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Los cipreses creen en Dios

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  190 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Esta crónica de la época de la Segunda República es la novela española más leída del siglo XX. José María Gironella relata la vida de una familia de clase media, los Alvear, y a partir de aquí va profundizando en todos los aspectos de la vida ciudadana y de las diversas capas sociales.
Paperback, Novela #2136, 911 pages
Published 2004 by Booket (first published 1953)
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Joaquim Alvarado
Mar 31, 2012 Joaquim Alvarado rated it it was ok
Llegir aquesta obra és, abans que res, una prova de maduresa. Fa no gaires anys crec que no hagués pogut suportar el seu estil patrioter i imparcial. Afortunadament, amb els anys un es torna més flexible i sap valorar les coses en perspectiva. De fet, la impressió que li queda al lector és que ha llegit tres llibres:

- Una primera part, que li recorda els serials de ràdio dels 50 o sèries televisives com "Temps de silenci" o "Amor en tiempos revueltos". El període que abarca des de la proclamació
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Brendan Hodge
Jun 25, 2013 Brendan Hodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gironella's novel is epic in length, but in structure what makes it interesting is that it focuses on a set of people who all know each other, at least by sight, in the provincial capitol of Gerona. The novel covers roughly five years, ending just a week into the civil war, in July of 1936. The expansive plot gives you a chance to get a fair and often affectionate acquaintance with a range of characters on all sides of this most complicated of wars.

After proceeding at a more leisurely pace for m
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Sol Misolmi
Aunque el autor anuncia en uno de los prólogos que intenta ser imparcial, fracasa estrepitosamente. Su ideología derechista, clerical y anticatalana es patente, y sus intentos de justificar a los sectores con los que él simpatiza mediante pobres recursos literarios atentan contra la calidad de lo que de otro modo hubiera podido ser un buen libro. Gironella dota a todos los personajes de izquierdas de defectos personales que escasamente tienen que ver con lo político (el catedrático Morales es un ...more
Colleen
Mar 01, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you want an alternative view of the Spanish Civil War? This is a wonderfully written novel, although long, giving you a view of the non-Communist side of the Spanish Civil War. (ie Ernest Hemminway fought on the Communist side -- For Whom the Bell Tolls). The Communists were very cruel and they killed many innocent women and children, including nuns who were in NO WAY involved in political issues. I think this book gives a balanced view of this confusing time, it tells terrible stories about ...more
Frank
Aug 17, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. It offers a human insight into how residents of a small town were drawn to opposing viewpoints and later progressed down an irreversible path to violence. Using one family as the center of unfolding events was a great vehicle to show how all of the various views and characters intersected together.

I was unable to put down the book over the final pages, and was greatly moved by the books conclusion.

I am bummed that the subsequent book, One Million Deaths appears rare and expensive
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Felipe Lazo
Jan 27, 2015 Felipe Lazo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves two stars to me but I'm putting one start to enforce one thing: don't read this book. Or don't read it unless you accomplish one of two conditions:
1. You're from Spain or you lived somehow the civil war.
2. You know a lot from the civil war.

I read an edition containing about 762 pages. 600 of this pages were a boring story about a family and almost nothing interesting happened. In addition, some things were assumed as obvious by the author and they were not, so the story feels
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Benedict Waldstein
The spanish war and Peace. This book is much better than the red horse which is sort of the Italian version. It is hard to compare to the big English novel Middlmarch. it is a lot more sensational which makes sense since it is spanish. a must read for all lovers of the big novel.
Iñaki Tofiño
Dec 15, 2014 Iñaki Tofiño rated it it was ok
Empiezas a leer y piensas, bueno, que no está tan mal, que presenta una visión más o menos ecuánime de la España republicana, que quizás no es tan maniqueo como esperabas, aunque, claro, si se publicó en 1953, tiene que tener truco... Y, efectivamente, lo tiene. De una visión más o menos amplia de las diferentes opiniones y de los diferentes partidos políticos se va llegando a un reduccionismo que justifica el alzamiento militar; de igual forma, la presencia de Falange pasa de ser una anécdota m ...more
El Segoviano
El ejemplar que yo leí era de casa de mis padres y alguien lo debe de tener porque desapareció, el actual procede de casa de los padres de Conchi y por completar la trilogía nos lo hemos adjudicado.
En la epoca que lo leí no firmaba los libros, entre otras cosas porque no eran solo míos, pero la trilogía que se inaugura con este libro sencillamente me pareció fantástica.
Recrea la vida de una familia durante la guerra civil española y está escrita, como la recuerdo, muy bien.
Su lectura fue muy int
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Jeraviz
Oct 15, 2012 Jeraviz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Novela imprescindible para comprender los comienzos del siglo XX en España.
Douglas
Jun 05, 2015 Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
98 days to read this book! Or, that is, about 8 pages a day from March to June. If you know nothing about the Spanish Civil War, this may be the book for you. At the end of the book you are realizing that war is madness. And for the Spanish Civil War madness squared. If I had read this book 20 years ago I would have said this could never happen in America, this could never happen in America.
Betsy
Aug 13, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read this book while traveling in Spain, in the town of Girona where it takes place. I had wondered if the quote I had read dubbing it the "Spanish 'War and Peace'" was an overstatement, but it most decidedly was not. My hazy understanding of the Spanish Civil War was, probably like most Americans, a thin combination of Hemingway and high school world history class, but this brilliant fictional work puts faces to all the political splinter groups, and, like Tolstoy, deft ...more
Esmeralda
Feb 26, 2015 Esmeralda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque le di varios intentos no he sido capaz de terminarlo. La velocidad del desarrollo de la historia es tan lenta que termino perdiendo el interés. No pongo en duda la calidad del libro ni su escritura, sencillamente no soy la lectora adecuada para este estilo de obra
Jc
Nov 22, 2014 Jc rated it liked it
Shelves: history-politics
Esto sería un libro muy bueno si no fuera tan largo. El tema es muy bueno: la vida de una familia normal, en Girona, en los años 31 a 36. Pero durante 600 paginas no pasa nada, el autor describe los varios personajes pero de manera tan mala que tardas mucho en saber quién es socialista, quién comunista… A pesar de tardar 600 paginas en establecer el conjunto de la cena, nada explica como tantos se convierten de individuos normales en asesinos. Lo que JMG muestra bien es el follón que era España, ...more
Veronica
Feb 29, 2016 Veronica rated it liked it
Too slow until now, lets see if it improves soon...
Rebecca Diefenderfer
The time investment is worth it!
Doug
Jul 11, 2015 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it would have helped if I had found the glossary of names and political parties at the back before I finished the book. It was intersting if a little long. It certainly made the rightists look like the good guys in the conflict though there were plenty of atrocities on both sides. Unbiased it wasn't, but it was a well written novel--or at least the translator was good.
James
Jan 28, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic in scope - covering the five years leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War - with an endless array of characters who represent the myriad confusing and contradictory political movements of the time, the resulting novel is majestic. Anybody who wants to understand why the Spanish Civil War happened, and why various groups took the sides they did, must read this book.
Isabel
Oct 04, 2008 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like historic stories
Shelves: clasics
A book that may seem hard to read. The story is very good, based on a difficult time in Spain, and how people coped with it.
It is a book that will take time and patience but worth it.
Ann Jones
As complicated as the history it describes and as straightforward as the family at its center. A bit of a slog, but totally worth it.
Vicky
May 11, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still need to read the second half. It is an excellent book.
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