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The Book of Good Love

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  853 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A dazzling new translation of a fourteenth-century Spanish masterpiece, The Book of Good Love honors love in all its myriad forms, from the ethereal world of spiritual love to the ardent, physical love between men and women.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Orion Publishing Group, Ltd. (first published 1330)
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Caroline
A curious combination of bawdy tales, animal fables, lovely religious poetry, moral admonitions, and social commentary. Overall, amusing but not fabulous.

The running gag is the author's attempt to convince an acceptable woman to become his paramour. It may be instructive that the author, purporting to be an archpriest, is repeatedly frustrated in his efforts to acquire this item, although many chapters define the attributes of a fine woman, tongue in cheek for the most part, I think. He is 'ass
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Isa
Nunca entenderé porque la inquisición no prohibió este libro, es erótico.
Emusam
This ridiculous (in a good way) work sits like a big elephant in the room of medieval studies. The protagonist isn't black and white, it's not clear what "buen amor" is, it's not clear when the author ends and the protagonist begins, the text doesn't stick to one particular genre, and there is lots of sex. And satire. Worth your time, but make sure you have a good introduction to help make sense of what you're reading.
Paulina
Bizarrada en la Edad Media. Una delicia.
ماهر Battuti
I read this funny book when I was living in Madrid. They made a celebration of the book and its studies at the Time. The book is written like the Arabic books of the time, with episodes that mix humor with love stories. It contains many Arabic expressions and words, and I wrote about the influence of Arabic medieval stories, transmitted orally, on its author.
Mariana Orantes
Las malas mañas de los hombres y las alcahuetas... con el toque simpático del Arcipreste ñam ñam ñam
Francisco
Feb 04, 2007 Francisco rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grandes lectores
Shelves: poesia, españoles
No es fácil de leer, aunque supone una gran satisfacción.
Ro Capriles
Complex, ironic, perfect!
Hermochi
Me ha gustado. Se me ha hecho algo difícil porque leerlo en castellano antiguo tiene sus complicaciones, pero lo he disfrutado. Lo mejor son las partes en las que te cuentan lo que hace el Arcipreste con Trotaconventos, porque las reflexiones sobre los pecados, la batalla entre doña Cuaresma y Don Carnal se han podido hacer algo pesados.

Eso sí: me parece increíble que se escribiera en el siglo XIV una obra así, tan compleja. Estoy seguro de que habiendo una versión con un castellano un poco más
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Beth
Nunca me había animado a leer el Libro de Buen Amor hasta ahora, pero lo cierto es que ha resultado ser una lectura bastante entretenida. Tiene sus partes pesadas, pero en general es muy ameno y el ingenio del Arcipreste de Hita le da una chispa muy agradable.
Nella Fantasia
Creo que, aunque me lo leí al completo, no llegué a comprenderlo del todo. Sin duda es una obra de dificultad elevada, muy compleja y especial. Solo la recomendaría a aquellos que les llame la atención o se dediquen al estudio de la literatura. Sin embargo, algunos pasajes como el de Don Caranl y Doña Cuaresma sí que son interesantes para ver en clase.

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Martin Hernandez
Este libro es el relato de la supuesta autobiografía de Juan Ruiz, Arcipreste de Hita. Está considerada una de las cumbres literarias españolas de cualquier tiempo, y una de las obras más relevantes de la Edad Media. En lo personal, me pareció aburrida en extremo, aunque tiene sus momentos interesantes, en particular, aquellos donde deja ver las costumbres amorosas en el Medioevo.
Stuart
One of two medieval works referenced in "Terra Nostra" by C. Fuentes. I got it through the excellent Link+ interlibrary loan system. Unlike the other title (Don Juan, the play), this one is charming and a pleasure to read. Naughty and snarky in an Ovidian kind of way, I can see how this was the biggest underground hit of its day. Excellent translation into English verse by Elisha Kane.
Inma
Dec 09, 2008 Inma rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in reading old Spanish literature
Recommended to Inma by: Spanish Literature class
Nice book, really beautiful and funny to read. It was one of the books to read in my second year in High School. It was fantastic to read a book so old (1300 or 1400) and understanding it almost fully (just the odd old word). Apart it was a bit modern in the way the stories were told. Nicely written and very, very easy to read.
Lucrecia
Me chocó al leerlo y lo terminé queriendo y admirando después de analizarlo. Es un análisis muy interesante de los peligros del amor mal entendido comparado con el verdadero amor.
ماهر Battuti
Este libro pertenece a la literatura espanola de la edad media. Es para estudiar los origines de relatos del romance, y las influenias Arabes en los primeros cuentos.
Franco
Bastante pesado por partes, si gusta el género es un buen libro.
Ricardo Torres
Duro en la forma, y por lo anacrónico. Y yo sin saber que el chiste del indio y el vaquero tiene al menos ochocientos años de antigüedad.
Colie!
Jan 11, 2008 Colie! rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nerds.
I learned that, throughout history, even in the middle ages, people have been horny. And most especially people in the church.
Ameliedanjou
Translated from the 14th century Spanish, there are some fun stories in here.
Daniel Domenech
Aug 30, 2011 Daniel Domenech rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Spanish Literature
There's some fun stuff, it's a good read overall.
Elizabeth Pyjov
Dec 08, 2010 Elizabeth Pyjov marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-lit
read this one in english
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Juan Ruiz (ca. 1283 – ca. 1350), known as the Archpriest of Hita (Arcipreste de Hita), was a medieval Spanish poet. He is best known for his ribald, earthy poem, Libro de buen amor (The Book of Good Love). He was born either in Alcalá de Henares, or perhaps Alcalá la Real, a village of Jaén, then part of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain. Little is known about him today, save that he was a cleric and pr ...more
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