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La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes

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Lázaro es un muchacho desarrapado a quien la miseria obliga a emplearse como sirviente. Las inocentes y a veces justificadas burlas con las que Lázaro se defiende de sus amos son castigadas con una crueldad brutal.

Así, garrotazo a garrotazo, la simpleza y credulidad del Lázaro de las primeras páginas ceden paso a la sagacidad y a la astucia propias del más clásico y típic
Hardcover, Clásicos Universales, 96 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Mestas Ediciones (first published 1554)
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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 th
Mike Puma
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-author, 2012, nyrb

This one came recommended by Ol’ Soiled Slacks—a neighbor, of sorts, just a short drive from here, a pleasant afternoon’s…wait, 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

Bill  Kerwin
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where reading is concerned, I'm more LOTI than LOL. That's right. I'm admittedly frugal with my outwardly expressed laughter—unlike the normative social behavior these days wherein giggling becomes a nervous tic to punctuate every banal and unfunny comment. Maybe we want life to be funny so we laugh at it whether it is or not. We inflict an impoverished semblance of humor upon the world. And if we don't happen to mirror the laughter of our neighbors when they read one of those dumb jokey chain e ...more
Simona Bartolotta
When I rate my books, I take into account several factors, and unsurprisingly one of these is my enjoyment. Lazarillo de Tormes is easy and quick to read, and while not being the most original story out there (the synopsis being: Lazaro finds some funny ways to steal food from his masters. The end), it certainly has a great literary importance.
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, bu
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Uhh... not what I expected. That this book was found in the Spanish Queen's bureau as well as in any peasants' dingy quarters means little. Perhaps I am angry that the Spanish was verrrry difficult to read? It was old school Spanish, & although I try to get back into the groove, it seemed archaic and mundane. I noticed a profusion of hunger & a constant mention of food. I felt the same way: hungry for more (at least something akin to the royal feast that is the Quixote).
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Written in the 1550s in Spain before Don Quixote it is a classic picaresque novel and satire. It is anonymous and there is no doubt much scholarly debate about who wrote it.
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 indulge
K.D. Absolutely
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
If Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel, The Castle of Otranto started the gothic genre, in 1554 Lazarillo de Tormes’ started the picaresque genre. This is the genre where the likes of Don Quixote by Cervantes, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain belong. Oh I have not read any of them yet (shame on me) but aha I have already read The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow!

In picaresque novels, there is a picaro or a rascal exposing the injustices in his societ
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly remarkable that this work was first published in 1554. Remarkable also that it became an immediate international success. What that should tell us is that human foibles have not changed since, well, we started recording human foibles.

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 enoug
Alexander Ayala

Un historia muy corta y que llega a disfrutarse y sufrirse en muchas partes. Con personajes egoístas y pobres que reflejan la realidad de la época en la que se escribió.

El libro inicio bastante bien, los primeros tres "tractados" eran muy divertidos y bastante cómicos, sin embargo el libro fue decayendo conforme avanzamos en la historia.

Lazarillo es un personaje inolvidable, su amor por la comida y el vino son características que se quedan grabadas en los lectores, sus conductas tan gracio
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas, spain
In the prologue, the author makes mention of fortune and those that are born into it -- rightly stating that little credit is due since luck of the gene pool was partial to them from the start. But what of those Fortune was against?

"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 tre
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Lazarilho de Tormes foi publicado, em Espanha, pela primeira vez em 1554. O seu autor é desconhecido (embora nas livrarias portuguesas esteja arquivado na letra T de Tormes em vez de na A de Anónimo). É um romance do género picaresco, narrado na primeira pessoa e em forma epistolar, que relata as aventuras de um miúdo - que tem de sobreviver por sua conta e risco - e das suas tropelias para matar a fome que, permanentemente, o atormenta. Ao longo do seu crescimento, vai-se "ajustando" com vári ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bib-p
Foi como regressar à infância e voltar a ficar pasmada a ouvir os avôs contarem as "historias do antigamente". Nunca me cansava de as ouvir e eram muito semelhantes a esta, um ror de misérias e astúcias para conseguir um pedaço de pão. Uma tragicomédia deliciosa.
Alaide Mo
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ay, la vida de Lázaro es tan trágica. :(

Essential reading
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spagna, mediterraneo
Primo romanzo picaresco, divertente soprattutto perché irriverente. Il giovane e poverissimo Lazaro cerca di sopravvivere offrendo i suoi servizi ai padroni più diversi e rappresentativi di diversi ambiti sociali: un cieco, un prete, uno scudiero, un venditore di bolle papali e altri, che l'autore sfrutta per costruire un'ottima satira sulla società spagnola dell'epoca. Né Lazaro né i suoi padroni potrebbero mai essere citati come esempi di virtù; il protagonista, che racconta le sue avventure i ...more
Oziel Bispo
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Um texto de autor anônimo, espanhol, do século 16, (1554) considerado um retrato debochado e ácido da sociedade medieval, que conta uma história mirabolante sobre um personagem Lazarillo de Tormes que apronta todas para sobreviver sendo amo de 9 senhores entre eles um cego que lhe espancava , um clérigo miserável que trancava os pães em um cofre pra Lazarillo não comer,um escudeiro muito pobre que era perseguido por seus credores,um falso vendedor de indulgências e um último que lhe roubou a esp ...more
The past few months have been craptastacular in the life department, a yo-yo of highs and lows that sort of swung out of control and clocked me in the head at concussive force. Duck? Too late. Then at the beginning of the holiday vacation week, I started to get sick and sicker. I watched Forrest Gump through sneezing and mucous and ended up bawling out even more mucous. I tried to watch the Matrix movies but those made me cry, too! Every scene where two people met eyes meaningfully would set me ...more
Marlen Leiva
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paper
Este libro relata las aventuras y desventuras de un lazarillo que debe de buscar las formas de sobrevivir en la sociedad.
Es así como se transforma en un lazarillo de un ciego, un ayudante de un clérigo, y un mozo de un escudero, los cuales lo maltratan, lo golpean o se muere de hambre, pero siempre saca una moraleja de cada situación.

Me gusta esta novela, ya que explica de forma lúdica la novela picaresca, y la figura del pillo, también permite analizar su estructura autobiografíca y su composi
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
despite being nearly half a millennium old, the life of lazarillo de tormes: his fortunes and adversities remains eminently readable, charming, and more than a little funny. published anonymously in 1554 (the authorship debate rages ever on), the novella was banned and later censored as part of the spanish inquisition for its allegedly heretical content. the life of lazarillo de tormes, credited as being the first picaresque work of fiction, follows the (mis)fortunes of young lázaro, a poor span ...more
María Shall
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Antes de empezar a leer El lazarillo de Tormes, tenía unas expectativas muy bajas pero, a decir verdad, ha sido una lectura entretenida. No me ha apasionado, pero si es verdad que te haces un poco a la idea de la vida que llevaban los niños de orígenes humildes de la España del siglo XVI. Es interesante cómo evoluciona la forma de ser de Lázaro y cómo paso a paso va a adquiriendo esa picardía que le permite sobrevivir. Lo más llamativo de la novela yo creo que es el final, el pueblo descubre que ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Necio, aprende: que el moço del ciego un punto ha de saber más que el diablo'.

¿Qué puedo decir? Ésta es una de las obras más interesantes de la historia de la literatura hispánica; cada vez que la leo la disfruto y extraigo algo nuevo. Primera novela picaresca del Siglo de Oro español (aunque ya hubiera lejanos antecedentes medievales, como el Arcipreste de Hita), que influyó directamente a muchas obras del siglo XVII. Renacentista, sí, aunque surgida aún en un mundo a caballo entre la Edad Med
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of anything else written during the 1500's (or probably in any year up to this novella's publication and perhaps a century after) that rolls along in such a delightful, accessible, irreverent and hilarious way. It would be tempting to think that the book was written by a time traveler if it didn't display such an acute awareness of peon-level Europe in the grimy era of indulgences, squires, etc.

A few tastes of our hero's voice:

"Rather than throw the rope after the bucket, the poor
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laugh-riots
This, my friends, is the very first picaresque, a favorite genre of mine (character wanders about the countryside, taking up with various characters and occupations and learning the cold, hard facts of life). Why don't I read more of these? I'm glad to say the first of its breed is just as fresh and lively as 'Candide' or 'A Confederacy of Dunces'. One thing that is always made clear in these types of stories is that human behavior hasn't changed much over the centuries, and even though the repr ...more

Corto, sencillo y muy ligero. Así me ha parecido esta pequeña novela.
Me la mandaron a leer en la universidad y la verdad es que me ha gustado mucho, aunque haré esta reseña corta porque quiero publicar una nueva cuando haga todo el análisis de la obra.
El lenguaje es un poco arcaico o yo soy un poco lenta y hubo cosas que no entendí del todo. Sin embargo, capte la idea principal de cada "capítulo" y un poco más.

Muy recomendado para los que le gustan los clásicos y las lecturas sencillas.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Me gustó más de lo que esperaba, es divertido, entretenido y corto. Leed una edición con anotaciones para entender mejor el castellano antiguo y será una historia perfecta para empezar con los clásicos.
Yahira Potterica
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Divertido. Me he reido mucho con Lazaro. Un chico muy pillo e inteligente.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
3,5/5 stars.
Just read it for Literature class
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es un gusto leer la gran obra picaresca de nuestra literatura <3.
Iván Leija
Mar 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ninguno de los objetivos que el propio Lázaro se propuso al inicio de su relato se cumplió: primero, sus "mañas" para salir de la pobreza fueron pocas y sosas, y nulas pasado el primer tercio de la novelita; y segundo, no explicó nada del triángulo amoroso del que le pedía cuentas el destinatario de la carta o del relato.

El principio de la novelita es el que tiene valor para mí. Sí sentí que torturaban a Lázaro y hasta vislumbré un mensajito que quería transmitir, que es el mismo que llevó, creo
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