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Cathedral of the Sea (2006)

by Ildefonso Falcones

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Series: Cathedral of the Sea (1)

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Set in 14th century Barcelona, the 80-year construction of the Church of Santa Maria affects the lives of the citizens, those who devoted their lives to building it, and those who were sheltered there.
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De kathedraal van de zee is echt een mooi boek. Er zit een stukje geschiedenis in verwerkt, hoewel hier en daar flink aangepast. Maar de sfeer en de manier van leven wordt voor zover mijn kennis gaat goed beschreven. Het is een heel mooi verhaal, waarbij het avontuurgehalte klein blijft maar het drama groot, ondanks het feit dat het helemaal niet dramatisch gebracht wordt. De karakters zijn mooi neergezet, hoewel hier en daar wat eenzijdig beschreven. Wel typisch is dat twee bijfiguren de grootste emotionele ontwikkeling doormaken en de hoofdpersoon nauwelijks verandert van karakter, ondanks de veranderingen die plaatsvinden in zijn leven. Neemt niet weg dat dit een aanrader is voor zo'n beetje iedereen die van mooie verhalen houdt met een tikje geschiedenis erin. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
La catedral del mar
Ildefonso Falcones
Publicado: 2006 | 555 páginas
Novela Histórico

Siglo XIV. La ciudad de Barcelona se encuentra en su momento de mayor prosperidad; ha crecido hacia la Ribera, el humilde barrio de los pescadores, cuyos habitantes deciden construir, con el dinero de unos y el esfuerzo de otros, el mayor templo mariano jamás conocido: Santa María de la Mar. Una construcción que es paralela a la azarosa historia de Arnau, un siervo de la tierra que huye de los abusos de su señor feudal y se refugia en Barcelona, donde se convierte en ciudadano y, con ello, en hombre libre. El joven Arnau trabaja como palafrenero, estibador, soldado y cambista. Una vida extenuante, siempre al amparo de la catedral de la Mar, que le iba a llevar de la miseria del fugitivo a la nobleza y la riqueza. Pero con esta posición privilegiada también le llega la envidia de sus pares, que urden una sórdida conjura que pone su vida en manos de la Inquisición… La catedral del mar es una trama en la que se entrecruzan lealtad y venganza, traición y amor, guerra y peste, en un mundo marcado por la intolerancia religiosa, la ambición material y la segregación social. Todo ello convierte a esta obra no sólo en una novela absorbente, sino también en la más fascinante y ambiciosa recreación de las luces y sombras de la época feudal.
  libreriarofer | Jul 28, 2023 |
Un bel libro, una bella storia, ma è come se mancasse qualcosa, soprattutto perché alcuni personaggi, fondamentali per il racconto, risultano essere stati solo tratteggiati e le loro storie personali quasi del tutto ignorate, lasciando così tanti buchi da colmare. ( )
  Raffaella10 | Jan 28, 2023 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Spanish journalists / reviewers have called Falcones the “Spain’s new Dan Brown” or proclaimed “A new Ken Follett is born!” I can certainly see why those comparisons are made.

This is an epic historical novel set in 14th-century Barcelona, and focusing on one (fictional) bastaix (a laborer who loaded/off loaded cargo from ships, but also carried the massive stones used to construct the Basillica from the quarry to the construction site). Arnau is motherless due to a cruel feudal system, but he has a loving father. When he and his friend / “brother” Joan (a street urchin who is also motherless) stumble upon the site of the church, Arnau becomes devoted to the Virgin Mary, praying to her and devoting his life to seeing that she is honored with a church worthy of her. He’ll need those prayers, and Joan (who becomes a Dominican and an Inquisitor) to survive what the years have in store for him.

My, oh my, but the medieval era was hard to survive! As if plague, poverty, wars, and a feudal system that virtually enslaved the peasants wasn’t enough, the people also had to deal with the Spanish Inquisition and the hysteria engendered by the Church.

I was perturbed by the way Falcones treated the women in the novel. I fully understand that this is the 14th century and that the system in place did not value women much, but I got the distinct impression that the author shares that sentiment. Perhaps I’m being unfair, but that was the feeling I got. There were only a couple of “good” women; mostly they were immoral, conniving, cruel, and self-centered.

Still, this was an engaging story that kept me turning pages … all 611 of them.

Afterwards I looked up the Cathedral of the Sea and found that it’s location in Barcelona is one I must have passed several times when I visited that city. Yet, I have no memory of it. Having read this book I really want to go back to Barcelona and spend time marveling at the feat of medieval engineering and thinking about the many bastiaxos who toiled to bring the architect’s design to life. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 9, 2022 |
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¿Ildefonso Falcones o Ken Follett?
Falcones intentó una hazaña colosal con su primer libro, en el que empleó más de dos años, dar forma a un libro épico, pero todavía no estaba preparado para hacerlo. Follett dedicó más de una década a construir el suyo, tal vez por eso Ken formó “los pilares de la tierra”, un libro que nos sobrevivirá a todos e Ildefonso ideó la basílica de Santa María del Mar, un edificio tosco, repleto de ilusión y fe, pero con poca gracia y hermosura. El libro de Follett traspasó los conceptos localistas y creo una historia universal, donde lo de menos es el telón de fondo, pero Falcones construyó un mundo imaginado, una Barcelona que nunca ideal, el paraíso de pecheros y campesinos apaleados que se refugiaron en sus murallas para respirar la fresca brisa del mar Mediterráneo, pero se olvidó que aquella isla de luz y color nunca existió, que el burgo de Barcelona era uno más en el Reino de Aragón y sus hijos parte de un condado perdido en la periferia de la Cristiandad.
added by alipg89 | editEl País, bestsellerespanol (Jan 18, 2008)
 

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Andreozzi, RuggeroNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bovaia, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruno, JacopoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caistor, NickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hasselberger, Richard LasherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, AmyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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