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Cañas y barro

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In "Cañas y barro" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, the author paints a vivid picture of life in the Valencia rice fields at the turn of the 20th century. The story follows the struggles and triumphs of the Pascual family as they navigate the challenges of poverty, social class divisions, and changing political landscapes.

Ibáñez's writing is rich in detail, providing readers with a deep understanding of the characters and their motivations. The dynamic relationships between family members and the tensions that arise within the community are portrayed with sensitivity and authenticity. The author skillfully weaves together themes of tradition, modernity, and the human desire for a better life.

The novel's setting serves as a compelling backdrop for the characters' journeys, with Ibáñez using the landscape of the rice fields to reflect the highs and lows of the Pascual family's fortunes. The author's descriptions of the natural world are evocative and poetic, adding depth and texture to the story.

Overall, "Cañas y barro" is a poignant and engaging novel that offers a glimpse into a world that is both harsh and beautiful. Ibáñez's masterful storytelling and keen observations of human nature make this a timeless and thought-provoking read.

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Cañas y barro relata la historia de una de las familias más importantes de La Abufera valenciana. Generación tras generación se han ganado el prestigio pescando y siendo los mejores barqueros del Palmar. Sin embargo, Tono, hijo del tío Paloma, decide abandonar la pesca y dedicarse a labrar los campos, lo que a consecuencia del fuerte carácter del tío Paloma, se traduce en una gran enemistad entre padre e hijo. Por otro lado, Tonet hijo de Tono y nieto del tío Paloma, es un muchacho débil de carácter al que le gusta la vida fácil; esto unido a la relación amorosa con Neleta, su amor de la infancia, pero ya casada con Cañamel, conducirá a la familia al total desprestigio. Resumen de Montse González.

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