Pantalones cortos: A Costa Rican Diary by Lara RÃos
Pantalones cortos (Short Pants) is a novel by Costa Rican author Lara RÃos, published in 1996 by Grupo Editorial Norma. It tells the story of Arturo, an eleven-year-old boy who writes in his diary about his family, school, friends and other experiences in his country. The novel is divided into 28 chapters, each corresponding to a day in Arturo's life.
The novel is written in a humorous and realistic style, capturing the voice and perspective of a young boy who faces everyday challenges and joys. Arturo writes about his relationship with his parents, his siblings, his teachers and his classmates, as well as his adventures in visiting an orphanage, going to the beach, playing soccer, celebrating Christmas and dealing with bullies. He also reflects on topics such as love, friendship, death, poverty, politics and culture.
Pantalones cortos is a popular and acclaimed book among children and young adults in Costa Rica and other Latin American countries. It has been translated into several languages and adapted into a movie and a TV series. It is also used as a teaching material in schools and libraries. The novel offers a glimpse into the life and culture of Costa Rica, as well as a universal message of growing up and finding one's identity.
One of the main themes of Pantalones cortos is the contrast between the rich and the poor in Costa Rica. Arturo belongs to a middle-class family that lives in a comfortable house in the capital city of San JosÃ. He attends a private school and enjoys many privileges and opportunities. However, he also witnesses the harsh reality of poverty and inequality that affects many people in his country. He visits an orphanage with his mother, where he meets children who have lost their parents or have been abandoned. He sees the shacks and slums where many families live without basic services or security. He learns about the history and struggles of the indigenous people and the Afro-Caribbean community. He also becomes aware of the social and political problems that affect his country, such as corruption, violence, drug trafficking and environmental degradation.
Another theme of Pantalones cortos is the importance of family and friendship. Arturo loves his parents and his siblings, even though they sometimes annoy him or argue with him. He respects his father, who is a lawyer and a writer, and his mother, who is a social worker and a feminist. He admires his older brother, who is a musician and a rebel, and his younger sister, who is a smart and sweet girl. He also cherishes his friends, who share his interests and hobbies. He has a crush on Ana MarÃa, a beautiful and kind girl who likes him back. He has a best friend named Carlos, who is loyal and funny. He has other friends who are diverse and unique, such as Rodrigo, who is rich and generous; Luisa, who is poor and brave; Jorge, who is fat and clever; MarÃa JosÃ, who is shy and artistic; and Daniel, who is black and proud.
A final theme of Pantalones cortos is the discovery of oneself and one's dreams. Arturo is a curious and creative boy who likes to read, write, draw and play. He has a vivid imagination and a sense of humor. He also has doubts and fears about himself and his future. He wonders what he wants to be when he grows up, what he believes in, what he values, what he likes and dislikes. He tries to find his own voice and identity in a world that is complex and changing. He learns from his experiences and from the people around him. He grows up as a person and as a writer. 29c81ba772