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El Capitan Alatriste (Captain Alatriste Series #1) / Edition 1
     

El Capitan Alatriste (Captain Alatriste Series #1) / Edition 1

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by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Carlota Perez-Reverte
 

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ISBN-10: 8420483532

ISBN-13: 9788420483535

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Alfaguara


Diego Alatriste is a swordsman in a dangerous and corrupt seventeenth-century Spain, where his services are requested to settle debts or restore a family's reputation. 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. A hard-to-put-down story.

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Diego Alatriste is a swordsman in a dangerous and corrupt seventeenth-century Spain, where his services are requested to settle debts or restore a family's reputation. 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. A hard-to-put-down story.

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ISBN-13:
9788420483535
Publisher:
Alfaguara
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Capitan Alatriste Series , #1
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.56(d)

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El Capitan Alatriste (Captain Alatriste Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
El Capitán Alatriste by Arturo Pérez-Reverete Diego Alatriste y Tendrio, known as Captain Alatriste is a veteran of the Spanish wars with the Dutch in the 1620's. The story is told by his page, Íñigo Balboa-who's father, Lope Balboa fought alongside Captain Alatriste in the Dutch wars and died there. Íñigo is a lad of 13 when he joins the Captain, who has just come out of jail for petty crimes. The Captain receives an offer by two masked men and the Dominican Father Emilio Bocanegra, the main inquisitor of the Church, to kill two strangers who are traveling incognito to Madrid. Alatriste is to be assisted by an Italian by the name of Gualterio Malatesta. The ambush takes place but something is not right-according to Captain Alatriste-and he changes sides when the older of the two victims asks mercy for the youngest of the two. Alatriste saves them both and takes them a nearby castle, owned by Álvaro Luis Gonzaga de la Marca and Álvarez de Sidonia, count of Guadalmedina-a good and loyal friend of the Captain. Álvaro identifies the two victims as Jorge Villiers, count of Buckingham, and Charles of Wales, son of the British king Jacob 1st-ist in line to inherit the British crown. These two gentlemen were on a secret mission to try to woe the daughter of the Spanish king, Phillip IV, María. Don Álvaro escorts the two British dignitaries to the British embassy-The House of the Seven Chimneys. The two British dignitaries feel they have been saved by the Captain and once they are announced to be in Madrid, they are safe and no harm can be done to them-unless Spain wishes a war with Britain. A war Spain can't afford since it is still battling the Dutch. Obviously this create a lot of enemies for the Captain and his page and the rest of the book is their adventures evading the ire of the political drama in the Spanish court. The book is a fun short read (217 pages) filled with local customs of the period and also filled with poetry and literature of the epoch. Lope de Vega, Francisco Quevedo, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca are constantly quoted and appear in the plot. If you like thrill, adventure, and a good epoch book from the XVIIth century, this is a book for you. There are a total of six books involving the adventures of Captain Alatriste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A splendid novel placed in the political Spanish decadence of the XVIIth century, but not in the cultural decadence; on the contrary it was the Golden age for the Spanish literature and for the Spanish painting as well. European culture owes so much to this period than is recognized by French and English chauvinism. I you want to experience one of the greatest era of the world's literature in one of the greatest empire, this is your novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is the beginning of the adventures of Capitan Alatriste, a man of his time, the Spanish Siglo de Oro (Golden Century) and tell us about the time where Spain ruled the world, an era of greatness in literature and painting but also of misery in almost everything else. I enjoyed this novel very much and have read it again many times, as the Capitan Alatriste deals with adversity with only one goal: surviving.