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EL ÚLTIMO VAGÓN (the last carriage)

Genre: Contemporary novel
Topic: Fiction
Number of pages: 192

 

  • An emotional and touching novel that will make it impossible to put the book down.
  • An ode to those teachers committed to students and their learning.
  • The wonderful narrative by Ángeles Doñates is back with a very sensitive story that will mark us forever.

 

Ikal is 11 years old, son of a railway worker and his dream is to be a teacher. He admires Chica, counts trains with Tuerto, dreams with Valeria, a peasant girl, and lives thousands of adventures with Quetzal, his dog. All of them are Ernesto’s students in the train-school Malinalli Teneplat, during a course that will change their lives. At the nowhere border, between fruit tree fields and old carriages, thirty students will discover what life is about thanks to their teacher’s passion.

A picture in black and white of all of them, that lays inside an old file, will become Hugo Valenzuela’s worst nightmare years later, a great inspector. The time has come for the teacher, old and almost blind, to retire. He asks for a replacement but some politicians believe it is about time to shelve his old-fashioned and useless education system. Useless? Hugo is not sure about this and starts an investigation. In a journey that will take him to meet with his past again, Hugo will have to put his future at stake and he will also discover that some marks are forever. Like the ones from a first love or a teacher that, with curiosity and love, open our windows to the world.

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