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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

30 review for Blood and Sand

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jaidee

    4.5 "machismo, relentless, vivid" stars !! 2020 Honorable Mention Read This book is based on the 1908 book Sangre y Arena by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibanez. This current edition is a new English translation/adaptation by Ali Villaverde. I would like to thank Booksirens, the translator and Merci Beaucs for an e-copy in exchange for my honest review. This edition will be released in January 2021. I was completely immersed in this novel from beginning to end that takes place in early 20th cent 4.5 "machismo, relentless, vivid" stars !! 2020 Honorable Mention Read This book is based on the 1908 book Sangre y Arena by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibanez. This current edition is a new English translation/adaptation by Ali Villaverde. I would like to thank Booksirens, the translator and Merci Beaucs for an e-copy in exchange for my honest review. This edition will be released in January 2021. I was completely immersed in this novel from beginning to end that takes place in early 20th century Spain. The novel follows the rise and fall of Torero Juan Gallardo as he rises up from poverty to become one of the bullfighter heroes of Spain. Alongside him we have a large cast of characters from mother, wife, mistress, patrons, fans, hangers on, bandits and various Madonnas. This novel is told in two alternating styles of hyper-realism that is sometimes contrasted with melodrama and sometimes merged with it. This gives the reader of being bombarded not only with bright colors, strong scents and loud operatic sounds but also with heightened emotions of love, lust, envy, anger and jealousy. The translation is both sensual and quirky with turns of phrase that are both charming and quaint. Through this tale we begin to understand the class struggles, gender relations, religiosity and politics of Spain along with the honor, tradition and machismo. Our modern sensibilities may shake in wonder at how barbaric and cruel acts on animals serve a deep cultural purpose of that era and culture. Yet before we cast stones it is better that we understand for we are no better with our puppy mills and treatment of farm animals for economic gain. This is a book that saturated me with a rainbow of colors, various uncomfortable emotions and a deepened understanding of the role that bullfighting played in Spanish and Latin Culture. An excellent novel that reinforces my desire for compassion and care to human, animal and plant forms. "

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lee Murray

    Great start to the book, almost too good. When I got to the climax of the story and was not halfway through book, I knew there was a problem. I knew there was only one inevitable ending to the book before I was halfway through the story. There were a couple of subplots, and the one involving The Feather seemed superfluous to me. The book does involve the sport of bullfighting at the turn of the 20th century, and the last quarter of the story is extremely graphic and violent in describing the bull Great start to the book, almost too good. When I got to the climax of the story and was not halfway through book, I knew there was a problem. I knew there was only one inevitable ending to the book before I was halfway through the story. There were a couple of subplots, and the one involving The Feather seemed superfluous to me. The book does involve the sport of bullfighting at the turn of the 20th century, and the last quarter of the story is extremely graphic and violent in describing the bullfights. If you can stand the animal violence, it’s a good read—but it can be overwhelming. Be forewarned. I almost didn’t finish it. I received an advance reader’s copy in exchange for a fair review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claudete Takahashi

    "By the horns" is a true tale of a torero´s life in the early years of the 20th century. He was born in poverty and has risen to fame, glory, and money. He is followed by a throng of friends, admirers, thieves, women at a time that society had very strict rules and there was almost no place for someone who is illiterate and belongs in the low tiers of society. It´s a story full of color, as the descriptions of places, clothes, food, people, are richly written, as well as are narrated the stories "By the horns" is a true tale of a torero´s life in the early years of the 20th century. He was born in poverty and has risen to fame, glory, and money. He is followed by a throng of friends, admirers, thieves, women at a time that society had very strict rules and there was almost no place for someone who is illiterate and belongs in the low tiers of society. It´s a story full of color, as the descriptions of places, clothes, food, people, are richly written, as well as are narrated the stories of friendship, love, betrayal, and so on. A strong "machismo" feeling permeates it all as it is common in most Latin societies (even today) and I´m sure women do not feel adequately portrayed in this story. It´s a dense reading that cannot be made in a hurry. Entertaining. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    TheStonedMason

    This book was a solid read but I think a lot of the underlying culture was lost through translation. The author did a great job building his characters, you grew to love or hate, as well as admire and despise Juan as the story progresses. Those with a strong sense of tradition were more on the side of the latter options, while the more modern fans would take the side of the former. I enjoyed this trip through Spain and the life of a terrero. Although slow, it was worth the read! [Thank you Book S This book was a solid read but I think a lot of the underlying culture was lost through translation. The author did a great job building his characters, you grew to love or hate, as well as admire and despise Juan as the story progresses. Those with a strong sense of tradition were more on the side of the latter options, while the more modern fans would take the side of the former. I enjoyed this trip through Spain and the life of a terrero. Although slow, it was worth the read! [Thank you Book Sirens, the author, and publisher for the free eARC]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Arwen56

    No se puede decir que sea una gran novela. Hay muchas repeticiones, algo pesado en la descripciones y unos hechos que parecen adjuntos sin razón alguna. Sin embargo es un escrito que llega a envolver, porque la prosa de Ibáñez es vigorosa, directa y muy varonil. En concreto, la figura del espada Gallardo crece poco a poco delante de los ojos de los lectores y, a pesar de los defectos de la pluma del escritor, ofrece el retrato exitoso de un hombre de otro tiempo que vive sus propias contradiccio No se puede decir que sea una gran novela. Hay muchas repeticiones, algo pesado en la descripciones y unos hechos que parecen adjuntos sin razón alguna. Sin embargo es un escrito que llega a envolver, porque la prosa de Ibáñez es vigorosa, directa y muy varonil. En concreto, la figura del espada Gallardo crece poco a poco delante de los ojos de los lectores y, a pesar de los defectos de la pluma del escritor, ofrece el retrato exitoso de un hombre de otro tiempo que vive sus propias contradicciones, sus desesperados deseos, su constante lucha contra algo o alguien. Porque si inicialmente era chico pobre que soñaba la riqueza, luego es matador rico y famoso que quiere, pero non consigue, ser aceptado por sus mayores. Desafía la muerte “para arrimarse a los buenos”, como diría el Lazarillo de Tormes. Desafía la muerte porque no acepta su propia vida tal como es. Desafía la muerte porque la insatisfacción es el signo que su suerte le ha destinado. Parecerá raro, pero en algún trato Gallardo me ha acordado a Mastro Don Gesualdo de Verga. Hay un paso en la novela del autor italiano que es sublime, donde se ve este hombre alargar su mano porque desea tocar a su mujer, aquella hermosa y soberbia persona que ha sido obligada a ser su esposa. Pero no lo hace. Sabe que no puede. Se la han “entregado” por necesidad, pero él no tiene el derecho del amor para poderla llamar “suya”. Bueno, Gallardo, en cambio, lo hace. La situación no es la misma, porque Doña Sol es muy distinta de la mujer de Gesualdo, pero a nivel simbólico los dos hechos se equivalen. El sabio recato del primero le salvará de la derrota total, aunque la padezca de todo modo por otro motivo. La tierna rendición del segundo acaba para consignarlo al derrumbe final como un animalito sin defensa. Sí, diría que sí, me ha gustado, no obstante toda pesadez y lo que hay de parecido a una telenovela. Es una especie de Götterdämmerung. Y cuando lo dioses caen, el ruido llena el entorno de aturdido silencio. ¡Descansa en paz, Gallardo!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Czarny Pies

    Les arènes sanglantes delivers brilliantly on its promise to bring its protagnist to a bloody end in the sand. Fans of Ernest Hemingway (particularly those who liked The Sun Also Rises and Death in the Afternoon) are sure to love this tale of hubris and nemesis involving the very macho art of bullfighting. Vicente Blasco-Ibanez was both a contemporary of Hemingway as well as someone who shared his political ideas. Juan Gallardo the hero of Les arènes sanglantes has many of the qualities found in Les arènes sanglantes delivers brilliantly on its promise to bring its protagnist to a bloody end in the sand. Fans of Ernest Hemingway (particularly those who liked The Sun Also Rises and Death in the Afternoon) are sure to love this tale of hubris and nemesis involving the very macho art of bullfighting. Vicente Blasco-Ibanez was both a contemporary of Hemingway as well as someone who shared his political ideas. Juan Gallardo the hero of Les arènes sanglantes has many of the qualities found in a Hemingway novel. He pursues danger, is a prodigious lover, a bad husband and a man determined to follow his tragic destiny to the end. Les arènes sanglantes is however far from a melodramatic story of the death of a macho man. Blasco-Ibanez provides a brilliant portrait of Spanish Society in the opening decades of the twentieth century. His not terribly bright hero is a complex person capable of generosity and courage who acts with great dignity at all times. Although the author has the utmost contempt for hero's fans and hangers-on, he portrays them with great subtlety. The emasculating rich, bitch who appears to trigger the events that result in the hero's demise is certainly an alluring character who is not so much evil but like the hero determined to play her own designated role in the absurd tragedy. Blasco-Ibanez greatest tour-de-force in this novel is the way in which he argues without every adopting a moralizing tone that the gory pastime of bullfighting (tauromachy) was fundamentally at cross purposes with a society that was evolving towards social and liberal democracy. Blasco-Ibanez may have admired the toreros as much as Hemingway did but he certainly detested the vocation that they adopted in life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Macauley

    Four things I loved about this book: Historical details feel authentic, and thorough – especially the passages on Spanish settings and traditions. The descriptions ofMadrid coming alive on the day of a bullfight and the ambience of Seville during semaina santa was intoxicating. If you have been in a big Spanish city where people are in party mood and go out in the streets, I (almost) guarantee moments like that will come rushing back at points in this book! On the other hand, the scenes in the bu Four things I loved about this book: Historical details feel authentic, and thorough – especially the passages on Spanish settings and traditions. The descriptions ofMadrid coming alive on the day of a bullfight and the ambience of Seville during semaina santa was intoxicating. If you have been in a big Spanish city where people are in party mood and go out in the streets, I (almost) guarantee moments like that will come rushing back at points in this book! On the other hand, the scenes in the bullring are shocking but powerful. I learned a lot about bullfighting and the culture around it, like how much Spanish people went wild for their bullfighters. You can tell the author knew his stuff about it (even if he seems to not like it at all), so it doesnt feel like you're reading some cliche version of what bullfighting was. Simple read, but has depth. I didn't find the writing got sameish or tired. The story is told with some nice bits of humor and plenty of deep moments. Builds up to a hell of an finish. I wasn’t expecting this would be one of the highlights of the book. Once you’ve reached a certain point in the book, you kinda know what Juan Gallardos destiny is, but I wouldn’t say it is a predictible book. More that you’re strapped in for the bumpy ride of that destiny getting closer. And boy does it get bumpy! I received an advance review copy for free (Booksirens), and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    mark

    Although the dialog is somewhat dated (written in 1908) or perhaps flavored in translation, Ibanez’ descriptions are visual and visceral. He vividly brings to life the pageantry and bloodlust of the corrida and in doing so presents a searing indictment of human nature on many levels. This metaphorical dance with death is saturated in testosterone, leaving the female characters of the novel as little more than rough sketches. Nevertheless, the grand sweep of this story makes for a good read that Although the dialog is somewhat dated (written in 1908) or perhaps flavored in translation, Ibanez’ descriptions are visual and visceral. He vividly brings to life the pageantry and bloodlust of the corrida and in doing so presents a searing indictment of human nature on many levels. This metaphorical dance with death is saturated in testosterone, leaving the female characters of the novel as little more than rough sketches. Nevertheless, the grand sweep of this story makes for a good read that is at one time historical and timeless.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    maybe it's a stiff translation but i was terribly bored the vast majority of this book. the overall plot arc is pretty cool (dude getting mauled by bulls, repeatedly) it takes for ev errrrr to get through it and the dialogue is pretty flavorless in between. maybe it's a stiff translation but i was terribly bored the vast majority of this book. the overall plot arc is pretty cool (dude getting mauled by bulls, repeatedly) it takes for ev errrrr to get through it and the dialogue is pretty flavorless in between.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tan August

    Blood and Sand has it all, the tragic hero, the romance, the fighting, the action, and the death at the end. It's one of Blasco's best works and holds up well through the decades. It's a great work for Spanish culture and bull fighting enthusiasts. Blood and Sand has it all, the tragic hero, the romance, the fighting, the action, and the death at the end. It's one of Blasco's best works and holds up well through the decades. It's a great work for Spanish culture and bull fighting enthusiasts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Gaughan

    A very poor and old-fashioned translation of a book that manages to make such an exciting, controversial subject as bullfighting incredibly dull.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Araceli.libros

    2.5*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nikolay

    I am reviewing this book while not having finished it in part because I feel familiar enough with Ibáñez's style to be able to judge the merits of this story from what I have read and in part because insufficiency and incompleteness are a major theme in this book about the rise and fall of a matador from a working class family. Nowhere is this theme more apparent than in the detailing of its female characters, which in relation to the main character Juan give some interesting diversions and dram I am reviewing this book while not having finished it in part because I feel familiar enough with Ibáñez's style to be able to judge the merits of this story from what I have read and in part because insufficiency and incompleteness are a major theme in this book about the rise and fall of a matador from a working class family. Nowhere is this theme more apparent than in the detailing of its female characters, which in relation to the main character Juan give some interesting diversions and dramatics but in isolation are poorly developed and uninteresting. For example, the mistress of the story is a highly regarded diplomat who in her most expansive moments interrogates Juan, his friends, and his enemies because it is in her nature to be inquisitive - a charming and valuable trait, however she is never the better or worse for it. Like all the female characters, and unlike Juan whose valor is a decree of some divinity or fortune, her life and labor is never put into question itself. Even when faced with a brigand who murders relentlessly the wealthy classes, Doña Sol is protected by the kid gloves of inefficient narration. At no time is the brigand's revolver pointed at her. Blood and Sand is a fierce interpretation of pride, economy, and sainthood. Juan Gallardo, the revered matador, is pitted against fortune often desperately making his escape from the bulls of the bullring. As the novel posits, perhaps no vocation is as manly, dangerous, and superstitious than the matador who risks his life at every moment for fame and fortune. He is pitted against the bulls and so he is regarded as quicksilver, a servant to the whims of the crowd and ultimately a servant to his own frail constitution, his failing body. He can make the crowds roar and the bull bow down, achieving what no other man can ever fathom. His every instance of competition is a crowning achievement of wit and fortune, his every wound is a display of bravery. The furthest reaches of his success are displayed by his extravagant spending. The only moments of peace afforded to him are between events. But he is displeased often by the vagaries of quiet life, because by nature he has been groomed to participate in fierce battle. From the point of view of someone who has no knowledge of bullfighting and very little interest in sports, this novel is interesting for its humble appreciation of sportsmanship. The bull is idolized instead of being villainized, which is a happy thought and good interpretation from my POV. Nothing about the events is put into question except for the economy and celebrity of the ring, which are the most interesting parts of this sport. I enjoy reading the various descriptions of possible outcomes and the reactions they produce in the many personages involved in a bull fight. It's like reading a book by a friend who yearns to introduce you to the game, blood and sand and all. And like a good sportsman, he makes a fair game of it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Thiessen

    The ending hits you like a half-tonne bull! By the Horns is both an easy read and a hard read, in all the right ways. Let me explain what I mean! The writing style is clear, so the story flows from the page at a quick pace. But, wow, some of the passages are intense! It's probably not the story for you if you're squeamish, though I wouldn't say any of the violence in the book is there just for the sake of it. It's more just one of the things that give the novel such a no-compromise, realistic fee The ending hits you like a half-tonne bull! By the Horns is both an easy read and a hard read, in all the right ways. Let me explain what I mean! The writing style is clear, so the story flows from the page at a quick pace. But, wow, some of the passages are intense! It's probably not the story for you if you're squeamish, though I wouldn't say any of the violence in the book is there just for the sake of it. It's more just one of the things that give the novel such a no-compromise, realistic feel. The plot follows the life and career of a bullfighter called Juan Gallardo. He's a machismo-filled young man who had a wild, poor upbringing. On the face of it, he's driven by pretty simple things: women, riches, glory, the love of bullfighting fans, etc. But there's a surprising psychological depth to him as well, or at least to the portrayal of him. He's joined by a cast of colorful characters, including a mother who is baffled by the opulent lifestyle her son's fame thrusts on her, a free-spirited aristocrat who Juan becomes besotted with, a scheming weasel of a brother-in-law, a violent bandit who turns out not to be anything like the legend surrounding him, and (my favorite) a kind-hearted would-be revolutionary who, despite being a torero, has plenty of qualms about the ethics of bullfighting. They are all caught up in a story that starts out with a jolly, sunshiney feel but becomes darker and darker and ends up overwhelming, breathtaking. It's a longish novel, but I managed to go through it in a COVID winter weekend. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ufuk Beyazova

    Kan ve Kum / Blasco İbanez Juan Gallardo bir matador. O gün boğa güreşine çıkacak. Uşağı onun saçlarını briyantinledi. Alnına perçemler indirdi. Toreadorların taktıkları saç örgüsünü taktı. Ucuna siyah bir kurdele bağladı. Ayak parmaklarının arasına ufak pamuklar yerleştirdi. Ayak bilekleriyle tabanlarının altına pamuklar koyarak sargı bezleriyle mumya gibi bağladı. Sonra kalçasını yarıya kadar kaplayan uzun ak çoraplarını giydirdi. Üzerine pembe ipek çoraplarını geçirdi. Tütün rengi altın sırma Kan ve Kum / Blasco İbanez Juan Gallardo bir matador. O gün boğa güreşine çıkacak. Uşağı onun saçlarını briyantinledi. Alnına perçemler indirdi. Toreadorların taktıkları saç örgüsünü taktı. Ucuna siyah bir kurdele bağladı. Ayak parmaklarının arasına ufak pamuklar yerleştirdi. Ayak bilekleriyle tabanlarının altına pamuklar koyarak sargı bezleriyle mumya gibi bağladı. Sonra kalçasını yarıya kadar kaplayan uzun ak çoraplarını giydirdi. Üzerine pembe ipek çoraplarını geçirdi. Tütün rengi altın sırma işlemeli ipekli elbisesini giydirdi. Uçları altın püsküller diz kapağına doğru sarkıyordu. Sonra göğsü incecik tül fırfırlı gömleğini giydirdi, kırmızı boyunbağını bağladı. En sonra 4 m.  lik kuşağı onun beline sardı. Üstüne altın şeritli yeleğini geçirdi ve kabarık parlak işlemeli ağır kısa ceketini giydi. Başına ponponlu başlığını taktı. Boğaları kızdırmak için giyilen pelerinini omuzuna attı. Güreş alanına girdiğinde halk onu çılgınca alkışlıyor, ''ole! Ispanya'' diye bağırıyordu. Bir eliyle kılıcını tutarak boğaya yaklaştı... Bir boğa güreşçisinin heyecan ve hüzün dolu öyküsü. Tabii boğaların ve atların da.

  16. 5 out of 5

    VT Dorchester

    I would have appreciated if it had been more clear this is a new translation "and telling" (whatever that means?!) of Vicente Blascon Ibanez's 1908 Sangre Y Arena when I picked up a review copy to review. Something that is interesting to note: Mr Ibanez co-directed a film version of this novel in 1916. (There have been three other film adaptions.) While the style and content of this book didn't exactly enthrall me and it took me some time (almost three weeks) to finish reading it, I enjoyed readin I would have appreciated if it had been more clear this is a new translation "and telling" (whatever that means?!) of Vicente Blascon Ibanez's 1908 Sangre Y Arena when I picked up a review copy to review. Something that is interesting to note: Mr Ibanez co-directed a film version of this novel in 1916. (There have been three other film adaptions.) While the style and content of this book didn't exactly enthrall me and it took me some time (almost three weeks) to finish reading it, I enjoyed reading it a little bit at a time. It is a detailed historic glimpse into another culture. Despite initial appearances, as the book progresses it becomes clear this story (at least in this translation) is written with an anti-bullfighting message. To be fair, bullfighting is still considered a culturally important activity by many. The last few chapters in particular are grisly depictions of the harm inflicted upon horses, bulls and men by this blood sport, and are clearly written in a fashion which condemns this sport rather than for its glorification. Some of it is hard to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I read it in Spanish, so I undoubtedly missed nuances, however I enjoyed the story. There were pages of repetitious detail to the point where I thought I had accidentally reread pages. But I loved the interplay of egos, the slightly sarcastic descriptions of the Semana Santa parades and the interplay of the Marquesa and the torero. The details of the bull fighting were gripping. Worth reading. I will probably read it again when my Spanish is a little better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Richardson

    This is the 1st book I've read written by Ali Villaverde; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review. This is the 1st book I've read written by Ali Villaverde; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    GWOOT

    Juan Gallardo's calm recklessness sucked me into the thriving world of Spain's violent bullfighting. A perfectly double-purposed "ring" which the author uses to illustrate the throws of emotion... to the crowd, to Spain and to a Woman. The struggle to hold onto the usefulness of youth echoes throughout the story innately leading the reader reflect to reflect on life's changing states and impermanence. Thank you for the adventure. Juan Gallardo's calm recklessness sucked me into the thriving world of Spain's violent bullfighting. A perfectly double-purposed "ring" which the author uses to illustrate the throws of emotion... to the crowd, to Spain and to a Woman. The struggle to hold onto the usefulness of youth echoes throughout the story innately leading the reader reflect to reflect on life's changing states and impermanence. Thank you for the adventure.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Salva Sevilla

    Aunque parezca lo contrario en la primera mitad, es un libro profundamente antitaurino, como su autor. Las primeras 50 páginas se hacen pesadas por su exhaustiva descripción de las horas previas a la salida a la plaza. Luego el libro gana en agilidad. Lo recomiendo

  21. 5 out of 5

    MARLENE RANTZ

    If it was the author's intention to make everyone aware of the cruelty of bull-fighting, he was very successful; however, I found this book to be slightly boring. Too long, and too many extra details not pertinent to the main story! If it was the author's intention to make everyone aware of the cruelty of bull-fighting, he was very successful; however, I found this book to be slightly boring. Too long, and too many extra details not pertinent to the main story!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maha Ahmed

    porque he leído una versión adaptada, no me gusta mucho, falta muchas escenas y diálogos, pero sobretodo ¡FALTA LA HISTORIA! creo q voy a volver a leerla una vez más luego, y espero q sea un poco más interesante.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    På svenska: "Blod och Sand", klassiker om hur en fattig man stiger till berömmelse som matador, men 'upp som en sol, ner som en pannkaka', lättfånget är lätt förgånget. Svenska översättningen kändes lite dammig, kanske hade varit bättre att läsa denna i original. På svenska: "Blod och Sand", klassiker om hur en fattig man stiger till berömmelse som matador, men 'upp som en sol, ner som en pannkaka', lättfånget är lätt förgånget. Svenska översättningen kändes lite dammig, kanske hade varit bättre att läsa denna i original.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan Katz

    I read this for my Spanish class at the Church of the Nativity. I don't remember when we started reading the book, but we read one chapter each week. I read this for my Spanish class at the Church of the Nativity. I don't remember when we started reading the book, but we read one chapter each week.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is really a good, interesting story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    "It was the roaring of the only real beast." Thus ends the story of a brilliant and vivid tale of the life of Juan Gallardo, a famous Matador! However, who or what is the true beast that he fights? I can certainly see why this was made into multiple movies over the decades and, frankly, should be considered one the best sport novels ever. I certainly have a better appreciation of bull fighting and the author even provides commentary to the criticisms of animal cruelty charges which must have bee "It was the roaring of the only real beast." Thus ends the story of a brilliant and vivid tale of the life of Juan Gallardo, a famous Matador! However, who or what is the true beast that he fights? I can certainly see why this was made into multiple movies over the decades and, frankly, should be considered one the best sport novels ever. I certainly have a better appreciation of bull fighting and the author even provides commentary to the criticisms of animal cruelty charges which must have been ringing even in 1908. This novel is what a novel is and should be! My only criticism, more Carmen was needed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica J.

    muy duro

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    The other great novel about the world of bullfighting, in translation of course.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rodrigo

    Maldita sea, pero qué final.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Konstantin

    Very intresting book about national spanish passion. But in the end it's very brutal. Very intresting book about national spanish passion. But in the end it's very brutal.

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