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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Luther, Calvin, and the like. The novel is dedicated: 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.

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And this is the worst for any novel not making your readers like, at least a little bit, the characters. It is not that he Cipriano Salcedo was antipathetic, just that he could not gain my sympathy. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Jennifer Kraft rated it it was ok Jul 27, From the start his father fe him and he is under the care of his wet-nurse Minervina.

The ending however, will stay with me for a while, dl fact that prisoners were treated that is quite shocking, things have come along way since then. 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.

Carnuzzz rated it it was ok Jan 17, Still, from the first, his embrace of religion isn’t wholehearted but rather slightly sceptical. The Heretic – US. Published May 28th by Distribooks first published 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 Heretic – Canada. Meanwhile, Bernardo also lusts after Minervina, and his attempts to spy on and seduce her are very nicely mlguel. 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.

Sep 09, Enrique rated it it was ok.

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: Ve a hundred pages long, this part of the book only covers Cipriano’s childhood and early teen years. 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.

That he is destined to get mixed up with all that is also made clear from early on, as Cipriano even notes that he was born on the same day as the Reformation: The Heretic by Miguel Delibes. It was Minervina that taught Cipriano his first lessons.

Joel Mercado Rosa rated it it was ok Aug 17, Not once did I feel as if I was being transported to the time of Inquisition in Spain. Not once did I feel any measure of compassion toward the main character, Cipriano.

The Heretic (El Hereje)

Ana rated it it was ok Mar 13, In Cipriano’s Spain there is even less openness — but change is in the air, and the questioning of doctrine inevitable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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 the narrative; throughout, Valladolid is an integral part of the novel.

Bellinda rated it it was ok Dec 18, Here and later Delibes uses him as a case-study of the changing economic and business-environment in the Spain of that time, the sort of historical colour that helps add texture to the novel without ever sounding too much like it’s pieced together from a textbook. The year is and the Catholic church rl going through a lot of unrest. Migufl complete review ‘s Review:.


Ugh, this was the second selection of the online book club I started and someone else’s choice. Cipriano’s mother dies at dwlibes birth, and it’s something his father, Bernardo, decides he can never forgive him for. Lists with This Book.

The Heretic – Miguel Delibes

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. El hereje – US. Paula rated it it was ok Nov 25, The Heretic is a three-part novel, beginning with ‘The Early Years’.

Alexandra rated it it was ok Oct 21, 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!! Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

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.

I just wanted it mivuel to end.

Bernardo has chosen to dislike his infant son, tolerating him only out of a sense of paternal obligation — and Cipriano returns the favour by always wailing when he is in his presence. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mar 07, Matt rated it it was ok.

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