Today I’m delighted to announce that Leander and I are reading together one of the most exciting epic sagas: Captain Alatriste series, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
We are going to read the first book, Captain Alatriste, next week and comment it together by email or facebook, and then we will review it more or less at the same time in our blogs.
Do you want to join us?
Captain Alatriste has adventures, humor, sword fights and romance, and the captain is also from the place I live, León, so it makes the book even more interesting 😉 . You must also know that there is a Spanish film with Viggo Mortensen as Alatriste. Can anybody have a better plan than reading a book in which the main character is Viggo?
So, if you want to know more, here is the synopsis of the book:
Captain Alatriste is a swordsman for hire in Spain in the 1620s – a time when Court intrigue is high and the decadent young king has dragged the country into a series of disastrous wars. As a hired ‘blade’, Alatriste becomes involved in many political plots and must live by his wits. He comes face to face with hired assassins, court players, political moles, smugglers, pirates and of course, the infamous Spanish Inquisition…
All the stories are told by Íñigo Balboa, Alatriste’s young page. The cast of characters also includes Quevedo, an irrepressible subversive poet who likes to start fights in the local tavern, the kind-hearted innkeeper and ex-prostitute who shares Alatriste’s bed, the elegant Count of Guadalmedina, the beautiful but deadly Angelica de Alquezar, and a whole host of underworld figures.
I promise you will enjoy the reading since Pérez-Reverte is one of the best Spanish writers: his novels are full of action and humor and he knows how to describe Spanish people, you will see (sometimes you have to laugh at yourself).
So, if anybody wants to read Captain Alatriste with Leander and me, just tell us in a comment. I will read in Spanish because I have all Perez-Reverte’s books, but I will probably read some passages in English because also I want to know how Alatriste says some of his famous epic phrases in both languages.
Are you ready to know captain Alatriste?