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Juanita La Larga [Paperback]

By Juan Valera (Author) & Robert M. Fedorchek (Author)
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Pages   259
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 6.62" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 29, 2006
Publisher   Catholic University of America Press
ISBN  0813214351  
EAN  9780813214351  

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Juanita La Larga (1896), the third of Juan Valera's eponymous novels with a female protagonist, unfolds in a small town in nineteenth-century Spain and tells the story of a young girl's romance with a wealthy widower many years her senior. In addition to their substantial difference in years and class, the lovers must contend with the indignation of his imperious married daughter, the public rebuke of a churchman, and the strictures of society. As the novel opens, readers are introduced to Juanita in the exuberance of youth. We witness her maturation into a young woman and along the way we watch as she learns to deal with humiliation, anger, jealousy, and a pride that makes for bittersweet moments. Juanita reveals a cunning personality that is complemented by a dogged determination and an iron will; once she realizes what she wants in life neither the fear of reprisal nor the prospect of ostracism deters her. Other well-conceived, well-delineated characters are Juana, Juanita's mother and village do-it-all; Dona Ines, the haughty, sanctimonious daughter of the widower Don Paco who falls head over heels in love with Juanita and wants to marry her; Don Alvaro Roldan, Dona Ines's dissolute husband; and Don Policarpo, the town druggist. This charming work appears here for the first time in English and is elegantly translated by Robert M. Fedorchek. Juanita la Larga gives Valera an opportunity to describe, in loving detail, life in an Andalusian hamlet: its social levels, political intrigues, religious observances, rustic amenities, and hearty fare. But above all it offers a vibrant picture of Juanita, a worthy sister to other Valera heroines like Pepita of Pepita Jimenez (1874) and Luz ofDona Luz (1879).

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Juan Valera (1824-1905). Escritor espanol que se opuso al naturalismo y al realismo social y se decanto por la novela psicologica. Miembro de la Real Academia Espanola desde 1862, de una amplia cultura, en particular con gran conocimiento de la grecolatina, es considerado el mejor critico literario del siglo XIX despues de Menendez Pelayo. Su obra, centrada en dos temas fundamentales (los conflictos amorosos y los religiosos) se caracteriza por su correccion, precision, sencillez y armonia; consideraba que la novela debe reflejar la vida, pero de una manera idealizada y embellecida, eliminando los aspectos penosos y crudos de la realidad, porque es un arte y su fin es la creacion de la belleza.

Juan Valera was born in 1824 and died in 1905.

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a nice postcard from Andalusia  Jul 31, 2001
By the end of the nineteenth century, when naturalism was the current trend in literature, Spanish author Juan Valera wrote many essays that attacked this new style. Valera believed that the main purpose of art was beauty, and beauty can only be achieved only by showing the beauties of the world. This is why Juanita la Larga is strange to the contemporary readers. It is true that the author strives to recreate accurately the scenery of Andalusia, South of Spain, and the novel is clearly more realistic than romantic. But the readers still might feel strange that everyone is happy and smiling in this region, that almost every building is beautiful, that the feasts there are always splendid, etc. This may be more enjoyable than the endless suffering in Zola's novels but for me this everything-is-beautiful feel seems a little bit too much. The author shows certain tenderness towards each character, even bad guys in the book are more likely to be represented as ridiculous than frightful. The atmosphere of the book might come as a fresh air to those who are tired of the pessimism-soaked literature of the twentieth century but for me is too fairy-tale-like. Especially the ending is not very convincing when Juanita, the protagonist falls in love with the other hero, a nice, middle-aged man, the alter-ego of the author, who also married a young girl in an old age. This starting idea could generate a splendidly bizarre twentieth-century novel, but it is clear that Valera had written this book to sweeten the pill to the audience of the age. With his approach, the story misses the psychological dimensions that could make the final marriage credible. To me, it seems as unreal as the always smiling Andalusian people.

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