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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Punto de Lectura, S.L.; 4th edition (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 8466320539
  • ISBN-13: 978-8466320535
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arturo Perez Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full time. His novels include THE FLANDERS PANEL, THE CLUB DUMAS, THE FENCING MASTER, THE SEVILLE COMMUNION, THE NAUTICAL CHART, THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and the bestselling CAPTAIN ALATRISTE series. In 2003 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. His website can be visited at www.perez-reverte.com

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He wasn't the most honest or pious man, but he was a brave one. And so begins the story of Captain Alatriste, a veteran soldier of the regiment of Flanders who scrapes by as a swordsman for hire in seventeenth-century Madrid. Accompanied by a cast of

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After being the proud owner of the paper version of all the episodes, I am incredibly happy for having received this copy as a birthday present. My favourite Spanish writer offers here a superb depiction of the Spain of the Siglo de Oro, walking us through the streets of Madrid, with the love, bravery and corruption of the period described with a perfect use of the Spanish language. Don Arturo's immense knowledge makes of this book a work of art. Highly recommended.
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By Silvi Mur on 22 Nov. 2014
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Obra maestra de principio a fin. Me quito el sombrero.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Vazquez Quintana on 5 Sept. 2006
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The author A. Perez Reverte was a journalist and war correspondent for Spanish press. When he speaks on the radio or TV he seems a man with deep knowledge of underworld and has bitter opinions about society. He was also very sadly impressed by the Balkan War, as he didn't conceived that cruel war in modern Europe. For all that and his problems with daily work in newspapers it seems he created the personage of Capitan Alatriste. You will not find great literary quality here, but full action. Yes, Perez Reverte knows troubled history of Spain. Summing up, this novel is similar to best sellers of adventures in English language, westerns, etc. Alatriste is a captain of the Spanish Army from the Tercios of Flandes. He has fought against reformists in Holland. His personality is well defined: "He wasn't the most pious man, even he wasn't a good man, but he was a brave man". Captain Alatriste is simply an ex military that after war, in the declining Spanish empire from XVII century, plenty of corruption, lives in Madrid and must hire his great ability with sword to win his life, and usually he his hired by powerful people and noblesse for criminal purposes. Alatriste is however a lover of letters, and friend of the Francisco de Quevedo, one of the top masters of Spanish literature. He has some dignity he has to forget for living. Perez Reverte warns Spain of today are not far of all that. A film based on the novels of Captain Alatriste has been recently made with big means and money for Spanish cinema standards.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
El Capitan Alatriste 22 Mar. 2000
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Este es el primero de tres libros escritos por Pérez Reverte sobre el mismo personaje, Diego Alatriste, soldado español retirado. Pertenece al género que podría llamarse como de "el folletín resucitado", cuyo propósito parece ser únicamente entretener y divertir. El tema, aventuras de espadachines en el Madrid de Velázquez y Quevedo, es tratado hábilmente por Pérez Reverte, provocando una lectura ligera, rápida, pero nunca superficial. El retrato del Madrid "capital del mundo" es muy atractivo para todos aquellos que pertenecemos a la cultura hispana y ojalá despierte interés en los lectores por saber más de nosotros. Lo más interesante,en mi opinión, es la manera como se presentan los valores y los vicios netamente hispanos en un marco de aventuras de golpes y porrazos (o higadillos ensartados en hojas de acero de Toledo). Probablemente el autor se muera de risa si supiera que alguien opina ésto, pero leer este libro es casi como almorzarse una ensalada ligera de Unamuno, Octavio Paz, y La Guerra de las Galaxias. Una recomendación: incluir un glosario para aquellos que no estamos familiarizados con los el vocabulario de hace tres siglos, y, una felicitación a Pérez Reverte por haber conservado los términos correctos y no darnos "atole con el dedo".Ideal para pasarse un buen rato.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Swashbuckling Adventure during Spain's Golden Age 1 Dec. 2004
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
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Home from the Wars in the Flanders, Diego Alatriste y Tenorio makes his living as a hired swordsman. His clients include irate husbands and lenders who have problems collecting their debts. Capitan Alatriste is the archetypal veteran warrior home from the wars. He is skilled in his craft and he lives quietly by his warrior's code. We have all seen this character played in numerous movies by Toshiro Mifune, Clint Eastwood and Gary Cooper.

What makes the Diego Alatriste character interesting and sets him apart, is that he is an active participant in Spain's Golden Age. His friends include the poet Miguel de Quevedo, the dramatist Lope de Vega and the young painter Diego Velasquez. With this novel, the reader gets both a good swashbuckling adventure and a history lesson. This is one of those novels where the atmosphere is as good as the action.

At 237 pages, this is a very accessable novel for non native speakers of Spanish. One needs only a few years of college Spanish and access to a good dictionary to look up the more archaic Spanish terms. For those interested in reading the whole Alatriste series, I would recommend reading Marcelin Defourneaux's "Daily Life in Spain during the Golden Age". This will help put the series in its proper context.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Acción, historia y aventura 14 Feb. 2001
By Eduardo J. Tellez A - Published on Amazon.com
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En esta primera aventura, Diego Alatriste deberá cumplir un misterioso encargo entre conspiraciones, azares y emboscadas en estrechos callejones, entre el brillo de los aceros, en las tabernas donde Francisco de Quevedo compone sonetos entre pendencias y botellas de vino, y en los corrales de comedias donde las representaciones de Lope de Vega terminan a cuchilladas. Acción, historia y aventura se dan cita en estas páginas inolvidables. Si te gusto y quedastes facinado y no pudistes saciar tu hambre por mas aventuras del Capitan Diego A. puedes seguir sus historias en los siguientes libros del mismo autor LIMPIEZA DE SANGRE y EL SOL DE BREDA.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Always check the LANGUAGE NOTES before buying a book 29 April 2005
By O. Ordonez - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't believe the only 2 bad reviews were given by people who din't know the book was written in Spanish. I read the book and I personally give it 10 stars for its historic content among other things.

First, the TITLE is written in SPANISH, not German nor ENGLISH!!!

Second, if you feel the vendor didn't provide an accurate description of the book such as the Language Edition don't blame the book. Further, if you want to blame somebody because you can't read the book, blame the editors for not publishing an English version. NOT ALL BOOKS are translated into ENGLISH and viceversa.

Third, for those who wrote the bad reviews give yourself 20 stars for publicly admitting that you were careless/stup.. enough to buy a book that you couldn't read. UNDER THE EDITORIAL REVIEWS you have this NOTE:

Language Notes

Text: Spanish

I hope this note helps for those would be buyers. GRACIAS.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Comienza la aventura 16 Aug. 2000
By Tatiana Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
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Diego Alatriste y Tenorio protagoniza esta historia narrada magistralmente por la pluma de quien considero el mejor escritor hispanoamericano de la contemporaneidad. En el marco de una inquisición que ya no sabe a quién más acabar, soldados harapientos que sólo han contribuido a menoscabar el poderío español, y una monarquía que no entiende su fracaso, un pequeño huérfano, Iñigo Balboa, se convierte en el narrador de las aventuras de ese espadachín invencible y misterioso. Lleno de cicatrices y recuerdos, de cuentas por saldar y enemigos anónimos que se ocultan en las sombras, Alatriste desafiará al Santo Oficio: para él el honor es más valioso que su propia vida. Con este libro creo que todos los adultos podemos dejar fluir al niño interno que siempre soñó con ser Mosquetero, que en algún momento de la infancia empuñó una espada (muy plástica y sin filo, pero espada al fin), y hasta se colgó un trapo de capa. Es una lectura óptima y sin desperdicio: brillantemente escrita, pulcramente narrada, personajes únicos y extraordinariamente humanos. Lo mejor de todo es que la historia sigue, y ese placer nos pertenece. Por cierto, en la página web de Alfaguara existe una información muy completa sobre los personajes que conforman las aventuras del querido Capitán...
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