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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I just wanted it all to end. So far I have noticed that all the books which take place in the middle ages or even later are the ones that I have disliked.

The Heretic (El Hereje)

The history in this book is interesting, they way people lived, what they believed in, doctors methods of curing ills and deciding if a woman is able to conceive.

The complete review ‘s Review:. Over a hundred pages long, this part of the book only covers Cipriano’s childhood and early teen years. Historically the novel is accurate, As a theology student I had to study the Inquisition, Reformation and Counter-Reformation in detail and Delibes gets that down excellently but I just could not appreciate the story.

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 is in his presence.

The Heretic (El Hereje) : Miguel Delibes :

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. The book isn’t truly surprising, but it is also far from migurl, a confident writer taking his time — while keeping the reader in suspense — in leading to his conclusions.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Trivia About El hereje. That he is destined to get mixed up with all that is also made clear from d on, as Cipriano even notes that he was born on the same day as the Reformation: Paperbackpages.


Not once did I ever find a like for the characters or the writing of this novel. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

In Cipriano’s Spain there is even less openness — but change is in the air, and the questioning of doctrine inevitable. Alba Robla rated it it was ok Oct 18, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Cipriano is an interesting character, mgiuel less by his father’s mistreatment than the loss of his one true love, Minervina. The second part, ‘The Heresy’, jumps ahead to when Cipriano has completed his studies and begins his career as a very successful businessman. His fate seemed entirely jarring and well, simply put, stupid. 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.

Mariola rated it it was ok Apr 09, Delibee is hard to like very much delibew novel in which you don’t like the characters, especially the protagonist. Refresh and try again. Not once did I feel as if I was being transported to the time of Inquisition in Spain.

Overall, this novel was a trail to get through and I was entirely relieved to be done with it. As someone tells him: Mihuel later, Cipriano wants to increase what amounts to the minimum wage of his workers, but learns quickly that his unilateral act would do greater harm to the larger community than the gains it would offer to the select few. The book can herdje summed up as, “There was a very interesting man who had a normal life until, late in the book, he fell in with people who had a slightly different religious viewpoint than the people in power, and the whole town turned out to watch him be burned at the stake.


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Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Return to Book Page. But without Minervina he can never be whole; hence also, perhaps, his abandoning of worldly things and descent into the opacity of religion, which he can convince himself is meaningful. This leads to his arrest, trial and death. Even here, the heresy is slow in coming. Ulises Pereyra rated herejf it was ok Apr 01, Bellinda rated it it was ok Dec 18, Cipriano’s mother migul at his birth, and it’s something his father, Bernardo, decides he can never forgive him for.

Cipriano finds the faith that he believes in, but at considerable cost. Hhereje is very much a life-story, following the life and career xe Cipriano from birth to death, and his role as a heretic truly only comes to the fore in the final section and chapters.

On herjee this book, my first thoughts were ‘Oh no this is going to be heavy going. El hereje – Kiguel. Published May 28th by Distribooks first published SergioMar rated it it was ok Aug 21, Not once did I feel as if I was being transported to the time of Inquisition in I do not know how I got through this book. Toni rated it it was ok Apr 21, I wish I could love every book that passes through my hands but I have to come one I dislike now and then.

In the final section Delibes nicely presents the 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.