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The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Book Overview: 

Originally compiled by Cervantes himself in 1613 as a collection of "exemplary" stories, this translated version brings these stories to the English reader. Included in the collection are twelve stories selected by Cervantes, including "A Deceitful Marriage," which famously transitions seamlessly and humorously into the "Dialogue Between Scipio and Berganze".

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. . .e examination of the linen announced in the morning, before he went to his job with the juniper oil.

The master finally embraced Rinconete and Cortadillo, giving them his benediction; he then dismissed them, exhorting them to have no fixed dwelling or known habitation, since that was a precaution most important to the safety of all. Ganchuelo accompanied the friends for the purpose of guiding them to their districts, and pointing out the limits thereof. He warned them on no account to miss the assembly on Sunday, when it seemed that Monipodio intended to give them a lecture on matters concerning their profession. That done, the lad went away, leaving the two novices in great astonishment at all they had seen.

Now Rinconete, although very young, had a good understanding, and much intelligence. Having often accompanied his father in the sale of his bulls, he had acquired the knowledge of a more refined language than that they had just been hearing, and la. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Cervantes, un grande entre los grandes de la literatura española. Tengo que decir, que después de Don Quijote, las Novelas Ejemplares me tentaron, pero lo cierto es que se me hicieron pesadas y no tan divertidas como las peripecias de Don Quijote y Sancho. Algunas me interesaron y otras se me hicier

Yksitoista (tai kaksitoista) oivaltavaa ja mukaansatempaavaa novellia.
"Opettavaisia kertomuksia" kuulostaa puuduttavan tylsältä, mutta novellien sisällöstä päätellen se on joko ironisesti annettu tai sumuverhoksi valittu. Pateettisimmin moralisoiva tarina on onneksi jätetty kokoelman loppuun. Joiss

Es altamente conocido lo que vino a representar el Don Quijote de la Mancha para la literatura española y la literatura universal. Una obra genuinamente critica contra la tradición caballeresca, por el tratamiento burlesco que da la misma. Cuando en el mundo se salta a otros idiomas, el solo hecho d

How disgraceful is it that the only reason I can come up with to actually learn Spanish is to be able to read one writer's oeuvre in full? I refer to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, of course, author of my favorite book of all time, "Don Quixote". (Probably, and only if this were the gun test, in whic

ESPAÑOL: Excelente conjunto de 12 novelas cortas. Mi preferida es "La señora Cornelia", y la que menos me gustó "La fuerza de la sangre".

ENGLISH: Excellent set of twelve short novels. I liked most "La señora Cornelia" and least "La fuerza de la sangre".

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