The Time of the Doves

The Time of the Doves

Barcelona, early 1930s: Natalia, a pretty shop-girl from the working-class quarter of Gracia, is hesitant when a stranger asks her to dance at the fiesta in Diamond Square. But Joe is charming and forceful, and she takes his hand. They marry and soon have two children; for Natalia it is an awakening, both good and bad. When Joe decides to breed pigeons, the birds delight his son and daughter - and infuriate his wife. Then the Spanish Civil War erupts, and lays waste to the city and to their simple existence. Natalia remains in Barcelona, struggling to feed her family, while Joe goes to fight the fascists, and one by one his beloved birds fly away. A highly acclaimed classic that has been translated into more than twenty languages, In Diamond Square is the moving, vivid and powerful story of a woman caught up in a convulsive period of history.

Title:The Time of the Doves
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780915308750
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  • Jim Fonseca

    A novel set in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and translated from the Catalan. Originally published in 1962, it is and it isn’t “another Spanish Civil War novel.” There is no fighting or...

  • Jeff Jackson

    There's a reason why Gabriel Garcia Marquez learned Catalan just read to this novel. He called it "the most beautiful novel published in Spain since the Civil War." Great translation by poet David Ros...

  • Aubrey

    I'm writing this on the back of my doctor's note because it's the only paper I have with me at the coffee shop and a bad bout of illness has me out of sickness-induced superstition loathe to leave thi...

  • Steve

    Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí (1908-1983) We went up a narrow stone staircase with very high steps and a ceiling over it and walls on each side and came out in a yard full of boys. Their heads were all s...

  • Zanna

    3.5 starsLacking a mother to advise her, Natalia, whose ideas of romance and beauty seem to be symbolised by the colour white, which she loves to wear, is picked up by a douchecanoe so selfish and arr...

  • [P]

    You should never ignore the signs. In a relationship, I mean. It is easy to tell yourself that you are overreacting, or imagining things, that your doubts are unreasonable or that what you see or feel...

  • Judy

    Ah, this was a beautiful book. It is tragic and sad so how did she make it so beautiful? The author, a Catalonian woman who came of age during the Spanish Civil War, saw her early novels burned by the...

  • Bradford

    This is a really good mix of1) stylistically lithe prose, spontaneously beautiful and quirky, stream-of-consciousness without the cerebral aspect that turn some off to it (not that I mind that but...)...

  • Whiskey

    Rodoreda reveals the religion of endurance through the eyes of a Catalan woman whose life and land are beset by war and famine and misogyny. Through little domestic victories and defeats, Natalia sees...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    This is not an autobiographical novel, but the whole of it seems to come from the author's experience. There is a very good Translator's Note prefacing this edition, written in 1980. He gives a brief ...