Paola says that "the book takes you away from the Internet and other games." He listens with his partner Almudena (both, 10 years old) what adults say about what their passion for reading has done with their lives. Almudena says: "They leave a feeling of imprint in my heart". She is now reading Maids and ladies (Kathryn Stockett), "Which deals with the equality of people".
They are in the Municipal Library Miguel Hernández, in Vallecas. "Before it was a neighborhood, the bridge was surrounded by shacks," says the taxi driver. The sharpener keeps sounding. "Knives, axes!" Antonio Albarrán, cultural benefactor of Vallecas, tells, on the way to the library, that in the seminary they discussed in Latin and in Greek. Here we are going to talk about books. They are readers.
Sacramento is relieved of loneliness, "they are the whole life". It started with The mystery of the haunted crypt, by Eduardo Mendoza. "I always have two or three open." And it's not evasion, "it's living in other worlds." He says: "It's never too late to read." Elisa is evaded. "I take time out of work and read as my mood dictates." It has in memory The twisted lines of God, by Torcuato Luca de Tento. Sacramento tercia with The magic mountain, by Thomas Mann. "Hard, but he was catching me. Reading takes you away from ignorance. Reading, reading is culture. It's education, and you have to suck at home. "
Gonzalo has joined the group. Carpenter, retired. Paola and Almudena come with their teacher, Miriam. Vallecas pilgrims to the library. Iron structure, bright yellow. Joy to read. Miriam: "Books open their eyes. When you internalize them you know what they give you. "
It came to her soul The time between seams, by María Dueñas. "My mother liked to sew, and that book mixes love and values." Gonzalo became a reader "reading comics, and then I looked for things that I had not experienced". Ken Follet stands out on his bookshelf. "And from the Spaniards, Almudena Grandes. I did not live through the war, but I like to know what happened. "
Carmen García-Risco, the director: "Yes, a library is like a beach of books. It's not just reading, it's company. " Sacramento will "amaze" the Cuesta de Moyano. Julia, who works here, tells the story of an older woman who "just syllabized" and is now "a great reader of historical novel and Corin Tellado".
Someone names Joan the Mad. And Almudena exclaims: "The daughter of the Catholic Kings!". Julia remembers: "She marked me The Jarama, by Ferlosio. My parents went to the river on July 18. That book was my guide to know what they could feel. " Your current reading: Working women, Tea Rooms (Luisa Carnés).
Carolina works with those who read aloud. "Watching them reading makes your hair stand on end." A library "is not a deposit of books, but of life". The girl Almudena says: "I recommend my parents, but they do not buy me." Milagros, who taught English in Catalonia, exhibits Fierce Attachments, by Vivian Gornick. Isabel holds the last of Isaac Rosa and Carmela arrives with a very used book, Pedro Paramo, by Juan Rulfo.
The happiness of reading can be summed up in the eyes we saw.