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La cattedrale del mare

(La catedral del mar #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  32,659 ratings  ·  1,737 reviews
Barcellona, XIV secolo. Nel cuore dell'umile quartiere della Ribera gli occhi curiosi del piccolo Arnau sono catturati dalle maestose mura di una grande chiesa in costruzione. Un incontro decisivo, poiché la storia di Santa Maria del Mar sarà il cardine delle tormentate vicende della sua esistenza. Figlio di un servo fuggiasco, nella capitale catalana Arnau trova rifugio e ...more
Hardcover, La gaja scienza Longanesi #834, 642 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Longanesi (first published March 2006)
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Tea Jovanović
This is one of my favorite Spanish novels... And my precious acquisitions as editor... :) I've heard about this book, at that time just published in Spain, from his agent during Book Fair in Turin... called Laguna's big boss during first cigarette break, we agreed to give an offer... And by the time my plane landed in Belgrade Laguna had the rights... :) I was so thrilled with the book that I immediately sold it to Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia, and became fairy editor for Falcones' agent... I' ...more
João Carlos

Igreja de Santa María del Mar - Barcelona


”A Catedral do Mar” (2006) primeiro romance do escritor catalão Ildefonso Falcones (n. 1959) tem uma cena de abertura que deixa antever o contexto histórico da narrativa: Bernat Estanyol está a festejar o seu casamento com Francesca Esteve; inesperadamente, eis que se aproximam da celebração, sem serem convidados, o seu senhor feudal e dois ginetes.
”- Estanyol! – gritou Llorenç de Bellera, pondo-se de pé com Francesca agarrada pelo pulso. – Usando do dir
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Lau
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Empecé esta novela esperando algo similar a 'Los Pilares de la Tierra' de Ken Follet (uno de mis grandes favoritos) y mi decepción no pudo ser mayor.
Después de uno de los comienzos de libro más desafortunados que leí en mi vida –que realmente no me pudo predisponer peor para con el protagonista... y el autor– lo seguí leyendo sólo para ver si en algún punto me empezaba a resultar interesante, pero eso no ocurrió. Claramente Ildefonso Falcones y yo no estamos hechos el uno para el otro.
Me encanta
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Chrissie
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Laura and Janice
It is very important to know when you start this book that it is in fact based on the Chronica of King Pedro III. Although historical fiction, it closely follows true events in Catalonia during the 1300s under King Pedro’s reign. There is tons of history incorporated into the novel. At the same time it has an engaging and fast moving plot. You will learn about Barcelona, the building of the cathedral Sant Maria de la Mar. You will be impressed by the cathedral’s history, its beauty and how it en ...more
Nikoleta
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Το μυθιστόρημα πέρα από το κομμάτι του μύθου, που είναι η ιστορία του Μπερνάτ και του γιου του Αρνάου, είναι ένα ιστορικό βιβλίο που ακολουθεί την πορεία της Καταλονίας όλου του 14ου αιώνα και την πορεία του βασιλιά της Πέτρου του Γ’. Αυτή είναι η μαγεία του, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και η δυσκολία του ως βιβλίο. Η καλοφτιαγμένη ατμόσφαιρα, οι πάμπολλες αναφορές σε ιστορικά γεγονότα, η μελέτη στην λαογραφία της εποχής κ η υπέροχη ένταξη της στο μυθιστόρημα δεν γίνεται να μην γοητεύσουν τον αναγνώστη. Παρ ...more
Negin
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy historical fiction, books that are similar to “Pillars of the Earth”
Shelves: spain
I probably wouldn’t have even heard of this beautiful story, had it not been for a review that I saw on Trip Advisor of all places. I was looking at places to visit for our upcoming trip to Barcelona, deciding on whether or not to visit Santa Maria del Mar, a cathedral in Barcelona. One of the reviewers highly recommended reading this book first. I’m a sucker for reading travel-related books and I have to say that I’ve been hard-pressed to find much that truly interests me when it comes to books ...more
Paul
Hefty historical novel set in fourteenth century Barcelona and revolving around the building of a cathedral (yes there are similarities to Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth). Unlike Follett’s novel this is very much woven around fact and an actual building and events and is based on a contemporary chronicle.
It is well plotted, but there is a certain predictability about it. The topics you would expect to come across are there; the inquisition, the plague, relationships with Jews and Moors, the
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César Lasso
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi puntuación es de tres estrellitas y media. Siendo la primera novela histórica de Falcones, es la segunda que yo le leo, porque empecé por su segunda, "La mano de Fátima". Y todo eso en el espacio de un año escaso. La verdad es que cansan ya un poco las más de 1600 páginas que he leído de ese autor, y pasará bastante tiempo antes de que agarre su tercera novela. A los autores hay que dejarlos en barbecho. En la variedad está el gusto.

La calidad literaria me parece flojita y simplemente comerci
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María Valero (Mecomenloslibros)
4,5/5
¡IMPRESIONANTE! Hacía tiempo que no leía una novela histórica tan buena. Pasear por Barcelona en el siglo XII... ha sido maravilloso.

Deseando que estrenen la serie, ya que he leído que han sido muy fieles al libro.
Karen
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I gave up on this book at page 252 of 600. The very beginning was pretty interesting, and I found the character of a young man essentially raising his baby alone (with his remote wife) as a successful medieval serf in pastoral Spain very compelling. I liked the stuff through the pottery workshop, too, but after that? It felt to me like the story dropped off for the sake of cramming a historical setting with stock characters to represent different aspects of life in 14th Century Barcelona. There ...more
Sannie
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the book in English and perhaps it was not that good in translation. However, as a person who absolutely loved "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, I thought that this was just a poor copy of the epic novel. "Cathedral of the Sea" is worth a read if you like historical fiction, but that's pretty much about it.
Gary
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this well crafted historical epic masterpiece at a charity shop and am so thrilled that I did. It is passionate and beautiful, inspiring , uplifting and heartbreaking, with a strong feel for 14th century Catalonia at the height of the Inquisition

Arnau Estanyol is the son of a fugitive serf who acquires freedom, wealth and a high status through the help of his Jewish benefactor Hasdai Crescas and the Moorish slave he is given to him, Guillem, after the rescues Hasdai's three young chi
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JF
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arnau Estanyol, el protagonista de esta novela de ficción histórica, se erige como la epítome del héroe, o en su defecto del súperhombre, con la integridad, el valor, la bondad, y todas las cualidades que desearíamos que definieran al humano: el ser humano ideal.

Aunque esto resulte en un personaje que, en mi opinión, decanta en una idealización extrema y digna de relatos épicos de los autores clásicos, de otra época, es imposible no dejarse atrapar tanto por la simpatía natural que Arnau inspira
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Pi
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gente interesada en la novela histórica, aquellos que conocen Barcelona o los que se la imaginan.
No leí este libro, lo viví... fue mientras trabajaba en la galería de arte y en los ratos libres adelantaba mi lectura en plenas calles del Barrio Gótico. Una forma muy didáctica, interesante e inteligente de conocer historia sobre Cataluña. Al principio no quería animarme a leerlo porque creí que era una especie de Código Da Vinci, pero resulto ser una excelente adquisición. Tanto que me animé a cargar el tabique desde Barcelona hasta México!. Altamente recomendable... lo terminé de leer en una ...more
Jovana
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-2018
Great book, couldn't put it down...
Luana
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
642 pagine, in un soffio.

Sui libri come 'La cattedrale del mare' andrebbe applicato un bollino che indica l'alto pericolo di:
-assuefazione
-forte affetto nei confronti di personaggi che porta a sentirsi vuoti quando le storie di questi finiscono
-lacrimuccia finale con tanto di imprecazione perché, cavolo Falcones, altre mille pagine le avrei volute!

Ignara di questi effetti indesiderati, mi sono addentrata in Catalogna nel 1300 e ho iniziato a percorrere le strade del Medioevo con Bernat e suo
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Ena u zemlji knjiga
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Opsežan roman o životnom putu Arnau Estanjola, kmetovskog sina - najprije kao dječaka koji na leđima nosi kamenje za izgradnju crkve u Barseloni, pa sve do uspona na društvenoj ljestvici i bogatstva koje sa sobom nosi mnoštvo problema.

Dopao mi se opis izgradnje crkve i taj prvi dio romana dok je on još uvijek dječak je sjajan. Drugi dio romana više se bavi vojnim pohodima, inkvizicijom i to mi se malo manje dopalo, ali svejedno roman je zaista odličan. Laguna je izdala i dugo očekivani nastavak,
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Susana
(review in English below)

As 3 estrelas são, na verdade, só 2 e meia arredondadas para cima.

Muita maldade para o meu gosto... E não senti qualquer empatia com os protagonistas...

O livro está bastante bem escrito e tem muita informação histórica sobre a Catalunha medieval, especialmente sobre Barcelona, mas só comecei a sentir-me interessada na história quando já ia a meio.

Enfim, nem todos podem ser o Ken Follett...

It's really 2.5 stars rounded up.

Too muck wickedness for my taste... And I didn'
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Mujerlechuga
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PopSugar Reading Challenge en Español

25. Un libro ambientado en el mar

Es un 4,5. De verdad necesitamos esa opción, no es ni 4 ni 5.
Precioso libro que me dejó un montón en el alma, aunque me haya hecho sufrir mucho por momentos.
Célia | Estante de Livros
A expectativa em relação a este livro era enorme, pelas opiniões que tinha lido e ouvido. Na maioria das vezes não é bom partir para um livro com expectativas tão elevadas, porque a probabilidade de desilusão é maior. Neste caso, não posso dizer que fiquei desiludida, mas esperava que o livro me tivesse arrebatado mais. Um pouco como quando esperamos tirar um 20 num exame, mas afinal só conseguimos o 18.

Neste romance histórico, acompanhamos a vida de Arnau Estanyol, desde as dificuldades na sua
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Mark
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Historical fiction based in the fourteenth century Barcelona and surroundings as it follows the life Arnau in his fall from grace and the return to it. The book has this soapy quality which I enjoyed as a casual read. The historical background was more interesting. I have always had more fascination with the Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula and have never visited Barcelona even if this is a rather popular place to go to when you are Dutch. Which I think has a lot to do with the footba ...more
Saúl Girón
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No sé cuántas veces pensé o dije mientras leía: "qué buena novela"! Muchas.
A pesar de las pocas (y de pronto inevitables) coincidencias con Los Pilares de la tierra, considero innecesaria tal comparación. Esta obra, por sí sola, se gana facilmente sus 5 estrellas
En general, es una maravilla de obra y aunque a veces pareciera que el autor pudo haberse adentrado mas en ciertos dramas que surgen en la trama, es admirable y envidiable la facilidad y practicidad con la que el autor sale de ellos y e
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Paola C
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que bonito y que duro se me ha hecho el libro. Arnau Estanyol pasa tantas cosas a lo largo de su vida que me tuvo sufriendo prácticamente todo el libro.

La forma del autor de narrar no sólo la evolución de sus personajes si no también la de la propia ciudad, es simplemente precioso. Y me ha encantado saber un poco más sobre la historia de mi ciudad.
A pesar de ser un libro que impone por ser grueso, la verdad es que en absoluto se hace pesado y engancha desde la primera páginas.
No apto para pers
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Laura
Great epic book by Ildefonso Falcones providing a historical picture of medieval life, including the beginning of the Inquisition in Spain. No comparison should be made with The Pillars of the Earth as many reviewers are erroneously doing.
Guido Dewulf
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En het laatste boek voor 2017 was een absolute topper. Zeker en vast aan te raden.
Ana Carvalheira
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baseando-se nas crónicas de Pedro III, Ildefonso Falcones constrói uma narrativa ficcionada verdadeiramente apaixonante sobre a vida, os usos e costumes de uma época riquíssima, povoada de medos, doenças e guerras que ilustraram um dos momentos mais marcantes da história da civilização.

A ação, que se desenvolve entre 1320 e 1384, durante o reinado de Pedro IV, o Cerimonioso, rei de Aragão e Maiorca, conduz-nos a um mundo arrepiante pejado de emoções, muitas delas contraditórias e que dão forma
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Ana
Um fantástico romance histórico com uma escrita absorvente, que nos leva a viver e a partilhar os sentimentos das personagens.
Das descrições de uma Barcelona efervescente, a vivência e costumes próprios de uma sociedade medieval, às personagens bem construídas que amamos e odiamos, este livro tem tudo o que um bom romance histórico deve ter.
Aconselho sem reservas, mesmo para quem receia as suas 800 páginas. Vale mesmo a pena!
Kat
During a pleasant stay at a small hostel at the top of a steep hill, or possibly a small mountain in Sorrento, a young woman once discovered a bookshelf. At the top of this very low and wide bookshelf a sign was positioned. It said "Grab one and leave another behind". The young woman got curious, and stepped a bit closer. She let her eyes wander over the shelf, and it truly held books of all sizes and shapes. Some were small and dusty, abandoned rather than left for someone else's joy, others we ...more
Frack Man
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todos.
Impresionante obra narrativa, en la que se puede encarnizar la vida de Arnau Estanyol, una vida llena de altibajos y aventuras trepidantes te mantienen atado al libro hasta que terminas la ultima pagina.
Durante todo ese tiempo la historia de trasfondo es la construccion de la catedral de Barcelona, a mi parecer mas bien es la historia de la construccion y su relacion con Arnau pero bueno esa es otra historia.
La maestria con la que Falcones describe cada detallle, cada momento de la historia hac
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Vladimiro
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romanzi-storici
RECENSIONE ANCHE QUI: https://narraredistoria.wordpress.com...

Questo romanzo di Ildefonso Falcones mi ha guardato a lungo dallo scaffale della biblioteca. Il fatto che fosse stato, una decina di anni fa, un bestseller clamoroso mi tratteneva dal prenderlo. Alla fine però mi sono deciso: da lettore di Arturo Perez-Reverte mi interessava l’ambientazione spagnola e medievale.

Il primo impatto non è stato dei migliori. Le prime 50 pagine mi hanno contrariato per un semplice motivo: la trama prende av
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lldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona. The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty-four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.

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