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Don Juan Tenorio

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  6,083 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Don Juan Tenorio, el drama romántico por excelencia, es una de las pocas obras que han tenido y siguen teniendo una vida auténticamente popular. Difícil seria encontrar un espanol que no sepa recitar de memoria alguno de sus versos. El drama, que repite el viejo tema de Don Juan, ha adquirido una eficacia literaria inusitada en la mezcla de temas de capa y espada con los r ...more
Paperback, 35.ª ed., 226 pages
Published 2017 by Cátedra (first published 1844)
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I technically read this first online in the play form, and it blew me away. I had always heard about it, but never took the time to check it out. A friend of mine was working on a book report at the time, and needed me to help, but I had never read it before. She gave me a site to go to where I could read it in English and Spanish (good thing because I can't read Spanish very well haha). I skimmed over it, then found myself re-reading it a few times to get a better idea of it and because I adore ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
honestly i prefer the version where he gets dragged to hell but i'm not entirely sure i should ...more
Natali Gramajo
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Uno de los mejores libros que he leido definitivamente. Al principio me costó un poco encontrarle sentido pero una vez lo empecé a leer en voz audible fue como si los personajes cobraran vida y ¡simplemente no pude parar! Me emocioné hasta el final. Y aunque estuvo un poco rara la segunda parte creo que por el tema fue la que más me gustó. / One of the best books I've ever read definately. At first it was a little hard to make sense of it but once I started to read it aloud it was as if the char ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the most famous depiction of the ancient legend of Don Juan, the unrepentant and bold sinner from Spain. A masterwork of Romanticism, "Don Juan" tells the story of Juan Tenorio, a worldly man whose only interest in life is to seduce as many women as he can. He makes a bet with his friend Luis Mejía, to see who is more fortunate with women. Don Juan wins, but his father writes him off from his testament. After that, Don Juan rapes Luis' fiancée. All this gives him, of course, a bad reputa ...more
Juan Rivera
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lecturas-2017
"It is not true love angel
That on this secluded shore
The moon shines brighter
And it breathes better ".....

Words of Don Juan Tenorio conquering one of his multiple conquests, who was a novice of a convent, just for the pleasure of doing so.

I had to read this book and know the true adventures of Don Juan ...

And to think that everything started with a bet with a friend, Don Luis, to see who was worse in a year both conquering women and killing people. The great master Don Juan conquered more than 7
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
*For college*
This is not my kind of book at all but since I had to read it for college, I had to give it a try. It is not hard to read but it lacks a good plot. For the time in which it was written, it was a masterpiece and I understand why since it represents every aspect of the Romanticism. Anyway, the story itself is predictable and boring and it didn't add anything to my knowledge. Still, a good classic to read.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think Moliére's was better, shorter and to the point. And dare I say funnier? Okay, so there was mercy for don Juan on this one, but I didn't get the same feeling of justice. This don Juan was all around a bad guy who was saved by a nun tricked by him, who still loved him dearly, so they get to Heaven... like I said, nice for mercy purposes, but not as shocking as the earth opening and swallowing don Juan. ...more
Carolina Jaime
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

Read for school, in Spanish, and I swear I did not expect to like it as much as I did! There were the usual issues for "old" books (stories moving too fast, undevelopped characters, unnecessarily complicated vocabulary...) but I read it in less than 24 hours, and it was a very, very enjoyable classic. Very happy with this one. Also, it's the first book I've finished in a MONTH. >.<
Dean Burrier Sanchis
An amazing work that explains the genius of the original, providing context, explanation and interpretation, all while presenting a translation that is faithful to the original in both content and meter. Too often, we are faced with the decision of choosing a work that reflects only one or the other. I genuinely hope to see this as a theatrical production some day.
Sep 13, 2007 rated it liked it
An excellent step in the evolution of the Don Juan archetype. Read with Tirso de Molina's "El Burlador de Sevilla" for a cool contrast with the original Don Juan story. Zorrilla's version is from the Romantic Period, and that influence is strongly felt in the changes from the original plotline. ...more
Nellie K.
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Seductor. Breaks the law... Kills people. He gets killed and doesn't even know he's dead... ...more
Lindsay Wuchner
I love this play! It is a great version of that famous lover Don Juan! Beautifully written.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The original Don Juans are far more entertaining than you would think. Scandalous and sooo much fun to read. There's a reason there were hundreds of these written. ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gotta love all the Don Juans out there!
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book in High School and I did love it of course I read it again and I still have the same feelings. It's a good book. ...more
Dominika Košútová
I would really changed the dialogues. Why they have to be so unreal? But good for escaping from the reality."D ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
this was for school too! damnnnnnnnnnn don juan
James F
A classic of nineteenth century Spanish literature, this play in verse is probably the best-known version of the Don Juan legend after Molière's play and Mozart's opera (Byron's poem is not really about the same character, as far as it was completed). The play begins with the meeting of Don Juan and Don Luis, to settle their bet as to which of the two could in one year kill the most men and seduce the most women; Don Juan of course has won easily. He then extends the bet -- he will seduce Don Lu ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
"true love", whatever that means, doesn't change people.

good to read because it's a classic, but everything that happens is so unrealistic and annoying to have to read through.

Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm very happy because of the ending. It surprised me. ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fucking work of art. Nothing to add.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than I expected.
Fernanda GR.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
It was quite an entertaining play, although I much rather go to the theater and see it live.
Every single page of this book was like taking someone's hand and letting them pull you straight to hell over and over again.

I'm not talking about the fact that it is in Spanish, but this defining fact certainly doesn't help. The main problem with this book is its dramatic-ism without explanation and its characterizing "romantic" era writing. This is the type of book where gown men faint yet have exploits of over 72 women. This is the type of book where young women fall in love over a letter. Th
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I always find it more difficult to read books required for school than those I choose myself, and reading in Spanish is even more difficult (although I must admit I found an English translation and I used that much of the time). But I think even if I was reading this on my own time, in English, I wouldn't have particularly enjoyed it. It was boring and not a particularly good adaptation of Don Juan. The ending was cheesy and didn't have the impact of something like Mozart's Don Giovanni, another ...more
Alana Araújo
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
Boring with few highlighs (Some nice Don Juan quotes, Don Luis and Don Juan comparing who killed and slept with more people). Hated how he regrets everything, proclaims his love to Inés and then ascend to the heavens. I mean, womanizer and scoundrel Don Juan dying on his knees for love and regretting his misdeeds is a nice message, but I'm a cynic. ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-lit, drama, spanish
This is a re-telling of El burlador de Sevilla, but with a very different ending. The ending is redemptive but doesn't really seem to fit with the rest of the play. It's Romantic, but of the conservative Romantic strain in Spain (the solution is religious, and the bad guy is saved). ...more
Dominika Košútová
A i read it longer time ago i can´t actually remember why i didn't like it. Well Don Juan was definitely not one of my favorite characters but still i can tell that the story was quite interesting to read and the ending was what you maybe didn't expect. ...more
Lilia Gonzalez
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dramaturgo y poeta español que fue una de las figuras más destacadas del romanticismo. Nació en Valladolid y estudió en las universidades de Toledo y Valladolid. Escritor enormemente prolífico, publicó cuarenta obras, en su mayoría historias nacionales, entre 1839 y 1849. También completó los Cantos del trovador (1840-1841), una serie de leyendas españolas escritas en verso. En 1850 se trasladó a ...more

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