Dona Perfecta

ISBN: 1406833088
ISBN 13: 9781406833089
By: Benito Pérez Galdós

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Reader's Thoughts

Annie Primera

aunque el final alternativo estaba con madre XD

David Tykulsker

Fascinating view of rural Spain on the verge of the second Carlist War with a withering portrait of the hypocrisy of the Carlistas, particularly the title character and those surrounding, brilliantly connecting Spain's 19th Century troubles with the Reconquista. Also includes a devastating probing of the weakness of siglo XIX Spanish liberalism. My one complaint is the cousin/love object is barely present, and comes too close to the Madonna for my taste.

Carles Muñoz Miralles

Entretenídisima novela que, a pesar de ser una obra primeriza de Galdós, muestra ya las tendencias del autor: un perfecto retrato de costumbres de la sociedad española de mediados del siglo XIX, un enfrentamiento constante entre el progreso y las tradiciones, entre la industria y la religión, que adquiere vida en la figura de Pepe Rey, un joven ingeniero enamorado de su prima Rosario, la hija de la muy devota Doña Perfecta.

Rachel Ninnette

This is quite a lovely work. While the themes of church vs. state, societal order vs. naturalism and federalist vs. unitary perceptions of government may be cliché, the complexity of Galdós’ characters give life and originality to a work that might otherwise be lacking. Personally, I loved the choleric nature and personal strength of dona Perfecta and Pepe Rey. At the beginning of the work, however, Pepe is a dispassionate engineer with few real aims in life. Perfecta surmises his character perfectly in saying “‘Eres matemático. Ves lo que tienes delante, y nada más; rayas, ángulos, pesos, y nada más: la Naturaleza brutal, y nada más. Ves el efecto y no la causa. El que no cree en Dios no ve causas. Dios es la suprema intención del mundo.’” (This, incidentally, also describes all three of the engineers I've dated to a T.) I won't give the end away, or really anything for that matter. But it's short. Worth reading for Perfecta alone.

Rocío

La edición que me he leído tiene más de 700 notas a pie que distraen mucho de la lectura. Algunas son explicaciones necesarias para quien no conozca o no recuerde ciertos detalles de la historia de España y la cultura clásica, pero la inmensa mayoría simplemente recogen las distintas versiones de la novela, lo cual estará muy bien para los filólogos, pero a mí, que leía por mero placer, me han resultado bastante molestas. Para colmo, en un par de de las notas se destripa el final sin ningún miramiento.

Ophelia Beyle

An interesting look at the disturbing customs of XIX century rural Spain. It is a fast, captivating read, full of very interesting details, but not much more than that.

Amy

This is a book that I am reading for my 19th century Spanish Lit class. . . pretty good so far. . . Yes, en español. . . Interesting to see that there are still the same tensions between el campo y la cuidad (city vs. the country) as well as the iglesia y ciencia (church and science).

Kevin

Well, I'm glad to have that over with. In my senior year of college I read it (or attempted to read it) in Spanish for one of my upper-division classes. I couldn't really concentrate on the subtle details of the story over my constant struggle just to read with any degree of fluency.Turns out I didn't miss anything; this book is anything but subtle. I don't know enough about Spanish literature to judge it against books of its time period, however, judging against what I usually choose to read I found it dry and frustratingly slow.I can say, though, that Doña Perfecta and Don Inocencio are two of the singlemost frustrating, vile, venomous, stubborn, and disagreeable characters I've read. Every time one of their names came up - which was often - I wanted to reach through time, space, and reality and smack them. Good job, Galdós! You created something horrible.I also quite enjoyed the ending. I'll put this behind the words SPOILER WARNING even though it's likely that you'll never read this: I could not have been more satisfied at the individual ruinations of Doña Perfecta and Don Inocencio and also that Pepe Rey ended up dead, just because happy endings are for suckers.The whole thing could have been shorter, I know now what I wasn't missing by reading this in a language other than my native tongue, and now you can envision me dusting my hands in satisfaction that this experiment has concluded.

Lalo Hinojosa Palma

Una novela muy antigua que cuestiona la visión del mundo tan limitada en la antigua Europa, y que se refleja en la América Latina de nuestros tiempos.

Alex

Galdos is the Spanish Dickens, and this seems like a decent choice. (Open to other suggestions, but not Fortuna y Jacinta; I ain't got time to read War & Peace again, man.)

Brooke

Doña Perfecta is a perfect example of the "two Spains" described by Antonio Machado in his poem regarding the Spanish Civil War. Galdós forsees the trouble coming and places it all in the "Heart of Spain"--the ficitonal town of Orbajosa. The romance of Pepe Rey and Rosario will hook you, and Perfecta's conniving plot to get rid of her nephew will keep you coming back for more.

Lindsay Wuchner

It was a very interesting play. Doña Perfecta es tan malvada! No podría creer la manera de que trató a su hija. Es una historia muy interesante y triste.

Tracy

So much tragedy and a true reflection of the old expectations that were placed on women, especially during times of war.

Cristina

Es curioso como los grandes escritores se adelantan a su tiempo, este libro resulta una alegoria total de la guerra civil española

Tizire

El ritmo ágil y los carismáticos personajes que habitan estas páginas hacen de "Doña Perfecta" un libro excelente y absolutamente recomendable, que convierten este paseo por la literatura realista en un ejercicio más que agradable y creo que hasta necesario. Una vez más, don Benito ha superado mis expectativas.¡Lee mi opinión completa pinchando en el siguiente enlace!http://eladofriodemialmohada.blogspot...

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