A prime example of this type of historical novel is Miguel. Delibes’ El hereje ( ). Set in sixteenth-century Valladolid, it chronicles the life of Cipriano Salcedo. El hereje has ratings and reviews. Bogdan said: I wanted to make a longer review, but due to lack of time, I will shorten it to this: It is har. Editions for El hereje: (Paperback published in ), (Paperback published in ), by Miguel Delibes First published
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Cipriano finds the faith that he believes in, but at considerable cost. He as a character was not fascinating in the least bit, instead he was entirely depraved, horrid, and I was quite happy with his wretched fate.
Over a hundred pages long, this part of the book only covers Cipriano’s childhood and early teen years. Still, from the first, his embrace of religion isn’t wholehearted but rather slightly sceptical.
It is hard to like very much a novel in which you don’t like the characters, especially the protagonist. Years later, Cipriano wants to hersje what delubes to the minimum wage of his workers, but learns quickly that his unilateral act would do greater harm to the larger community than the gains it would offer to the select few.
It was Minervina that taught Cipriano his first lessons. Cipriano’s mother dies at his birth, and delibea something his father, Bernardo, decides he can never forgive him for. Sep 09, Enrique rated it it was ok. Their relationship — a striking variation on the Oedipal theme — is torn asunder relatively early on, and he is unable to find Minervina again until near the end of his life. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete mkguel ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.
Jennifer Kraft rated it it was ok Jul 27, From the start his father abandons him and he is under the care of his wet-nurse Minervina. Not once did I feel any measure of compassion mighel the main character, Cipriano. Ugh, this was the second selection of the online book club I started and someone else’s choice.
The Heretic (El Hereje)
Isaac Cabrera Bofill rated it it was ok Jul 04, Mariola rated it it was ok Apr 09, Un canto apasionado por la tolerancia, una novela inolvidable sobre las pasiones humanas y los resortes que las mueven. More than anything, The Heretic is a good story, and it’s well told. Books by Miguel Delibes. Cipriano is a fairly bright child and becomes a successful businessman, however e reformation which is well underway attracts him and he abandons Catholicism and joins the revolutionaries. Alba Robla rated it it was ok Oct 18, The complete review ‘s Review:.
Historically the novel is accurate, As a theology student I had to study the Herejje, Reformation and Counter-Reformation in detail and Delibes gets that down excellently but I just could not appreciate the story. It’s an odd but plausible relationship, eventually shattering over their inability to conceive a child. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.
El hereje by Miguel Delibes. I’ve been hovering between two and three stars for this book, shame you can’t do halves!! Not only was it grotesque in its failed attempt to portray anything even remotely related to human life, but it also became entirely unbelievable as a historical fiction.
The second part, ‘The Heresy’, jumps felibes to when Cipriano has completed his studies and begins his career as a very successful businessman. His herejr seemed entirely jarring and well, simply put, stupid.
The Heretic – Canada. It is not that he Cipriano Salcedo was antipathetic, just that he could not gain my sympathy. The family dynamics are very nicely handled: Der Ketzer – Deutschland.
Overall, this novel was a trail to get through and I was entirely relieved to be done with it. The Heretic – UK. SergioMar rated it it was ok Aug 21, This is very much a life-story, following the life and career of Cipriano from birth to death, and his role as a heretic truly only comes to the fore in the final section and chapters.
It takes Cipriano a while before he is receptive to the challenges, but ultimately he is convinced. Paperbackpages. I do not know how I got through this book. I have to say I did find the topic quite boring at times too though and the translation was not the best with typos and some sentences that did just not make sense. And though this is the story of a heretic, I never gained a sense that Cipriano ever had a strong inclination to religion at all.
Meanwhile, Bernardo also lusts after Minervina, and his attempts to spy on and seduce her are very nicely presented. An opening Prelude, set inwhich has the title character, Cipriano Salcedo, travelling back to Spain with outlawed books Luther, Melanchthon, Erasmus, the Bible as the Inquisition rages certainly offers that but the book quickly jumps back in time, and it’s many pages before heresy and the Inquisition are again at the forefront.
While the signs particularly Cipriano’s birth-date are ominous, Delibes doesn’t bog down the narrative with a particular message, or theology or history: I just wanted it all to end. I wanted to make a longer review, but due to lack of time, I will shorten it to this: Morlock rated it it was ok May 26, On the day that Martin Luther nails the 95 theses on a church door So far I have noticed that all the books which take place in the middle ages or even later are the ones that I have disliked.
Cipriano is an interesting character, marked less by his father’s mistreatment than the loss of his one true love, Minervina. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It doesn’t quite work — the small child doesn’t really understand or appreciate the use of the catechism and the rest, but he does aim to please.
El hereje by Miguel Delibes (2 star ratings)
Return to Book Page. The history in this book is interesting, they way people lived, what they believed in, doctors methods of curing ills herejr deciding if a woman is able to conceive. In Cipriano’s Spain there is even less openness — but change is in the air, and the questioning of doctrine inevitable.