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El caballero del jubón amarillo (Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste #5)

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Don Francisco de Quevedo me dirigió una mirada que interpreté como era debido, pues fui detrás del capitán Alatriste. Avísame si hay problemas, habían dicho sus ojos tras los lentes quevedescos. Dos aceros hacen más papel que uno. Y así, consciente de mi responsabilidad, acomodé la daga de misericordia que llevaba atravesada al cinto y fui en pos de mi amo, discreto como u ...more
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My first book in this series. Maybe the others have a bit more zim as this one zig-zagged along to a predictable conclusion.
What was good was the description of 17th Century Spain. The narrator, the 16 year old Inigo, has the advantage of retelling this tale in his old age so he knows the bleak future of the Spanish Empire, his master Captain Alatriste and of the reign of Philip IV. Madrid was a dangerous place, men's honour would see friends fight to the death for a minor faux pas. The Inquisit
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. The fifth Captain Alatriste novel. The Captain and his young (but now rather handy with a blade) ward Inigo are in Madrid, walking a tightrope between their strict standards of honor and their rather lowly status among the pomp, poetry, and provocation of that city’s many cavaliers and officials. Alatriste begins an affair with a famous and beautiful actress, María Castro (whose husband serves as some sort of half-jocular, half-bitter pimp), but is warned to st ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
[9/10] great addition to the Alatriste Saga. This volume started a little slow with the first half focused on the Madrid cultural scene and setting up the pieces for the drama about to unfold. The second half made up for the leisure pace of the beginning with emotional intensity ramped up and actual cloak and dagger duels. The first person narrator - the young page Inigo Balboa - made me think of the Arthurian knight from Bernard Cornwell Warlord Chronicles: a very old soldier recalling his yout ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Oh how easy it is to forget what a wonderful writer Arturo Perez-Reverte (or his translator in this series... or both) is. He writes so comfortably, the story rolls off the page so easily and the images that appear in my mind are so vivid.
And what a hero Captain Alatriste is! A quiet man, normally calm and thoughtful yet swift into action. A man to be admired and looked up to. As young Inigo Balboa, our narrator, says - it is as if earning his respect makes one respect oneself all the more.
The s
Feb 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We often hear legends about Spanish love. This book is all full of it. As for me it was the most boring book from all the series about captain Alatriste. Don’t even know how I finished it. Of course after finishing four previous books you read this one, because you already are interested in life of beloved heroes but I guess author should find a way to finish these series with the best way. Book by book I am losing interest in the story. Characters lose their real image and realism goes on secon ...more
Another Captain Alatriste adventure, sometimes the characters can be completely oblivious to obvious clues that they are getting into trouble, but are stuck in a world where honor has meaning. I'm curious to read one of his books in Spanish to see if any of the power and thrill is lost in translation.
Bettie Pathway
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Vuelta a la esencia de los dos primeros libros de la saga! Intrigas, lances en callejones y otros lugares oscuros, romance, los líos de la corte...

Uno de los libros que más me ha gustado de la saga, repito, junto con los dos primeros.

Reseña completa (aunque no hay mucho más xD) aquí:
Gerardo B.
No es malo y tiene sus momentos, pero es el que menos me ha gustado de la serie.
Julia DeBarrioz
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain
I devoured the previous Alatriste adventures once I picked them up, but this one I have to admit was a hard start for me. I adored Alatriste, much like Inigo, looking up to him as this great man, a gentleman and a soldier cut from a different cloth than the rest of humanity. A man of honor and dignity no matter what life throws at him. Thus, his affair with the actress La Castro and the pain he caused La Lebrijana, basically his wife, really REALLY bothered me. It rather broke my heart, to the p ...more
Premiato con quattro stelline perché, fino ad ora, si è rivelato il migliore della serie. Già dal precedente libro Pérez-Reverte ha deciso di dilungarsi, rendendo la trama più articolata e intrigante, il che, a mio parere, non ha fatto altro che giovare alla storia, per non parlare della figura di Alatriste che continua a farsi scoprire pian piano e di libro in libro, intrigando sempre più il lettore.

In questo quinto volume, dopo la breve parentesi sui campi di battaglia olandesi e l'avventura
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip IV, monarch of Spain in the early 17th century, is doing what he can to bring Spain to its knees. Leaving the administration of the realm to his toadies while he hunts and whores, there is a regicide conspiracy afoot to bring his younger, simpler, more religious brother to the throne. Preferring the Dominicans, this younger royal brother is more amenable to the Inquisition. Captain Alatriste and his ward, Inigo Balboa, are brought into the fray as dupes.

This is a time when the Spanish arm
This was a fascinating read. I found it started slow and I had difficulty keeping track of the characters with their Spanish names I finally got caught up in the books. It certainly showed the rough side of life of a soldier verses the spender of the royal court. Violent at times but it was all part of the intrigue
Bill Patton
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow starter. Told from two different POVs, which is different from the other four novels in this series. Still in all, a fairly exciting adventure story in a "The Three Musketeers" vein... Which is the author's point in writing these novels.
If you like adventure stories then I recommend the "Captain Alatriste" series to you wholeheartedly.
Roy Conboy
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Captain Alatriste series. A great window on historical Spain and the Spanish personality of the times. One of my favorite authors.
Francisco H. González
“Don Francisco de Quevedo me dirigió una mirada que interpreté como era debido, pues fui detrás del capitán Alatriste. Avísame si hay problemas, habían dicho sus ojos tras los lentes quevedescos. Dos aceros hacen más papel que uno. Y así, consciente de mi responsabilidad, acomodé la daga de misericordia que llevaba atravesada al cinto y fui en pos de mi amo, discreto como un ratón, confiando en que esta vez pudiéramos terminar la comedia sin estocadas y en paz, pues habría sido bellaca afrenta e ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to Perez-Reverte based on information that this man's writing was inspired by Dumas. And I must say, I could not have been better informed. Alatriste is the foil companion of D'artagnan set in 17th century Spain. But of course, unlike the noble hot-headed musketeer, Alatriste is an age worn soldier, coarse, stubborn, and often times temperamental, but nonetheless a hero. The narrator of his story takes the form of his young apprentice Íñigo Balboa, who like all young boys are in ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y así dábase rienda a una de las mayores aficiones de los españoles, que es vaciar la hiel amargada por los malos gobiernos mostrándose bellacos en la impunidad del tumulto. Pues de todos es sabido que Caín, naturalmente, fue hidalgo, cristiano viejo y nació en España.

Y sin embargo, aunque nunca me fue simpático ni gusté de sus jerigongóricos triclinios y espeluncas, reconozco ante vuestras mercedes que don Luis de Góngora fue un extraordinario poeta que, paradójicamente junto a su mortal enemi
Michael Sedano
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arturo Pérez-Reverte fills this fifth Captain Alatriste / Íñigo Balboa novel with the literary ambience of sixteenth century Madrid, less with the swashbuckling action that made earlier Alatriste novels happy exciting reads.

As the title suggests, the King plays a central role in the regicide plot. The womanizing Phillip IV becomes Alatriste's rival for the same woman, putting the Captain on the collision course plot that ends well, but by the skin of his teeth.

Sadly, the novel bogs down after t
In this fifth installment of the Captain Alatriste series, Inigo (now nearly 17) and his mentor discover a plot to murder the king. Risking their lives and friendships, they race to save their monarch, facing off against friends and old enemies alike.

I love these books, and am almost reluctant to pick up the next one, which is the last one I have in translation (I understand there might be more?). They're not perfect, but they're so entertaining that I'm willing to overlook the sometimes lengthy
Joyce Lagow

5th in the Captain Alatriste series, set in early 17th century Spain.

In every installment of this very fine series, Perez-Reverte provides a plot to keep Alatriste and his (now) 16 year old protogé, Íñigo Blaboa, appropriately employed and busy. Suffice to say, that there’s plenty of violent action, very well writtten.

But the real focus of the book is on the literary and theater life of early 17th century Spain. It was a rich, thriving, bursting-with-life scene. In fact, if you believe Íñigo, Sh
Lucas Rodriguez
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
!Por fin una de las aventuras de Alatriste que resulta impecable!
No quiero desmerecer a las otras que fueron buenas, pero en "El caballero del jubón amarillo" hay intrigas palaciegas, asaltos, conspiraciones y romances que hacen de su lectura un placer.

En esta entrega, lo que la diferencia de las otras es que se explora más a fondo el orgullo, la testarudez, la mentalidad y la pasión del capitán Alatriste al expresar sus verdaderos sentimientos hacia María de Castro, una hermosa actriz a la que
Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easily the best of the 'Captain Alatriste' books so far... Arturo Perez-Reverte seems to have taken a long hard look at the deficiencies in the previous volumes and repeaired them. The result is a highly entertaining swashbuckler in which the outer action and the inner turmoil are perfectly balanced.

Previous volumes in the series suffered from a strange distancing effect, partly the result of the narrative construction (the events are related in hindsight by the now elderly former apprentice of
This is in some ways the best written of the Alatriste books that I've read so far, but it's not the most enjoyable. Perez-Reverte continues his tradition of using each book to comment on a specific aspect of the culture of the time, and in this book he takes on one of the biggest, honor codes. I don't want to give spoilers, but the book portrays several very clear examples of just how much an honor code society can trap people into attitudes and behaviors that they don't really want to engage i ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a few years now, I've enjoyed Pérez-Reverte's Alatriste novels at a suitable pace so as not to catch up with his writing speed too quickly (I'm failing). Simply put, the series is a must-read for any fan of the musketeer period (early 17th century). The hero of the series is Alatriste, affectionately titled captain, who is rather a stubborn and coarse man with a noble soul.

The Man in the Yellow Doublet starts slow - even annoyingly so - as Pérez-Reverte repeats the basic premise of the serie
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is superb stuff, twirling moustaches, withering scorn, flashing swords, love across social classes, all set in the declining Spain of the 17th century. This is not literature of nuance, but it is exciting, punctuated by sparkling line and verse by the greats of the time: Quevedo, de Vega, Cervantes. The young narrator of the series, Iñigo Balboa, is growing up, as besotted as ever with the beautiful and treacherous Angelica de Alquezar, who has no qualms about loving him at the same time as ...more
Rick Ludwig
This is the fifth in the Captain Alatriste series and I enjoyed it. The setting of these stories in 17th century Madrid gives the stories a special feeling. This is a Spain that has been a world leader, but whose people feel this predominance slipping away. The Captain's loyal ward, Inigo, has grown to be a formidable young man, but is still vulnerable to the wiles of a the young aristocrat, now a lady of the court, who stole his heart when he was a youth. Captain Alatriste is also struggling wi ...more
Oscar Amador
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un capítulo más que emocionante.

Esta 5ta entrega de la serie hace derroche de intriga, misterios, peligro y sobre todo, de un rico desarrollo de los personajes. Desde un ángulo más humano, apasionado e incluso errático por parte del Capitán Alatriste, el crecimiento de Íñigo Balboa y su agridulce amorío con Angélica de Alcázar hasta un nivel más profundo entre la ya clásica rivalidad entre Alatriste y Malatesta.

Un terrible y ficticio triángulo amoroso en el que se ve envuelto el Rey Felipe IV po
Hank Quense
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel details the further adventures of Captain Alatriste, the protagonist in several previous novels. Much of the story is related through the point of view of Inigo Balboa, a protege of Alatriste.
The story starts off rather slow, but the tension quickly builds as the plot grows. Basically, Alatriste is having an affair with the most beautiful actress in Madrid, but he is squeezed out by the king who is infatuated with the actress. Inigo and Alatriste become involved in a plot to assassin
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Captain Alatriste series, and it's one of the best of them. Alatriste has an affair with a beautiful and popular actress, which leads him into court intrigue and enemies who are trying to maneuver and/or force him to be the fall guy in a plot to assassinate King Philip IV. This gets Alatriste and Inigo into situations even more dangerous than the Dutch battlefields of The Sun Over Breda. Angelica Alquezar, the Machiavellian young noblewoman Inigo loves, plays a sign ...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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