O capitão Alatriste

O capitão Alatriste❰PDF / Epub❯ ☂ O capitão Alatriste Author Arturo Pérez-Reverte – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Intriga e conspira o na decadente Madrid do s culo XVII O regresso das aventuras de capa e espada, numa s rie que um xito em todo o mundoO capit o Alatriste um espadachim a soldo que se movimenta no s Intriga e conspira o na decadente Madrid do s culo XVII O regresso das aventuras de capa e espada, numa s rie que um xito em todo o mundoO capit o Alatriste um espadachim a soldo que se movimenta no submundo da decadente corte O capitão PDF/EPUB ² espanhola do s culo XVII Valente como poucos, aprendeu a combater na Flandres ao servi o do ex rcito espanhol, mas, agora, as lutas s o outras entre vielas e tabernas, desafia perigosos assassinos, conspiradores e, at , a Santa Inquisi o Rodeado de personagens cativantes, como o seu pajem I igo Balboa, o poeta subversivo Francisco de Quevedo, o inquisidor frei Em lio Bocanegra, o assassino Malatesta ou o diab lico secret rio do rei Luis de Alqu zar, o capit o Alatriste v se envolvido nas intrigas e conspira es que caracterizam a Madrid do s culo XVII uma poca de profundas convuls es geradas pelo envolvimento, por ordem do rei Filipe IV, em diversas guerras desastrosas A s rie do capit o Alatriste, criada em , uma homenagem aos livros de aventuras, como por exemplo Os Tr s Mosqueteiros, que marcaram a inicia o leitura de sucessivas gera es Em dez anos, a s rie Alatriste j vendeu mais de cinco milh es de exemplares em todo o mundo. You re in Madrid But the adventure here seems sorta like a half adventure Indeed, has a minor climax is like very sustained though brisk foreplay It s too short to be miraculous, though it will inevitably leave you wantingSo, simply a great literary hook You re in Madrid But the adventure here seems sorta like a half adventure Indeed, has a minor climax is like very sustained though brisk foreplay It s too short to be miraculous, though it will inevitably leave you wantingSo, simply a great literary hook Short and elegant a worthy addition to the panoply of memorable swashbucklers and a promising start of a long historical epic The plot is simple, and the action scenes relatively few The strong points are the recreation of the Madrid society around 1620 and the evocative language The story alternates between first person narration by the young page Inigo Balboa and third person view I wish I was fluent in Spanish and could read this in the original , especially the poems Captain Diego Ala Short and elegant a worthy addition to the panoply of memorable swashbucklers and a promising start of a long historical epic The plot is simple, and the action scenes relatively few The strong points are the recreation of the Madrid society around 1620 and the evocative language The story alternates between first person narration by the young page Inigo Balboa and third person view I wish I was fluent in Spanish and could read this in the original , especially the poems Captain Diego Alatriste y Tenorio is set apart from the likes of D Artagnan, Zorro or Pardaillan by the fact that he is a lot less talkative, has a passion for books and for the verses of Lope de Vega or Quevedo, doesn t claim the moral superiority of the pure knight on a white horse If he can win a fight through a dirty trick, so be it He was not the most honest or pious of men, but he was courageous Published in 1996, this is the first of a series of novels by P rez Reverte, novels set in 17th century Spain and featuring the fictional Captain Diego Alatriste y Tenorio I igo, his squire, narrates the action from his perspective as an old man, although some of the narrative is in the third person Alatriste is not really a Captain, this title having been taken by him during a brief battle in Flanders when his commanding officer was slain But he keeps the title in peacetime, during which he Published in 1996, this is the first of a series of novels by P rez Reverte, novels set in 17th century Spain and featuring the fictional Captain Diego Alatriste y Tenorio I igo, his squire, narrates the action from his perspective as an old man, although some of the narrative is in the third person Alatriste is not really a Captain, this title having been taken by him during a brief battle in Flanders when his commanding officer was slain But he keeps the title in peacetime, during which he lives as a sword for hire in Madrid The flavor of this novel is reminiscent of Dumas s D Artagnan adventures Alatriste finds himself down and out, sometimes in debtors prison, oftener living in straitened circumstances, when he is approached by a former army mate who has had better fortune and is employed as a constable His friend offers him lucrative andpermanent employment of his sword and services but is vague about what that employment it But it seems a step up, turning out to be a clandestine assignment to ambush two people at the behest of the Head of the Spanish Inquisition Alatriste is every cagey, alert to nuances in speech and posture, and it is fascinating to observe how P rez Reverte develops and rounds out his character even as his story paints a convincing picture of the Spain of the time It was a time of intermittent war on the continent, times of fighting interspersed with unemployment for the countless soldiers who returned home to no jobs, no prospects, leaving them available only for mischief or hired skullduggery The author effectively alternates chapters describing Alatriste s social environment and the details of thecentral action Finally, the ambush of two Englishmen by Alatriste and an Italian companion takes place, the instructions having been to kill the two When, however, Alatriste realizes that the victims are aristocrats and gentlemen to boot, he spares their lives, to the disgust and derision of his companion who rushes off into the darkness This, of course, creates a dilemma Alatriste is now with the two intended victims who inquire who he is and who set him upon them, and he is also aware that his companion will tell the true instigators that Alatriste has let the Englishmen live, putting Alatriste s own life in danger Responding to their pleas for further help, he takes them to the home of his friend, Count de Guadalmedina, close to the King and powerful in court The Englishmen turn out to be the Duke of Buckingham and Charles, Prince of Wales, son of the reigning King John, who have entered Spain surreptitiously to seek the hand of the Princess in marriage to Charles The plot continues.The language used in this novel is full of slang and colloquialisms, requiring use of a Spanish dictionary and also a translator app on my iPhone Yet I did not struggle excessively Candidly, however, my mastery of Spanish is as yet too rudimentary for me to be able to comment on the literary quality of the writing But it was certainly entertaining.I found the book of interest on several levels It is an engaging yarn in and off itself It also portrays a place and period in history about which I have had little knowledge I also found the author to be perceptive to psychological issues, effectively presenting his main characters as people wrestling with quotidian concerns as well as existential issues I would be receptive to readingbooks in this series I am a big fan of Arturo Perez Reverte, but this book was a little bit of a disappoint me for me As usual, Perez Reverte s writing style manages to mingle in an amazing amount of fascinating history within an otherwise simple plot The problem this time was too much history and exposition and too little actual plot I could tell you the whole story in about four sentences The narrator in the story is recounting tales from his youth so it s a little like listening to my grandmother ramble o I am a big fan of Arturo Perez Reverte, but this book was a little bit of a disappoint me for me As usual, Perez Reverte s writing style manages to mingle in an amazing amount of fascinating history within an otherwise simple plot The problem this time was too much history and exposition and too little actual plot I could tell you the whole story in about four sentences The narrator in the story is recounting tales from his youth so it s a little like listening to my grandmother ramble on He starts with the story, but then gets side tracked to explain the history of Spain or the people in the story to set the scene for how they ve all arrived at this point in the tale Then we re back to the story briefly, before we go forward in time a little to hear about what happens to the narrator or other characters later in their lives OR what happens to the culture of Spain itself Then back to the story for a second Forward, backwards, now, over and over again It made it a little difficult to follow.I will say though that I m now halfway through the second book in this series and it is MUCH better And perhaps the Captain Alatriste had to beexposition than story just to set the stage for the rest of the series So I guess I recommend the series and therefore it s worth the 3 or 4 hour read of Captain Alatriste to get started Captain Alatriste, a romantic soldier of fortune of Hapsburg Spain, is the protagonist of this series by Perez Revertez Just his luck to get embroiled in a dynasty scheme Reminds me of the Three Musketeers a bit Also, truly book one of a series This sets the stage Swashbuckling Seriously That s all this book is about If that s not enough of a point for you Well You just don t know how to have fun. The story in this novel takes place in the 17th Century Spain during the reign of Philip IV, the golden age of Spanish power The plot is based upon an actual historic occurrence in 1623 when the Prince of Wales Charles Stuart and George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, traveled incognito to Spain to try to reach agreement on the long pending match between Charles and Infanta Maria Anna of Spain, the younger sister of King Philip IV The fictional action of this book starts with its main char The story in this novel takes place in the 17th Century Spain during the reign of Philip IV, the golden age of Spanish power The plot is based upon an actual historic occurrence in 1623 when the Prince of Wales Charles Stuart and George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, traveled incognito to Spain to try to reach agreement on the long pending match between Charles and Infanta Maria Anna of Spain, the younger sister of King Philip IV The fictional action of this book starts with its main character, Alatriste, being paid to kill a pair of unknown English visitors in Madrid who turn out to be the Prince and Villiers traveling incognito Life becomes quite complicated for Alatriste when at the last minute he decides not to kill the two strangers, and suddenly the plotters of the scheme have every reason to want Alatriste dead because he knows about their conspiracy.The characters in this story remind me of Dumas Three Musketeers, but the book, Captain Alatriste, is much shorter and concise in its construction The story takes place at about the same time as Dumas novel, but of course Alatriste is Spanish and the Dumas characters were French These characters are quite frankly not the sort of people I would want to be near in real life They are professional soldiers waiting for the next war In the meantime they have nothing better to do other than sit around in taverns waiting for the next excuse to fight a duel.This novel is told in first person from the perspective of an old man recalling the story as it happened in his youth He is thus able to offer some perspective and judgment based on the experience of the subsequent years Here is a sample of how the golden age of Spain is described in the bookAnd that infamous period was called the Siglo de Oro What Golden Age, eh The truth is that those of us who lived and suffered through it saw little gold and barely enough silver Sterile sacrifice, glorious defeats, corruption, rogues, misery, and shame, that we had up to the eyebrows and no one worked except the wretched peasants, exploited by the tax collectors The narration paints a vivid and gritty picture of that time in history Details from body lice to excrement in the streets are quite jarring to a 21st Century reader The mechanics of killing, and being killed, with a sword are presumably accurate, but I d just as soon not have to read about it The author spends a lot of time describing 17th Century Madrid and quoting sonnets from the period By the time the novel is finished you will learn about the king s favored adviser, Olivares Gaspar de Guzm n y Acevedo, 1st Count Duke of Olivares, 1587 1645 According to the author he was an evil person Historians have often blamed him for the demise of the Spanish power However, modern historians generally believe he was simply following the King s wishes, and the prevailing corruption of the time was not something for which he can be blamed.We also meet another bad guy in the person of the king s secretary Luis de Alqu zar, and his entrancing niece Ang lica de Alqu zar c.1611 c.1640 It s hinted in the book that we ll be hearingabout Ang lica and her uncle in upcoming books in the series We know that Ang lica is a historical character because she was portrayed by Diego Vel zquez in 1635 I presume her uncle is a historical character also, but I m unable to confirm that I wish the author had included a note commenting on which of the characters are historical personages I selected this book to check out whether I wanted to pursue the rest of the series The books are translated from Spanish The following is a list of the books in the series and the year published in USA 1 Captain Alatriste, USA 20052 Purity of Blood, USA 20063 The Sun over Breda, USA 20074 The King s Gold, USA 20085 The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet, USA 20096 Pirates of the Levant, USA 2010A movie based on the series, titled Alatriste, was released in September 1, 2006, directed by Agust n D az Yanes and starring Viggo Mortensen The DVD is not yet released for North America The series of books started when the author, P rez Reverte, decided that there was a lack of history of the Spanish Golden Age in the school textbook of his teenaged daughter Carlota He commissioned Carlota to gather documentation for him hence, she is billed as co author of the first novel and developed the stories P rez Reverte is influenced by the works of many novelists, in particular 19th century writers like Alexandre Dumas, and his D Artagnan Romances He also applies the dark tone of his experiences as a war reporter.The period settings allows him to insert references to the authors including Lope de Vega and Cervantes and artists including Diego Vel zquez He reflects on Spain and the Spaniards as a people united that, in spite of being at war with all the major European powers, are capable of showing bravery and honor added may 2016 after visiting Spain Andalusia Granada, Seville, Cordoba and a few other places and Madrid and being impressed muchthan I expected probably due to the fact that in most of my childhood and even later books, the Spanish were generally the villains as those books were either English or French, but overall after visiting the three main Latin countries, Italy, France and Spain, i think I liked Spain the most overall , have to reread this as maybe now it will tell me a added may 2016 after visiting Spain Andalusia Granada, Seville, Cordoba and a few other places and Madrid and being impressed muchthan I expected probably due to the fact that in most of my childhood and even later books, the Spanish were generally the villains as those books were either English or French, but overall after visiting the three main Latin countries, Italy, France and Spain, i think I liked Spain the most overall , have to reread this as maybe now it will tell me after reading about half, I can say that visting the places where the novel takes place and imaging the atmosphere helps a lot, so this will become a much better read for meoriginal review 2009 I never could read a Perez Reverte book end to end and I tried 4 or 5 so far somehow they are too flat, they promise a lot but do not deliver Finally I forced myself to finish Alatriste 1 and it was ok, something to read if I have nothing else, but not something exciting so I decided to put the author on the avoid for now list Translated by Margaret Peden Set in the 1620s, this historical novel centers on the titular soldier, a melancholy man wounded in Flanders and now haunting Madrid as a sword for hire Hired by two masked men, who are clearly powerful officials, with the backing of a much feared Inquisitor, Alatriste is charged with killing two English travelers Sensing something wrong, he lets them live, only to find out later it is the Duke of Buckingham and Prince Charles, attempting to secure the prince s we Translated by Margaret Peden Set in the 1620s, this historical novel centers on the titular soldier, a melancholy man wounded in Flanders and now haunting Madrid as a sword for hire Hired by two masked men, who are clearly powerful officials, with the backing of a much feared Inquisitor, Alatriste is charged with killing two English travelers Sensing something wrong, he lets them live, only to find out later it is the Duke of Buckingham and Prince Charles, attempting to secure the prince s wedding to the Spanish infanta This act of mercy puts Alatriste on many powerful people s black lists, but he stays in Madrid, fatalistically waiting for whatever will befall.This is an exquisitely realized novel, absolutely entertaining and very skillfully written There s little of the brutish, formulaic pabulum of the Sharpe novels here Alatriste is no superman, and relies as much on luck and craft as his skill to live This book is also at least as much about the Golden Age of Spain than about any one man Francisco de Quevedo is Alatriste s friend, and luminaries such as Lope de Vega and Diego Velasquez are mentioned frequently Perez Reverte s narrator a youth named Inigo, Alatriste s de facto ward ruminates on the state of 17th century Spain with all its corruption and dangers, on the festivities and attitudes of the time, on courage and honor, on what sort of man lived by the sword in those times In short, there is as much historical as there is novel in this book, and both parts are equally enjoyable 6 7 6 8First off, I can t remember the last time I started and finished a book in one day Yeesh Not a lot going on today I guess.Anyway, I have read and enjoyed several of Perez Reverte s books and have been looking forward to this series I was not blown away The characters were were pretty plain, and I really didn t like the narrator at all the classic I m old now and I m gonna tell you some stories from a long time ago type guy Also, The profanity he uses throughout the book doesn t 6 7 6 8First off, I can t remember the last time I started and finished a book in one day Yeesh Not a lot going on today I guess.Anyway, I have read and enjoyed several of Perez Reverte s books and have been looking forward to this series I was not blown away The characters were were pretty plain, and I really didn t like the narrator at all the classic I m old now and I m gonna tell you some stories from a long time ago type guy Also, The profanity he uses throughout the book doesn t work to get you to believe in the characters it seems completely gratuitous and out of place.I would give this only two stars, bbbuuutttt it is a translation from the original Spanish, and I have to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume the translation was flawed I have read several of his other books and enjoyed them enough, so at least some of the blame goes on the translator I just looked at three of his books here off the cuff and they all have different translators