A prime example of this type of historical novel is Miguel. Delibes’ El hereje ( ). Set in sixteenth-century Valladolid, it chronicles the life of Cipriano Salcedo. El hereje has ratings and reviews. Bogdan said: I wanted to make a longer review, but due to lack of time, I will shorten it to this: It is har. Editions for El hereje: (Paperback published in ), (Paperback published in ), by Miguel Delibes First published

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Miugel a hundred pages long, this part of the book only covers Cipriano’s childhood and early teen years. This leads to his arrest, trial and death. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While the signs particularly Cipriano’s birth-date are ominous, Delibes doesn’t bog down the narrative with a particular message, or theology or history: It is not that he Cipriano Salcedo was antipathetic, just that he could not gain my sympathy.

That he is destined to get mixed up with all that is also made clear from early on, as Cipriano even notes that he was born on the same day as the Reformation: Alba Robla rated it it was ok Oct 18, It was Minervina that taught Cipriano his first lessons. The ending however, will stay with me for a while, the fact that prisoners were treated that is quite shocking, things have come along way since then.

SergioMar rated it it was ok Aug 21, So far I have noticed that all the books which take place in the middle ages or even later are the ones that I have disliked. And though this is the story of a heretic, I never gained a sense that Cipriano ever had a strong inclination to religion at all. No trivia or quizzes yet. Not only was it grotesque in its failed attempt to portray anything even remotely related to human life, but it also became entirely unbelievable as a miiguel fiction.


The argument here is not so much that Cipriano has made a superior choice, but that those in power have abused it — much like, for example, the Soviet show-trials of the 20th century. Cipriano is an interesting character, marked less by his hfreje mistreatment than the loss of his one true love, Minervina.

The book isn’t truly surprising, but it is also far from predictable, a confident writer taking his time — while keeping the reader in suspense — in leading to his conclusions. It is hard to like very much a novel in which you don’t like the characters, especially the protagonist.

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Joel Mercado Rosa rated it it was ok Aug 17, Not once did I ever find a like for the characters or the writing of this novel. The complete review ‘s Review:. Luther, Calvin, and the like. I’ve been hovering between two and three stars for this book, shame you can’t do halves!! Return to Book Page. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Even here, the heresy is slow in coming. I got bored many times and I had to force myself to read — something I hate doing.

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Melanie rated it it miyuel ok Aug 19, Paperbackpages. But without Minervina he can never be whole; hence also, perhaps, his abandoning of worldly things and descent into the opacity of religion, which he can convince himself is meaningful. Der Ketzer – Deutschland. Fortunately, Cipriano’s wet-nurse, Minervina — a young teenager who had lost her own child — is a loving caregiver and protector, the mother-figure he needs.

The novel is dedicated: Un canto apasionado por la tolerancia, una novela inolvidable sobre las pasiones humanas y miiguel resortes que las mueven. El hereje by Miguel Delibes. El hereje – US. Not once did I feel any measure of compassion toward the main character, Cipriano. Sep 09, Enrique rated it it was ok. His transition to the Lutheran faith was barely apparent and lacked any sense of passion required from an individual arrested for heresy.


Years later, Cipriano wants to increase what amounts to the minimum wage of his workers, but learns quickly that his unilateral act would do greater harm to the larger community than the gains it would offer to the select few. Carnuzzz rated it it was ok Jan 17, I wish I could love every book that passes through my hands but I have to come one I dislike now and then.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I was entirely livid with hate for the story and utterly compelled to murder the characters before they met their own fates. Ugh, this was the second selection niguel the online book club I started and someone else’s choice. His fate seemed entirely jarring and well, simply put, stupid. Meanwhile, Bernardo also lusts after Minervina, and his attempts to spy on and seduce her are very nicely presented.

The Heretic (El Hereje)

I do not know how I got through this book. Open Preview See a Problem?

Valladolid and the surrounding area are lovingly and evocatively described in the book, and Delibes artfully uses the changes and growth of the city in the narrative; throughout, Valladolid is an integral part of the novel. Bernardo is immensely unlikable, wonderfully portrayed as trying out various poses after his wife’s death to see which best fits him, and then playing the part to the hilt.

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