to work on the metro, so besides being well informed about the daily newspapers I have read some books.

The first book I am going to talk about it is called Memories 1930-1980, and it is the autobiography of Jordi Pujol, the president of Catalonia from 1980 to 2003. It is a very interesting book about a man that made himself a president. He started as a dissident of Franco's dictatorship, graduated from Med School in Barcelona, started a pharmacy laboratory, had to face a military trial, spent some years in prison, founded a bank and a political party, and worked in the democratization of Spain. And amazing life, full of facts and full of action. The present book only covers his life up to the elections that made him the president of Catalonia in 1980.

The second book is The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book, published in 2001, became a popular best-selling in Spain and among many countries. Besides that success, I wasn't really thrilled about the book, and I thought it was boring all the way through its 600 pages. The books depicts the city of Barcelona during Franco's dictatorship, and about 10 years after the Spanish Civil War. A young student finds a book called The Shadow of the Wind, written by a misterious writer that nobody knows about. I think that it lacks of imagination, of action and of ideas. Simply dispensable.

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