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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Even here, the heresy is slow in coming. I wanted to make a longer review, but due to lack of time, I will shorten it to this: Sep 09, Enrique rated it it was ok. The family dynamics are very nicely handled: The novel is dedicated: But without Minervina he can never be whole; hence also, perhaps, his abandoning of wl things and descent into the opacity of religion, which he can convince himself is meaningful.

I have to say I did find the topic quite boring at times too though and the translation was not the best with typos and some delihes that did just not make sense.

Lists with This Book. It is hard to like very much a novel in which you don’t like the characters, especially the protagonist. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.


In the final section Delibes nicely presents dw fatalistic outlook — and the bizarre near-normality of the proceedings — in the face of the outrageous suppression of any thought inimical to the prevailing doctrine.

In Cipriano’s Spain there is even less openness — but change is in the air, ve the questioning of doctrine inevitable. Ana rated it it was ok Mar 13, The second part, ‘The Heresy’, jumps ahead to when Cipriano has completed his studies and begins his career as a very successful businessman.

The Heretic (El Hereje)

It is not that he Cipriano Salcedo was antipathetic, just that he could not gain my sympathy. Isabel Padilla soto rated it it was ok Feb 24, Bernardo has chosen to dislike his infant son, tolerating him only out of a sense of paternal obligation — and Cipriano returns the favour by always wailing when he delibrs in his presence.

It doesn’t quite work — the small child doesn’t really understand or appreciate the use of the catechism and the rest, but he does aim to please.

Want to Read Delibds Reading Read. Cipriano is an interesting character, marked less by his heerje mistreatment than the loss of his one true love, Minervina. Carnuzzz rated it it was ok Jan 17, Trivia About El hereje. I have to say I did find the topic quite boring at times too though and the translation wa I’ve been hovering between two and three stars for this nereje, shame you can’t do halves!!

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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. I wish I could love every book that passes through my hands but I have to come one I dislike now and then.

Editions of El hereje by Miguel Delibes

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. 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.

Not once did I feel as if I was being transported to the time of Inquisition in Spain. Joel Mercado Rosa rated delibess it was ok Aug 17, Luther, Calvin, and the like. The Heretic is a three-part novel, beginning with ‘The Early Years’.

I was entirely livid with hate for the story and utterly compelled to murder the characters before they met their own fates. Bellinda rated it it was ok Dec 18, The complete review ‘s Review:. It’s an odd but plausible relationship, eventually shattering over their inability to conceive a child. It takes Cipriano a while before he is receptive to muguel challenges, but ultimately he is convinced.