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A great way to learn the history of Spain,
This review is from: Captain Alatriste: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste (Adventures of Capt Alatriste 1) (Paperback)
The Alatriste novels are set during Spain's "Century of Gold" and they describe both the pinnacle, and the decline, of the Spanish Empire.
The stories are told from the viewpoint of a simple soldier (Alatriste) who scratches a living between wars by hiring himself out as a mercenary to the many warring factions of the Spanish ruling classes. In the novels, on the way to learning of El Capitan Alatriste's fate, we absorb many aspects and dimensions of the Spanish way of life of that era, and Reverte achieves this in the most entertaining and captivating way possible. The adventure is exciting and the style of storytelling is compelling.
The author is a great story teller, but in his day job he is a scholar and an historian, who seeks to impart knowledge and information as well as telling a gripping tale. No wonder this series of novels is so well loved in Spain. Read this as soon as you can, you will not regret the time spent!
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2010 16:31:02 BDT
I enjoyed reading the novels in my mother tongue, Spanish, and have recently begun to read them in English, too. I could not agree more about how good stories these are. I hope all of them are soon available in English.
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