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The House of Ulloa

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  619 ratings  ·  27 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, 288 pages
Published March 5th 1991 by Penguin Classics (first published 1886)
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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
Galena Sanz
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
Ruth Slavid
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
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
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
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
Parke Wilde
This is a memorable novel about the decline of an aristocratic household and the growing power of the people who work in the household, told through the eyes of an idealistic priest who is employed by the selfish and incapable owner. Some might say the author, who is herself titled I think, favors the elite characters and disapproves of the working folks in the novel, but as a reader I had the opposite impression. The owner is a captivating villain, oblivious to his own wrong-doing. I will remem ...more
Iñaki Tofiño
Doña Emilia me ha sorprendido. La tenía por una cargante más, una novelista pesada de esos que abundan en el siglo XIX y nada más lejos de la realidad. Borda el personaje de don Julián, el capellán de la familia, y crea una trama que atrapa al lector.
Con ganas de leer la segunda parte.
This is set in Galicia, Northern Spain, in the late 1860s. It is a portrait of the dying days of rural aristocracy. It's central character is the young priest, Julian, genuinely devout but unable to confront the moral decay around him. it is entertaining and gripping and combines historical specificity with universal themes.As Nicholas Lezard concluded "people may travel by donkey in this book, but it could have been written yesterday."
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
Paul Taylor
It would get a four star rating if it was not so regionally specific. Like the Leopard by Lampedusa it benefits hugely if he reader has a knowledge of the region in which it is set (Galicia). Unlike the Leopard the message of the book is not conveyed quite so potently. Both relate to the failure of long standing institutions, the House of Ulloa examines the awkward relationship between church and society at a time of political upheaval. The Leopard borrows many of these themes to document the er ...more
U dobrom prevodu na srpski jezik.
Víctor García
Bonita y a la vez tenebrosa historia en la Galicia profunda de los caciques, los señoritos y los pucherazos. Creo que parte de esa atmósfera aún pervive, como lo hace los paisajes que se describen tan espléndidamente en el libro. Admirable el manejo del vocabulario de la autora; se agradece el necesitar un diccionario para entender y descubrir nuevas palabras y expresiones. Un clásico español realmente recomendable y de lectura entretenida.
The House of Ulloa - read in English. Odd present from my dada, but funny enjoyable not difficult read
Blurbs, Wikipedia, and the like consider this book as typifying the introduction of Naturalism to Spanish literature. I'll take their word for it. It reminded me more of the pittoresque and of Gothic lit, in particular Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables. But what do I know?
Oct 01, 2011 Des rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: spanish
Parts are brilliant, and the characters are psychologically brilliant, but the structure through me and jolted me out of the story.
However, why is this book so little known in the 'Classics'. Finally I found a very good representative from Spain.
This more-or-less Naturalist novel is interesting. It describes the decrepit nobility of Galicia from the perspective of an outsider (a priest). I thought it was more compelling than Galdos but not as good as La regenta.
Nov 19, 2008 Gladys rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for:
Novela costumbrista del siglo XIX . Se desarrolla en la provincia española, los personajes viven situaciones complicadas, pero comunes.
The Spanish "Wuthering Heights". I read in college but the copy I had was missing a chapter. Very good book.
Joel Ayala Alicea
¡Excelente! No puedo esperar a tener en mis manos su secuela, que según supe, se titula La Madre Naturaleza.
Shimone Natasha
¿Alguien me puede explicar porque tiene que definir hasta las pezuñas del caballo?
Sin duda, una de mis autoras favoritas, y en una de sus mejores novelas.
THIS BOOK SUCKS. dont read it unless u have to. >_>
Supermodernísima doña Emilia. Muy recomendable
María Cantergiani
Naturalismo en su máxima expresión.
Young chaplain lives with rural family.
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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.
Her first novel, Pascual López (1879), is a simple exercise in fantasy of no remarkable promise, though it contains good descriptive passages of romance. It was followed
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