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Las Viudas De Los Jueves/ Thursdays' Widows (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alfaguara (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9507827153
  • ISBN-13: 978-9507827150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,445,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Claudia Pineiro nacio en Buenos Aires en 1960, es escritora, guionista y colaboradora de distintos medios graficos. Obtuvo premios nacionales e internacionales por su obra literaria, teatral y periodistica. Ha publicado la novela Tuya (2005), finalista del Premio Planeta 2003; y los relatos para chicos Un ladron entre nosotros (2005), Premio Iberoamericano Fundalectura-Norma 2005 de Colombia; y Serafin, el escritor y la bruja (2000). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Claudia Piñeiro won the Clarin Prize and is South America's bestselling crime novelist. After working as a professional accountant, Piñeiro became a journalist, playwright and television scriptwriter and in 1992 won the prestigious Pléyade journalism award. She has more recently turned to fiction; All Yours (finalist for the 2003 Planeta Prize) was her debut novel. Other titles include Elena Sabe, Un Ladrón Entre Nosotros (winner of the Norma-Fundalectura Youth Literature Prize) and Thursday Night Widows. Her books have been translated into French, Italian and German.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ladyce West on April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the last two decades of the 20th c. Raleigh, North Carolina, had a booming economy and a large number of newcomers. More and different housing were required. Developments, entire communities popped up, sometimes around a lake but most often around a golf course. Initially they were just regular streets with expensive houses. But soon these developments became exclusive communities, gated, with their own social structure: smaller houses in one part, larger houses in another. In one area all houses had shingled roofs, in another they were asphalt black tiles were permitted. These communities had several sports facilities, pre-schools, elementary schools and very strict rules of behavior within the community--all of this to address some sense of security. No one bothered to question the clipping of one's freedoms, even if small: the choices of your house's exterior colors, building styles, the landscaping of front yards. To someone living outside these communities, it appeared as if one needed to adjust oneself to the house, instead of having a home that expressed who you were.

Claudia Piñeiro's book, As viúvas das quintas-feiras, portrays such a community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Like its American counterpart, those who live in Altos de la Cascada believe they not only breathe a purer air than everyone else in the world, but they deserve to have that kind of luxury. Indeed they go to that golf course community much for the same reasons an American from Detroit would want to go to such a development in Raleigh: a need not to mix with the "dangerous" crowds in the city, with the poor, the needy, the inner city social outcasts.

But when hard times come, these are the people least capable to deal with change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Cohen-Imach on September 13, 2009
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I got this book as a gift & started reading it & couldn't stop until finished.
This book tells the story of a group of people that live on the suburbs of Buenos Aires in a "gated community" & shows how not everything that sparkles is gold! This could be the story of anyone anywhere in the world..it just happens to be in Argentina.
The book makes a point to portrait people that are ambitious & driven & how an economical crisis affects their life & family and what they are willing to do in order not to loose face.
Excellent book. I would recommend it to everybody. It reminded me a little bit of "The revolutionary road".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diego Zlotogora on June 1, 2006
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"Las viudas de los jueves" means "The Thurday's widows" in Spanish and it refers to a group of women whose husbands have weekly just-men meetings on Thurdays' nights. They live in a private neighbourhood in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and this is a relatively new phenomenon in Argentina that started around 15 years ago and is still increasing, as people lock themselves "in search of safety and nature", as they say...

This wonderful novel walks you through the life of these families from the early 90's (the economic boom of the country) to the year 2001, when everything collapsed, including their standard of living in many cases.

Not only does the author draw a magnificent picture of the lives and values of these people inside this apparent 'controlled environment' but she also brings to attention many of the ethical and moral issues of the upper class in a very subtle and intelligent way.

I'm sure you'll enjoy the story and learn a lot about the country's morale by reading this award-winning novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Dobrée on November 12, 2006
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Una correcta, creible y detallada descripción de la vida y de la cultura de una buena parte de las familias de altos ingresos, que viven actualmente en los barrios cerrados de la región que rodea a la Capital Federal en Argentina. Lectura amena.

Probablemente una alegoría respecto a las experiencias de la clase media argentina, luego de la gran crisis del año 2001
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alberto C. Serrano MD on May 19, 2010
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Written in short stories with a common thread Las Viudas de los Jueves describes the life of several families in a country club near Buenos Aires. Claudia Pinero is a sharp observer of contemporary life of upper middle class families in Buenos Aires and of the contrast with nearby poor neighbors. Her narrative is fresh and intelligent,she does not try to tell it all and invited the reader to complete the dots. Claudia shows her characters in their habitat without judging them,let us draw our own conclusions.
I look forward to reading more of Claudia Pinero's exciting work.

Alberto C Serrano MD
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