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El Sol de Breda (Aventuras del Capitan Alatriste) [Paperback]

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Enlisted as aide of Capitan Alatriste in the Spanish regiments, Inigo de Balboa tries to survive in a world where he needs to get very close to his enemy in order to kill him with his sword. He witnesses a historic moment, the surrender of Breda, that he would retell later to his friend Velazquez for famous painting.



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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Alfaguara
ISBN  8420483125  
ISBN13  9788420483122  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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Grit And Horror Of War  May 2, 2008
In this third volume of the Alatriste series, Captain Alatriste and his young ward Inigo Balboa are back in the army. Alatriste has left Madrid and its intrigues behind, to resume his life as an old soldier in the battlefields of Flanders. A stupid, meaningless, soul-sapping war that was ultimately doomed to failure. A war for the Catholic faith against the heretics (i.e. protestants). A war for king and country--but why??

Author Perez-Reverte describes the life (and death) of these soldiers in gritty, horrifying, numbing detail. The tedium, the insects, the crawling through tunnels, the battles without quarter, the explosions of merciless savagery. The author packs his work with historical details about weapons and equipment and military tactics. The sense of realism is startling. And to make things even more fascinating, he ties his fictional characters in with real figures from Spanish history and culture, particulary the great painter Velasquez. Not only can you not put this book down, you begin to wonder if it's fiction or history.

I'm enjoying the series immensely and this one especially. The Spanish is not too difficult, although (as with the other volumes) he uses a number of archaic terms for weapons and articles of clothing. Never mind, you can feel the dampness and cold. You keep reading. I recommend this book very highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
 
aburrido y de lectura espesa  Aug 19, 2001
Este libro me ha resultado muy aburrido, porque el autor se pierde en divagaciones. Las descripciones son demasiado exactas, y casi siempre no vienen a cuento de la trama. Me hubiera gustado más que el autor se centrase en la aventura y en la acción, y evitado en lo posible enrollarse con detalles que hacen perder el encanto de loa novela. Quizá parezca raro, pero para mí el final(en el que Íñigo Balboa cuenta lo sucedido en Breda a Velázquez para que pinte el cuadro), es lo mejor del libro.

Personalmente, prefiero las dos primeras novelas de la saga del capitán Alatriste, y recomiendo, porsupuesto, al lector amante de la intriga, "La tabla de Flandes" y "EL Club Dumas."

 
Is Alatriste a fictional character?  Jun 19, 2001
I keep marvelling at Mr. Pérez-Reverte's enviable style and lexicon. Yet another gem of a novel with microscopically researched historical footnotes. However, it looks at times like Iñigo Balboa is kicking Diego Alatriste out of the limelight. This is the first of the books I have read on the series where the young squire is coming of age and eventually coming into stage. He is the narrator, but also the executor of pivotal scenes. Regardless of this meaningless observation, the book is fascinating - yet again. The afterword puzzled me for nights. The editor describes the history of Diego Velázquez's "Surrender of Breda", one of the greatest - if not the greatest - painting of the Baroque period. In it he points out that perennial idiosyncracy of the Sevilian master, namely, redoing his canvas with different scenes or even characters. Was the explanation about Velázquez's self-portrait, perched on the left side along the defeated Dutch army, truly accurate, i.e., was Alatriste originally portrayed in its place? Or is the afterword part of the novel's unconventional fictionalization?
 
la crueldad e injusticia y realidad de la guerra  Feb 14, 2001
El éxito de sus novelas sobre las aventuras del capitán Alatriste, cuya publicación comenzó en 1996, constituye un acontecimiento literario sin precedentes en España. El sol de Breda es el tercer volumen de la serie. Flandes, 1625. Alistado como mochilero del capitán Alatriste en los tercios viejos que asedian Breda, Íñigo Balboa es testigo excepcional de la rendición de la ciudad, cuyos pormenores narrará diez años más tarde para un cuadro famoso de su amigo Diego Velázquez.

El Capitán Alatriste abandona la villa y corte de Madrid para marchar hacía Flandes y sus sangrientas batallas. Hasta el momento muchos dicen que El Sol de Breda es el mejor de los tres libros que han sido editados yo creo que los tres son muy entretenidos. Dejando a un lado las intrigas de la corte, Don Diego Alatriste vive y hace vivir la crueldad e injusticia y realidad de la guerra en 1625. Haciendo gala de un rigor histórico, Reverte refleja un período de España del que se ha publicado muy poco y que para muchos es hoy en día desconocido. Otras obras recomendadas del mismo autor. El Husar y La sombra del Aguila ambas inspiradas en las guerras Napoleonicas.

 
Just read it!  Jul 24, 2000
El Sol de Breda es el tercer libro de la saga del Capitán Alatriste. Si no has leído los anteriores dos (Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste, y Limpieza de Sangre) entonces no leas éste...claro lo puedes leer pero te vas a perder una serie de detalles necesarios para entender a los personajes que ya son recurrentes en este seriado. Si eres atento a los pormenores podrás comenzar a sospechar cuál es La Venganza de Alquézar (uno de los libros que sigue en la serie, y aún no publicado)...si te gusta la lectura que mezcla con precisión matemática la historia con la aventura, entonces adéntrate en esta España de soldados obligados y monarcas decadentes, inquisidores y espadachines, damiselas y bibliotecas en llamas, nombres conocidos y hombres borrados de los libros. Extraordinario.
 

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