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To ask other readers questions about Tristanaplease sign up. December 7, at 7: The story concerns the awaken This is another book and writer I heard about thanks to The Mookse and the Gripes group.

It was fascinating, and informative, to learn why the phrase is best translated as “perhaps”. It is not these two men, or even society, that ultimately holds back Tristana, but a more prosaic everyday tragedy.

Tristana (novel) – Wikipedia

A brilliant, cutting edge, richly textured, historically relevant, compelling melodrama from the Naturalist movement in late 19th century Spanish literature.

While his plays are generally considered to be less successful perea his novels, Realidad is important in the history of realism in the Spanish theatre. Notify me of new posts via email. The protagonist’s situation illustrates the plight of women who have tristaan male defenders to provide for them or protect their virtue.

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It still makes for a powerful work, all the more impressive for how his flawed characters nevertheless have redeeming qualities — and yet nothing can redeem cruel fate. He follows his own perverted chivalric code. And she wants the trixtana of Horacio, a local artist.

Tristana follows the trials and tribulations of the youthful, orphaned Tristana and the pegez lovers in her life. True, tristaa age nineteen Tristana comes to live with Don Lope Garrido, a seasoned Don Juan who uses all his stock repertoire of sweet words and caresses to seduce his young charge but then at age twenty-one it happens – Tristana awakens to how her womanhood has been violated and thus her rebellion against what she now regards as an evil, lecherous tyrant.


A terrific book and a terrific review of it. December 7, at 1: This is easier to handle. View all 4 comments.

This is the language of a late-romantic writer portraying two people whose need to act out an ideal of passion may be stronger than the passion itself. The story concerns the awakening of Tristana’s consciousness, her affair with Horacio and its aftermath. Learn how your comment data is processed. But, back to the book: And I agree that readers the readers here would appreciate it.

He is able to triumph using his wiles and experience. Don Lope of the lofty ideals who would give the shirt off his back to friends in need but at the same time had few qualms about seducing a beautiful and naive young woman placed in his beniito.

May 04, Maritza Buendia rated it really liked it.

Saturna tells Tristana that in this society of ours women have but three alternatives — to be wives, to be actresses or to be something too low to be mentioned in polite society.

Si fuera un libro largo no creo que lo hubiese terminado. Benito Galdos creates a character in Tristana, who, despite what everyone tells her, despises the idea of marriage and simply wants genito be free. She winds up a literally and figuratively broken woman. Jonathan on An Untouched House: Don Lop In his “Introduction” to this novel Jeremy Treglown wonders if the title and the character’s name isn’t meant to suggest sadness.


The relationship between the characters, however, is intriguing. December 7, at Many of these individuals turned to philosophical systems to provide an ethical base. In one of her letters to Horacio, Tristana summarizes many beliefs she expresses over the course of the novel: It ends with one gzldos Guy Savage on The Lady Killer: November 30, 5: Don Lope holds himself outside of social institutions until poverty and old age change his ways.

I always like it when an author takes characters away from the cliched and the expected. Jun 17, Deny rated it really liked it Shelves: Tal vez solo son seres humanos con las mismas preguntas y las mismas inquietudes que todos nosotros. After spending much of his money helping an old friend and his wife through hard times, he assumes guardianship of their daughter when both parents die.

The men in her life — Horacio and Don Lope — have different ideas or at least hopespreferring to see her more traditionally subservient at their side, but they limit how far they impose their will on her. Before long, he falls for her, and applies, as he puts it, “the law of love.

Plot stuff is on site, so I’ll skip it. Her exuberant imagination awoke in him new mental energies; the sphere of his ideas grew larger, and so infectious was that powerful combination of strong feelings and deep thoughts that together they reached new heights, experienced a tempestuous intoxication of the senses, filled with daringly utopian moments, both social and erotic.