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FREE READ Limpieza de sangre 100 ä ➹ [Reading] ➻ Limpieza de sangre By Arturo Pérez-Reverte ➮ – Read by Scott Brick The acclaimed author of Captain Alatriste continues the series that has been called a literary event without precedent Times Literary Supplement Read by Scott Brick The acclaimed author of Captain AE continues the series that has been called a literary event. Perez Reverte wrote many of the Captain Alatriste novels before he became widely read in English His other books The ueen of the South in particular are to my mind much better written The Alatriste series of books are just now being translated I suspect because of the success of his other effortsThis volume recreates not only the atmosphere but also the rhythm of the stylized discourse of the time early 17th century Spain I congratulate the translator for doing a great job not only with the dialogue but also with the poetry which is scattered through the book It seems clear to me that Perez Reverte has a good feel for the period about which he is writing and has captured well the corruption hypocrisy and mis placed chivalry of the time Spain is declining and those who rule her are venal and self serving at best yet the Captain and his friends continue to behave consistent with their code of honor Alatriste may be a sword for hire but he is a sword for hire with a conscience The description of the Inuisition is illuminating and most likely doesn't do justice to the horrors that were visited on the poor souls caught up in its tentacles Just having an ancestor who was Jewish was enough to send one to be burned at the stake after being tortured into confessing whatever the torturers wished one to confess All done in the name of protecting the one true faithReminds me a little of the insistence by many Americans that being publicly patriotic is an absolute necessity for our politicians if they want to be elected The inuisition helped lose Spain its preeminence Might unuestioning patriotism and the Department of Homeland Security do the same for the USWhile the story has its share of action swordplay conspiracy and courage it is Inigo Alatriste's adopted charge relating his struggles as a prisoner of the inuisition that I most recallPerez Reverte is unremitting in his exposure of how bad life in Spain was for all but a few at this point in time I recommend both the Alatriste books and his other efforts I have never been disappointed with one of his novels

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Without Limpieza de Epubprecedent Times Literary Supplement. A well told tale of heroism and pride I like the fact that this author has found a new niche in historical fiction in Counter Reformation Spain roughly contemporary with Dumas' Musketeers and I enjoy his writing style which I wasn't sure about at first but which grew on me and I have found myself exclaiming S'blood in the past day or so Like Dumas he enjoys linking his fiction to real figures from history and weaving in snatches of poetry and references to various artists poets and playwrights of the day so it's a good way in for people who find history can be a rather dry subjectI must confess to a certain ambivalence about the fact that the chief villains of the piece are Dominican friars and the Spanish Inuisition Despite the popular mythology that such people revelled in torturing lies out of people the historical evidence of this period suggests that it was a far complex picture and that it was often the Church that sought to curb the excesses of the state and the mob More than once churches are referred to in this book as places of sanctuary and that was chiefly to give everyone the chance to cool off and consider what they intended to do But we are living in a time where the idea of religious fanaticism is regarded with particular suspicion and so it is natural that these provide the foil for the heroes we are presently creating Captain Alatriste I'm not entirely sure in what order these books are meant to be read or were written I had thought this was the third but it referes to The Sun over Breda in the future tense In fact it hasn't mattered greatly

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Limpieza de sangreRead by Scott Brick The acclaimed author of Captain Alatrist. 35 starsI have to admit to having been disappointed by the eponymous first book in Arturo Pérez Reverte’s ‘Captain Alatriste’ series of swashbuckling romances It may have been due to unfair or incorrect expectations but I remember being fairly nonplussed by my reaction I love me a good swashbuckler but despite this fact I have to admit that I find myself disappointed often than not in the ones I pick up Sabatini has one truly great entry in the genre that I have read the superlative Scaramouche but I have found myself distinctly underwhelmed by every other book by him that I have taken upmuch to my chagrin Doyle's 'Brigadier Gerard' stories are wonderful but they are as much comedies as they are swashbucklers I venerate Dumas père but must admit that even his voluminous output has its ups and downs and contrary to popular belief I don’t think that most of his works should really be classified as true swashbucklers though historical romance is such a close kissing cousin that they really ought to just get a room already It was therefore with some trepidation that I took up volume two in the Alatriste series The Purity of Blood The meat of the story revolves around the titular ‘purity of blood’ that one must be able to prove especially if you happen to have any Jewish descent in your family tree in order to be considered an ‘Old Christian’ and the trouble that’s putting it mildly encountered by those conversos unable to do so to the satisfaction of the authorities especially the infamous Inuisition Alatriste and Íñigo get pulled into a plot that seems to be merely a family affair to begin with until it becomes apparent that there are tendrils spilling out from it into much higher levels of society Buckles are swashed secrets revealed and danger death are always waiting in the wings Through all of this Pérez Reverte is able to bring into a swashbuckling adventure ruminations on the decay and hypocrisy inherent in the Spain of the ‘Golden Age’; a golden age that not surprisingly leaves uite a bit to be desired and when seen face on is neither better nor worse than any of mankind’s other blunders throughout historyI will admit to once again feeling or less indifferent for much of the novel All in all it was fairly goodan intriguing mystery setting things up on the first page and a fast paced adventure that was out of the gate with little to no preamble but I was still not sufficiently grabbed by the adventure to feel myself sucked into the world Pérez Reverte was creating I know he’s capable of this as he’s done it to perfection for me in the slower paced The Fencing Master and the intriguing occult literary mystery The Club Dumas but so far in his pure swashbucklers I am not always fully engaged There were moments though The conceit of the book is that it is a first person memoir being told by Íñigo Balboa Alatriste’s ward and companion ever since the boy’s father an old soldier buddy of Alatriste’s died in the latter’s arms and asked him to care for his son on this anon This conceit allows us to enter into Íñigo’s mind as his remembrances of his youth take on the bitter sweet savour of a man looking back on his halcyon days from the vantage of old age Two moments here struck me as particularly moving In the first Íñigo recalls the vision of Angélica de Aluézar the great love of his life; a love that is not without its own ambivalent ualities At times when memories seem so sweet that I long even for old enemies I go and stand before the portrait Diego Velázuez painted of her and stay for hours looking at her in silence painfully aware that I never truly knew her But along with the scars that she inflicted my old heart still holds the conviction that that girl that woman who inflicted upon me every evil she was capable of also in her way loved me till the day she died The second was in a moment of truth for Íñigo in which his mettle and devotion to his master are tested In this moment he finds “that there are some things no man can tolerate though it cost him his life or precisely because that life would not be worth living if he yielded” I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that Íñigo proves himself worthy of the Captain’s respect and devotionDespite these moments that allow Pérez Reverte’s novel to be tinged with that golden glow of memory so often ascribed to the ‘Golden Age of Spain’ in which these adventures take place the memoir format is not without its complications The fact of the matter is that Íñigo spends a large portion of his time separated from the Captain no need to go into details here that really would be a spoiler and yet we still get whole chapters told from the perspective of Alatriste without losing the assumption that ultimately it’s all coming from Íñigo’s mouth or pen I’m not normally a stickler for the whole “what is the conceit of how we received this narrative” thing though it is becoming something I think about and usually just go with the flow but it did grate a bit here for me I can’t believe that the laconic Alatriste told Íñigo anything but the barest details of what he did while they were separated yet we still get a view into not only Alatriste’s actions but his thoughts and words as well not to mention those of the various friends and enemies with whom he interacts I liked those chapters just fine as third person narrative but they didn’t really work for me as parts of Íñigo’s memoirs That uibble aside I found that as the book neared its conclusion I was warming up to it much than my experience in the first half would have suggested I would still say though that this is in some ways a book that works less as a thoroughly rousing adventure in and of itself but is rather a further set up for the long term adventures of Alatriste and Íñigo especially in regards to the relationships they have both with each other and with those who will prove to be the greatest thorns in their sides Alatriste has a great moment at the end of the book with his nemesis the thoroughly evil yet still interestingly complex swordsman and assassin Gualterio Malatesta while the aforementioned reasons for the complex feelings of Íñigo for the lovely and deadly Angélica de Aluézar get some page time as she is shown to play a small though key role in the stratagem that nearly proves to be the end of our two heroes All in all I wasn’t completely swept away by this story but it planted enough seeds that promise potential greatness that I am committed to following along with the adventures these two motley heroes for at least a little while I hope Pérez Reverte proves to live up to the promise