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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El hereje – US. 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. It is hard to like very much a novel in which you don’t like the characters, especially the protagonist.

Bellinda rated it it was ok Dec 18, Toni rated it it was ok Apr 21, We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. Once he has finished his studies Cipriano takes over his by then dead father’s business, and becomes a successful entrepeneur. Books by Miguel Delibes. Business and, for a while, domestic life, satisfy Cipriano, but this is also a world in which religion — and dogmatic hegemony — are being challenged.


The year is and the Catholic church is going through a lot of unrest. Joel Mercado Rosa rated it it was ok Aug 17, I just wanted it all to end.

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

The Heretic – Miguel Delibes

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 book, shame you can’t do halves!! An opening Prelude, set inwhich has the title character, Cipriano Salcedo, travelling back to Spain with outlawed books Luther, Melanchthon, Erasmus, the Bible as the Inquisition rages certainly offers that but the book quickly jumps back in time, and it’s many pages before heresy and the Inquisition are again at the forefront.

Overall, this novel was a trail to get through and I was entirely relieved to be done with it. Jennifer Giron rated it it was ok Dec 03, Morlock rated it it was ok May 26, And this is the worst for any novel not making your readers like, at least a little bit, the characters. The Heretic – UK. Der Ketzer – Deutschland. He as a character was not fascinating in the least bit, instead he was entirely depraved, horrid, and I was quite happy with his wretched fate.

The Heretic (El Hereje)

I got bored many times and I had to force myself to read — something I hate doing. Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Isabel Padilla soto rated it it was ok Feb 24, 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.


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El hereje by Miguel Delibes. Alexandra rated it it was ok Oct 21, Sep 09, Enrique rated it it was ok. His transition to the Lutheran faith was barely apparent and lacked any sense of passion required from an individual arrested for heresy.

Valladolid and the surrounding area are lovingly and evocatively described in the book, and Delibes artfully uses the changes and growth of the city in the narrative; throughout, Valladolid is an integral part of the novel. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ulises Pereyra rated it it was ok Apr 01, 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.

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