Ministry Mondays Review: El Capitán Alatriste, by Pérez-Reverte

    This is the famous person for whom everyone keeps mistaking Alonso, in El Ministerio del Tiempo.

Alonso, por Omar R. La Rosa
Alonso, por Omar R. La Rosa

I read this book, and thought I had reviewed it, as I noted in 2018:   ”

Creî que habîa escrito una revista de este libro ya hace tiempo que tal vez se perdiô, pero bueno. Me encantô la trama y sobre todo la relacion entre Alatriste y Iñigo. / Thought I had reviewed this book some time ago, and maybe it got lost, but ok. I loved the drama and above all, the relationship between Alatriste and Inigo.”

citing especially the last line “que hubiera estado pensando/he could have been thinking” regarding the friend whose execution they watched, after feasting all night the evening before with the condemned man. So, to summarize, this book is about a 16th century Spanish soldier who forms part of the elite corps of loyal Spaniards fighting for the empire in many places, particularly Flanders. The hero, Capitan Alatriste, is a solid man, not a man of trifles, but a decent man, raising as his adopted son the friend of a fallen comrade. There are so many beautiful moments that I must go find this book again and read it, especially since it has been over a decade now since I read it, and my Spanish has also improved, so the reading experience will be far easier, and maybe I missed a few things.


Action Items:

1.) Dear Readers, share your thoughts on writing, please.

2.) Write a story, post or comment that uses those thoughts.


Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist, El Ministerio del Tiempo Reviews

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Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.  This review is my personal way (as opposed to founding the Project, overall) of contributing to building tools that can help increase empathy and compassion in our world.  Story, as part of how we see our world, helps us make sense of and define our actions in this world.  And remember how important story is also as part of this project. Let’s Do Better.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


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