Welding with children

[Welding with children]
Year: 
2021
Type: 
Public: 
Publisher: 
Macmillan
Year of publication: 
2009
Pages: 
249
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
Quality: 
Recomendable: 
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
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Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
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Tim Gautreaux is a great storyteller, who excels in his short stories. He has his own world, that of Louisiana, which he knows and describes in great detail, and a special attunement with machines of all kinds and their use, which he describes masterfully and without boring the reader, as they are part of the plot. In Welding with children, there are eleven independent stories that are brought together. He presents us with very ordinary characters, with virtues, defects, young people, old people, mature men and women, etc. They are protagonists full of humanity, even in the "bad guys" there is something that moves to compassion or even apology, because life is not easy. There is, in addition, a Catholic background exposed with naturalness. And then there is the quality of the prose, very lively, varied, colorful, with good descriptions, excellent dialogues, touches of humor.

The author is a master of similes or comparisons, original and surprising. In this book, the themes of the stories are varied, but in some of them the emphasis is on the elderly (some suffer from senile dementia), on the relationships between the elderly and grandchildren, on the value of family roots, etc.

Author: Luis Ramoneda, Spain, 2021