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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Grupo Anaya Comercial (1 July 1998)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8420726672
  • ISBN-13: 978-8420726670
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,279,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A tragi-comedy about an old woman who helps a courtly young gentleman to seduce a young girl. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
Synopsis of this book is absolutely wrong. "Celestina" has nothing to do with Socrates or Plato and much less is a reading for children. It's the history of the ill- fated love of Calisto and Melibea, two noble young people. According to ideas of the Middle Age, love isn't a good thing for a good marriage, so, there's plenty of difficult to consumate his desire. By the advice of a corrupted servant of Calisto, he recourse to Celestina, a genial paradigm of a procuress woman that is really the protagonist of this book. Celestina knowns well his work: all potions and elixirs for love and hate, masters arts of witchcraft and rules a prostitute treating both noblesse and current people. Celestina suspasses all surrounding people in wisdom and experience. In XV century such love couldn't be permitted to end well, so, Calisto commits suicide. This book is supossedly edited in 1499 but contains ideas surprisingly modern and style is crude and strongly realistic. Few is known about Fernando de Rojas, the genial author which is supossed a Jew forceful converted to Christianism. "The Celestina" was still written in primitive Castilian, almost Latin language and the psychology and customs are medieval.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Una joya de la literatura europea. 24 Nov 2001
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Format: Paperback
Ante todo resulta incómodo ver valoradas con estrellitas (de 1 a 5) las obras maestras de la literatura universal.
La Celestina forma parte de esa veintena de obras maestras que forman lo más destacado de la literatura en cualquier idioma y de cualquier época. Sin lugar a dudas, la más fascinante, moderna, entretenida y asequible de su época. Una auténtica novela (dialogada) moderna.
Entre sus mejores momentos: la comida en casa de Celestina con los criados y prostitutas, el primer encuentro de Celestina y Melibea, Melibea esperando a Calixto en el jardín, y un final que te deja un nudo en la garganta. Ah!, y por supuesto la sabiduría popular de Celestina.
La comparación con Romeo and Juliet de Shakespeare no tiene sentido. Las dos obras son opuestas. Por otra parte no cabe duda de que La Celestina es muy superior (más compleja, densa, apasionada, humana, personajes más solidos y destacados...)
Cito a Riquer en su extraordinaria Historia de La Literatura Universal:
Cuando Calixto llega al jardín de Melibea por vez primera persiguiendo un halcón y queda herido por la belleza de la joven (escena de caza frecuente en las novelas cortesanas medievales, por ejemplo en el Cliges de Troyes), se levanta un vendaval que lo arrasará todo, lo bajo y lo elevado, el afecto más gratuito y la codicia más interesada. Y el lector tras tanta belleza, tantos primores, tanta poesía, tanto realismo y tras una tan bien conducida historia de unas almas en desasosiego, ve que la tragicomedia de Rojas, a pesar de su declarada intencion moralizadora, cae en el vacío, como Melibea al arrojarse de la torre, porque después de la muerte de los dos jóvenes Rojas sólo deja entrever un "infierno de enamorados"
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
It captures the essance of good and evil in love. 27 Oct 1998
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Format: Paperback
Fernando De Rojas captures the truth of the love between man and woman in a time when novels were rarely written. This book plays out of a drama that inhabits the first concepts of the tragedy of love. It is what books like Romeo and Juliet are compared to.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A forgotten and ignored classic 12 July 1999
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Format: Paperback
Celestina is amusing, ironic, and while the prose and dialogue is long and descriptive, it is never boring- I really enjoyed this play. A note to the person who claims to be the author: Celestina was written in 1499, and it is widely assumed the author lived circa the same time. So, congratultions on your 500th birthday. :)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A forgotten and ignored classic 12 July 1999
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Format: Paperback
Celestina is amusing, ironic, and while the prose and dialogue is long and descriptive, it is never boring- I really enjoyed this play.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
La Celestina 3 Jan 2007
By Lobito - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A classic Spanish literature story written in the Old Style Spanish by fernando De Rojas. Excellent reading and an excellent story with modern applications.
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