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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic; Reprint edition (June 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140433058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140433050
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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THE OLDEST INFORMATION I HAVE on the person who bears this name comes from my friend Jacinto Maria Villalonga, and it dates back to the time when he and other friends (among them Zalamero, Joaquinito Pez, and Alejandro Miquis) were at the University. Read the first page
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Don Benito Perez Galdos is the most important novelist of the Spanish language, right after Cervantes.
This is his masterpiece. Galdos has many great works, but this one has all the ingredients that you may find in his other smaller works.
It is a huge work, the size of "War and Peace" or "Middlemarch", but it reads like a short story. I remember reading it during my college time, and not being able to put the book down, getting late too often to appointments, or just daydreaming trying to picture the streets of Madrid in the 19th century, the faces of the two leading ladies...
Absolutly wonderful. A must read for anyone interested in high quality literature of any language. If you speak Spanish and you still haven't read "Fortunata y Jacinta" this must be your top priority.
You will not regret it.
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By A Customer on Jan. 16 1999
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Having read this novel both in Spanish and in translation, I can truly say that it's a masterpiece. The characters are realistically drawn, the plot is engaging, and most inportantly, we can see the inner feelings and motivations behind the main characters' actions. This book can be analyzed on so many levels: psychological, historical, from a feminist perspective...it's a gold-mine for Galdos scholars. But it shouldn't be limited to Spanish literature scholars; English majors should read it in their world lit classes to compare with Dickens.
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By A Customer on Jan. 16 1999
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Having read this novel both in Spanish and in translation, I can truly say that it's a masterpiece. The characters are realistically drawn, the plot is engaging, and most inportantly, we can see the inner feelings and motivations behind the main characters' actions. This book can be analyzed on so many levels: psychological, historical, from a feminist perspective...it's a gold-mine for Galdos scholars. But it shouldn't be limited to Spanish literature scholars; English majors should read it in their world lit classes to compare with Dickens.
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An unexpected delight, author Perez Galdos is
the Iberian Dickens, with dozens of full length
novels, many in an intricate historical series.

Fortunata y Jacinta is perhaps his best known
work, a sharply drawn social portrait of mid-Victorian
era Madrid. The lower class and the bourgeoisie
are each represented by one female protagonist,
with penetrating looks at the clergy, government,
and business establishments as backdrops
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Que Novela Magnifica Jan. 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read this novel both in Spanish and in translation, I can truly say that it's a masterpiece. The characters are realistically drawn, the plot is engaging, and most inportantly, we can see the inner feelings and motivations behind the main characters' actions. This book can be analyzed on so many levels: psychological, historical, from a feminist perspective...it's a gold-mine for Galdos scholars. But it shouldn't be limited to Spanish literature scholars; English majors should read it in their world lit classes to compare with Dickens.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
An overlooked masterpiece Feb. 21 2003
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Format: Paperback
Until I picked up a copy of Fortunata and Jacinta on a whim from a bookseller in Burgos, I had never heard of Benito Pérez Galdós: Why this novel isn't better-known in America is completely beyond me. Pérez Galdós is sometimes compared to Dickens, but the comparison is misleading: for delicious ambiguity, unsettlingly realistic psychology, and unforgettable, sympathetic characters far more engaging than vulgar, oversimplified Dickensian puppets, Pérez Galdós is far superior. The narrative sparkles with humor and wit while never compromising the tragic beauties that make the book so powerful. It's no exaggeration to say that this book should be required reading for anyone interested in culture - a classic not only of Spanish, but of Western Literature.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best Spanish novel after "Don Quijote" Feb. 5 2004
By Buenoslibros.es - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don Benito Perez Galdos is the most important novelist of the Spanish language, right after Cervantes.
This is his masterpiece. Galdos has many great works, but this one has all the ingredients that you may find in his other smaller works.
It is a huge work, the size of "War and Peace" or "Middlemarch", but it reads like a short story. I remember reading it during my college time, and not being able to put the book down, getting late too often to appointments, or just daydreaming trying to picture the streets of Madrid in the 19th century, the faces of the two leading ladies...
Absolutly wonderful. A must read for anyone interested in high quality literature of any language. If you speak Spanish and you still haven't read "Fortunata y Jacinta" this must be your top priority.
You will not regret it.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Humane and observant fictional window on 19th Century Spain Sept. 17 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An unexpected delight, author Perez Galdos is
the Iberian Dickens, with dozens of full length
novels, many in an intricate historical series.

Fortunata y Jacinta is perhaps his best known
work, a sharply drawn social portrait of mid-Victorian
era Madrid. The lower class and the bourgeoisie
are each represented by one female protagonist,
with penetrating looks at the clergy, government,
and business establishments as backdrops
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Que Novela Magnifica Jan. 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read this novel both in Spanish and in translation, I can truly say that it's a masterpiece. The characters are realistically drawn, the plot is engaging, and most inportantly, we can see the inner feelings and motivations behind the main characters' actions. This book can be analyzed on so many levels: psychological, historical, from a feminist perspective...it's a gold-mine for Galdos scholars. But it shouldn't be limited to Spanish literature scholars; English majors should read it in their world lit classes to compare with Dickens.

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