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La catedral del mar

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  18,185 ratings  ·  1,088 reviews
La Barcelona medieval en tiempos de la construcción del templo de Santa María del Mar conforma el escenario de esta soberbia recreación histórica repleta de intriga, violencia y pasión, en un tiempo convulsionado por las rebeliones contra las injusticias y feudales, el antijudaísmo, los conflictos dinásticos y la férrea represión inquisitorial. La edificación de la iglesia ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Grijalbo (first published 2006)
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Tea Jovanović
This is one of my favorite Spanish novels... And my precious acquisitions as editor... :) I've heard about this book, at that time just published in Spain, from his agent during Book Fair in Turin... called Laguna's big boss during first cigarette break, we agreed to give offer... And by the time my plane landed in Belgrade Laguna had the rights... :) I was so thrilled with the book that I immediately sold it to Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia, and became fairy editor for Falcones' agent... I've ...more
Το μυθιστόρημα πέρα από το κομμάτι του μύθου, που είναι η ιστορία του Μπερνάτ και του γιου του Αρνάου, είναι ένα ιστορικό βιβλίο που ακολουθεί την πορεία της Καταλονίας όλου του 14ου αιώνα και την πορεία του βασιλιά της Πέτρου του Γ’. Αυτή είναι η μαγεία του, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και η δυσκολία του ως βιβλίο. Η καλοφτιαγμένη ατμόσφαιρα, οι πάμπολλες αναφορές σε ιστορικά γεγονότα, η μελέτη στην λαογραφία της εποχής κ η υπέροχη ένταξη της στο μυθιστόρημα δεν γίνεται να μην γοητεύσουν τον αναγνώστη. Παρ ...more
Hefty historical novel set in fourteenth century Barcelona and revolving around the building of a cathedral (yes there are similarities to Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth). Unlike Follett’s novel this is very much woven around fact and an actual building and events and is based on a contemporary chronicle.
It is well plotted, but there is a certain predictability about it. The topics you would expect to come across are there; the inquisition, the plague, relationships with Jews and Moors, the
I read the book in English and perhaps it was not that good in translation. However, as a person who absolutely loved "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, I thought that this was just a poor copy of the epic novel. "Cathedral of the Sea" is worth a read if you like historical fiction, but that's pretty much about it.
Jan 07, 2012 Chrissie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Laura and Janice
It is very important to know when you start this book that it is in fact based on the Chronica of King Pedro III. Although historical fiction, it closely follows true events in Catalonia during the 1300s under King Pedro’s reign. There is tons of history incorporated into the novel. At the same time it has an engaging and fast moving plot. You will learn about Barcelona, the building of the cathedral Sant Maria de la Mar. You will be impressed by the cathedral’s history, its beauty and how it en ...more
I gave up on this book at page 252 of 600. The very beginning was pretty interesting, and I found the character of a young man essentially raising his baby alone (with his remote wife) as a successful medieval serf in pastoral Spain very compelling. I liked the stuff through the pottery workshop, too, but after that? It felt to me like the story dropped off for the sake of cramming a historical setting with stock characters to represent different aspects of life in 14th Century Barcelona. There ...more
642 pagine, in un soffio.

Sui libri come 'La cattedrale del mare' andrebbe applicato un bollino che indica l'alto pericolo di:
-forte affetto nei confronti di personaggi che porta a sentirsi vuoti quando le storie di questi finiscono
-lacrimuccia finale con tanto di imprecazione perché, cavolo Falcones, altre mille pagine le avrei volute!

Ignara di questi effetti indesiderati, mi sono addentrata in Catalogna nel 1300 e ho iniziato a percorrere le strade del Medioevo con Bernat e suo
Arnau Estanyol, el protagonista de esta novela de ficción histórica, se erige como la epítome del héroe, o en su defecto del súperhombre, con la integridad, el valor, la bondad, y todas las cualidades que desearíamos que definieran al humano: el ser humano ideal.

Aunque esto resulte en un personaje que, en mi opinión, decanta en una idealización extrema y digna de relatos épicos de los autores clásicos, de otra época, es imposible no dejarse atrapar tanto por la simpatía natural que Arnau inspira
A expectativa em relação a este livro era enorme, pelas opiniões que tinha lido e ouvido. Na maioria das vezes não é bom partir para um livro com expectativas tão elevadas, porque a probabilidade de desilusão é maior. Neste caso, não posso dizer que fiquei desiludida, mas esperava que o livro me tivesse arrebatado mais. Um pouco como quando esperamos tirar um 20 num exame, mas afinal só conseguimos o 18.

Neste romance histórico, acompanhamos a vida de Arnau Estanyol, desde as dificuldades na sua
Nov 26, 2008 Facebrooker rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gente interesada en la novela histórica, aquellos que conocen Barcelona o los que se la imaginan.
No leí este libro, lo viví... fue mientras trabajaba en la galería de arte y en los ratos libres adelantaba mi lectura en plenas calles del Barrio Gótico. Una forma muy didáctica, interesante e inteligente de conocer historia sobre Cataluña. Al principio no quería animarme a leerlo porque creí que era una especie de Código Da Vinci, pero resulto ser una excelente adquisición. Tanto que me animé a cargar el tabique desde Barcelona hasta México!. Altamente recomendable... lo terminé de leer en una ...more
Liza Perrat
Set in 14th century Barcelona, around the building of the magnificent Santa Maria del Mar––Cathedral of the Sea––in the Ribera district, I really enjoyed this book.
The main character, Arnau Estanyol is the son of a fugitive peasant who starts out as a lowly porter, carrying stones for the building of this cathedral. Arnau’s luck turns when King Pedro makes him a baron as a reward for his courage in battle. But the king also forces him to marry Eleonor, one of his wards, with who Arnau is not in
Sep 16, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Historical fiction based in the fourteenth century Barcelona and surroundings as it follows the life Arnau in his fall from grace and the return to it. The book has this soapy quality which I enjoyed as a casual read. The historical background was more interesting. I have always had more fascination with the Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula and have never visited Barcelona even if this is a rather popular place to go to when you are Dutch. Which I think has a lot to do with the footba ...more
Great epic book by Ildefonso Falcones providing a historical picture of medieval life, including the beginning of the Inquisition in Spain. No comparison should be made with The Pillars of the Earth as many reviewers are erroneously doing.
During a pleasant stay at a small hostel at the top of a steep hill, or possibly a small mountain in Sorrento, a young woman once discovered a bookshelf. At the top of this very low and wide bookshelf a sign was positioned. It said "Grab one and leave another behind". The young woman got curious, and stepped a bit closer. She let her eyes wander over the shelf, and it truly held books of all sizes and shapes. Some were small and dusty, abandoned rather than left for someone else's joy, others we ...more
Frack Man
Jun 27, 2008 Frack Man rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Todos.
Impresionante obra narrativa, en la que se puede encarnizar la vida de Arnau Estanyol, una vida llena de altibajos y aventuras trepidantes te mantienen atado al libro hasta que terminas la ultima pagina.
Durante todo ese tiempo la historia de trasfondo es la construccion de la catedral de Barcelona, a mi parecer mas bien es la historia de la construccion y su relacion con Arnau pero bueno esa es otra historia.
La maestria con la que Falcones describe cada detallle, cada momento de la historia hac
I know very little about the history of Barcelona. Thus, when I saw this book I eagerly bought it. The book didn't disappoint in telling about the history of the place. It was fascinating to know the economy, culture and people of the setting in the 14th century. The author clearly did a lot of research to present a story that involves almost all the levels of a medieval society - the nobility, the peasants, the merchants and the outcasts. It all revolves around Arnau Estanyol, the son of a serf ...more
My parents gave me this Spanish-language book for my birthday, and I have to hand it to them for gifting me such a great combination of two of my favorite interests: fiction and history. The novel is set in 14th century Catalunia, in Barcelona in particular, and though driven by strong characters and a twisting plot that quickly drew me in, the history of the Catalans and their premier city on the sea plays a great role in this work. The author, obviously a Catalan proud of his people's history ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
This book is one of the results of my long wandering around the library. Ever since I've read The Shadow of the Wind and then other Zafon's books I wonder around Spanish corner to find something like those books. (No, I haven't succeed yet, but I won't give up.) During that time I somehow started to dream about Barcelona. Spain was never my "dreamland" (that has always been Brazil), but after reading all those beautiful descriptions of Barcelona I have to say If I could choose where to live one ...more
When the sales person at the local book store recommended Cathedral of the Sea to me, I was reluctant to give in to her high praise. Since one of my favorite books is historical fiction novel, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett which, like Cathedral of the Sea, is about the building of a cathedral during Medieval times, I thought it would be impossible not to compare the two, and that no book would ever be able to outshine the brilliance of Follett's masterpiece. Well, I should learn to alw ...more
É uma leitura bonita mas depois de se ler 'O' livro sobre este assunto ("Os Pilares da Terra", de Ken Follett) e como não tem uma tão grande densidade de pormenores como esse, sentimos que ficamos um pouco aquém do que queríamos.
É assim como se fosse uma versão mais simplificada. Talvez esta opinião não se sustenha se fôr lido em primeiro lugar.
De qualquer forma, não deixa de ser um livro com muito interesse porque, ao contrário do que acontece nos 'pilares', a Catedral do Mar existe mesmo, é u
I could not bring myself to give this two stars, meaning it was merely OK.

The book was a best seller in Spain, with proclaiming Falcones Spain's answer to Dan Brown. (He is not that good - and not that bad either.) I can see why the book was so popular, for the author, A Catalan, wrote a historical novel of his city, Barcelona. This is something totally unthinkable 50 years ago, when the Franco regime forbade Catalan culture and language.

Perhaps another reason for he book's popularity was its la
Patrizia O
Jan 17, 2012 Patrizia O rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a tutti coloro che piacciono i romanzi storici
La vera protagonista del libro è Barcellona (e i suoi cittadini), orgogliosa e libera dai molti vincoli che le altre città della Spagna sono invece tenute a rispettare.
Le tre stellette sono un riconoscimento all’autore per lo sforzo di rendere la storia di Barcellona (dal 1320 al 1384) appassionante come un romanzo, senza trascurare gli aspetti più quotidiani della società dell’epoca: ho imparato molte più cose con questo libro che sui libri di scuola, dove invece sono appena accennate. Questo
I could not put it down... Even if the writing style of Ildefonso Falcones is not according to my taste, it grab me from the beginning! It is deeply moving historical novel with accurate history plot that spreads several decades of 14th century. Captivating, gripping story about friendship, freedom, passion, jealousy, greed, envy, feudal opression, religious persecution, pogroms against Jews, inquisition, war, plague, famine, prejudice, betrayal, revenge, about the pain of forbidden love, loyalt ...more
Students of the history of European political and economic systems might find the description of how Catalan nationhood evolved from feudal to syndicated mercantilism; free men might escape an existence as a vassal under an exploitative feudal lord by fleeing to a free city, like Barcelona, and joining a guild as an apprentice to become a potter, carpenter, or a stevedore. The king of Catalonia negotiates his checks and balances: the needs of his nobles, so that they don't seek the protection of ...more
eleonora -
Vi ricordate di come è quando si passa un'intera notte cercando di ripassare centinaia di pagine di un libro di storia, rendendosi conto che c'è quell'argomento che non vi entra mai in testa, e sapete che, per quanto sappiate bene tutto il resto, vi chiederanno quello?
Per molti, ricordo, era la questione d'oriente, quando spuntava nelle dieci pagine finali di un capitolo. Oppure l'America Latina. Per me era sempre stata la Penisola Iberica: che si trattasse di Medioevo, dell'epoca di Carlo V, de
As is my preference with books translated into English or depicting life in a non English speaking culture, I listened to this book on CD. Hearing the story left me able to envision the world of 14th Century Barcelona without having to struggle with pronunciation of foreign words and names.

This novel depicts the struggle for life in Medievil Spain by people shut out of the political system or on its lowest rungs. The peasants and the Jews are victomized by a parasitic nobility and a paranoid, cr
Leggi il primo capitolo e pensi, brutta copia dei Pilastri della Terra, vai avanti e qualsiasi tipo di paragone con il capolavoro di Follett è aria al vento.
La Cattedrale del mare è un libro prolisso, spesso noioso, dalle caratterizzazioni piatte e scritto semplicemente male.
Non c'è una logica nella costruzione delle scene, nessuna nel modo in cui viene mostrata la Barcellona dell'epoca. I protagonisti appaiono, a seconda dei casi, ex contadini ignoranti e a cui è preclusa qualsiasi tipo di cono
It has been awhile since I have thoroughly enjoyed a book the way I enjoyed this one.

The story follows the life of Arnau Estanyol who is brought to Barcelona as an infant by his father, a runaway serf. As a young boy, Arnau goes in search of the Virgin Mother and finds her at the Cathedral Santa Maria de la Mar. The Cathedral looms largely in the center of his life, first as a boy seeking solace, then as a labourer carrying huge blocks of stone on his back for her construction. As the course of
✿ Deni
A los que dicen que esta es la versión española de Los Pilares de la Tierra me gustaría decirles que más bien es una copia barata.

Desde el primer momento no me gustó el libro, me pareció que los personajes eran planos y sin personalidad y se nos ofrecen sus historias a través de "él dijo esto y el otro le contestó aquello" o "uno hizo esto y el otro hizo algo diferente", pero apenas sabemos lo que piensan y mucho menos lo que sienten, no hay diálogo interior, que es lo que enriquece los personaj
Emilio Pavon Camacho
Muy buena novela basada en un texto histórico.
La vida de la Barcelona en la Edad Media con toda su
Ahora, a tratar de localizar los sitios descritos!!! :D
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ldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona. The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty-four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.

A historical novel that has become an unprecedented bestseller, recognized by both readers and critic
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“The past doesn't exist. There is nothing to be sorry for. Today is when we start to live. Look... look at the sea. The sea has no past. It is just there. It will never ask us to explain. The stars, the moon are there to light our way, to shine for us. What do they care what might have happened in the past? They are accompanying us, and are happy with that; can you see them shine? The stars are twinkling in the sky; would they do that if the past mattered? Wouldn't there be a huge storm if God wanted to punish us? We are alone, you and I, with no past, no memories, no guilt, nothing that can stand in the way of... our love.” 58 likes
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