Here the description moves from the specific and the generic-described-unusually, back to the generic idea of a rural paradise, as if there was such an overwhelming number of things to describe that the speaker grew bored. Between the church and the castle stranggled the village, an array of lime-washed hovels. French taste. Another favourite character was Celestina, who aspires to become a nun but who is not averse to a certain amount of strategic dishonesty towards this aim:. Before she reached the mill she stopped, wrapped up the money in a dock-leaf so that it should not clink, and slipped the clammy packet between her breasts.
With such a prayer going on, it would be silly to waste money on a mass. Slow and cold and inarticulate, like some sluggish water her ambition percolated towards the convent. Eventually Celestina does bury enough money beneath the floorboards to escape from her father and his obsession with his ailing silkworms. I have left much out here, but in revisiting the parts of the novel that I remembered well, it is now clear to me why I enjoyed it despite not comprehending it fully: the prose is richly descriptive, full of sensory information and surprising imagery: enough to sustain interest in the moment.
I think I would profit from rereading it in the near future. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. The introduction to the Virago Modern Classics edition quotes Warner herself: [… [A] parable if you like the word, or an allegory … of the political chemistry of the Spanish war, with the Don Juan […] developing as the Fascist of the piece.
It begins: The death—or rather, the disappearance—of Don Juan de Tenorio took place in the seventh decade of the eighteenth century. According to Leporello: There indeed was a rural paradise. Another favourite character was Celestina, who aspires to become a nun but who is not averse to a certain amount of strategic dishonesty towards this aim: Before she reached the mill she stopped, wrapped up the money in a dock-leaf so that it should not clink, and slipped the clammy packet between her breasts.
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To view it, click here. This was a rather strange book. At first, it seems to be about a group of people travelling to tell Don Juan's father, Don Saturno, that his son is dead.
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Then later it's about the small village, Viejo Tenorio, where Don Juan's family comes from and all the people living there. The author describes the miller, the priest, the school teacher, the inn keeper and the farmers and This was a rather strange book. The author describes the miller, the priest, the school teacher, the inn keeper and the farmers and the lives of them and their families. Then Don Juan returns home, not dead at all, and it all ends with a peasant uprising against the castle because of an irrigation scheme that never becomes reality because of Don Juan's debts.
Don Juan finally triumphs over his father, who is tied up and left in his library, while soldiers arrive and kills the peasants. I enjoyed the book, which was well-written with interesting characters, but I think I missed a lot because I don't know that much about Spanish history. Jan 19, Maggie Joyce rated it really liked it.
This is a work of fiction acting as an anti-facist moralty play. It is set in Spain, but was written in the s as Spain was threated by facism. I loved the sense of humor the writer imbues when describing all characters and the story itself is quite humorous until about two thirds of the way through, thats when all the action happens and everyone dies. I do think that Townsend Warner provided a successful vehicle to better understand the struggles of the commoner under both fuedal and fa This is a work of fiction acting as an anti-facist moralty play.
I do think that Townsend Warner provided a successful vehicle to better understand the struggles of the commoner under both fuedal and facist regimes. Also the character of Dona Ana facinated me and I was sorry to see her leave the narrative. Mar 15, Deanne rated it liked it Shelves: bookstoreadbeforeyoudie. Found it fairly quick to get into, though the characters are not well drawn, there is some humour in this tale. A story that doesn't take itself seriously, with a character called Don Juan I was expecting some shenanigans, and there are plots and tricks a plenty.
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