Tristana from Benito Pérez Galdós () is a subversive novel that takes a sly look at the power structure in the relationships of its three. NYRB Classics has just reissued Tristana, an novel by the great Spanish author Benito Pérez Galdós. Critic Juan Vidal says Tristana’s. Review by Tynan Kogane Why is Benito Pérez Galdós considered a very important nineteenth-century novelist if no one reads him anymore?.

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Is Don Lope good or bad? The evolution in Tristana’s understanding of freedom — from her initial simple desire for personal independence to spiritual aspiration — and the rejection of social and moral norms on the part of her foil, Don Lope, allow Galdos to explore various conceptions of liberty and their relationship to other important social and religious questions of the day. Each of the three main characters claims to be a rebel in their own way.

Expectations—and particularly these confused expectations—distort how a book is experienced: However, there is one thing they will never share – Tristana boldly proclaims to Horacio that under not circumstance will she ever surrender her freedom and be bound to a man as his wife.

Review: ‘Tristana’ By Benito Perez Galdos : NPR

Their relationship develops and unfolds at a giddy, breakneck speed, fueled by the mushy vernacular of soap operas: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Flaubert is an incomparably better craftsman and James is a much more subtle psychologist. E’ anche ambigua nel suo rapporto con Don Lope, che vede sia come suo tiranno sia come un padre affettuoso. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In some aspects I found this a bittersweet read.

One had no alternative but to call him Don Lope. Perhaps she’ll write, paint, learn other languages.

Benito Pérez Galdós’s Tristana — Music & Literature

He was the leading literary figure in 19th century Spain. Don Lope is a cad, but he really does mean well, too, and is self-sacrificing, when need be. But, back to the book: And before long, takes her to his bed. To the point, actually, of being annoying.


Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. It has definitely become a favorite of mine. Soon enough though, Tristana begins to understand that she is sleeping with an old man, and she understands the creepiness.

The question was if they were happy. The general zeitgeist of uncertainty and flux caused by the social, political and intellectual changes occurring in Spain at pereez time is reflected by the changes in the opinions and goals of the characters throughout the course of the novel.

An Aging Rake, An Ingenue, And A Strapping Young Painter In ‘Tristana’

This aspect of the novel is clearly influenced by contemporary changes in gender relations, which, in Spain as elsewhere, were being challenged by increasing demands for women’s liberation. A great little book. Before I was done with this almost slight-seeming story the writing had described the frivolous heights of romantic love, ambiguous sexual morality, self-deception, and the mutability of identity within grimly transformative forces of health and time.

He understands and embraces duty. I don’t think that this would be a novel that would appeal to every reader but on reflection can appreciate why it has been included in the New York Review Classics List. The more time Tristana spends with Horacio, the more she tends to rebel against Don Lepe.

I must read this novel, someday.

December 10, at 9: The Yahoo Club Ladies. A fascinating novel certain to spark many different reactions. I have read a lot of modern Portuguese and Spanish authors through her pen, but never anything from an earlier era.

La novela relata la vida de tres personajes principales y como la enfermedad de Tristana cambia sus destinos. At times I felt very little empathy for the characters, sometimes I felt downright contempt but such was the author’s skill that I did come to appreciate them with all their foibles. It ends with one word: It is in this context that he sells cherished property to provide for friends, risking his own impoverishment.


Tristana is often at the center of events, but tdistana rarely develops beyond superficial changes.

December 6, at 8: Were they happy, the two of them? Jun 17, Deny rated it really liked it Shelves: I see no happiness in marriage.

It is not these two men, or even society, that ultimately holds back Tristana, but a more prosaic everyday tragedy. Besotted Horacio, who can’t quite rid himself of his image of what the perfect female companion should be like — someone slightly more subservient tristaan Tristana keeps telling him she is willing to be — is a convincing young lover — as is how he extricates himself from the situation.

This novel is easy to read; and since it is very short; you can read it in one time. He preez marries his cousin, Jacinta, and confesses his prior indiscretions. A great talent — and useful, too, since she warns Horacio that she will not be a kept woman, indeed refuses even to become a wife: May 23, Gina rated it it was agldos Shelves: The book ends ambiguously with the question, Eran felices uno y otro?

But then Tristana falls gravely ill, the bemito of happiness becomes more of an illusion, and desperate choices must be made. Does the ending satisfy?

He simply has no moral compass when it comes to seduction — he: The story of Tristana, Heracio, and Don Lope is complex and ultimately provocative, remaining of its time, but insisting on its relevance in ours.