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The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzmán

The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzmán By Louis de Bernières The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzm n With the same ebullient storytelling luxuriant prose and irrepressible eroticism he brought to The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts and Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord Louis de Berni res continues h

  • Title: The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzmán
  • Author: Louis de Bernières
  • ISBN: 9780375700156
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzmán By Louis de Bernières With the same ebullient storytelling, luxuriant prose, and irrepressible eroticism he brought to The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts and Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord, Louis de Berni res continues his chronicle of Cochadebajo, the Andean village where macho philosophers, defrocked priests, and reformed though hardly inactive prostitutes cohabit in cheerful anarchy ButWith the same ebullient storytelling, luxuriant prose, and irrepressible eroticism he brought to The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts and Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord, Louis de Berni res continues his chronicle of Cochadebajo, the Andean village where macho philosophers, defrocked priests, and reformed though hardly inactive prostitutes cohabit in cheerful anarchy But this unruly utopia is imperiled when the demon harried Cardinal Guzm n decides to inaugurate a new Inquisition, with Cochadebajo as its ultimate target On his side, the Cardinal has an army of fanatics who are all too willing to destroy bodies in order to save souls The Cochadebajeros have precious little ammunition, unless you count chef Dolores s incendiary Chicken of a True Man, and a civil defense that deems nothing crucial than the act of love Part epic, part farce, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzm n confirms de Berni res s reputation as England s answer to Gabriel Garc a M rquez.
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    1. Algernon on said:

      Has anyone seen the beast Has anyone seen the beast called the three hundred year old man, as he cantered over the drawbridge upon his rachitic horse Has anyone seen the beast whose stomach rumbles like a pack of dogs, taking many shapes, and devastating the land Has anyone seen the beast A spectre from the past view spoiler easily identified as the immortal knight of Miguel de Cervantes hide spoiler , like an oracle of doom, announces troubled times for Cochadebajo de los Gatos, the mountain re [...]

    2. Fabian on said:

      The finale of this stupendous trilogy is not unlike the 3rd Batman Dark Knight movie seriously complex overblown Troublesome is the longest of the three, and unfortunately for those who were devastated by the central love story in Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord calling it a quintessential love tragedy will recognize rather this type of communicating vessel plot system than 65 separate vignettes which are wisely inter cut to make the story seem all too sprawling and incredibly vast from the first [...]

    3. Taylor on said:

      This is a magical realism book I never know what to say about those It was strange but I enjoyed is the most accurate but doesn t really tell you anything useful at all De Bernieres is an amazing writer, if only because of the number of plots and sub plots he can weave into a whole Then there is his combining of the magical and the actual done in such a was as to make you feel that there is not any tangible difference between the two and our perceptions of said difference are a mere product of a [...]

    4. Peter on said:

      I recieved this book as a surprise gift and had never heard of it before receiving it but as I read and enjoyed Captain Corelli s Mandolin some years ago I expected it to be something along the same line just set in another continent How very wrong was I It turned out to be a rare gem.The story is set about a small fictional town in some impoverished country in South America and is basically a tale of good overcoming evil but it is also a tale who are remote from the Central Government of their [...]

    5. Alastair on said:

      This is the final and weirdest book in De Bernieres Magical Realist Latin American Trilogy Set in a fictional South American country We return to the wildly eccentric inhabitants of the tiny Andean village of Cochadebajo de Los Gatos, where sleek black jaguars are treated like pets and roam freely through the streets joined by Marxist guerilla fighters, resurrected conquistadors, whores , levitating priests and ghosts As is typical with magical realism, there are elements of the plot that are fe [...]

    6. Wendy on said:

      The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman is the hilarous sequel to The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts and continues the history of the surreal South American country which de Bernieres created in that book.The president is still undertaking his bizarre search for sexual fulfilment with his ex stripper wife, this time travelling to Paris for the fitting of a mechanical device to extend the length of his erections.The government continue with their unbelievable corruption to govern the coun [...]

    7. Michelle on said:

      A great conclusion to the trilogy I actually read this one first before realizing it was part of trilogy, and you can really enjoy each of these books on its own.

    8. F.R. on said:

      Much like its predecessors, there s a lot that s good in this absurdist, magical realist history of a small South American country, but there s a lot that s average, and there s some that s actually quite bad The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman essentially weaves together numerous different narratives concerning various comic characters and exaggerated grotesques some of which link together, some of which only brush arms so that the results are almost by design disjointed and variable W [...]

    9. Roseb612 on said:

      Posledn st latinsko americk trilogie je v novan c rkvi a n bo enstv a za m je to nejslab kniha z kompletu Je mo n , e jak jsem to etla cel za sebou, tak u se dostavila nava, tak asi m lo vliv, e jsem to etla rozsekan na mal kousky d ky pracovn mu shonu, ale n jak jsem se prost nemohla za st Cel to ta en proti nov m albigensk m mi p i lo p ita en za vlasy a asov m to vrhalo n kam do st edov ku, by d j se odehr v v druh polovin dvac t ho stolet tak to bylo mimo as, a vlastn i prostor Samotn postav [...]

    10. Lieze on said:

      The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman is the last part of de Berni res Latin American trilogy For me it was also the best book of the three This book is magical realism at its best, without ever taking the magic part too far The colourful characters that de Berni res introduced in the first book were somewhat pushed into the background in the second book for the biggest part of this book the spotlight was on Dionisio Vivo s adventures , but in this third book they take up their righteous [...]

    11. Doris on said:

      I struggled between 3 and 4 stars He s a fantastic writer, his story interesting, hischaracters unforgettable Though he s not South American, the book is set in a mythicalSouth American country and his writing reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Like Marquez, he s a master of magical realism, a genre I like But his bleak, picture of human or should i say inhuman nature with it s graphic details, was very disturbing I didn t realize this was part of a trilogy I had read The War of Don Emmanuel s [...]

    12. Kis on said:

      I know people hate LdB but I m a fan For a start, it s rare for me to find a word I ve never seen before but his books usually have a handful I like the way he structures his books too how apparently disparate threads suddenly pull together into tight meaning And I admire how unflinching he is about human cruelty and violence even if those passages often make me throw the book into a wall.This book is very similar to Captain Corelli s Mandolin which I also really like in its approach to politics [...]

    13. Mitch on said:

      This is the fourth or fifth book I ve read by this author and as usual, I enjoyed it.He has a devilish sense of humor and it keeps erupting throughout the story of a small, fictional town hidden away in the hills of some South American country The plot revolves around a fanatical, hypocritical zealot and his hideous modern day inquisition, but the book is far about some very distinctive and quirky characters and their interactions This book is a sequel of sorts to another book, but can be read [...]

    14. Ed on said:

      Full of the delight and the grotesque that marked the first two books of this trilogy, though I felt like this lacked a bit of the sparkle and cruelty of the previous books In particular, it made me want to go back and re read Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord For all of the profound horror and heartbreak of that book, it did a better job of capturing De Bernieres s magic So not bad just overshadowed.

    15. Kyle Callahan on said:

      It slows down a little bit in the second quarter of the book especially if you re reading all three books in a row , but it picks up again in the second half and ends in a rush of pages, leaving you wanting to spend just a little time not too much time, but a little time in Cochadebajo de los Gatos.I highly recommend all this book to anyone who likes a little humor with their metaphysics.

    16. David on said:

      This book started off a little slow but once I got going the story was a real hoot This Cardinal beds the maid, has a child and he tries to hide the child Eventually all hell breaks loose in this story set in a mythical Latin American place but really sounds like Peru The cast of characters come alive and de Bernieres almost creates a parody of Garcia Marquez but the story never looses steam Fun ending.

    17. Charlaralotte on said:

      This was yet another heavenly book, and a very suitable end to the trilogy I loved all of these books so much that some day I d like to own a first edition of them Just owning them in regular editions would be nice too, because I will grow tired of ordering them from the library Since I rarely run across a book that I actually want to own these days, this is a huge deal.Also, I wish I knew how to pronounce de Bernieres.

    18. Kris - My Novelesque Life on said:

      2.5 STARS The third part of a trilogy, following The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts , which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Fiction The author expands his panorama of South American life with a story full of quizzical events, where farce and tragedy interbreed From

    19. Nzeru on said:

      Perhaps it would have been best not to have started immediately after falling in love with Captain Corelli s Mandolin The first few pages were disappointing, as I wondered where all the romance and longing was However, a few pages in and I was engrossed in this mysterious tale Another beautiful story, full of magic realism.

    20. Ian Evans on said:

      DeBernieres wrote a trilogy of novels set in a fictional country in South America, mimicing the magical realism style of other South American authors They re ok, and The Troublesome Offspring is maybe the best of the three I particularly liked the spirit of Thomas Aquinas, paying penance for the group of thugs that used Aquinas s writings as justification for their murderous rampage.

    21. Carrie on said:

      This was my least favorite of the trilogy, but I enjoyed it nonetheless, esp because all of the characters from the first two volumes came together in this one I was really sad to finish this trilogy

    22. Luckyfrgg on said:

      A wonderful adventure of a book Feels like a Garcia Marquez book I read this while in South America for a trip, and really enjoyed getting such a different take on South American culture out of it.

    23. Meg on said:

      Bailed after 150 pages I just couldn t get into this one It s written as a series of silly episodes, and no one episode was particularly interesting Maybe it s one I ll return to in the future it isn t poorly written, but it wasn t pulling me in either.

    24. Tabatha on said:

      What a great book Took me a little while to get used to the narrative style, it s unlike anything I ve read before At the beginning I thought it was difficult to follow and a little dry, but once I got used to it, it was full of fun and laughs I ll definitely be checking out by this author.

    25. Ruth on said:

      I tried twice to get into this, but it turned out to one of those books you think is going well, but you put it down one day and just never return.

    26. Kathleen on said:

      Very very different from Captain Corelli s Mandolin and better A dark satire on life in Latin America with touches of magic realism Nicely written though dark.

    27. Tanish on said:

      I LOVE this book it s one of my favourite ever the whole trilogy really

    28. Borbality on said:

      not quite as focused and concise as the other two in the series but a nice ending to a great trilogy wonderful writing, good characters and a nice rich world you won t want to leave

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