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La mano de Fátima

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La apasionante historia de un joven atrapado entre dos religiones y dos amores, en busca de su libertad y la de su pueblo

España, segunda mitad del siglo XVI: hace más de medio siglo que ha desaparecido el último reino musulmán de la península, el de Granada. Los musulmanes, cuya presencia tenía ochocientos años de antigüedad, se ven convertidos en una minoría oprimida econ
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Paperback, 960 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Knopf Doubleday (first published 2009)
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Paloma
Muerte es esperanza larga.

¡Qué aventura ha resultado este libro! Extraordinaria, triste, a veces desesperante... No sé, he tenido sentimientos encontrados a lo largo de los cuatro meses que me tomó terminarlo. ¡Cuatro meses! Y es que no es tarea fácil, con más de 900 hojas que relatan la historia de Hernando Ruiz, Ibn Hamid, morisco, cristiano nuevo y por siempre defensor de la verdadera fe, iniciando en 1560 y tantos y concluyendo ya por ahí de 1612.

Falcones se destaca por reconstruir diversa
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César Lasso
Nov 22, 2012 César Lasso rated it really liked it
A very long and sad novel, but with frequent changes of alternating fortune. It follows very closely the historical facts of the tragedy of the Moriscos between 1568 and 1612, including the odd forgeries of the "Sacromonte affair" - an attempt mostly carried out by Moriscos in late 16th century Granada to combine (or establish a sort of syncretism) between Christianism and Islam.

The nearly 1000 pages might feel a bit too long on occasion -I even stopped reading for a couple weeks- but I was able
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Astrid Paramita
I had to stop at one third of the book. It wasn't really because the book is bad, but I just couldn't go on reading it because it's somehow made me feel sad and depressed.

The main character in this book had so many bad things happened to him, and I felt after 300 pages (the book is about 900 pages) I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm sorry, but I'd rather read books that made me feel hopeful. It's just a matter of preference.

What I liked about this book is the detail on 15th century Spain. The
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Fatima
May 25, 2015 Fatima rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
1.5/5 Por fin!!! Por fin!!!! Cuanto trabajo me dio este libro... Siempre me llamó la atención el mismo debido a tenía mi nombre, pero vaya que decepción. Para mi fue interminable.

El detalle que utiliza el autor ha sido muy pesado, me llego a aburrir increíblemente. La considero una novela demasiado larga, se basa en un espacio de tiempo muy amplio y el escritor trata de trabajarlo en detalle para darnos tal vez complejidad o erudición, pero creo que con menos páginas hubiera logrado un mejor re
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Mae
Nov 05, 2010 Mae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
ABsolutely fantastic!!! Historical Fiction, great characters, rich and credible. The story behind Muslim persecution in Spain in the 1500's and 1600's. A must read in this time of Muslim unrest.
Dahiana
May 25, 2015 Dahiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
2/5

Una novela histórica que trata de la vida de Hernando Ruiz, en Granada del Siglo XVI, la lucha entre los moriscos y los cristianos. Cuando digo lucha es casi un eufemismo.

Este es el segundo libro que leo de este autor, lo califiqué así por dos cosas:

1.- Abunda en aspectos que no son relevantes. Idelfonso, o tu haces un libro de historia contando la Sublevación de Alpujarras o una novela que tenga de contexto esa parte de la historia. Con 500 paginas menos me hubiese gustado muchísimo más. Es
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Cat
May 27, 2012 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! It was almost a pain to read this book. I wonder if the author couldn't have written it in half the pages -- the message would be there and we would still understand how rough it was for those people in those times.

I'm only giving it 3 stars because I found this book a little too tiresome than expected. Interesting, yes, but when I reached the 600th page I was so tired of the book that I seriously though of putting it aside. Honestly, I just read it because I had started it; I might as well
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Dora
Apr 01, 2017 Dora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
οφειλω να ομολογήσω οτι με κούρασαν οι ωμότητες του πόλεμου και απο χριστιανούς και απο μουσουλμανους (αλλωστε έκανα 8 μήνες να το τελειώσω με παμπολες διακοπές) αλλα ο συγγραφεας δινει την εποχη τοσο παραστατικά και την ιστορία τοσο ενδιαφέρουσα ειδικά απο τη μέση και μετα που κανουν το αποτελεσμα αριστουργηματικο σαν αφηγηση. Αποκομισα γνωσεις ιστοριας (ουτε που φανταζομουν οτι υπηρχαν λαοι οπως οι Μορισκο, που τραβηξαν οτι ακριβως οι ελληνες της Μικρας Ασιας) αλλα περισσοτερο γοητευτηκα απο τ ...more
Constance Lapsati
Nov 19, 2013 Constance Lapsati rated it it was amazing
Όταν το Ένστικτό σου σού φωνάζει πως αυτό που θα διαβάσεις θα είναι ΣΥΓΚΛΟΝΙΣΤΙΚΟ
δεν γίνεται να κάνεις λάθος.
Το Χέρι της Φάτιμα είναι ένα επικό μυθιστόρημα
~η ζωή ενός αγοριού που ανδρώνεται μέσα από διαρκείς Συμπληγάδες~
που δείχνει με τον πλέον σκληρό τρόπο πως οι θρησκείες τελικά, δεν ψάχνουν πιστούς, μα θύματα ...
Marwa
Apr 06, 2013 Marwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That book astounded me!! I was bored reading it at first with its 900+ pages but as the events kept on escalating I just fell in love with it. It introduced me to a part of the Islamic history that I know a little off. A piece of that part was dull and discomforting knowing about the atrocities committed by Muslims in such a period. But again I felt even more discomforted about how violently the Muslims of that period (The Moors) were treated, murdered or even expelled out of their own lands pen ...more
Teresa
Sep 24, 2013 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually hadn't reached the 400 pages when I gave up. It's not that I hated it, it's just that it was sooooo boring and soooo long! It made me give up reading a book, which I hadn't done for, I guess, more than a decade! I have so many nice books in my "To Read" shelf, I couldn't bear to continue putting them off in exchange for this. While I appreciate all the research that went into this book, and I actually managed to learn something about the lives of Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula, befo ...more
Maria
May 22, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro relata la apasionante historia de un joven morisco en la Andalucía del siglo XVI, atrapado entre dos religiones y dos amores, en busca de su libertad y la de su pueblo. Un relato emocionante que pretende reflejar la tragedia del pueblo morisco, ahora que se cumple, en 2009, el cuarto centenario de su expulsión de España. Una novela que nos relata la vida y aventuras de un joven fronterizo y enamorado que nunca se resignó a la derrota y luchó por la convivencia de las religiones cristian ...more
Leslie
Feb 04, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
Enjoyable long read, even if sometimes I felt the events were a bit too crow-bar just as a way of advancing the plot and giving Hernando and his family yet more suffering. The translation into English is very well done - sometimes translated books feel clunky - but the translation here is smooth and easy. The story bounces along and it's the kind of book you can put down for a week or so and go back to without losing any of the plot. It's not very demanding but it holds the interest. As other re ...more
Teresa
Nov 09, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-espanha, e4
Uma grande história sobre a intolerância religiosa. Levei quase 3 meses a lê-lo, porque, apesar da riqueza do tema e das personagens é um livro muito longo e torna-se, por vezes, cansativo. Mas como fui intervalando com outros consegui lê-lo até ao fim e valeu a pena.
Paul
Jul 30, 2013 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was back, back in a tale that was going to engross me and take me over, where I would feel every twist and turn in the fate of the protagonist. The young bastard of a muslim girl who was was raped by a Catholic Priest is that protagonist. Shunned by both of the warring religions in Catholic Spain, Hernando is loved by his mother, Aisha, but despised by his step father, Brahim. He learns the catechism and prayers from the church Sacristan while at the same time the Koran from the Scholar Hamid, ...more
SpookySoto
Dec 08, 2015 SpookySoto rated it it was ok
2.5/5
Este es el segundo libro de Falcones que leo, siendo el primero, la princesa descalza.

Este libro es la historia de Hernando, un morisco (musulman obligado a convertise al catolicismo), en España durante los siglos XVI y XVII. Vemos la vida de Hernando y su familia desde su niñez hasta su edad adulta.

Primero diré lo que no me gustó. El libro se extiende demasiado en los aspectos históricos, olvidando que es ficción y no un tratado de historia. Los personajes viven muchas tragedias propias de
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Diana Azem
Apr 13, 2016 Diana Azem rated it it was amazing
Una de las mejores historias que he leido en mi vida. Apasionante, entretenida, historica. En definitiva una autentica obra maestra. No podeis dejar de leerla, me dareis la razon.
Ingrid Cepeda
Jan 21, 2016 Ingrid Cepeda rated it liked it
la verdad ya lo lei !! lento al principio pero despues de la mitad ya queria saber que otra desgracia ocurriria
❀ Hana
Sep 27, 2011 ❀ Hana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini catatan awal saya mengenai buku ini. Saya sedang berada kira-kira di separuh perjalanan (muka surat 566 dari 960).

Bergantung kepada apa yang dicari melalui pembacaan - jujur, saya tak peduli mengenai watak utama bernama Hernando, si anak luar nikah yang terhasil setelah ibunya (Muslim berbangsa Arab) dirogol oleh seorang paderi di Sepanyol.

Hidupnya sengsara dan azab habis, kerana bapa tirinya yang merupakan pak sanggup begitu tegar menyeksanya seumur hidup. Kemuncak penyeksaan adalah apabil
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Tariq Mahmood
Sep 03, 2012 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, europe
A definite 5 stars from me. It has to be one of the most thoroughly researched and detailed account of the Moriscos (new Christians or Muslim converts) set in 16th century Spain. I was taken into a world where a defeated Muslim community is forced to chose between survival and their old faith. The main character is a bastard son of a Catholic priest and a Muslim girl who struggle through a civil war and makes it to the higher echelons of Spanish society, only to be unceremoniously chucked out be ...more
Helen Strobridge
At nearly 900 pages, reading this requires a considerable time commitment! In the end, I found that it was just too long and felt like I was hurrying through the last couple of hundred pages just to get it over with. However, it was an entertaining and interesting read, covering a period of history I was previously unaware of. Some of the barbarity described was quite disturbing and I discovered a few medieval torture methods that I would have been happy not to know about! Having said that, I'm ...more
Selma Avilez
Feb 06, 2017 Selma Avilez rated it liked it
Que novela tan más cansada!! He tardado meses en leerla porque nomas no puedo seguir. Lo interesante y rescatable que tiene este libro es que el autor verdaderamente se documentó para escribirlo y si se aprende mucho de la historia de la expulsión de los Moros de España y como te hace ver que desde siempre se han cometido atrocidades en nombre de Dios. En cuanto a la novela en si podría haberse contado con unas 300 páginas menos sin tanto detalle repetitivo.
Si todas las novelas de este autor son
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Adal
Jan 24, 2016 Adal rated it it was amazing
Una obra titánica. Es el segundo libro que leo del señor Falcones y debo de admitir que me gusta mucho cómo logra mezclar eventos históricos, con el destino de sus personajes. Al igual que en La catedral del Mar, sabes que al protagonista de esta obra, la desgracia está a la vuelta de página.
Algunos crítican la extensión de la obra y si bien, se pudo reducir en longitud, siento que el libro es efectivo y la narrativa es buena.
Toma este libro un lugar especial en mi corazón, ya que a la par de qu
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Jenny Gutierrez
Jan 06, 2016 Jenny Gutierrez rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-2016
3.5/5
Marthaloidys Guerrero
3.5 en realidad.
Lizy Zamora
Apr 01, 2017 Lizy Zamora is currently reading it
Recien inicié un libro, pero hoy estuve de visita en la libreria y no pude salir con las manos vacias, asi que, para ponerme precisión adquiri este libro. Esta historia promete mucho!
Marjet
Jun 07, 2011 Marjet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ildefonso Falcones - De hand van Fatima

Van Spaanse gasten hoorde ik over dit boek. 'Ken je het niet? Het speelt in deze vallei, las Alpujarras.' Mijn interesse was gewekt en ik zag het meteen in iedere boekwinkel liggen. Waarom niet in het Spaans lezen? maar de 950 bladzijden waren afschrikwekkend. Ik las op internet een paar bladzijden en was niet overtuigd. Toen kwam mijn nichtje aan met het boek in de Nederlandse vertaling en ik kon niet anders dan beginnen.
Ik heb er de hele zomer over gedaan
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Sonia
Dec 02, 2013 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La mano de Fátima es una novela entretenida. Si es la primera vez que coges entre tus manos un relato histórico en el que se sigue la vida de un personaje para a través de sus vivencias relatar una época determinada, seguro que lo disfrutas. Está bien escrito, consiguiendo meternos en el ambiente de finales del s.XVI - principios del XVII, el periodo que va desde la guerra de las Alpujarras hasta la expulsión definitiva de los moriscos de España.

El libro hace un recorrido intenso y bien document
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Monica Madrazo
Jan 20, 2012 Monica Madrazo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Le battaglie tra cristiani e musulmani si perdono nei meandri della storia, e questo romanzo ambientato in un vecchio continente dominato da una ferrea inquisizione e la determinazione di una folta colonia di moriscos pronta a sacrificare la vita per difendere "i loro diritti" di culto religioso e libertà in terre spagnole, ci mostra “un episodio storico cruciale che stimola riflessioni sull’intolleranza e il fanatismo di cristiani e musulmani”

La lettura di questo secondo romanzo di Falcones è s
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