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Cecilia Valdes es la gran novela antiesclavista de Cirilo Villaverde La historia esta centrada en el mundo de los mulatos libres de La Habana contrapuesto y en lucha con el mundo de los blancos ricos Pero es sobre todo una obra fundadora de lo nacional y su protagonista el simbolo de la mujer cubana


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  1. says:

    Set in colonial Havana Cecilia Valdés by Cirilo Villaverde opens a window to the evils of slavery and colonialism in early 19th century Cuba Written in 1839 Villaverde was describing contemporary evils much as Harriet Beecher Stowe did Think of it as the Cuban Uncle Tom's Cabin even if it goes light on violence and heavy on flowery romance Our eponymous heroine is a strikingly beautiful quadroon orphan who unbeknownst to her is the product of an adulterous union between Cándido de Gamboa a lustful and wealthy landowner and slaveholder and a mulata slave who dies in childbirth Eager to avoid a scandal Don Cándido ships his illegitimate mixed race daughter Cecilia to an orphanage Her grandmother Chepilla after five years is able to regain custody of the girl through threats of exposure and brings Cecilia up but Chepilla doesn't disclose Cecilia's paternity The coquettish and beautiful Cecilia has many admirers but she gains a dangerous one Don Cándido's legitimate eldest son and heir LeonardoLeonardo Gamboa is engaged to the well born and white Isabel Ilincheta from Alquízar a good match arranged by Leonardo's mother with a girl Leonardo has known since boyhood However like his father Leonardo has a roving eye Leonardo unwittingly falls in love with Cecilia his half sister and she with him But the fickle Leonardo abandons Cecilia for Isabel Ilincheta and respectability Needless to say this tale of star crossed lovers will end tragicallyIn addition to critcisms of slavery the novel also shines a light on the racial and class system of colonial America The Spanish born oligarchs top the social hierarchy followed by the white Cuban colonists criollos sorted by wealth and family distinction Class distinctions also exist among those who are mixed race and those who black between those who are free and those who are still enslaved those who toil on the sugar plantations and those in domestic service at the homes of the elite between those who were born on Cuban soil and those who were plucked from AfricaThe novel needs to be read in light of its 19th century origins Like the Spanish literature of its day on which this Cuban classic was modeled Cecilia Valdés is a great deal flowery than Latin American or Spanish literature today or even than the novel's British or American contemporaries Like 19th century novels Cecilia Valdés reads as a melodrama However the story is still a great one and Cecilia Valdés is still considered the greatest Cuban novel of the 19th centuryThis abridged Audiblecom edition is an excellent introduction to 19th century Spanish literature Cuba was still a Spanish colony then for upper level Spanish students and especially for hispanohablantes like me trying to get a firmer foundation in the great literature of heritage The multi cast recording makes the action easy to follow and at just a little over two hours this abridged version won't get too overwhelming This isn't just for those trying to improve their Spanish


  2. says:

    A fascinating read Set in the early 1800s in Cuba this novel encompasses a marvelous melodrama and genuinely interesting if depressing history of social class and slavery of the period The only negative is that the ending after 490 pages of detail and delight wraps up in 1 page in a very unsatisfying manner


  3. says:

    While Cirilo Villaverde's Cecilia Valdes or EL Angel Hill is not written in the breathtaking prose some of my favorites are it is an incredible novel depicting nineteenth century Cuba It can be considered and is one of the Greats When I purchased this book I found out that it is part of a small library of Latin American Literature published by the Oxford University Press wwwoupcom Library of Latin America Editions I highly recommend this Library to anyone interested in Latin American history culture or literature Outstanding


  4. says:

    Villaverde's novel is a source of great Cuban literary pride and many lazily refer to it as the country's first great piece of fiction Studying the book for my PhD exam alongside contemporary works like Huck Finn and Silas Lapham I wondered if the book isn't as American as it is Cuban considering Villaverde wrote it after living in the United States for decades but that's a question for a longer investigation


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    SPOILER ALERT The book takes place in early 19th century Cuba and was published in 1839 in Havana revised several times then published in New York City in 1882 The story is like a Greek tragedy even Shakespearean Unfortunately it misses the mark of great literature imho not because of the plots and subplots which are riveting but the unevenness of the writing and a few minor contradictions in the English language version at least Through much of the book Villaverde goes into minutely detailed descriptions of scenes in Cuba As for Cecilia our mixed race heroine she is often described as looking very much like her lover's sister who is white In different parts of the book her grandmother and great grandmother are described as mulatto with white fathers If those descriptions are the author's intention and not my misunderstanding Cecilia would be 18th or 116th African This is important in the story since these minor differences were very important in 19th century slave countries Regardless no matter how her lover Leonardo felt about her he could not marry her and expect to be accepted by his family and friends Also Leonardo's mother refers to herself as creole and her husband as Spanish from Spain Presumably the older definition of 'creole' is being used in the book There are sub plots involving Cecilia's enslaved wet nurse and her husband and several side stories which are related in greater detail than the conclusion of the main story In the last few pages very few pages the fate of Cecilia her faithful friend Leonardo's betrothed and Cecilia's wet nurse are described hurriedly as if the author had 10 minutes to finish the book It's startling in a book with so many detailed descriptions of people's lives the streets of Havana and landscapes of Cuba's countryside which only a person familiar with Cuba would find interestingSo here's the spoiler Neither Leonardo nor Cecilia knew they were brother and sister It seems only 3 people knew Cecilia's father mother and her grandmother who raised her Cecilia looked white and aspired to marry her handsome upper class white boyfriend Leonardo She adores him failing to see his shallow character Leonardo is described as a spoiled self absorbed young man So his devotion to Cecilia seems out of character He may have been a narcissist because Cecilia is described as looking exactly like Leonardo's full sister His mother is a malignant enabler The feckless Leonardo wants it all Ultimately he succeeds in making Cecilia his mistress She gets pregnant and he gets bored with her Enabling mother to the rescue She arranges to have Cecilia locked up on false charges and arranges Leonardo's wedding to the appropriate Isabel When Cecilia found out he was planning to marry someone else she turned to her old friend and admirer Pimienta and told him This marriage must not take place Before she could explain to Pimienta that she wanted Isabel killed he ran off and killed Leonardo Cecilia was grief stricken Oddly there is no mention of Pimiento's fate after the murder But Cecilia is arrested as an accomplice and put in an insane asylum where she meets her mother who's been locked up in the same asylum since Cecilia's birth Cecilia had thought her mother was dead Isabel who was always tender hearted and anti slavery decided to join a convent Most of this was suddenly thrown at the reader at the end of the book The book was a fascinating look into Cuban life in the 19th century made all the fascinating for me by a trip to Cuba in 2017 There are several subplots such as the escaped slave who succeeds in killing his wily captor and the life of Cecilia's wet nurse who was also a wet nurse for Leonardo's family She had a close relationship to the escaped slave mentioned above


  6. says:

    Villaverde's book about life in 19th century Cuba is fascinating and disturbing White privilege and ruthless behavior by the ruing class is disturbingly similar to events in today's United States The tale is leisurely told and populated with many characters from all classes who show their goodness and hypocrisy Vice thinly disguised as virtue and bigotry running deep through their veins the characters of Cecilia Valdes are uncomfortably familiar and all the disgusting because humanity has learned nothing


  7. says:

    I don't know how to describe this experience except to say that it is like a very important Cuban version of Gone with the Wind; the racism is prevalent but also tongue in cheek Very interesting post Cuba trip reading


  8. says:

    This is arguably the most famous Cuban literary book of the late 1800s and relates the life and times in the slavery communities in 1820 It was published in 1882 but with an early short story version in 1839 which was much altered and expanded – to now some 491 pages on text The author Villaverde 1812 1894 had his own history of problems related to a plot to annex Cuba to USA in 1848 and was imprisoned only to escape I understand the book was made into a film in 1981This is yet another of those classics that takes a whole book to tell a simple one line story being ‘Plantation owner’s son falls for a beautiful pale mulatta who terms out to be his father’s illicit interracial daughter; where could this incestuous relationship go?” I can further expand the point that the back cover and Goodreads states “Eventually Cecilia gives in to Leonardo's advances; she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl When Leonardo who is getting bored with his mistress agrees to marry a white upper class woman Cecilia vows revenge” in fact this remarkably summaries all the events that occur in the last 45 pages of the book – some spoiler so don’t blame me Goodreads make this worse by confirming the remaining 05 pages with her being sent to prison technically an error as it is actually a ‘confinement in a hospital’ for a yearBut wait I haven’t spoilt it because this book is overstated for its incestuous content and conclusion because in fact it is so very much Slavery was still vigorous if internally challenged Cuba was a mixture of poor mulattos indigenous creoles free blacks slaves rich plantation owners and sophisticated city people Despite Spain signing an agreement with England in 1817 to ban the slave trade slaves than ever were in Cuba at the time of the story and when it was actually written there’s an extended scene where slaves need to be dress up as indigenous natives to fool the British blockade Though we are introduced to many characters I feel they primarily fit 3 groups Don Candido family including the son Leonardo aged 21 daughter Adela etc a sugar grower trying to impose his will on slaves his wife and son; next the less rural folks represented by Don Illincheta’s family including Isabel the proper intended for Leo and cultured group finding slavery less acceptable; finally the large and varied mulattoslavery group represented by Sena Josefa gran to Cecelia aged 18 and her associates particularly Maria de Regla a beautiful slavewet nurse We are painted a clearish picture of the brutal treatment of slaves – beatings whippings and murder; the social pressures on families to make good matrimonial ties is there; but the simmering tension is really the lust and cover up generating rivalry between Cecila’s suitors; concerns that Candido really wants Cecilia for himself though he’s really trying to prevent Leo going bad; mixed race people abound the story representing adulterous affairs – there are murderous blacks and whitesThe book is a sort of mixture of “Uncle Tom’s cabin” for the slavery and inequity Richardson’s “Pamela” for the style and representation of protecting virtue and may be Forester “Howard’s End” for the family intrigueRead this book for the setting the history and the story vignettes and significantly for me the side characters slaves etc were the interesting If I had two criticisms they’re be 1 there are too many scenes that develop between inter family friends and slave pairings realising the relationship between Candido and Cecilia yet the penny never drops for Leonardo or Cecelia until it’s too late I suspect this was a deliberate allusion to Cuban society about ‘turning a blind eye to the unacceptable’ sort of thing 2 perhaps really could have been made of the finale expanding the implications and impacts


  9. says:

    Cecilia Valdes is arguably the most important novel of 19th century Cuba the central protagonists being the beautiful orphaned quadroon Cecilia Valdés and the profligate Leonardo de Gamboa Cirilo Villaverde's very long novel begun in 1839 and finished in 1882 is a vast landscape which merges the moral political and sexual depravity caused by slavery and colonialism Think of it as the Cuban 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' even if it goes light on violence and heavy on social graces and relations I judge this famous novel in scope is not unlike a Cuban War and Peace Divided into four sections it is a dense story with rather long depiction of key individuals and streets and buildings and of course of actions It holds interest for the high quality of Cirilo Villaverde's writing and how the life of the beautiful Cecilia will evolve with good and bad consequences The story unwinds as a core of a few families with servants intertwine with intrigue pain conniving while dealing with all aspects of their daily life After the earliest somewhat fragmented part is finished the coherent detailed story line ensues so clearly written painting a clear and often painful picture of lower and upper and mixed blood Cuban life of the mid 19th century Villaverde wrote a masterful troubling novel Halfway through the story Mrs Dona Rosa learned that early in her marriage her husband Don Candido Gamboa fathered a child of a mulatto then arranging for his wife's maid to have suckled this child along with her own starting 20 years of doubt suspicion until here in chapter XIV they both are forced to recognize the truth It did not accord with Don Candido's character nor with his ideas of honor and dignity to ask his wife for an explanation of the mystery much less his son Leonardo and his daughters with whom he seldom spoke and less still the servants one or another of whom knew family secrets that was advisable for peace and happiness within the home Section III set in Western plantations has disclosures and attendant inter family discord Section IV back in Havana leads inexorably to devastating consequences for all the key characters I'd have welcomed a 'Table of Personages' though all relationships not at all easy to lay forth


  10. says:

    An often clumsy writing style can make this a frustrating read Nevertheless Cecilia Valdes is a fascinating insight into 19th century CubanSpanish racial and social politics and the devastating impact of colonialism slavery and endemic racism