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Las Luces de Septiembre (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – January 1, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon es uno de los novelistas europeos de mayor proyecciÓn en todo el mundo. Su carrera literaria debutÓ en 1993 con El PrÍncipe de la Niebla y posteriormente publicÓ otras tres novelas para el pÚblico juvenil: El Palacio de la Medianoche, Las Luces de Septiembre y Marina. En el aÑo 2001 dio el salto a la narrativa para adultos con la publicaciÓn de La Sombra del Viento, que se ha convertido en un bestseller a nivel internacional. Sus obras han sido traducidas a mÁs de cuarenta idiomas y publicadas en mÁs de cincuenta paÍses, obteniendo numerosos premios y conquistando a millones de lectores de todas las edades.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Edebe; 0003- edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8423671267
  • ISBN-13: 978-8423671267
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I found this novel enthralling enough to struggle with the Spanish. The author is a prize winning 42 year-old from Barcelona. The story opens in Paris in the 1930s. M. Sauvelle suddenly dies leaving his wife Mme Sauvelle and their two children Irene, a young teen, and Dorian, a pre-teen, with a mountain of debt. A mysterious stranger, Lazarus Jann becomes their salvation when he offers Mme Sauvelle a job running his estate on the southern coast of England. Jann is allegedly a widowed toy manufacturer. His "toys" are frightening mechanical contraptions that seem to take on a life of their own and his mansion is rife with intrigue. Irene falls in love with Ismael an orphaned teenage fisherman who lives with his relatives who also work for Jann.

Ruiz has spun his plot borrowing some elements from Carl Gustave Jung's shadow, which I'm pretty sure Jung borrowed from the Kabbalah, and the yetzer hara (the evil inclination), as well as Faust. This novel is geared towards a teenage audience. The illustrations are great.
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I bought this one along with the first 2 published novels. As he states, these are novels intended for a teenager public and as such are not as deep nor as complex as La sombra del viento. Character descriptions are not so developed and the book feels rushed into the closing chapters, but it's understandable because again, were written for teenagers. But yes, you can feel Zafón here from the first lines and for those who enjoy his writing skills as I do that's quite enough. By the way, for those of you who felt a little lost with El juego del Angel, reading his first novels will clarify some questions, as thematic resources used a lot on these works are the answer to the seemingly lost ends in that later book. All in all, very good works from the author considering the public they are intended to reach.
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Although this novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was intended for a younger audience, the simple intrigue and characters can also interest older readers. The language is vivid and, although there is not much actual character development, the "personajes" are clear and fitting for the plot.
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Todo sucedio en el verano de 1937, una viuda, Simone, y sus dos hijos, Irene y Dorian Sauvelle, se mudan desde París hacia un pueblecito en la costa, huyendo de las numerosas deudas que la muerte de Armand Sauvelle ha dejado tras de sí.

Siguiendo la promesa de un buen empleo como ama de llaves de un adinerado y misterioso inventor de juguetes llamado Lazarus Jann, los Sauvelle parten hacia la costa de Normandía.

Lazarus, el misterioso fabricante de juguetes, vive recluido en una gigantesca mansión llamada Cravenmoore, con la única companía de su esposa Alexandra gravemente enferma y postrada en cama desde hace más de veinte años, y cientos de seres mecánicos, extraños juguetes y autómatas.

Poco después de llegar, Irene conoce a Hannah, una vivaracha chica que también trabaja en Cravenmoore y a Ismael, primo de ésta, un joven tímido y amante del mar, por quien se siente atraída. Dorian por su parte se dedica a explorar los alrededores y a descubrir los misterios de los juguetes mecánicos que se alojan en la mansión, mientras tanto Simone traba amistad con Lazarus, a la vez que aprende las pequeñas extravagancias del inventor.

Cuando los Sauvelle sienten que al fin sus vidas estan tomando un respiro de todas las tragedias que atras dejaron... Empieza la accion!

Como es muy usual del autor, esta uno con la guardia baja y de un renglon a otro la historia da mas de 2 vueltas. Te queda buen sabor de boca, y la duda de...

Para cuando el otro?
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The author says that although the book is written for young readers, he hopes those from 9 to 90 would enjoy reading it. I certainly believe they would!

I read the book because I was learning Spanish and wanted an easy book to start with which could still hold my interest. Although I'm 65 years old, I certainly wasn't disappointed!!
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Ambos libros son muy interesantes and fueron escritos con mucha imagination y talento. Sin embargo, tengo mis reserves y dudas:

1. ambos cuentos tienen demasiados cosas en comun - el sitio dondo se protagoniza el relato,(la playa de Normandi),el personaje del principe de la niebla es el mismo que la Sombra, el bosque y el jardin, las criaturas mecanicas y las estatuas, el relojero, el reloj que giraba al reves, el faro, etc.

2. la Guerra mundial que ocurria en la misma epoca que las historias de los libros, esta mentionada por el escritor mui de lejos, com si no fuese un factor letal que influyo en las vidas de milliones de gente y como tal Guerra no demonstrase quanto lejos la maldad humana pudo llegar.

3. el final de ambos libros es algo decepcionante - despues de tantas aventuras y tormentas, me esperaba un final mas sorprendente - y no lo fue.
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I have all ready read "El tren de la media Noche" y "El principe de la niebla" and I can only say this one is my favorite...
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No me ha gustado nada. Es una narración aburrida, con una gran confusión de personajes a los que se les pierde la pista. Si te quieres aburrir es perfecto para tí
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