El pergamino de la seducción [The Scroll of Seduction]

  • by Gioconda Belli
  • Narrated by Adriana Sananes
  • 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Con un pretexto de estudiar a fondo la vida de La Reina Juanade Castilla, mejor conocida como Juana La Loca, Manuel, unhistoriador de la universidad Complutense, y Lucía, una jovenestudiante, se entrelazan en una apasionante historia de amor.Planteando un juego donde la narración se hará a través de lavisión y uso de las ropas del estilo del siglo XVI, Manuel describey narra la vida de la Reina Juana de Castilla, unamujer visionaria dentro de una sociedad machista que no la reconoce como reina, aunque lo ejerce, sino la reduce por su condición de mujer y sus desplantes a ser encerrada, declarándola loca, y así terminar sus días en 1555.Se plantean varias preguntas en esta novela - si en verdad enloqueció de amor, o los celos y la impotencia la hacían tener exabruptos que los irracionales sacerdotes y gente de la corte la catalogaban como loca.Ofue víctima de las intrincadas redes de la política y ambición. Como una vidente o espiritista, Lucía acepta que Juana la Loca entre en su cuerpo y su mente para contar su visión de los hechos.Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

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A good read well read!

Gioconda Belli provides a most enjoyable way to get a view of a bit of the history of Spain, and Europe more widely at the turn of the 16th century, through the story of Juana la Loca, and the very bleak environment created by the Reyes Catholicos, her parents and her arbitrary and grandiose, but beautiful, husband. Her own children show themselves to be just as bad as soon as power is within reach. The language is direct and simple enough for a student of Spanish such as myself to enjoy, but even with that linguistic handicap, it is evident that it is well written. The narrator Adriana Sananes is also excellent -- clear, well-modulated voice with a good characterisation achieved through moderating tone and pitch. At nearly 13 hours this is quite long, but I would happily listen to her for another book or more. I bought this book for its subject before discovering what a distinguished author I was reading - It is well-worth looking her up in Wikipedia: a fascinating and brave career, and from the book a delightfully warm personality. On the downside, I was never quite convinced by the 20th century story which provides the frame, but even that was thought provoking. In summary, thoroughly recommended, but not a masterwork to bowl you over.
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- PHILIP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-06-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books