This is a beautiful, beautiful book. In a bleak and artificial world, Cipriano is a simple potter whose profession is becoming obsolete. The Center, a gigantic commercial center that seems to be taking over the whole city, decides it no longer needs Cipriano's pots, plates and mugs, leaving him to struggle with his family to find new ways to survive and try to somehow hold on to his way of life in a world where people like him are becoming extinct. On his side, trees,a house, simple life,a stray dog that settles in to live with the family, everything symbolizes the simple life that's slowly vanishing from the planet. On the other side, and growing bigger every day, the Center, with its high gray walls and hermetic windows(because of the air-conditioning, they say, but people wonder if it isn't to avoid something else...). Will Cipriano's world be swallowed by the Center? The book is so wonderfully written, you won't be able to put it down but at the same time you'll feel sad that it's ending. I highly recommend this book.