Marcelino pan y vino
Marcelino pan y vino
By : José María Sánchez-Silva
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Jesus Kills Marcelino
At the beginning of the book, Marcelino was bandoned by his mother and left on the door step of the friar's convent. Marcelino was a trouble maker until he found Jesus on the cross in the attic after he was forbidden to go up there. Marcelino becomes fascinated with Jesus, but feels sorry for him. So as a result, he brings jesus bread and wine every day, and Jesus gives him the nickname MARCELINO PAN Y VINO. Then Jesus says that he will give the boy anything he wants in return for his kindness. Marcelino wants to see hois mother again, so Jesus tells him to lay down and shut his eyes, and Marcelino never wakes up. When the friars discover Marcelino, they proclaim his death as a miracle and are happy. How on Earth is this a Christian book? Jesus can't kill a little boy. That's awful. This goes against Christianity all together. I declare blasphemy, BLASPHEMY I SAY! The reason why he killed the boy was awful too. Jesus killed him to be with his mother. This is a little kid, he doesn't know what's good for him. Furthermore, what if Marcelino's mother went to hell when she died. Marcelino would be sentenced to hell as well. The mother wasn't perfect obviously, I mean she did give up her kid. The worst part of this situation though was that the friars actually celebrated at the knowledge of his death. These are religious people. If anything I would think that they would be sad, I mean CUM on they are Catholic.
Review By:    Billy Bob Joe Randall
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Marcelino is a love story
I am really deeply offended by the stupid review made by Billy Bob Joe Randall. I suggest Easy Readers to evaluate reviews according to their purpose of learning a foreign language and to the literary content of the book. Marcelino pan y vino by José María Sánchez-Silva is a very popular and known literary work in all Spanish speaking countries. We celebrate the inclusion of this work within this wonderful and serious collection of essential books from the Spanish literature in order to help new readers and students of this language to practice the language and get introduced to the Spanish world. Culture is a key to give signification to the world. This book is appreciated in all Spanish speaking countries because it reflects the spiritual values of Catholicism. Spanish readers connect immediately with the love of Christ for the innocent soul and sweetness of Marcelino. Here the book celebrates the friendship of the child with Jesus and his tender care towards the Lord. Christians, and particularly, Catholics, celebrate the day of the dead of a saint as the day of his/her encounter with God, which is the supreme good. In the Spanish Catholic realm it is understood or assumed that Marcelino’s mother is in heaven, and it is quite normal and touching to see Marcelino longing to join his mother. The friars, who also loved the child, were sad and at the same time happy to find out the relation of Marcelino with the Jesus on the cross. They understood the wonder and a divine action in this relationship. Within the Catholic mysticism the peaceful dead of Marcelino is seen as a blessing because Jesus calls Marcelino with him. We find this kind of spirituality also in other writers and even in non Spanish Speaking authors like Oscar Wilde, in several of his tales, for example “The Happy Prince.” The appeal of this literary work in Spanish speaking countries is revealed by the many successful and acclaimed stage and film versions that have been made and the present ones that are running in theaters all over Hispanic America, Spain and even in United States. Mr. Randal is not referring to the literary quality of the story, or to the pedagogical effort to make accessible this literary piece in 600 words for basic Spanish readers. Mr. Randal is not a scholar on Catholic theology and his arguments are made from a non Catholic point of view or from other cultural context. Learning a foreign language is also learning a culture, a set of values. Spain and Hispanic or Latin America shares a historic heritage in which Catholic spirituality shaped their identity. Mr. Randal criticizes this identity and these values because are not the values of his religious affiliation. He is wrong and out of context. There are other sites to serious analysis of religion. His statements reveal prejudices and profound ignorance. In a time of a search for tolerance he is intolerant towards a culture that he does not understand. That is not acceptable! He is disrespectful and offensive towards the 500 millions of Spanish speaking people who share this heritage. I recommend this book to all my students and congratulate the endeavor of Easy Readers to make available this piece of Spanish literature to all the people who are starting to learn this language and want to find out more about this culture. Finally, Mr. Randal, if you understand Spanish, haga el favor de ir a chingar a su madre.
Review By:    Dr. Armando Torres-Chibrás
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