La catedral del mar

La catedral del marIt is very important to know when you start this book that it is in fact based on the Chronica of King Pedro III Although historical fiction, it closely follows true events in Catalonia during the 1300s under King Pedro s reign There is tons of history incorporated into the novel At the same time it has an engaging and fast moving plot You will learn about Barcelona, the building of the cathedral Sant Maria de la Mar You will be impressed by the cathedral s history, its beauty and how it engaged the life of so many in Barcelona It was built for and by the people of Barcelona All its people It was built at the site of an older church and underneath it is an ancient Roman cemetery However the book and the plot covers many, many other actual events wars, the bubonic plague, the Inquisition, guild practices, treatment of women and Jews, in fact all aspects of life in Barcelona during the 1300s this book is a perfect example of how historical fiction can teach in a delightful, engrossing manner There is a author s note, that clearly explains what is fiction and what is fact The events that have been altered are pointed out What is amazing is that what seems fiction is fact I wish I had read it, in the middle of the novel rather than at the end So why only three stars I know that for me to say I like the book feelsappropriate than to say I really liked it This is because I never really attached my self to the characters The book isconcerned with the unrolling of the plot than character analysis Each character plays a significant role there are none that could have been eliminated Each character was rounded and well thought out, but maybe the fact that all was so well planned, that there were few bizarre elements, that it simply felt a bit boring I do not mean the plot was boring that was rolling along at full speed continually In fact it felt a bit cinematic.So this book provides great history in an engaging story, but without much sparkle I am very glad I read it I learned so very, very much Did you know that the Inquisition began very early in Catalonia Dis you know that people were trading and profiting from the buying and selling of different currencies in the 1300s Did you know that when two serfs were married, the master had the right to sleep with the woman first, on the night of their marriage You will not regret reading this book. I gave up on this book at page 252 of 600 The very beginning was pretty interesting, and I found the character of a young man essentially raising his baby alone with his remote wife as a successful medieval serf in pastoral Spain very compelling I liked the stuff through the pottery workshop, too, but after that It felt to me like the story dropped off for the sake of cramming a historical setting with stock characters to represent different aspects of life in 14th Century Barcelona There was little narrative suspense or tension, and the book rapidly turned into an episodic adventure For all that the novel is touted as portraying a time and a place, it does neither And when the characters are given a few lines of dialogue, it serves only to do the author s work for him They don t talk like anyone real.There are many places that the story could be developed the community of the bastaixos, the relationship of Joan and Arnau, regional warfare, restrictions on women The author just glosses over everything The sentences are written well enough, and the prose is readable enough, but there s no real reason to keep reading the book It lacks substance It s like Moll Flanders Arnau just goes from place to place, gettingandsuccessful but with very few insights into what he thinks or feels He s a puppet They re all puppets At least Moll Flanders makes some coy statements about her contemporary era, which are interesting to read in the modern era Cathedral lacks even that authenticity.I like my characters to do a littlethinking and my authors to do a lot less spoonfeeding If you love Barcelona or the Santa Maria del Mar church, or have a particular interest in the period, you would probably like this book I think you d be better off reading a really good non fiction book on the topic, though Maybe there aren t any yet. I probably wouldn t have even heard of this beautiful story, had it not been for a review that I saw on Trip Advisor of all places I was looking at places to visit for our upcoming trip to Barcelona, deciding on whether or not to visit Santa Maria del Mar, a cathedral in Barcelona One of the reviewers highly recommended reading this book first I m a sucker for reading travel related books and I have to say that I ve been hard pressed to find much that truly interests me when it comes to books that are set in Spain I am becoming a bitselective and no longer want to read a travel related book just because we re headed there It has to be good also Anyway, I am so grateful to that reviewer and I wrote and told him so The story, set in 14th century Barcelona, is well written with some edge of the seat turns If you enjoy medieval fiction, such as Pillars of the Earth , you may like this one I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth , but this was lovely also The story was compelling Like most historical fiction, you love some of the characters and hate a few others also There were some parts that bored me, but those are easy to skim through One word of warning for those who may be a bit on the conservative side, it does get a bit graphic at times, but not too often Finally, the book is thoroughly researched I really enjoyed the final pages of the book, where the author explains the parts of the story that are true I hope that we have time to visit this fascinating cathedral during our short stay in Barcelona.Some of my favorite quotes The past does not exist There is nothing to be sorry for Today is when we start to live Look look at the sea The sea has not past It is just there It will never ask us to explain The stars, the moon are there to light our way, to shine for us What do they care what might have happened in the past They are accompanying us, and are happy with that Can you see them shine The stars are twinkling in the sky would they do that if the past mattered Would not there be a huge storm if God wanted to punish us We are alone, you and I, with no past, no memories, no guilt, nothing that can stand in the way of our love From the beginning, Santa Maria de la Mar church was built by and for the common people Santa Maria de la Mar is without doubt one of the most beautiful churches to be found anywhere It may lack the monumentality of others built at the same time or later, but its interior is filled with the spirit with which Berenguer de Montagut sought to infuse it the people s church, built by the people of Barcelona for Barcelona, is like an airy Catalan farmhouse It is austere, protected, and protecting, and the light of the Mediterranean sets it apart from any other church in the world According to the experts, the great virtue of Santa Maria is that it was built over an uninterrupted period of fifty five years This means it benefits from a unified architectural style, with few elements added on, making it the leading example of Catalan Gothic. Hefty historical novel set in fourteenth century Barcelona and revolving around the building of a cathedral yes there are similarities to Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth Unlike Follett s novel this is very much woven around fact and an actual building and events and is based on a contemporary chronicle It is well plotted, but there is a certain predictability about it The topics you would expect to come across are there the inquisition, the plague, relationships with Jews and Moors, the guild system, money lending, serfdom and slavery, nobility, daily life, relationships between the sexes and so on It is a saga based on the main protagonist Arnau Estanyol, his parents, his adopted brother Joan and his subsequent life and relationships All the boxes are ticked and this makes for the predictability The novel is informative and as it is based on historical fact I did learn a good deal about the history of fourteenth century Barcelona Some of the characterisation was a little contrived In the first part of the book there were a few characters who were clearly in the way of where the plot was clearly headed and I thought to myself How is he going to dispose of them Along comes the plague, and of course, the characters in the way succumb, leaving the plot to roll along The ending was also a little too cosy and predictable,This sounds like I m being rather harsh the plot does move along at a good pace and there is certainly warmth to it that is endearing It isn t taxing and would make a good beach read If I was into beaches. A story of treachery, battle, destitution, sickness, death, love, betrayal, hardship all life circumstances in an era filled with mystery and intrigue From the moment you read the first chapter to the end you will endure the life of a peasant, a baron, a nobleman or noblewoman, a prostitute, a warrior, a witch, a friar, an inquisitor and a king Full review on my blog I read the book in English and perhaps it was not that good in translation However, as a person who absolutely loved The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, I thought that this was just a poor copy of the epic novel Cathedral of the Sea is worth a read if you like historical fiction, but that s pretty much about it. Great book, couldn t put it down I picked up this well crafted historical epic masterpiece at a charity shop and am so thrilled that I did It is passionate and beautiful, inspiring , uplifting and heartbreaking, with a strong feel for 14th century Catalonia at the height of the InquisitionArnau Estanyol is the son of a fugitive serf who acquires freedom, wealth and a high status through the help of his Jewish benefactor Hasdai Crescas and the Moorish slave he is given to him, Guillem, after the rescues Hasdai s three young children and the slave from a mob which has attacked the Jewry in Barcelona in a bloodthirsty pogrom caused by a blood libel He achieves great military success against the attacking ships of the enemy king of Castille, and is elevated to the nobility while being forced marry the ward of the King, Eleanor who he does not love, as his heart belongs to the enchanting girl he adopted after the death of her parents, the attractive and lively Mar.Arnau is betrayed by his adopted brother Joan, who has become a cruel and narrow minded inquisitor , who together with the evil Eleanor plan and execute the kidnap, rape and forced marriage of Mar Arnau falls foul of the inquisition, and the author gives a great insight into the machinations of the Spanish Inquisition, and it s purge of Jews and Heretics Meanwhile two women who have been earlier in their lives forced into prostitution, Arnau s mother unbeknown to him Francesca and Arnau s first love the alluring and goodhearted Aledis I like his sympathetic portrayal of the prostitutes, and his reminder to us that often it is many whores who s hearts are much bigger than those of the the saints The book is lingeringly erotic in parts SPOILER WARNINGTogether with Mar and Guillem they rescue Arnau from death at the hands of the inquisitionThis book is not only a real page turner, of which the last 150 pages are particularly enthralling but an analysis of historical events including the Inquistion and anti Semitism, society and human nature.Highly recommended. XIV Century The City Of Barcelona Is At Its Moment Of Greatest Prosperity Has Grown Towards The Ribera, The Humble Neighborhood Of Fishermen, Whose Inhabitants Decide To Build, With The Money Of Some And The Effort Of Others, The Largest Maria Cathedral Ever KnownA Construction That Moves Parallel To The Hazardous Story Of Arnau, Son Of A Peasant Serf, Who Flees From The Abuses Of His Feudal Lord And Takes Refuge In Barcelona, Where He Becomes A Citizen And, With It, A Free ManWhile His Best Friend And Adopted Brother Joan Studies To Become A Priest, Young Arnau Becomes A Member Of The Guild Of The Stone Workers, Soldier And Moneychanger A Strenuous Life Which Leads Him From The Misery Of The Fugitive To Nobility And Wealth But With This Privileged Position He Also Gets The Envy Of His Peers, Who Devise A Sordid Plot That Puts His Life In The Hands Of The Inquisition He Finds Himself Face To Face With His Own Brother Will He Lose His Life Just As His Beloved Cathedral Of The Sea Is Finally Completed review in English below As 3 estrelas s o, na verdade, s 2 e meia arredondadas para cima Muita maldade para o meu gosto E n o senti qualquer empatia com os protagonistas O livro est bastante bem escrito e tem muita informa o hist rica sobre a Catalunha medieval, especialmente sobre Barcelona, mas s comecei a sentir me interessada na hist ria quando j ia a meio Enfim, nem todos podem ser o Ken Follett It s really 2.5 stars rounded up.Too muck wickedness for my taste And I didn t feel any empathy with the main charactersThe book is well written and it s packed with historical information on medieval Catalonia, particularly on Barcelona, but I only began to feel interested in the story about half way through it.Oh well, not everyone can be Ken Follett

lldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.A historical novel that has become an unprecedented bestseller, recognized by both readers and

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  • La catedral del mar
  • Ildefonso Falcones
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9780552775564

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