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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Honore de Balzac Narrator: Laura Garcia Publisher: Yoyo USA Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Un joven desilusionado de la vida recibe como regalo una piel de zapa, que le concedera todos sus deseos, pero cada vez que eso sucede, la piel se vuelve mas pequena y cuando ella desaparezca, el joven morira. Ese dilema, de si se quiere cambiar la felicidad (representada por el cumplimiento de los deseos) por la muerte es el fondo de esta famosa novela de Balzac, donde en forma continua esta la rivalidad entre el destino y el libre albedrio. Esta fantastica creacion del insigne novelista es igualmente una de sus obras mas acabadas y el interes no desaparece en ningun momento.

A young man, disappointed with his life, receives as a gift a spade skin that allows him to satisfy all his whims, but whenever it happens, the skin becomes smaller and whenever it disappears, the young man will die. The dilemma, to exchange happiness (represented by the fulfillment of the desires) for death is the foundation of Balzac's famous novel where, in a continuous form, there is rivalry between destiny and freewill.

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    " in the time I had to read it, and knowing little as to author and context, this is the best I could do. I'm sure I could like it a lot, but eh. "

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    " Magical realism form a much earlier age. I had no real expectations -- didn't even expect to actually read it -- but this ended up being a pretty gripping page-turner. Amazing ruminations on the flailing nature of desire and its various ill effects. "

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