|Plot Summary of The Family of Pascual Duarte|
|"Pascual Duarte is a Spanish peasant in prison writing and reflecting about his life and wrongdoings before being executed. He is very impulsive and paranoid, and has killed several people (including his own mother) and animals, based on hotheaded reactions. His nature can be explained by traumatic experiences, such as watching both his father and his son die.
Pascual is an antihero who shows a bit of guilt, but mostly justifies his killings, and it is astonishing how naturally he does so.
Cela's novel has remarkable similarities (themes, tones, events) with The Stranger, by Albert Camus, despite having been published the same year, 1942. There is one particular episode, when Pascual shoots his dog, that is strikingly similar to one in Camus' novel (Meursault shooting an Arab). This can probably be explained by the depressed mood that reigned after the Spanish Civil War and during World War II."
Andres Becerra, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Family of Pascual Duarte|
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Time/era of story
Crime & Police story
- criminal becomes sensitive
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- accused criminal
- emotionally unstable
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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