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Doña Luz

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Doña Luz must abandon her aristocratic life in nineteenth-century Madrid and begin anew in rural Andalusia. What she cannot leave behind is her history: an illegitimate birth that defines who she is and what her future holds. Unwilling to settle for a husband of lesser intellect and sophistication, the lovely Doña Luz announces that she will never marry. As it has for more ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by AmazonCrossing
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-classics
I read this book because I wanted to read something out of my genre comforts. I am glad I read it. It was written in the late 1800s by a Spanish writer and this edition was translated recently. I could tell it was a recent translation because the vocabulary was very modern. I am curious if there are English translations from the late 1800s?
It is a classic love story but with very heady intellectual philosophical debates and musings. At first I tried to read through these but eventually I skippe
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Doña Luz is a beautiful woman desired by every man in town, but she is standoffish and disinterested in romance. Until her late 20s, she associates mainly with a priest. The priest is rumored to harbor secret affections for her, but she finds this an insulting insinuation, so she "sought to cover the ears of her soul," as the author puts it, and won't let the difficult truth come in.

Finally, a man comes along who seems to be a credible match, so...

Her failed relationships and Romantic tragedy ar
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-extra
This book is regarded as something of a literary classic in Spain. The story is essentially a love triangle, with the beautiful and pure-minded Dona Luz at its apex.
Along the way we get plenty of thought-provoking debates and views on religion, wealth, the social order and love. The author is sometimes cynical and always clear-sighted.
I did not feel the characters came as fully to life as I would have liked, so have given the book four stars instead of five.
Cellophane Flowers
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Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El final me gustó. En general me parece un buen libro, en especial por la época en la que se escribió.
Charo MG
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Literatura clásica de la Espańa costumbrista del siglo xix.
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Juan Valera y Alcalá-Galiano was a Spanish realist author, writer and political figure.
He was born at Cabra, in the province of Córdoba, and was educated at Málaga and at the University of Granada, where he took his degree in law, and then entered upon a diplomatic career (1847). Over the next five decades, Valera filled a number of positions in a variety of various places. He accompanied the Span
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