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The Poem of the Cid

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Students of Spanish literature have long been familiar with this eight-hundred-year-old epic which details the legendary exploits of the soldier-adventurer Ruy Díaz of Bivar, the Cid, "he who in happy hour was born." They have known of the Cid's part in the long contest between Christian and Moslem; of his peerless steed Babieca and of his two famous swords, Colada "the pr ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 1962 by University of California Press
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Nicholas Bobbitt
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I picked this book up, and I'll be glad to make it a spot on my shelves.
G.D. Master
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
According to its translator, Lesley Byrd Simpson, “The Poem of the Cid” or El Cid is the national epic of Spain. This version of El Cid is translated from a Spanish poem that can be traced back to the twelfth century. In the preface to this novella, and on Wikipedia, mechanics of the Spanish poem are discussed. This novella is written in English and is a narrative account of the Spanish poem. Understanding that this novella is an English adaptation of a Spanish language poem is important because ...more
Dec 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
It's weird that I just picked up Gerusalemme liberata at the very same time as The Poem of the Cid, because one of the characters in the former book is supposed to have fought beside El Cid Ruy Díaz de Vivar in real life. The only thing that led me to read the two beside each other is that I've been trying to read as many classic epics as possible recently. Of course they were written about 450 years apart, and I vastly prefer the later book. I barely have anything to say about this book because ...more
Dan Yingst
I'm not sure if this was a result of the translation or the character of the work itself, but I was struck by the lack of poetry in The Poem of the Cid. It's really a very down to earth, almost historical, poem, quite unlike the Song of Roland or the Alexandreis. The only lines that have stuck with me are the opening, and these only poetic because the first 50 lines of the poem have been lost. Thus, they retain an alluring mysteriousness that is sadly lacking through the bulk of the book.
Andy Iakobson
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really liked reading this! The Cid is pretty badass. Yeah, there's not much of a character arc (he just kicks ass everywhere) but it's a short read anyway and lots of fun. I'd love to read the original (the preface in this version has a couple of short segments, and it sounds beautiful) but I liked the prose-style translation fine.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
The Cid is wonderful. If I were to sumerise it in one line it would be: "You will know a Christian man by the way he treats a woman."
If you keep this idea in your mind when you read it the narrative will not be as disjointed as some people make it out to be.
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