THE ADVENTURES OF THE INGENIOUS ALFANHUÍ by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio

THE ADVENTURES OF THE INGENIOUS ALFANHUÍ

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A boy’s adventurous quest for knowledge is the subject of this classic “children’s fantasy for adults,” the first (1952) and most famous novel produced by an eminent Spanish author later better known as an essayist and linguist. The resourceful Alfanhui—part Candide, part Tom Swift, and just possibly an ironic Christ figure—is an apprentice scientist and magician whose picaresque adventures in urban Madrid and rural Spain are simultaneously acts of creation (such as “creat[ing] water out of light”), healing, and homage to the inexorable mysteriousness of the physical world. A highly unusual novel, and a thoroughly engaging one.

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2001
ISBN: 1-873982-59-3
Page count: 199pp
Publisher: Dedalus
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2001




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