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The Life Of Lazarillo De Tormes: His Fortunes And Adversities
This first picaresque "novel"--more of a novella really--is an excellent introduction to the genre and a good book on its own merits. It is also funny (I laughed out loud more than a few times, and I don't do that for anybody but Wodehouse), the atmosphere is realistic and gritty, filled with memorable character portraits (the down-at-heels gentleman who would rather starve than reveal his shameful poverty is a particularly notable--and characteristically Spanish--example), and the overall tone ...more
Rubens' painting of "Democritus and Heraclitus" was before my inner eye, and Juvenal's following words rang in my head while reading this hilarious, picaresque road trip through 16th century Spain:
"The first of prayers, best known at all the temples, is mostly for riches... Seeing this then do you not commend the one sage Democritus for laughing... and the master of the other school Heraclitus for his tears?"
What can a philosopher do, but laugh - and cry - at the state of the world shown in ...more
This one came recommended by Ol Soiled Slacksa neighbor, of sorts, just a short drive from here, a pleasant afternoonswait, no one voluntarily goes to Indiana, anywhere in Indiana. There are scads of Republicans there, fundamentalists aplenty, and a surprising number of nudist camps. The place is scary, and the contents of the water there is suspect at best. In any case.
So here I was, casually making my way through some pretty incredible Latin American authors, occasionally dipping into the...more
Hey, guess what. ...more
In spite of this importance, however, I don't think this is a book that can be read "for pleasure" today; it had a meaning in the time it was written, ...more
A small boy, a prostitute's bastard son, makes the best of a brutal existence, mooring to one master after another, doing what it takes to survive. He faces greed and naïveté, pretentiousness and self-loathing, cruelty, and always hunger. He learns well ...more
It is about a boy, Lazaro who is abandoned and has to find work with a series of masters. He is abused and ill-treated and learns to adapt, beg and steal to survive. It is a very clever satire on those in authority, especially the church. The book reminded me of Erasmus and his attack on simony and ...more
In picaresque novels, there is a picaro or a rascal exposing the injustices in his society ...more
"Who had nothing to thank but their own labor and skill at the oars for bringing them into a safe harbor?"
What about the Lazaros of life? Born in (yes, in) the Tormes River; son to a morally unrestrained mother and swindler for a father, poor Lazaro was furiously ...more
A few tastes of our hero's voice:
"Rather than throw the rope after the bucket, the poor ...more
Puede que para el mundo anglosajón el Lazarillo de Tormes no sea una novela muy conocida, pero para los hispano hablantes es sin duda una de las novelas más ...more
Lazarillo de Tormes, published in 1554, is a book about today.
It's about political, religious ...more
I have some very well-read GR friends, and yet, not one of them has read this short little book yet. To each of you I say "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?"
To describe this book as hysterical is understating it. Laugh out loud ridiculousness might be a little closer to accurate. Misfortune LOVES Lazarillo, from the moment his mother sells him to a blind man and he learns to beg, to his marriage to a less than faithful wife, to his becoming rich, then poor, then rich ...more
I must admit that it was hard reading the book because I thought about Lazarillo who was 8 years old and everything that he was suffering. Just the thought that so many kids in that time and some in our time suffer tremendously in the hands of people that should take care of them.
Anyways, I enjoyed the book and I really do recommend it to anyone.
The only thing is that I did read ...more
I read an English-language version on kindle that I was unable to find the correct edition for, not the Spanish language edition here.
It was interesting enough, but not really my style of literature. Of course it only took a little over ...more
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