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Exemplary Stories (Oxford World's Classics)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  771 ratings  ·  28 reviews
More popular in their day than Don Quxixote, Cervantes's Exemplary Stories (1613) surprise, challenge and delight. Ranging from the picaresque to the satirical, the Exemplary Stories defy the conventions of heroic chivalric literature through a combination of comic irony, moral ambiguity, realism, and sheer mirth. This new translation captures the full vigour of Cervantes' ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 7th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1613)
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Galena Sanz
Cervantes, un grande entre los grandes de la literatura española. Tengo que decir, que después de Don Quijote, las Novelas Ejemplares me tentaron, pero lo cierto es que se me hicieron pesadas y no tan divertidas como las peripecias de Don Quijote y Sancho. Algunas me interesaron y otras se me hicieron cuesta arriba, pero estoy contenta de haber leído algo más de Cervantes, de conocer palabras y expresiones que se empleaban en la época, de tener presentes los ideales que se imponían en la literat ...more
Yet another book I had to read in Spanish when I was in college. I took a semester long course called "Novelas Ejemplares" (the name in Spanish) and that's all we read. I really don't rememeber one detail of one story-how sad! I'm giving it three stars to be fair since I don't think I hated it, but who knows!
So, out of boredom, I grabbed this unread book off of my shelf and puttered through it for a while. The translation seemed a little stilted and awkward, but hey, whatevs. Then, I got to the story "The Glass Graduate", a story that had been recommended to me (well over a year ago by a friend). And then I quit, because I remembered a)what the story was about b) why the story had come up in conversation and c) why, when I left SF, I didn't go out of my way to stay in contact w/ that friend.

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Simon Wood

Miguel Cervantes collection of short stories translated by Lesley Lipson are well recommended. The stories are exemplary in the sense that they are meant to be a good example for the reader as well as edifying and educational though I suspect Cervantes, a mischievous writer if there ever was one, has his tongue firmly in his cheek when he named them.

The stories are not quite as brilliant as "Don Quixote"; though they are earthy, lively, bawdy and deal with the day to day reality o
Being able to read the Cervantine corpus in its original language is; by and large, one very good reason to learn Spanish. In his exemplary novels, Cervantes proclaims that he is the first Castilian novelist and he proves to be a good one. Although the very concept of novellas and short stories seems to be rather modern, there you have a couple of catching short stories set in the early 17 century and fraught with as picaresque protagonists as Cervantes himself. I can imagine that I'd much more ...more
Miguel Soto
Comencé a leer estas novelas ejemplares con la intención de aumentar mi acervo Cervantino. Sin embargo, de lo que ya leí de Cervantes, me quedo con el Quijote y con los entremeses. La estructura de todos estos relatos es similar, aunque las variantes que ofrece nos permiten acceder a cierto conocimiento de la época (más o menos fantaseado), sus gentes y sus giros.

Tienen el gran mérito de ser las primeras novelas en lengua española, además de contar con un magistral retrato de Cervantes a manera
Carl Tubridy
I understand that the novel-writing was in its infancy when Cervantes lived, but these novellas are repetitive and unbelievable. I can only read so many stories about the most woman that anybody has every seen or commoners of uncommon virtue who turn out to be kidnapped noble children before I grow bored. Some of the novels that break away from that mold are quite interesting though. In particular Doctor Glasscase and The Dialogue Between Scipio and Berganze are interested.
Es difícil poner una puntuación a este tipo de libros. Algunad novelas me han gustado mucho y otras me han dejado indiferente.
Cervantes, es ÉL hombre, y con eso basta y sobra.
Nella Fantasia
He leído dos: "El celoso extremeño" y "La española inglesa". Ambas novelas cortas son muy fáciles de leer y comprender, rápidas y cortas, y muy entretenidas. Muy muy recomendadas, la verdad es que son geniales. De lo mejorcito de la prosa del siglo XVII, probablemente lo más entretenido ;)

Novelas Ejemplares es un libro que recopila gran variedad de obras de Cervantes, entre las que se encuentran: El licenciado Vidriera, La Gitanilla, Rinconete y Cortadillo, La fuerza de la Sangre, El Amante liberal, entre otros. Un libro clásico de la literatura española, muy recomendado y os aseguro, te encantará leerlo.
Maria Jose
Este ha sido mi primer contacto con Cervantes y solo puedo decir que ha sido un placer. Las historias son originales y entretenidas (muchas veces cómicas) atemporales para cualquier tiempo. Si quieres leer algo del ilustrísimo Cervantes y "El Quijote" es demasiado denso para ti, este es tu libro.
Read some years ago. My abiding memory is that the stories were very different in tone and seemed to express a different outlook on the world than Don Quixote.
Not only is 'El Quijote' a book to read for need of culture, but his short stories are truly the work of a man who knew how to hook his readership and make them feel moved when finishing each one of them.
I think that though these are not his most famous work, they are more amusing than Don Quixote. They have a little of the didactical or moral element, like an Aesop fable, but reveal truths in funny ways.
Luis Fernández
Well is not a bad book and It's the first one by Cervantes I've been able to finish. Once you get used to the ancient language. Consider also stories are always about love and always end well.
Narrativamente bien estructuradas, pero esquemáticas en cuanto a la acción. Funcionan como "ejemplos", recriminando actitudes y modos de la época en que se escribieron con cierta carga moral.
I read it because it was a classic and I wanted to know what all the references were about. I did enjoy Don's adventures but could have done without some of the in-between parts.
Paul Anderson
Fantastic reads. These short stories are emblematic examples of the early development of the novel. Heroic Romance versus Realism, and the picaresque.
Nasbly Kalinina
La Gitanilla es una de las historias que más me gustó y creo que de ella fue que Delia Fiallo se inspiró para escribir Kassandra.
Don Quixote is a marvellous novel and The Exemplary Stories are exquisite short stories. Cervantes was a true master. Unputdownable!
Fine, but no Don Quixote (though I hate comparing books like that). The Dogs' Colloquy is a great one.
Mike Ingram
I hear the double entendres are funnier in Spanish.
Julio Thames
Su nombre lo dice; son novelas ejemplares.. recomendado
Perfectas para ver los ideales y los pensamientos del sXVI
Slightly odd tales, but then they were published in 1613.
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus Don Quixote is often considered the first modern novel.

It is assumed that Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares. His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, a surgeon of cordoban descent. Little is known of his mother Leonor de Cortinas, except that she was a native of Arganda del Rey.

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