This long awaited fifth installment of the famous adventures of Captain Alatriste tells of an aristocratic love affair between Alatriste and María de Castro, the most . “Don Francisco de Quevedo me dirigió una mirada que interpreté como era debido, pues fui detrás del capitán Alatriste. Avísame. Booktopia has El Caballero del Jubon Amarillo, Las Aventuras Del Capitan Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Buy a discounted Paperback of El Caballero del.
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My first book in this series. Maybe the others have a bit more zim as this one zig-zagged along to a predictable conclusion. What was good was the description of 17th Century Spain.
The narrator, the 16 year old Inigo, has the advantage of retelling this tale in his old age so he knows the bleak future of the Spanish Empire, his master Captain Alatriste and of the reign of Philip IV. Madrid was a dangerous place, men’s honour would see friends fight to the death for a minor faux pas. The Inquisit My first book in this series. The Inquisition is still around so appearance and adherence of the many rules is essential for survival.
Not sure if this is common to the series, but there is also a lot about Spanish writing, poets and the theatre. A commendable piece of research. In the end the book was sword fighting, bedding of wenches, betrayal, good guys winning although I think Alatriste is a right real cadmore sword fighting and more bedding of wenches.
Jun 11, Irene rated it liked it. Un puro corral de comedia. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. The fifth Captain Alatriste novel. The Captain, of course, cannot be told what to do, and alienates friends and enemies alike by continuing to see the actress. This is a superb historical novel, perhaps the best in the series.
The vanity of the swordsmen for a decaying empire, duels over one wrong glance, strict adherence to considerations of honor, pageantry, assignations, plays, poets whose stars rise and fall at the whims of the court: The suspense is masterful, with Alatriste and Inigo both independently betrayed by their foolish pride or love, and racing, swords in hand, against a very short deadline separately but toward the same goal.
View all 4 comments. This volume started a little slow with the first half focused on the Madrid cultural scene and setting up the pieces for the drama about to unfold. The second half made up for the leisure pace of the beginning with emotional intensity ramped up and actual cloak and dagger duels.
The first person narrator – the young page Inigo Balboa – made me think of the Arthurian knight from Bernard Cornwell Warlord Chronicles: Alatriste remains the swordmaster of little words and great courage and Perez-Reverte uses the novel to paint a vivid fresco of Spanish Era de Oro. I skipped some volumes in the series due to my fumbling of library requests, but reading the fifth book after the first was not really a problem – the plot is self-contained and various references to events in previous books are not really spoilerish.
I think this is deliberate on the part of the author, to plan the books so you can jump in at any point. Oh how easy it is to forget what a wonderful writer Arturo Perez-Reverte or his translator in this series He writes so comfortably, the story rolls off the page so easily and the images that appear in my mind are so vivid. And what a hero Captain Alatriste is! A quiet man, normally calm and thoughtful yet swift into action. A man to be admired and looked up to.
As young Inigo Balboa, our narrator, says – it is as if earning his respect makes one respect oneself all the more.
The s Oh how easy it is to forget what a wonderful writer Arturo Perez-Reverte or his translator in this series The story is simple; the king has taken a liking to the Captain’s latest dalliance which makes him unhappy. His enemies use this to implicate him in a plot to assassinate the king If you haven’t read this series, and you love a bit of historical fiction mixed in with some down-to-earth realism Feb 12, Gleb rated it liked it. We often hear legends about Spanish love.
This book is all full of it. As for me it was the most boring book from all the series about captain Alatriste. Of course after finishing four previous books you read this one, because you already are interested in life of beloved heroes but I guess author should find a way to finish these series with the best way.
El caballero del jubón amarillo
Book by book I am losing interest in the story. Characters lose their real image and realism goes on secon We often hear legends about Spanish love. Characters lose their real image and realism goes on second plan. Series about captain Alatriste are very interesting and all covered with hidden facts which explain in some way modern Spain, jybon, as for me, I think the series needs one big and very strong finish.
Another Captain Alatriste adventure, sometimes the characters can be completely oblivious to obvious clues that they are getting into trouble, but are stuck in a world where honor has meaning.
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I’m curious to read one of his books in Spanish to see if any of the power and thrill is lost in translation. Oct 03, Gerardo B. No es malo y tiene sus momentos, pero es el que menos me ha gustado de la serie. Mar 22, Manuela rated it liked it. Meglio dei primi due mi mancano terzo e quarto, introvabiliii. I devoured the previous Alatriste adventures once I picked them up, but this one I have to admit jkbon a hard start for me.
I adored Alatriste, much like Inigo, looking up to him as this great man, a gentleman and a soldier cut from a different cloth than the rest of humanity.
El caballero del jubon amarillo / The Man in the Yellow Doublet (Captain Alatriste Series, Book 5)
A man of honor and dignity no matter what life throws at him. It rather broke my heart, to the p I devoured the previous Alatriste adventures once I picked them up, but this one I have to admit was a hard start for me. It rather broke my heart, to the point where I had to put the book down half way through. Months later I picked it back up. And it dawned on me the pure genius of Senor Perez’s storytelling.
Inigo our narrator is growing up, and his perceptions are changing, and this is the book that we see along with him that Alatriste is not in fact an infallible caballero model, but a man.
Just a man, doing the best he can smarillo raise this boy well and maybe get a little enjoyment out of this life that usually kicks him in the balls and walks away. He has cheated death aamarillo many times that he is surely certain his life is finally coming to a close. It wasn’t that he no longer loved La Lebrijana, but when a woman as beautiful as de Castro comes into his path, he’s not about to walk away, even when it becomes apparent his own skin is on the line, and that his rival for this great beauty’s affection is THE KING.
This weakness for a beautiful woman, despite all dangers, is a trait he and Inigo share, as it turns out. The plot is woven masterfully, and the last pages Senor Perez-Reverte really drives it home. It had me turning pages like a madman and grinning like a fool. Can I just say how much I love the man in black, Alatriste’s ever present antagonist, Gualaterio Malatesta?
El caballero del jubón amarillo by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
They are so similar, such perfect foils for each other. And yet there is one thing that still separates them. What makes Alatriste the White Hat, as it were. The fact that Alatriste still serves something greater than himself.
Not God, but his King, for whom he has bled so much, given so much of his jubin to. Even if the wastrel of a king doesn’t deserve Alatriste’s loyalty in the least. Do you not know the juboon An adversary respects you even if he stabs you in the back. Enemies are something else entirely. An enemy loathes you, even though he may praise and embrace you.
God, I don’t want to spoil it, but the pure wonderful irony of it. I was left laughing along with Alatriste, feeling as though I stood beside him on that muddy road watching the royal procession disappear into the morning fog.
God, what a great book. What amaarillo wonderfully imperfect hero. He won back my respect, and I adore him more than ever. I realized that I read out of order and skipped The King’s Gold, in which basically Perez-Reverte outlines my revelations about Alatriste’s state of mind in the first ten pages. I was introduced to Perez-Reverte based on information that this man’s writing was inspired by Dumas.
And I must say, I could not have been better informed. Alatriste is the foil companion of D’artagnan set in 17th century Spain. But of course, unlike the noble hot-headed musketeer, Alatriste is an age worn soldier, coarse, stubborn, and often times temperamental, but nonetheless a hero. Toegether, these men form a memorable pair.
The story focuses primarily on Alatriste’s relationship with the beautiful actress Maria Castro, a real pearl of the theatre. But Alatriste soon finds this love short spoken when he finds himself face to face with the mysterious cavalier in the yellow doublet who is no other ddl King Phillip IV, whom Alatriste is forced to rival with for the eye of the beholden beauty.