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Pepita Jiménez by Juan Valera
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Feb 10, 10

Read in January, 2010

(Exam reading) I found this book rather entertaining and original for its time period. It is about a young man (Don Luis) who is about to become a priest, but who falls in love with the young and beautiful Pepita Jimenez, who was going to marry his father, Don Pedro. The novel challenges the ultra religiosity of Spain, proposing a more Kraussist philosophy for life. I especially appreciated the narrations of the priests' inner struggle between what he views as a superior vocational calling from God, and his own feelings. What is original about it is that it questions the role of the narrator. The first part is epistolary, the second a first person narration, and the third epistolary again.
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