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"Cervantes like we've never known him: the rogue, the lover, the soldier, the slave, and above all, the poet. In this novel, Jaime Manrique reminds us that the great writer was a man of flesh and blood whose eventful life seemed destined for great literature."
--Esmeralda Santiago

"Jaime Manrique has written an exceptional historical novel, recreating with imagination and detailed accuracy the world of Late Renaissance in Spain. Manrique's rendering of the life of Cervantes is brilliant, and his solution to the mystery of who wrote the false Quixote is fascinating, and very persuasive."
--Edith Grossman

About the Author

Jaime Manrique: Jaime Manrique is a novelist, essayist, and poet who lives in New York. His critically acclaimed novels include Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, and Our Lives are the Rivers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161775126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617751264
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gerald on September 10, 2012
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A brilliant evocation of the life and times of Cervantes. This book makes Cervantes, the man, come alive as few others have been able to do. Well-researched and authentic. It is an exciting and gripping read.
Gerald J. Davis, author of DON QUIXOTE, THE NEW TRANSLATION BY GERALD J. DAVIS
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I stayed up half the night reading this finely crafted, intriguing novel. Jaime Manrique combines the skils of a great story teller with the gifts of a true poet. He has created a beautiful fantasy on the life of Cervantes.
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I loved this book and read it in two or three days. The story grabbed me immediately and didn't release until the last page (wow what a page). Manrique created a world that made it feel as if Cervantes were a close friend telling you his life story.
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Cer­vantes Street by Jaime Man­rique is a historical-fiction novel about Miguel de Cer­vantes Saavedra's jour­ney to write Don Quixote. The book is pep­pered with lit­er­ary ref­er­ences to Cer­vantes' works as well as works of the time, while I didn't get many I did enjoy learn­ing about them

After the huge suc­cess of Don Quixote, a sec­ond part not writ­ten by Cer­vantes appears. The book is writ­ten by some­one who uses the nom de plume Alonso Fer­nán­dez de Avel­laneda and prompts Cer­vantes to write his own "Book II".

Who is Alonso Fer­nán­dez de Avel­laneda and why did he write the mys­te­ri­ous novel?
To find out the reader goes on a jour­ney with Cer­vantes, from his escapes after killing a man (who insulted his Jew­ish ances­try), to his stud­ies in Madrid, his pas­sion of poetry, life in Rome and fight­ing in the bat­tle of Lep­anto. We trudge through years of slav­ery in Algiers (the story being told as a side tale in Don Quixote) as well as through his life back in Spain, where the famous author loves, loses and finally sits down to write his masterpiece

I am a big fan of Don Quixote, prob­a­bly more to the nos­tal­gia asso­ci­ated with the story from my child­hood than any­thing to do with the clas­sic story. How­ever, when I did read the full length novel (both parts) I under­stood why the book has become such a lit­er­ary classic.

Unfor­tu­nately, many read­ers get daunted by the sheer size of Don Quixote. The sto­ries in the clas­sic tale need knowl­edge of the time's pop-culture in order to fully enjoy the read­ing expe­ri­ence. How­ever, the same could be said for Shake­speare and sev­eral other authors from the far and not-so-far past.
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It is intriguing to think that at the same time William Shakespeare was writing plays in England, Miguel de Cervantes was writing "Don Quixote" in Spain. The two of them together transformed Western literature. Cervantes birthed the modern novel, influencing writers from Dickens and Dostoevsky to Garcia Marquez and Milan Kundera.

Before Don Quixote, Cervantes can best be described as an aspiring, and aging, writer, known by some for his poetry and by others for one (largely failed) novel, "La Galatea." He had been a secretary to a cardinal in Rome, a soldier, wounded in the naval battle of Lepanto against the Turkish fleet, captured by Algerian pirates and held in Algiers for five years before finally being ransomed, and came home to Spain to fail at many careers. Then he wrote "Don Quixote," and Western literature changed.

The book was published in two parts, separated by some years and by a rip-off entitled "The Second Volume of the Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote de la Mancha." The rip-off was published under the pseudonym Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda; the real identity has never been determined. The second volume by Cervantes was almost certainly a response to the "false Don Quixote" and an attempt to quash it, which it did.

It is this circumstance - the real and the false Don Quixotes - that novelist, essayist and poet Jaime Manrique uses to create the thoughtful, engaging and extraordinarily well-researched Cervantes Street. The novel is about a great work of literature and how it comes to be written, but it is also about passion, jealousy, rivalry, love and Spain, above all about Spain of the Golden Age, in all its supremacy, wonder and brutality, and the brutality of Spain's Arabic enemies.
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Very interesting and entertaining book. Great character development. I would recommend this book to anyone. I found the contrast of the wealthy Lara and struggling Cervantes to be really interesting. Cervantes life was so much fuller and interesting, while not coming from one of the highest ranking families in Spain. I'm in the last chapter now and don't want the book to end!
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I LOVED this book! If you like adventure, passion and romance, intrigue, gripping characters,
and compelling history, this is a MUST READ! I could not put Cervantes Street down.
Best book I've read in a long, long time.
Eloise Morley, Denver, CO
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An earnest effort to recreate the life of Cervantes, including his years of captivity in Algiers. The most imaginative dimension is the character of his jealous former friend who shadows his life, but on the whole it feels like a dutiful slog of a read. It is always high risk to write in the voice of one of the world's most original and brilliant writers, so Manrique should be given credit for audacity, but sadly can't be given credit for coming anywhere near Cervantes.
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