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The House of Ulloa

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  990 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
The plot of this novel centres on the ancient "pazos" (mansions) of Galicia, fallen into decay with the mid-19th-century impoverishment of the Spanish squirearchy. There is an atmosphere of "sturm and drang" in the description of the melancholy house and its sinister occupants.
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 5th 1991 by Penguin Classics (first published 1886)
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Anna Hiller
I'm usually very anti-19t-Century-Literature. My Personal Hell is shelves and shelves of books populated only by novels by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries.

That's why I was completely shocked by this book, which I ended up adoring, and would read again, had I the time.

It's a masterwork of the Naturalist literary movement in terms of style and structure; historically, it paints a vivid picture of the decadence and decline of Spain (especially the decaying aristocracy and the corruption of
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Monty Milne
Feb 09, 2017 Monty Milne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this. Priests, feudal aristocrats, bastards, the deep countryside, nineteenth century Spanish politics: these are all some of my favourite themes. But this is utterly brilliant: both funny and unsettling by turns. The plot and the characters are immersive and compelling, and I was borne along so happily by the absorbing torrent of the narrative that I read the whole book in a single day, and almost in a single sitting. Hugely enjoyable.
Éride
Feb 26, 2017 Éride rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Reseña de LOS PAZOS DE ULLOA
Los pazos de Ulloa es una novela naturalista escrita por Emilia Pardo Bazán en 1886. Cuenta con un total de 334 páginas.
La novela cuenta, a través de la perspectiva de Julián, un capellán acostumbrado a la vida en la ciudad de Santiago de Compostela, como es el día a día en los pazos de Ulloa, una villa alejada de la ciudad en la que las costumbres de pueblo se hacen patentes a través de sus personajes y su particular cultura.
ASECTOS POSITIVOS: me ha gustado mucho la
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Francisco H. González
Leí recientemente La Regenta y en esta novela de Emilia Pardo Bazán, escrita un año después que La Regenta, la autora nos presenta también a un personaje femenino muy desdichado, una joven llamada Nucha que se casa allá por 1880 con un señorito local, se queda embarazada, no puede ocuparse de su retoño -pues para eso ya estaban las vacas humanas (como las denomina la voz que narra) que amamantaran a su retoño- y tras una existencia infeliz, con un marido ausente, y un postparto que la deja debil ...more
JacquiWine
Aug 25, 2016 JacquiWine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Born in Galicia in 1851, Emilia Pardo Bazán was a leading exponent of Spanish Naturalism and a key figure in 19th-century Spanish literature per se. Her 1886 novel, The House of Ulloa is generally considered to be her masterpiece. My old Penguin Classics copy had been sitting on the shelves for a couple of years, but Grant’s enthusiastic reaction to the book on Twitter (following its recent inclusion in the Pocket Penguins range) prompted me to dust it off for Spanish Lit Month (now extended to ...more
Maryam
Jan 05, 2017 Maryam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars)

I've been reading this since last year B)

Now that that joke's aside we'll begin the review:)

The story at face value was incredibly enjoyable, easy to get through, the translation I believe was done well, and the language was accessible. I also think that if I had known more about Spain's history prior to reading this book I would've gotten much more out of it but me being the least knowledgeable person in the world, did not:) so all the parts that discussed politics flew over the to
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Galena Sanz
Oct 09, 2014 Galena Sanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De esta novela, por supuesto, había oído hablar. Emilia Pardo Bazán es una autora a la que he querido acercarme desde hace bastante tiempo, mis profesoras siempre me han animado a hacerlo hasta que al fin pude. La verdad es que iba con un poco de miedo, ya que normalmente se encasilla esta novela en el naturalismo y no sabía hasta que punto podía ascender la crudeza, pero la verdad es que no es así, doña Emila no es Zola (supongo que él sí matizará más la vida dura).

La historia tiene un poco de
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yaiza
Aug 20, 2015 yaiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, realistic
4/5

Nunca leí este libro en el instituto y me alegro.
Sé que no habría aguantado el naturalismo ni el estilo de la autora con quince años, y tampoco habría podido encontrarle el lado cómico a una obra española del siglo XIX. Es cierto que, a veces, dicho naturalismo pesa como una losa y es complicado ver cómo se desarrollan los acontecimientos en el libro con un punto de vista moderno, pero esa es la gracia de leer clásicos, supongo.
Me quedo con las desventuras y la inocencia de Julián, y con al r
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Marta G. Coloma
Oct 26, 2015 Marta G. Coloma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Los Pazos de Ulloa' es la primera obra que he leído de Pardo Bazán y me ha sorprendido gratamente. Además de tratarse de una historia preciosa, aunque melancólica y con un triste final, es un acercamiento al naturalismo fácil de asimilar (galleguismos incluidos). El caciquismo de la época, las insalvables diferencias entre el campo y la ciudad, la importancia del cristianismo (en especial en la España más profunda) y el mísero trato que todavía se daba a la mujer están presentes en la historia; ...more
Justin Evans
Dec 06, 2016 Justin Evans rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A very odd little book, but wildly enjoyable: priestsploitation, plus gothicising HORROR, but the very next paragraph is broad satire or slapstick, so the gothic becomes funny. And I assume that's intentional. It moves very quickly for the 19th century, which helps. Even the clunky "oh, this book is kind of winding down too soon... I know, politics subplot!" twist ended up quite being quite fun.

Anything which just ignores genre boundaries like this is always more fun than even the best books th
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Luci Revenga
Jan 15, 2016 Luci Revenga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Este no es un libro que quisiera leer, pero tuve que hacerlo porque era obligatorio para mi instituto.
No me ha gustado nada. Las páginas nunca se acababan y en algunas había más aclaraciones que historia.
El lugar se desarrolla en Galicia, cuando a un capellán llamado Julián le asignan que dé misa en los Pazos de Ulloa y cuenta todo lo que vive allí. Los personajes son como marionetas, salvo uno, que fue lo único que puedo decir que me gustó del libro, Perucho, el hijo bastardo del marqués de lo
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Tina
Apr 30, 2015 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
LIBRO 20
LOS PAZOS DE ULLOA
AUTORA: EMILIA PARDO BAZAN
NACIONALIDAD: ESPAÑOLA
SIGLO XIX, PRINCIPIOS DEL XX
Los Pazos de Ulloa es una novela naturalista, desarrollada en Galicia, con una narrativa muy bella, característica de esta gran autora, cuyos personajes sufren una serie de injusticias y desengaños principalmente por Don Pedro, hombre machista e intolerante. Los acontecimientos sufren muchos cambios a lo largo de la novela, la cual considero que es hermosa pero muy lenta, exponiendo las dificult
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Jessica
A 19th century Spanish novel that has all the elements of a Gothic novel and yet isn't quite Gothic. Perhaps because of the lack of proper hysteria or just because the novel is more interested in the character and development of its hero (for lack of a better appellation) Julian, the novel mostly feels like a novel with some Gothic elements and, on occasion, like a gentle affectionate parody of the genre. I can't quite put my finger on where it falls on the Gothic spectrum, which explains why th ...more
Silvia
Jan 10, 2016 Silvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
READ IT FOR UNI.

3,5 actually.

I honestly liked it, even if it was a required read. I find it to be enjoyable, and easy to read. The characters were wide, and they were described really good.
My only problem with this was some really slow parts, in which the writer describes with too much detailes the politic system in the "pazos."


Alex (fanboyreader)
I don't like to read books for school because I rarely enjoy them, but I'm sure this is a book I would enjoy if I read it again in the future without any pressure.
Catherine
Impenetrable. I hardly know what I just read but I didn't like it. Brontëish.
Francisco
Feb 05, 2007 Francisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, españoles
Sin duda, una de mis autoras favoritas, y en una de sus mejores novelas.
Genesis Ulloa
ñeee he leido mejor
es difícil de leer, divaga mucho y las partes emocionantes son cortadas rapidamente
Todayiamadaisy
Dec 29, 2016 Todayiamadaisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-europe
This is a classic of Spanish literature, the story of a young, kind, naïve priest, Don Julián, who is sent to the Galician town of Ulloa to work for the local marquis, Don Pedro. Don Pedro marries Nucha, a childhood friend of Don Julián's, and mistreats her. Just when I was wondering where it was all going, there's an election, which ends badly for everyone.

I read this because I read a review comparing it to Giuseppe di Lampedusa's The Leopard, which... yes, I can see where that's coming from, b
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Howard
Apr 04, 2013 Howard rated it liked it
This is the naturalist novel by the Spanish female author Bazan, written in 1886. It takes its realistic style from famous authors like Zola, Galdos, Flaubert, Frank Morris, George Moore, Gissing, Queiros, Matto de Turner etc writing about the same time being mid-late 1800s. It is supposedly Bazan’s finest achievement being a prolific author.

This is quite a simple story. We are introduced to the new chaplain Julian Alvarez arriving to the manor house of the Marquis of Ulloa (Don Pedro), a single
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Ruth Slavid
Jan 07, 2014 Ruth Slavid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended by a friend, who in turn had read a recommendation in the Guardian by Nicholas Lezard - a pretty reliable guide. I don't think I had ever read a Spanish novel before, certainly not a classic (mea culpa - I never got through Don Quixote). It was really interesting and atmospheric. Although life was so restricted - women could sully their reputations amazingly easily - the book itself is much freer than an equivalent Victorian novel, with its talk about illegitimate children. ...more
Dani
Aug 13, 2015 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los Pazos de Ulloa es una novela que te sumerge de lleno en la Galicia rural y caciquil de finales del siglo XIX. La autora se encarga de crear una obra adscrita a naturalismo con gran cantidad de detalles y descripciones profusas de los carácteres así como el empleo de rasgos animalizados para representarlos. Resulta llamativo el empleo de los avances punteros en ciencia y pseudociencia de la época como diagnóstico y justificación. El hecho de usar voces galegas y vulgarismos logra una buena in ...more
Daniel Clark
May 13, 2015 Daniel Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a little tough to read because of all the florid language (I had to bust out my Spanish-English dictionary a lot), but that was one of the best things about the book as well. There was a cool battle--the nature of the the wild outdoors, rural life, and running barefoot in competition with the refinements of the church, city life, and cultured morals. I suppose that I don't like that "winner" was the wildness of nature, but it was fitting for the story. It left me feeling a little sentim ...more
Sashinka
Feb 18, 2016 Sashinka rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-books
What I would call a typical gothic novel which for me reminded me strongly of novels such as Wuthering Heights. And the start of Mask of Zorro... (the film that is, not the comic which I've never seen)

The basic premise is that Julien, a chaplain, is sent to Ulloa to help the marquis with the administration of his estate as well as looking after a parish. Once he's there, Julien is shocked at the sins against Catholicism that he sees. He is incredibly naive and is distressed to find the master of
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Mapi Jiménez
Aunque al principio pueda hacerse una lectura algo densa porque no es la típica literatura juvenil a la que me he acostumbrado últimamente, una vez que te acostumbras se lee rápido.

Para nombrar algo que me ha gustado mucho del “contenido” de la historia, diré que la inocente relación y el surgimiento de un trágico amor entre Julián y Nocha me ha encantado. La forma en la que se desarrolla esa trama me ha tenido enganchada.

También me ha gustado mucho que se puede apreciar un asomo de protesta a l
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Fantasymundo
Sep 11, 2015 Fantasymundo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasico
La perfección de esta novela se observa no solo en su planteamiento y desarrollo, magistrales en aspectos como el estilo o el tono, sino también en el cuidado escrupulosísimo que Doña Emilia Pardo Bazán ha puesto en el uso del lenguaje. Tanto en los diálogos como en la voz narradora, se ha esforzado en cuidar el entorno sociolingüístico bilingüe, en mostrar al lector cómo la presencia de la lengua gallega caracteriza a uno de los elementos de esa dualidad urbano-rural (diglosia). Su consideració ...more
Diana
Aug 24, 2010 Diana rated it really liked it
This novel is a Spanish classic and rightly so. It takes place in mid to late 19th century Spain in the province of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The story is about the Marquis of Ulloa, Pedro Moscoso, as told by the young priest who is invited to live on his estate. It reflects the decay of the aristocracy, the power of church and the powerlessness of women as well as the peasants' disenchantment with the status quo.

Published, I believe in 1910, Emilia Pardo Bazan appears to be way ahead of h
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Darío
Apr 03, 2015 Darío rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: curso-2014-2015
Es un sí pero no. Me encanta el estilo de Pardo Bazán, ese naturalismo tan propio de ella; esa mezcla de coloquialismos, galleguismos y cultismos, todo en uno; esos personajes tan extraños, pero tan reales; esa pasión religiosa tan vehemente... ¿Qué me ha decepcionado? La velocidad de los hechos, que es excesivamente lenta, y la gran cantidad de descripciones, que en cierto punto llegan a hacerse pesadas y cansinas.
No es un libro que leería por propia voluntad, pero sí que creo que es necesario
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Jud
Apr 11, 2016 Jud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3'5

El principio puede parecer algo lento y pesado por que abundan minuciosas descripciones, pero a medida que pasa la novela se empiezan a apreciar estas descripciones y empiezas a entender a los personajes y todo el trabajo que Emilia puso detrás de la obra.
Una buena obra al fin y al cabo, si se lee como es debido.

Aclaración: estoy segura de habría disfrutado muchísimo más de esta obra si no la hubiese leído obligada y presionada. No es una obra de la cual se puede disfrutar si se lee aprisa.
Gemma
Nov 30, 2016 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
3.5

La prima parte decisamente migliore della seconda, a mio avviso. Grandissimo esempio del Naturalismo spagnolo, linguaggio assolutamente affascinante (che impresa tradurre alcuni passaggi!) e una storia tutto sommato molto carina.
Peccato per la poca caratterizzazione dei personaggi (insomma, il marito volgare, la moglie santa e il prete è abbastanza un cliché...), motivo per il quale mi dispiace per gli aficionados, ma preferirò SEMPRE i grandi romanzi novecenteschi a quelli dell'800. De gusti
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Emilia Pardo Bazán was a Galician (Spanish) author and scholar from Galicia. She is known for bringing naturalism to Spanish literature, for her detailed descriptions of reality, and for her role in feminist literature of her era.
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