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El sol de Breda (Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste #3)

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Te atreves a viajar de Troya a las Torres Gemelas? Y a explorar el caos en que nacemos y morimos? Y a adentrarte en la novela ms veraz, inquietante y lcida de Arturo Prez-Reverte? Descubre en iEl pintor de batallas/i, su nuevo libro, las reglas de este juego al que llamamos vida. Un juego donde las reglas no son la lnea de salida, sino el punto de llegada. Y donde se disfr ...more
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Published November 15th 2010 by Punto de Lectura (first published 1998)
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2.5 stars

What can I say? I find myself constantly underwhelmed by this series despite loving other books by Perez-Reverte. I guess I just want a really good historical swashbuckler with a bit of meat on it and despite having been generally underwhelmed by each book in the series so far I keep hoping that Perez-Reverte warms up in the next one. So far in my mind this hasn't happened.

There's nothing terrible about this story: we get to see Captain Alatriste through the eyes of our narrator Inigo (
Dec 26, 2008 Michel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic, lit, action-susp
By coincidence, I read this book in December in Belgium, of which Brel said: "With a sky so gray a canal got lost, with a sky so low a canal got hanged, with the damp westerlies, listen to her hanging in there, this flat country which is mine."
I knew the story of the Flanders campaigns, the siege of Oostende and the sack of Antwerpen, from the point of view of Tÿl Uilenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak — Pérez-Reverte shows it from the other side of the harquebus, as told by the Vascon 'mochilero' Íñigo
Mar 16, 2012 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
My favorite so far in the Captain Alatriste series. And a serious competition to Bernard Cornwell in his field of expertise of historical novels with great battle descriptions.

The first two books in the Alatriste epic were set in Madrid at the beginning of 17 century, and were a mix of swashbuckling and cultural (literature, poetry, dramaturgy) references. The Sun Over Breda discards most of the "artist cafe" distractions in order to focus on the military campaign of Spain and its Catholic allie
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This was the book I was dying to read. After all, I came to Perez-Reverte's "Alatriste" series via the film, "The Spanish Musketeer" and, whilst I enjoyed the film as a whole, it was the battle scenes that were a revelation to me. So, "The Sun over Breda"!
Well, I found it strange at first. The story is narrated, once again, by "young" Inigo Balboa but, whilst the two previous sets of recollections were relaxed conversations over a few glasses of wine in the heat of the afternoon, this one seemed
Aug 02, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this in Spanish, "El sol de Breda," the second volume in the Capitan Alatriste series by Perez-Reverte. The historical backdrop is the invasion of the town of Breda in the Netherlands, owned by Spain, whose surrender to Spinola is depicted in "La rendicion de Breda" by Diego Velazquez in the Prado Museum. Perez-Reverte refers to paintings frequently in his novels; in the first volume, the young hero, Inigo Balboa, falls in love with the princess depicted in "Las Meninas." Readers fa ...more
Oscar Amador
Jan 17, 2015 Oscar Amador rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un capítulo de guerra.

La tercera entrega de la serie tiene un sabor un tanto distinto a los anteriores. No por la receta, sino quizá, por los ingredientes.

Si bien Pérez-Reverte mantiene la fórmula narrativa, lo que le da un matiz completamente distinto al Sol de Breda es el contexto en el que sucede y todo el entorno bélico del asunto. Las "retratos literarios" del autor provocan sin duda en esta ocasión una fiel reproducción del cansancio, el dolor y la crudeza bélica. Hay páginas en las que pu
Aug 19, 2010 Old-Barbarossa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the previous 2 in that this is about the horrors of 17th cent warfare rather than aristos jockeying for position and duels.
More blatant in its's presentation as a "found manuscript", with editorial comment at the end. The usual sprinkling of faux 17th cent poetry, and literary name dropping (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Lope de Vega more often than anyone else).
Slightly rambling in places yet hinting frustratingly at Alatriste's past when I wanted whole books on the subject.
Nasty and
Nov 22, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He who kills from afar knows nothing at all about the act of killing. He who kills from afar derives no lesson from life or from death; he neither risks nor stains his hands with blood, nor hears the breathing of his adversary, nor reads the fear, courage, or indifference in his eyes. He who kills from afar tests neither his arm, his heart, or his conscience, nor does he create ghosts that will later haunt him every single night for the rest of his life. He who kills from afar is a knave who co ...more
Mar 17, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not as fond of the Captain Alatriste novels as I am of Perez-Reverte's other work. In fact, as I was reading this one, I was telling myself that I'd just skip the next one. Then I got to the ending, and the magnificent epilogue, which put it all in perspective.

I love Perez-Reverte's erudition, the way he makes the past relevant. I enjoy his melancholy too, because he wraps it in tradition, and makes it seem not aberration, but a kind of strong national character.

I can't say more about this b
Jan 29, 2009 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the series, although it takes greater advantage than the others of the author's background as a war correspondent. No, the plot is decidedly less suspenseful in this one. All the excitement is contained within battle scenes (the entire plot is set amidst the Spanish tercios in a 1625 campaign against the Dutch) that don't build towards any meaningful climax. Rather than the highly personal "capa y espada" brawls that drive the first two novels, the battles here contribute to a ...more
Giovaennchen Lozano
Dentro de la serie " Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste " encontramos la tercera de la serie, la cual trata sobre las penurias de la guerra de insurrección de Breda, y la batalla que Diego de Velázques inmortalizará en un cuadro muy famoso. Ahora, Íñigo Balboa, el fiel acompañante del Capitán Alatriste, no es más un chiquillo, ya es mayor y se alcanza a percatar de los horrores de la guerra. Gracias a Pérez-Reverte, somos capaces de conocer el otro lado de esas batallas tan hermosamente pintada ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Samuli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oli ehkä huono idea aloittaa lukeminen sarjan kolmannesta kirjasta, mutta minkäs teet? Periaatteessa kaikki kiinnostavat emmeet olivat kohdillaan. Historia loistavasti hallussa, ja vieläpä meikäläiselle vieraampi aika&paikka. Kai ajan henki henkilöissäkin oli tavoitettu. Jollakin tapaa touhu ei tuntunut seikkailulta, vaan puisevalta. Seuraavaksi koetan onneani jonkin ei-Alatriste-pohjaisen P-R:n kanssa.
Feb 14, 2010 Gleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book, which tells about day-to-day life of a soldier. It shows all the specter of their life like: cooking, women, holding defense, conflicts with commend and other. It’s interesting, because mostly we read about wars like historical facts, which look like statistics rather than reality, and this book is showing a life of soldier who is a patriot even though he doesn’t understand what is he doing so far from home and why is he killing other people.
Like in the previous books autho
Замечательный русский язык, много батальных сцен в грязи, в аду и в Голландии; гимн испанской доблести, ода национальному характеру; задорно и человечно; очень хорошо.
Sep 29, 2014 Walt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-fiction
I can only describe the book as strange. Not having read the previous books in the series, it is difficult to elaborate. The hero, Captain Alatriste, rarely speaks or communicates. The story belongs to Inigo Balboa, a boy "studying" to be a soldier and who runs errands for Alatriste. The boy's writing is interesting; but makes many references to past stories and future stories that distract from the actual current novel.

The description of a soldier's life during the Dutch Revolt is fascinating.
Tiz. T.
May 15, 2014 Tiz. T. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like it. Which is rather obvious, since the rating is what it is.

The reason2 I didn't like it:

1. It could be dubbed "Memories of a lansquenets written by himself" (I am Italian, and who hadn't read in my country "The Betrothed" of Manzoni?). Now, I understand that it is an historical novel. I understand that things were like that. I understand that so was war in 1600s Europe. Fine.
I am not obliged to like it anyway.

2. The more I read this books, the more disquieted I became. The story
Feb 24, 2014 Andreasoldier rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John K.
Shelves: fiction
Inigo tells the story of Capt. Alatriste's return to his military company in Breda, a tale of Spain's war on Protestantism in the Netherlands.
Inigo, 14, acts as aide to Alatriste and its through his eyes that we see his sword-carrying master and the war is he is fighting in.
There is no glamor here; Inigo and his young cohorts search the countryside for food, sometimes stealing, while the soldiers they serve battle against the odds in the muddy, swampy dykes of Breda.
There is mutiny, and honor, a
I was already very fond of Captain Alatriste and Purity of Blood before reading this book, and at first, was surprised by how different this book felt. It is very different, both in subject and in tone, than the prior two novels, but that is not necessarily bad. This book isn't really about the swashbuckling, larger-than-life hero of Alatriste, but more about how even larger-than-life heroes can be swallowed by engines of society (in this case, being a war) and made to play their role.
Aug 24, 2015 Bruna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa, prestati
Se, come me, siete tra coloro che detestano cordialmente i film di guerra, non vi sentirete molto in sintonia con questo terzo capitolo delle avventure del Capitano Alatriste, impegnato per tutto il tempo negli scontri nelle Fiandre tra le truppe spagnole (che noi diremmo occupanti) e i padroni di casa olandesi (con l'aiuto tutt'altro che disinteressato di inglesi e francesi), il tutto con l'intervento di mercenari di varia origine, in una confusione di lingue e fisionomie tale da rendere indisp ...more
M. A. P.
Jul 10, 2015 M. A. P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-novella
It's pretty telling when the first lines to truly grab your attention are written only after the main storyline is already finished. There was a short portion from the editor, regarding The Surrender of Breda, a famous painting by the Spanish Golden Age painter Diego Velázquez, which ended up being my absolute favourite part of the entire book. The information regarding some art research that proved what Iñigo Balboa had told in his memoirs of the painting as true (such as how the spears had fir ...more
Bettie Pathway
No es que el libro sea peor que los otros, es que el argumento me ha resultado menos interesante. Escaramuza arriba, escaramuza abajo... He echado en falta ese toque misterioso de las otras dos novelas, que es una de las cosas que más me gustaban.
Vasco Ribeiro
Jan 01, 2016 Vasco Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Livro com um registo diferente dos anteriores. Este é um relato de guerra e não uma intriga citadina como os anteriores. Individualmente considerado não é tão interessante como os outros, mas no contexto da série enriquece-a para não ser mais do mesmo.
Inigo balboa vai para a Flandres com o capitão Alatriste pois ele se realistou no seu velho Terço da Cartagena composto por soldados duros e veteranos.
Fazem um grupo terrível onde a coragem e tenacidade espanhola é exaltada. Livro composto por vári
In this, third installment of the Captain Alatriste series, the Spanish are in Flanders. It opens with the taking and looting of Oudkerk, leads to a potential mutiny, and ends with a bloody battle at the siege of Breda. It sounds like a soldier’s chronicle, and that’s just what it is.

I was disappointed with this novel. Gone is the swashbuckling element from the first book (and to a lesser degree the second). There’s very little personal element and no character development, just ruminations on S
Aug 06, 2012 Roger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with slight reservations. The previous book in this series, "Purity of Blood", did not exactly "knock my socks off". But I decided to give this third book in the series a chance based upon the high regard I hold for the author, Arturo Perez-Reverte.

I keep hoping for another "El Club Dumas" and I keep getting disappointed. Don't get me wrong...this book was a pleasant read. However, it did not quite deliver what was promised on the inner flap of the hard back cover..."a glori
Jennifer Busick
Oct 16, 2011 Jennifer Busick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third installment of Perez-Reverte's series chronicling the life of Spanish swordsman Diego Alatriste, through the eyes of his young ward, Inigo Balboa, takes Alatriste and Inigo to Flanders and the siege of Breda. There's plenty here to like -- fencing, fighting, revenge, all of that good stuff -- lyrically rendered, as always, by Perez-Reverte.

Inigo is fifteen now, and as he grows up, his perspective changes, too; Perez-Reverte does a wonderful job with this aspect of the story, rendering
May 30, 2011 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, politics

In 1625 the Dutch city of Breda surrendered to Spanish forces after a 10 month siege. Ten years later Diego Velázquez painted The Surrender of Breda. Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Sun Over Breda is part of the Captain Alatriste series and is an account of the siege. In typical fashion, famous Spanish figures make an entrance, as the narrator, young Iñigo Balboa, relates how he talked to Velázquez while he was painting it, and early in the novel also help
Jul 27, 2013 Ernesto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third installment in Pérez-Reverte “Captain Alatriste” series of short novels is so far the best IMHO. Unlike previous episodes this one is not set in Spain but in the damp, war-ravaged Flanders countryside surrounding the fortified city of Breda, under siege by Spanish and allied forces. Iñigo Balboa, the narrator is now fifteen year old has his first taste of love and war. We follow him and his master as they engage in sneaky covert operations to take towns or destroy enemy works with mini ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Ro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como no puedo dejar una saga sin terminar, las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste son mi nuevo pasatiempo. Lo último que pensaba leer en mi vida, era ficción histórica y acá me ven, leyendo historias de la España del siglo XVII, las guerras por la religión y la época de los reyes católicos.
Los primeros dos libros (Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste y Limpieza de Sangre)me hicieron sumergir en ese mundo -que realmente existió- de otra forma, me perdí en sus hojas desde que lo comencé, pero con este
James Titterton
Perez-Reverte started the 'Captain Alatriste' series to help teach his daughter about the Golden Age of Spain. These academic roots are painfully clear in 'The Sun Over Breda', the third volume in the series.

Alatriste and Inigo are transported out of Madrid, the setting for the previous books, and tr north to serve in the army besieging the Dutch city of Breda. The major problem with the novel is that there isn't a central plot motivating the two characters beyond 'survive the siege of Breda'.
Apr 24, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
Tercera entrega de Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste, El sol de Breda escenifica las batallas y el asedio de la ciudad de Breda en 1625 por los Tercios españoles en Flandes. El joven vasco Íñigo de Balboa es el narrador, como siempre, pero ahora adquiere en este relato un papel más protagonista: es mochilero del tercio viejo de Cartagena, donde sirve de ayudante a su amo el capitán Alatriste, y empuña por primera vez las armas en el combate. Íñigo será, en esta aventura, testigo del sometimien ...more
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Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', focusing on ...more
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“He who kills from afar knows nothing at all about act of killing. He who kills from afar derives no lesson from life or from death; he neither risks nor stains his hands with blood, nor hears the breathing of his adversary, nor reads the fear, courage, or indifference in his eyes. He who kills from afar tests neither his arm, his heart, nor his conscience, nor does he create ghosts that will later haunt him every single night for the rest of his life. He who kills from afar is a knave who commends to others the dirty and terrible task that is his own.” 2 likes
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