- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Punto de Lectura (March 30, 2005)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 8466309578
- ISBN-13: 978-8466309578
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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El Capitan Alatriste (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Mass Market Paperback – March 30, 2005
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Arturo PA(c)rez-Reverteas novels, including "The Queen of the South, Captain Alatriste," and "Purity of Blood," have been translated into twenty-nine languages and published in more than fifty countries. In 2003, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Many of my students have gone on to read additional novels in the series after taking my class. Personally, I find them to be very entertaining reading, they are historically pretty accurate and important characters from the period (Velázquez, Quevedo, Olivares, etc.) make regular appearances in Alatriste's world.
The story is told by his thirteen year old page, Inigo Balboa, who relates the exploits of his master, the famed artists and poets who cross their path, the comedy performance that ends in a sword-fight, and the unforeseeable events that flow from the ambush of the Englishmen. I won't give away the plot. Let's just say that it never gets boring, not for an instant. The story is about more than one man, however daring, it's also about Spain in the golden age, a country of outward prosperity and inward decay, a land where powerful and mysterious forces struggle for control.
Author Perez-Reverte writes brilliantly, in clear, sparkling prose. Once you read the first page, you're hooked. The Spanish isn't hard although he does use some words I couldn't find in my Spanish-English dictionary. Never mind, though. You get the gist. The lead character is not just a swordsman, he's a man with depth, with a conscience, even if he doesn't talk much. You will love getting to know Alatriste, and you will love the book. I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes reading action packed adventures and appreciate historical novels. If you love Alexandre Dumas the French writer of novels of high adventure such as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers this is a must read.