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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Margaret Sayers Peden Translation. The Invincible Armada has been defeated. The shadow of the Inquisition looms large.
And the Thirty Years' War rages on in Flanders. When a courageous soldier of this war, Captain Diego Alatriste, is forced to retire after "It is the height of Spain's celebrated golden century - but beyond the walls of the Royal Palace there is little on the streets of Madrid that glitters. When a courageous soldier of this war, Captain Diego Alatriste, is forced to retire after being wounded in battle, he returns home to live the comparatively tame - though hardly quiet - life of a swordsman-for-hire.
In this dangerous city where a thrust of steel settles all matters, there is no stronger blade than Alatriste's. But on the night of the attack, it becomes clear that these aren't ordinary travelers - and that someone is out for their blood. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 27th by Plume first published January 2nd More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Captain Alatriste , please sign up. It seems that the greek translation of this book is out of circulation here in Greece. As for the English one, no sign of it either. Where can I find this book? Adriana Rivas You will certainly find it in English in Amazon. Wish you luck. See 1 question about Captain Alatriste….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 13, Fabian rated it really liked it. You're in Madrid. But the adventure here seems sorta like a half adventure. It's too short to be miraculous, though it will inevitably leave you wanting more.
So, simply a great literary hook! View 1 comment. Feb 28, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Short and elegant : a worthy addition to the panoply of memorable swashbucklers and a promising start of a long historical epic.
The plot is simple, and the action scenes relatively few. The strong points are the recreation of the Madrid society around and the evocative language.
The story alternates between first person narration by the young page Inigo Balboa and third person view. I wish I was fluent in Spanish and could read this in the original , especially the poems.
Captain Diego Ala Short and elegant : a worthy addition to the panoply of memorable swashbucklers and a promising start of a long historical epic. Captain Diego Alatriste y Tenorio is set apart from the likes of D'Artagnan, Zorro or Pardaillan by the fact that he is a lot less talkative, has a passion for books and for the verses of Lope de Vega or Quevedo, doesn't claim the moral superiority of the pure knight on a white horse.
If he can win a fight through a dirty trick, so be it: "He was not the most honest or pious of men, but he was courageous" Alatriste is not really a Captain, this title having been taken by him during a brief battle in Flanders when his commanding officer was slain. His friend offers him lucrative and more permanent employment of his sword and services but is vague about what that employment it.
But it seems a step up, turning out to be a clandestine assignment to ambush two people at the behest of the Head of the Spanish Inquisition. It was a time of intermittent war on the continent, times of fighting interspersed with unemployment for the countless soldiers who returned home to no jobs, no prospects, leaving them available only for mischief or hired skullduggery.
Finally, the ambush of two Englishmen by Alatriste and an Italian companion takes place, the instructions having been to kill the two.
When, however, Alatriste realizes that the victims are aristocrats and gentlemen to boot, he spares their lives, to the disgust and derision of his companion who rushes off into the darkness. Responding to their pleas for further help, he takes them to the home of his friend, Count de Guadalmedina, close to the King and powerful in court. The Englishmen turn out to be the Duke of Buckingham and Charles, Prince of Wales, son of the reigning King John, who have entered Spain surreptitiously to seek the hand of the Princess in marriage to Charles.
The plot continues. The language used in this novel is full of slang and colloquialisms, requiring use of a Spanish dictionary and also a translator app on my iPhone. Yet I did not struggle excessively. Candidly, however, my mastery of Spanish is as yet too rudimentary for me to be able to comment on the literary quality of the writing.
But it was certainly entertaining. I found the book of interest on several levels. It is an engaging yarn in and off itself.
It also portrays a place and period in history about which I have had little knowledge. I also found the author to be perceptive to psychological issues, effectively presenting his main characters as people wrestling with quotidian concerns as well as existential issues. I would be receptive to reading more books in this series. View 2 comments. Captain Alatriste, a romantic soldier of fortune of Hapsburg Spain, is the protagonist of this series by Perez-Revertez.
Just his luck to get embroiled in a dynasty scheme. Reminds me of the Three Musketeers a bit. Also, truly book one of a series. This sets the stage. Feb 11, Jessie rated it it was ok. I am a big fan of Arturo Perez-Reverte, but this book was a little bit of a disappoint me for me. As usual, Perez-Reverte's writing style manages to mingle in an amazing amount of fascinating history within an otherwise simple plot.
The problem this time was too much history and exposition and too little actual plot. I could tell you the whole "story" in about four sentences. The narrator in the story is recounting tales from his youth - so it's a little like listening to my grandmother ramble o I am a big fan of Arturo Perez-Reverte, but this book was a little bit of a disappoint me for me.
The narrator in the story is recounting tales from his youth - so it's a little like listening to my grandmother ramble on. He starts with the story, but then gets side-tracked to explain the history of Spain or the people in the story to set the scene for how they've all arrived at this point in the tale. Then we're back to the story briefly, before we go forward in time a little to hear about what happens to the narrator or other characters later in their lives OR what happens to the culture of Spain itself.
Then back to the story for a second. Forward, backwards, "now," over and over again. It made it a little difficult to follow. And perhaps the Captain Alatriste had to be more exposition than story just to set the stage for the rest of the series?!? So I guess I recommend the series and therefore it's worth the 3 or 4 hour read of Captain Alatriste to get started. Jul 09, Kelly rated it liked it Recommends it for: swashbuckling, adventure story fans.
Shelves: fiction , goth-goth-baby , 20th-century-postwar-to-late , owned. That's all this book is about. If that's not enough of a point for you? You just don't know how to have fun.
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