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Stories invade our lives. They create new worlds, evoke memories and elicit within us feelings we never knew we had.

Ay, Carmela! ;El Lector Por Horas

But it is also dangerous. El lector por horas Reader by the Hour celebrates the joy of reading, but also shows how it can leector us. The warnings are clear: El lector por horas Reader by the Hour is a three-character play set in the study of an affluent home. Here, Celso lives with his blind and psychologically disturbed daughter Lorena.

Into this small family unit comes Ismael, a man blessed with a neutral reading voice that appears to give nothing of his own personality away. Celso claims that Lorena will choose the literature to be read to her.

In fact, unknown to Ismael, Celso himself will be choosing the stories to be read to his daughter …. Although Ismael is hired because of his impersonal reading style, his effect on this small family is far from neutral.

Gradually, he becomes more than simply a hired voice. He is led into discussions about the themes in the books he reads to Lorena. Ismael is also drawn into arguments about the value and perils of literature. Do stories enhance our lives, or do they leave us dissatisfied with reality? His own life story, however, does not escape scrutiny.

Lorena may be blind, but her ability to detect the slightest nuance in the human voice enables her to see deeper than any of those around her. His voice, Lorena claims, reveals his sordid past. She accuses him of being a disgraced teacher whose inappropriate relationships with young students eventually led to the suicide of one poor girl. Although Ismael does not protest, we never know whether her claims are true, and her reasons for accusing him are unclear. What is clear is that, from this point onwards in the play, reading and listening become a confrontational battleground as the dynamics between all three of the characters become even more complex.

Despite the accusations levelled against him by Lorena, Ishmael confesses that he is not in a position to resign: The next book he reads from for Lorena is Dream Storyan erotic tale of sex and death. Upset, and not aware that Celso is solely in charge of the book choices, Lorena accuses Ismael of colluding with her father and selecting a deliberately disturbing tale that reminds her painfully of her mother. Later, Lorena confronts her father about the choice of reading material, accusing him of wanting to keep her in a state of mental anguish.

Celso reveals that he has discovered that Ismael is himself a writer who has plagiarised the works of William Faulkner in his novels — novels which have, to make matters worse, failed to sell.

Ay, Carmela! ;El Lector Por Horas by José Sanchis Sinisterra

Haltingly j.sanchiz reluctantly, Ismael reads excerpts from this strange tale in which a narrator describes his feelings from the moment a gun is fired at him by a mysterious js.anchis. After this, in the penultimate scene, the dynamic between Ismael and his employers changes j.sxnchis.


She is anxious, knowing that her father is about to sack her reader by the hour. Yet when Celso sinisterea so, Ismael is unperturbed. ,ector alone with Lorena, and much to her consternation, Ismael laughs as he recounts his day. He speaks mysteriously about the ceremony, about the rain … about how experience and literature are interconnected. There is a sense of freedom in his words. Symbolically, it seems that Lorena is asking Ismael if she, too, will one day be free to start a new chapter in her life.

The final scene of the play takes place in silence. Ismael stands at the study window. Celso is in his armchair. Lorena stands above them both on a ladder among the books on the shelves. Could it be that she is choosing her own literature, making her own way in sinisterar world? The play is preceded by two epigraphs. The first epigraph is made up of fragments from the Book of Jonah in the Old Testament.

In this book, the prophet Jonah is ordered by God to go to the city of Nineveh and condemn its inhabitants for their wicked behaviour.

Jonah refuses to go and flees on a boat but is thrown overboard in a storm sent by God in punishment. Jonah is then swallowed by a whale in whose belly he remains for three days and three nights, during which time he repents of his disobedience. But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the hhoras three days and three nights, […] The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. It is left untranslated in both the Spanish and the English versions of the play and reads:.

Unable to conceive, Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah was jealous and mistreated Hagar, forcing her to flee into the desert where Ishmael was born Genesis Critics note the correlation between the marginalised nature of this biblical character and the Ismael in the play, who has become a social outcast because of his inappropriate relationships with students Garnelo Merayo In the course of the play excerpts from a number of novels are read aloud.

Many of these excerpts deal with sexual desire. Sanchis Sinisterra states that he chose these excerpts randomly The narrator of Justine is a schoolmaster and struggling writer who becomes obsessed with the wealthy Justine.

Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. In scenes 2 and 3 Ismael reads aloud from the epic novel Il Gattopardo The Leopard published posthumously in about Sicilian life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The novel focused particularly on the life and gradual decline of the wealthy and powerful Prince Don Fabrizio Corbera.

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Excerpts from this novel are read aloud and discussed by Ismael and Lorena in scenes 4, 5, 6 and 7. Excerpts of Madame Bovary are read aloud in scenes 8 and 9. Subsequently, this French novel becomes the starting point for a debate in scene 10 between Celso and his daughter regarding the benefits and dangers of literature. Celso believes that Emma Bovary, the eponymous tragic heroine who tries to escape her mundane life through a series of affairs, has been given falsely high expectations of real life because of the literature she has read.

Dream Story or Rhapsody Traumnovelle: In scene 11 Ismael reads Lorena excerpts from this novella. Lorena is disturbed by the choice of this psychological and erotic story that traces the sexual experiences of Doctor Fridolin over the course of several days.


One excerpt in particular, that describes in detail the naked and lifeless corpse of a woman, disturbs Lorena because it reminds her of her mother.

In scene 12 Ismael and Lorena recite lines together from this short book published in by the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo. This novel is set in a Mexican ghost town and blurs the boundaries between fact hodas fiction, reality and illusion, in a manner reminiscent of the play itself.

In scene 14 Celso reads aloud an excerpt from the Gothic novel Absalom, Absalom! Celso has discovered that Ismael has plagiarised this novel and others in his own published — but unsuccessful — books.

In scene 15 Ismael reads one of his own novels aloud. This is an unedited and unpublished book written by Sanchis Sinisterra himself. In the course of the play references to other works of fiction are brought into the conversation as the characters discuss the various merits and dangers of literature. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

In scene 10 Celso mentions Don Quijote as another example, along with Emma Bovary, of a character u.sanchis demonstrates the dangerous capacity of fiction to appeal to such an extent that it engenders a sense of dissatisfaction with real life. Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment: In scene 11 Ismael likens himself to Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment.

Raskolnikov commits a savage murder and becomes obsessed with the guilt and moral anguish of this act. Eventually he confesses and is imprisoned but it ultimately forgiven by his true love, Sonya. Ismael is — sarcastically it seems — likening this journey from secret shame to absolution to his own situation in which Lorena has intuited his murky past lecttor insists on alluding to it.

In scene 13 Lorena mentions this short story in relation to her own situation. She accuses her father of wanting her to remain shut in the house in a state of psychological stasis. In addition to Absalom, Absalom! Celso states that these other two novels by Faulkner have been plagiarised by Ismael. Horzs lector por horas. Madrid, Espasa Calpe in Spanish. El lector por horas Reader by the Hour is an enigmatic play.

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Sanchis Sinisterra leaves the audience to draw their own conclusions about the meaning behind the ending and about the relationships between the characters. Paul Rankin, who has translated the text into English, also refers to the open-endedness of the play, recalling his initial reaction to it:. I was immediately struck by the ambiguities in the writing, by the potentialities it sculpted, the openness it carved around the question of reading.

Why do we recognise ourselves in what we read?

Why do we feel that what we read sniisterra become j.eanchis of our lives? How does what we read influence our actions? Reader by the Hourtrans. Madrid, Caos Editorial, http: Originally, the final scene of the play – in which there is no dialogue – featured Ismael on the steps at the bookcase and Lorena standing smoking Garnelo Merayo This character arrangement was subsequently changed around. Entry written by Gwynneth Dowling. Last updated on 6 October You must be logged in to add tags.