Item description for El capitan Alatriste/Captain Alatriste (Narrativa) by Arturo Perez-Reverte...
Diego Alatriste is a swordsman in a dangerous and corrupt 17th Century Spain, where his services are requested to settle debts or restore a family's reputation. When wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, he is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives a relatively quiet life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. When he is hired by the Holy Inquisition to kill two mysterious travelers, guests of the British ambassador, he knows he is in serious trouble.
Description in Spanish: No era el hombre mas honesto y piadoso pero era un hombre valiente.. Con estas palabras empieza El Capitan Alatriste, la historia de un soldado veterano de los tercios de Flandes que malvive como espadachin a sueldo en el Madrid del siglo XVII. Sus peligrosas y apasionantes aventuras nos sumergen sin aliento en las intrigas de la Corte de una Espana corrupta y en decadencia, las emboscadas en callejones oscuros entre el brillo de los aceros, las tabernas donde Francisco de Quevedo compone sonetos entre pendencias y botellas de vino, o los corrales de comedias donde las representaciones de Lope de Vega terminan a cuchilladas.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Punto de Lectura
ISBN 8466309918 ISBN13 9788466309912
Availability 0 units.
More About Arturo Perez-Reverte
Arturo Perez-Reverte is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, and the Captain Alatriste series. A retired war journalist, he lives in Madrid and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy."
Arturo Perez-Reverte currently resides in Cartagena. Arturo Perez-Reverte was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about El capitan Alatriste/Captain Alatriste (Narrativa)?
Swords And Daggers And Dangerous Times Jan 25, 2008
Diego Alatriste, retired from the Spanish army after a serious wound, lives by his wits as a sword-for-hire in 17th Century Madrid. It's not easy to make ends meet, and he spends a lot of time in prison. Then, he gets an offer he can't refuse--ambush two mysterious Englishmen--just wound them a little and take some documents. Or, were his instructions to kill them? The assignment will have unforeseen costs and create lifelong enemies.
The story is told by his thirteen year old page, Inigo Balboa, who relates the exploits of his master, the famed artists and poets who cross their path, the comedy performance that ends in a sword-fight, and the unforeseeable events that flow from the ambush of the Englishmen. I won't give away the plot. Let's just say that it never gets boring, not for an instant. The story is about more than one man, however daring, it's also about Spain in the golden age, a country of outward prosperity and inward decay, a land where powerful and mysterious forces struggle for control.
Author Perez-Reverte writes brilliantly, in clear, sparkling prose. Once you read the first page, you're hooked. The Spanish isn't hard although he does use some words I couldn't find in my Spanish-English dictionary. Never mind, though. You get the gist. The lead character is not just a swordsman, he's a man with depth, with a conscience, even if he doesn't talk much. You will love getting to know Alatriste, and you will love the book. I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
El Capitan Alatriste Mar 9, 2007
It is so good I could not put it down until I finish it. Love it!!!
Too advanced for students learning spanish Oct 25, 2006
For native spanish speakers this is a great book, with a great story and interesting characters. However, for english speakers learning spanish, the text is extremely difficult to translate, with a massive new vocabulary to learn. Only get this if your spanish is extremely advanced.
not too difficult Feb 6, 2006
This (and the other Alatriste novels which follow it, I suspect) is a good read for a second-language reader. One needs to keep the dictionary handy--there's a fair amount of archaic vocabulary and expressions-- but in this respect I did not find it any more difficult than Pérez-Reverte's more contemporary novels, e.g., Reina del Sur, which is full of Mexican narcotraficante argot. The fact is, Pérez-Reverte likes words and uses a lot of them, including some obscure ones. As a language learner, that's good for you, like spinach, and the interesting plot, ambience, and characterizations--the storytelling--help it go down easily.
Always check the LANGUAGE NOTES before buying a book Apr 29, 2005
I can't believe the only 2 bad reviews were given by people who din't know the book was written in Spanish. I read the book and I personally give it 10 stars for its historic content among other things.
First, the TITLE is written in SPANISH, not German nor ENGLISH!!!
Second, if you feel the vendor didn't provide an accurate description of the book such as the Language Edition don't blame the book. Further, if you want to blame somebody because you can't read the book, blame the editors for not publishing an English version. NOT ALL BOOKS are translated into ENGLISH and viceversa.
Third, for those who wrote the bad reviews give yourself 20 stars for publicly admitting that you were careless/stup.. enough to buy a book that you couldn't read. UNDER THE EDITORIAL REVIEWS you have this NOTE:
Language Notes Text: Spanish
I hope this note helps for those would be buyers. GRACIAS.