La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes
This one came recommended by Ol’ Soiled Slacks—a neighbor, of sorts, just a short drive from here, a pleasant afternoon’s…wait, no one voluntarily goes to Indiana, anywhere in Indiana. There are scads of Republicans there, fundamentalists aplenty, and a surprising number of nudist camps. The place is scary, and the contents of the water there is suspect at best. In any case.
So here I was, casually making my way through some pretty incredible Latin American authors, occasionally dipping into the...more
It is about a boy, Lazaro who is abandoned and has to find work with a series of masters. He is abused and ill-treated and learns to adapt, beg and steal to survive. It is a very clever satire on those in authority, especially the church. The book reminded me of Erasmus and his attack on simony and indulge...more
In picaresque novels, there is a picaro or a rascal exposing the injustices in his society...more
A small boy, a prostitute's bastard son, makes the best of a brutal existence, mooring to one master after another, doing what it takes to survive. He faces greed and naïveté, pretentiousness and self-loathing, cruelty, and always hunger. He learns well enoug...more
"Who had nothing to thank but their own labor and skill at the oars for bringing them into a safe harbor?"
What about the Lazaros of life? Born in (yes, in) the Tormes River; son to a morally unrestrained mother and swindler for a father, poor Lazaro was furiously tre...more
This first picaresque "novel"--more of a novella really--is an excellent introduction to the genre and a very good book on its own merits. It is very funny (I laughed out loud more than a few times, and I don't do that for anybody but Wodehouse). the atmosphere is realistic and gritty, filled with memorable character portraits (the down-at-heels gentleman who would rather starve than reveal his shameful poverty is a particularly notable--and characteristically Spanish--example), and the overall...more
It's about political, religious and economic elites swindling the gullible masses; about starving people being told by gluttons that they're lucky to be in a land of opportunity. It's about corruption cloaked in respectibility at all socio-economic levels. It's about hyprocrisies and lies and one boy's school-of-hard-knocks education in spotting them and adapting them to his own survival needs.
It's also very funny, shrewd, bawdy and f...more
The first picaresque "novel," "Lazarillo de Tormes"--more of a novella really--is an excellent introduction to the genre and a very good book on its own merits. It is funny (I laughed out loud more than a few times, and I don't do that for anybody but Wodehouse). The atmosphere is realistic and gritty, filled with memorable character portraits (the down-at-heels gentleman who would rather starve than reveal his shameful poverty is a particularly notable--and characteristically Spanish--example),...more
A few tastes of our hero's voice:
"Rather than throw the rope after the bucket, the poor...more
I have some very well-read GR friends, and yet, not one of them has read this short little book yet. To each of you I say "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?"
To describe this book as hysterical is understating it. Laugh out loud ridiculousness might be a little closer to accurate. Misfortune LOVES Lazarillo, from the moment his mother sells him to a blind man and he learns to beg, to his marriage to a less than faithful wife, to his becoming rich, then poor, then rich again...more
لكن هذه الرواية، "حياة لاثاريو دي طورميس وحظوظه ومحنه"(لكاتب مجهول، يقال أنه أحد الرهبان، لكن أغلبية النقاد يجمعون على أنها رواية مجهولة) تختلف عن البسكون، فهي شيقة من بدايتها إلى نهايتها، ورغم أنها كتبت سبعون سنة قبل الرواية الأخرى، إ...more
¿Qué puedo decir? Ésta es una de las obras más interesantes de la historia de la literatura hispánica; cada vez que la leo la disfruto y extraigo algo nuevo. Primera novela picaresca del Siglo de Oro español (aunque ya hubiera lejanos antecedentes medievales, como el Arcipreste de Hita), que influyó directamente a muchas obras del siglo XVII. Renacentista, sí, aunque surgida aún en un mundo a caballo entre la Edad Med...more
I must admit that it was hard reading the book because I thought about Lazarillo who was 8 years old and everything that he was suffering. Just the thought that so many kids in that time and some in our time suffer tremendously in the hands of people that should take care of them.
Anyways, I enjoyed the book and I really do recommend it to anyone.
The only thing is that I did read...more
I picked this up because of its influence on Cervantes, which, I was pleased to find, is wonderfully obvious as you read it. This is the beginning of the picaresque tradition, one which continues down to our day, whose most famous latter day examplar is Bellow's Augie March.
As such, everything you need to know about the picaresque as a mode is in here. It is essentially a comedy in that its hero is a low-born orphan boy whose meaning in life is survival, which comes not from fortun...more
Lázaro, um habilidoso mal-nascido, sustenta-se como criado de diversas figuras-tipo, normalmente mais malandras do que ele, e que se vão sucedendo: um cego, um clérigo, um escudeiro, um frade, um proclamador de bulas, um capelão e um aguazil. Com excepção do escudeiro, pobre fidalgote que tudo faz para ocultar a miséria do seu estado, os outros sevandijas exploravam L...more
Es un libro demasiado distante de la lengua actual, o quizás no hablo castellano bastante bien, o quizás para apreciarlo necesitaría de antemano un lavado de cerebro como lo que me hicieron con otro p**o clásico (perdón por mi arrebato), Los Novios.
El ciego era un personaje malvado, injusto, y a pesar de todo, me da la impresión de que ayudó a Lázaro a abri...more
I thought it was great fun and enjoyed the introduction as well which explained how being on the Catholic Church banned list helped it to become a best seller. It was banned no do...more
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