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La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes

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Lázaro es un muchacho desarrapado a quien la miseria obliga a emplearse como sirviente. Las inocentes y a veces justificadas burlas con las que Lázaro se defiende de sus amos son castigadas con una crueldad brutal. Así, garrotazo a garrotazo, la simpleza y credulidad del Lázaro de las primeras páginas ceden paso a la sagacidad y a la astucia propias del más clásico y típic ...more
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Mike Puma
Dec 04, 2013 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-author, 2012, nyrb

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

Sep 12, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where reading is concerned, I'm more LOTI than LOL. That's right. I'm admittedly frugal with my outwardly expressed laughter—unlike the normative social behavior these days wherein giggling becomes a nervous tic to punctuate every banal and unfunny comment. Maybe we want life to be funny so we laugh at it whether it is or not. We inflict an impoverished semblance of humor upon the world. And if we don't happen to mirror the laughter of our neighbors when they read one of those dumb jokey chain e ...more
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 11, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 07, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Written in the 1550s in Spain before Don Quixote it is a classic picaresque novel and satire. It is anonymous and there is no doubt much scholarly debate about who wrote it.
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
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 11, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picaresque

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), a
Dec 04, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly remarkable that this work was first published in 1554. Remarkable also that it became an immediate international success. What that should tell us is that human foibles have not changed since, well, we started recording human foibles.

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
K.D. Absolutely
May 12, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
If Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel, The Castle of Otranto started the gothic genre, in 1554 Lazarillo de Tormes’ started the picaresque genre. This is the genre where the likes of Don Quixote by Cervantes, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain belong. Oh I have not read any of them yet (shame on me) but aha I have already read The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow!

In picaresque novels, there is a picaro or a rascal exposing the injustices in his societ
Feb 28, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-translation
I enjoyed these two novels! Seedy characters and crime, some funny moments. This is v episodic, and because of that it's hard to remember what happens in what order, but that's not really the point of novels like this. Lots of repetitive violence, so much so that there were moments where I was like, "Give the guy a break!" But overall I think I'm into the picaresque.
May 25, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Lazarilho de Tormes foi publicado, em Espanha, pela primeira vez em 1554. O seu autor é desconhecido (embora nas livrarias portuguesas esteja arquivado na letra T de Tormes em vez de na A de Anónimo). É um romance do género picaresco, narrado na primeira pessoa e em forma epistolar, que relata as aventuras de um miúdo - que tem de sobreviver por sua conta e risco - e das suas tropelias para matar a fome que, permanentemente, o atormenta. Ao longo do seu crescimento, vai-se "ajustando" com vári ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Mikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas, spain
In the prologue, the author makes mention of fortune and those that are born into it -- rightly stating that little credit is due since luck of the gene pool was partial to them from the start. But what of those Fortune was against?

"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
Carmo Santos
Foi como regressar à infância e voltar a ficar pasmada a ouvir os avôs contarem as "historias do antigamente". Nunca me cansava de as ouvir e eram muito semelhantes a esta. Também funcionavam como método pedagógico: "Não comes? Vou contar-te a história de um menino que não tinha pais! E passava muita fome, coitadinho! E era muito mal tratado! Um infeliz! Uma miséria, nem sabes a sorte que tens!
E lá vinha mais um episódio de azares e lamentações que normalmente acabavam com uma reviravolta, em qu
The past few months have been craptastacular in the life department, a yo-yo of highs and lows that sort of swung out of control and clocked me in the head at concussive force. Duck? Too late. Then at the beginning of the holiday vacation week, I started to get sick and sicker. I watched Forrest Gump through sneezing and mucous and ended up bawling out even more mucous. I tried to watch the Matrix movies but those made me cry, too! Every scene where two people met eyes meaningfully would set me ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Guido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spagna, mediterraneo
Primo romanzo picaresco, divertente soprattutto perché irriverente. Il giovane e poverissimo Lazaro cerca di sopravvivere offrendo i suoi servizi ai padroni più diversi e rappresentativi di diversi ambiti sociali: un cieco, un prete, uno scudiero, un venditore di bolle papali e altri, che l'autore sfrutta per costruire un'ottima satira sulla società spagnola dell'epoca. Né Lazaro né i suoi padroni potrebbero mai essere citati come esempi di virtù; il protagonista, che racconta le sue avventure i ...more
Oct 10, 2012 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
despite being nearly half a millennium old, the life of lazarillo de tormes: his fortunes and adversities remains eminently readable, charming, and more than a little funny. published anonymously in 1554 (the authorship debate rages ever on), the novella was banned and later censored as part of the spanish inquisition for its allegedly heretical content. the life of lazarillo de tormes, credited as being the first picaresque work of fiction, follows the (mis)fortunes of young lázaro, a poor span ...more
María Shallcrass
Antes de empezar a leer El lazarillo de Tormes, tenía unas expectativas muy bajas pero, a decir verdad, ha sido una lectura entretenida. No me ha apasionado, pero si es verdad que te haces un poco a la idea de la vida que llevaban los niños de orígenes humildes de la España del siglo XVI. Es interesante cómo evoluciona la forma de ser de Lázaro y cómo paso a paso va a adquiriendo esa picardía que le permite sobrevivir. Lo más llamativo de la novela yo creo que es el final, el pueblo descubre que ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Raúl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Necio, aprende: que el moço del ciego un punto ha de saber más que el diablo'.

¿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
Jul 16, 2012 Nathaniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of anything else written during the 1500's (or probably in any year up to this novella's publication and perhaps a century after) that rolls along in such a delightful, accessible, irreverent and hilarious way. It would be tempting to think that the book was written by a time traveler if it didn't display such an acute awareness of peon-level Europe in the grimy era of indulgences, squires, etc.

A few tastes of our hero's voice:

"Rather than throw the rope after the bucket, the poor
Jorge Gómez
Algo extraño me sucedió con este libro, tengo una copia de él en la casa, pero por pura obsesión y curiosidad decidi leer la copia en Castellano que entrega Goodreads. La verdad, el libro me tenia harto, no queria terminarlo, cada vez que tenia tiempo para retomar la lectura, lo evitaba (Me demore 9 días en leerlo, cuando no debiera tomar más que unas horas), pero ya lo he terminado, y me ha dejado con gusto a poco, tal vez, simplemente, no me inmiscuí en el libro desde el comienzo por eso solam ...more
May 01, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laugh-riots
This, my friends, is the very first picaresque, a favorite genre of mine (character wanders about the countryside, taking up with various characters and occupations and learning the cold, hard facts of life). Why don't I read more of these? I'm glad to say the first of its breed is just as fresh and lively as 'Candide' or 'A Confederacy of Dunces'. One thing that is always made clear in these types of stories is that human behavior hasn't changed much over the centuries, and even though the repr ...more
Daniel Polansky
As I gather this is one of the first truly satirical novels in the history of fiction, about a poor peasant's quest to find a decent master. A series of vignettes poking fun at his social superiors and, in a deeper way, calling into question the morality of the entire system of Imperial Spain. Is it funny? Not really, most things aren't funny half a millennium after they've been written. More interesting as a historical curiosity than on its own merits (to most current readers, or so I suspect) ...more
Yahira Potterica
Divertido. Me he reido mucho con Lazaro. Un chico muy pillo e inteligente.
Ricardo Alves
Livro anónimo do século XVI, Lazarilho de Tormes inaugura uma das marcas distintivas da literatura espanhola, a novela picaresca.
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 Lá
Travelling Sunny
Sep 26, 2012 Travelling Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you, Project Gutenberg!

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
موريسكو باندوليرو
قبل أن أقرأ هذا الكتاب، قرأت رواية تاريخ حياة البوسكون للشاعر والروائي دي كيفيدو، التي أعجبني فيها الكم الهائل من السخرية والتهكم ... لكن لغتها القديمة الغير مفهومة تجبرك على الخروج من عمق القصة والرجوع إلى هوامش الصفحة لفهم بعض المعاني والمفردات الإسبانية القديمة.

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
Miquel Reina
Maybe to English speakers "El Lazarillo de Tormes" isn't a famous novel, but for Spanish speakers is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious novels in its literary history. Lazarillo is a classic of the Spanish language and it is a great reading for anyone who wants to understand the society of Spanish sixteenth century.

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Puede que para el mundo anglosajón el Lazarillo de Tormes no sea una novela muy conocida, pero para los hispano hablantes es sin duda una de las novelas más famos
Mar 01, 2016 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Creí que sería interesante conocer algunos aspectos de la sociedad española del siglo XVI, pero en realidad fue muy poco lo que vislumbré en este libro más allá del hambre y los infortunios de un niño cuyos episodios fueron bastante repetitivos a lo largo de su juventud. Claro que pude ver ciertas cosas aquí y allá un poco interesantes, pero... nada realmente nuevo. Nada que no supiera ya.

No sé qué pasé por alto. La narrativa no me permitió del todo una lectura fluida, y no intento excusarme con
Sep 15, 2015 Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5/5 stars.
Just read it for Literature class
Nov 29, 2014 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: siglo-de-oro
Lázaro deja atrás a su familia y entorno para pasar por las manos de diversos amos, a cada cual más extravagante. El servicio prestado a cada uno de ellos dará a Lázaro curiosas enseñanzas que poco a poco le instruirán sobre las adversidades a las que tiene que hacer frente en el día a día, y cómo uno debe mostrarse astuto antes de que lo hagan con uno mismo. Todo ello está relatado en primera persona, a modo de carta, que al final del escrito tendrá un sentido para resolver el caso planteado po ...more
Jun 05, 2011 §-- rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
A lot of fun.

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
Kimberly Silva Ortiz
I enrolled in a Spanish literature class and this book was a must read for the course, and I really enjoyed the book.

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
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