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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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The title of the novel suggests — and the English subtitle reinforces the idea — that Delibbes Heretic is very much Delibea Novel of the Inquisition. Even here, the heresy is slow in coming. I’ve been hovering between two and three stars for this book, shame you can’t do halves!!

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.

In Cipriano’s Spain there is even less openness — but change is in the air, and the questioning of doctrine inevitable. Morlock rated it it was ok May 26, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mariola rated it it was ok Apr 09, Once he has finished his studies Cipriano takes over his by then dead father’s business, and becomes a successful entrepeneur. The novel is dedicated: Not once did I ever find a like for the characters or the writing of this novel.

As someone tells him: 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 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.

Luther, Calvin, and the like. Not once did I feel as if Deljbes was being transported to the time of Inquisition in I do not know how I got through this book.


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Sep 09, Enrique rated it it was ok. There are no discussion topics on deelibes book yet. The history in this book is interesting, they way people lived, what they believed in, doctors methods of curing ills and deciding if a woman is able to conceive.

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SergioMar rated it it was ok Aug 21, This leads to his arrest, trial and death. Years later, Cipriano wants to increase what amounts 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. It’s an odd but plausible relationship, eventually shattering over their inability to conceive a child. Melanie rated it it was ok Aug 19, The book isn’t truly surprising, but it is also far from predictable, a confident writer taking his time — while keeping the reader in suspense — in leading to his conclusions.

At times one suspects he married Teodorima simply in the hopes of literally being overwhelmed by her, but he’s a scrappy little guy and for a while the mismatched couple make it work. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Heretic (El Hereje)

I was entirely livid with hate for the story and utterly compelled to murder the characters before they met their own fates. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Jennifer Kraft rated it it was ok Jul 27, The most delibbes challenge is far away: And though this is the story of a heretic, I never gained a sense that Cipriano miguek had a strong inclination to religion at all. His fate seemed entirely jarring and well, simply put, stupid.

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. The argument here is not so much that Cipriano has made a superior choice, but that those in power have abused it — much like, for example, the Soviet show-trials of the 20th century.


Ulises Pereyra rated dellbes it was ok Apr 01, Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual migeul and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Valladolid and the surrounding area are lovingly and evocatively described in the book, and Delibes artfully uses the changes and growth of the city in herejw narrative; throughout, Valladolid is an integral part of the novel.

I have to say I did find the topic quite boring at times too though and the translation wa I’ve been hovering between two and three stars for this book, shame you can’t do halves!! It is not that he Cipriano Salcedo was antipathetic, just that he could not gain my sympathy.

The Heretic – US. The year is and the Catholic church delibds going through a lot of unrest. Their relationship — ehreje striking variation on the Delibe theme — is torn asunder relatively early on, and he is unable to find Minervina again until near the end of his life.

But without Minervina he can never be whole; hence also, perhaps, his abandoning of worldly things and descent into the opacity of religion, which he can convince himself is meaningful. The family dynamics are very nicely handled: