Catalina


Catalina Crippled Sixteen Year Old Catalina Is The One Person Unable To Join In The Festivities Of The Feast Of The Assumption But Then She Has A Vision Of The Virgin, And Is Miraculously Cured In The Dark Days Of The Spanish Inquisition, Such A Claim To Blessedness Has Serious Consequences, Especially When Catalina Seems Inclined To Obey Her Heart Than The Demands Of The ChurchThe Last Of Maugham S Novels, Catalina Is A Romantic Celebration Of Spain And A Delightfully Mischievous Satire On Absolutism

Catalina

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  1. Greg says:

    If you d like to listen to a song called Catalina or see what the tattoo on my back looks like click here tried to do a little bit of research to find outabout this novel but all I ve come across are references to the book using a very crude google search This is Maugham s last novel and it s an historical one set in 16th century Spain It s about an beautiful crippled girl who through a visit by the Virgin Mary is miraculously cured If I were If you d like to listen to a song called Catalina or see what the tattoo on my back looks like click here tried to do a little bit of research to find outabout this novel but all I ve come across are references to the book using a very crude google search This is Maugham s last novel and it s an historical one set in 16th century Spain It s about an beautiful crippled girl who through a visit by the Virgin Mary is miraculously cured If I wereeducated about 16th century Spanish culture I might know if she is part of a true story, I think that there might be a true story about this cure and possibly the religious figures involved Later in the book she happens across an insane knight errant and his squire who rides a donkey, the names aren t given of these two but I m pretty positive the knight might have been out jousting windmills before the scene he s in takes place Again I m slightly ignorant about some things, so I don t know if there was a young woman named Catalina who meets up with this knight in his published adventures and if the heroine of this novel is jumping through stories like a less conspicuous Thursday Next The novel ends with it s namesake becoming a renowned actress, which again could be based on a real person at the time I like to think that book is actually a juxtaposition of three different fictional and non fictional stories into one creative narrative, but I have only the clue of Don Quixote popping up in the middle of this book as a clue Stranger than the possible conjectures about the plot is the printing history of this book I don t know if when you look up at the cover of the book if you see the Harlequin cover that I chose, but if you don t then just think about it being a Harlequin Romance cover The cover of the edition I own is even bawdier than the Harlequin on and promises a lusty story The promise is sort of a lie though The story is actually quite virginal There are no bodices being ripped open and while there is a scene where the teenage Catalina would love to get some lovin the book is on the whole very wholesome in carnal matters But ignoring the raciness of the covers keep in mind mass markets of the 1950 s were very sensational and usually a lotexciting than the actual novels turned out to be it s mind boogling that it was a Harlequin novel According to an encyclopedia the novel was originally serialized in Harpers and entitled Windmills Then it was released as a book in a 1948 It seemed to have sold fairly well and was a book of the month club selection, and well it was a novel by the author of Of Human Bondage, Razor s Edge and Cakes and Ale, respected books Maugham lived for another fourteen years after Catalina was released, so he was alive when in 1954 it was released as a Harlequin Romance Romance number 266 to be exact I want to know why it was released in this format At first I was thinking that maybe Maugham was dead when it happened, and someone in his estate was cashing in And I thought it would be as strange as say if a year or two from now one of John Updike s book came out re issued in between The Greek s Unwilling Conquest and Spread for the Sheik Now that I know he was still alive I m thinking of it like Philip Roth deciding that Dying Animal should get the trashy romance treatment one month But what about the novel It was ok It was written in a very conventional manner The characters and their backstories were better than the novel as a whole though I personally liked all the religious stuff about the inquisition and warring factions of priests and nuns but if you aren t as interested in the sordid and convoluted history of the Catholic Church and it s various heresies you might find Maugham spends a bit too much time on the religion aspect of the story and not enough on the romance

  2. elizabeth says:

    More like 3.5.I so badly wanted this to end with the Spanish Inquisition just killing everyone, because then I could make endless jokes about how nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition not even the Virgin Mary Alas, like most of Maugham s books, there is little untimely death involved.Overall, it s not his best, but it s not his worst It s interesting and fun to read, even with the whole Spanish Inquisition thing happening It s highly predictable for the most part, but the characters are int More like 3.5.I so badly wanted this to end with the Spanish Inquisition just killing everyone, because then I could make endless jokes about how nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition not even the Virgin Mary Alas, like most of Maugham s books, there is little untimely death involved.Overall, it s not his best, but it s not his worst It s interesting and fun to read, even with the whole Spanish Inquisition thing happening It s highly predictable for the most part, but the characters are interesting and fairly well developed Worth the read if you re into Maugham and or enjoy having Monty Python s Spanish Inquisition sketch stuck in your head

  3. Felisa Rosa says:

    This book is absolutely terrible It hasn t even a shadow of the wit one finds in his great works Maugham must have been broke.

  4. Tony says:

    Maugham, W Somerset CATALINA 1948Maugham 1874 1965 was a prolific writer, and was successful from his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, to the end of his career Catalina was his last novel, and seems very different to me from all the rest of his novels that I have read It is certainly written in a style that he had not used before, that of a Medieval Chronicle, and is full of mischievous satire for all of the institutions in Spain that dealt with absolutism It was the time Maugham, W Somerset CATALINA 1948Maugham 1874 1965 was a prolific writer, and was successful from his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, to the end of his career Catalina was his last novel, and seems very different to me from all the rest of his novels that I have read It is certainly written in a style that he had not used before, that of a Medieval Chronicle, and is full of mischievous satire for all of the institutions in Spain that dealt with absolutism It was the time of the Spanish Inquisition, and that institution demanded absolute piety and adherence to the strict interpretation of the Catholic faith It was the time of caste, where everyone s place in the world was firmly determined by his family history and his current place in society It was the time of the soldier loyal to his king, who kept his place through favors and acquired wealth through looting and conspiring among conquered people We meet Catalina, a young girl crippled by an accident during the running of the bulls She only has the use of one leg, and must get around on crutches One day she is lying on the steps of the church, crying because she is unable to go and watch the celebratory entrance of two of the city s famous sons, when a woman appears behind her and asks what is the matter Catalina bares her woes, and the woman tells her that she can be cured by one of the sons of Don Juan de Valero two of whom, one a Bishop and another a warrior are coming into town, the third being a baker who never left the city by his placing his hands on her and granting her his blessing Which son The one that it will be is the one who has best served God and country in his lifetime We then get to explore the characters of each of the sons, along with their true natures It comes as no surprise to find out that the son who can work this miracle is the one least likely to be expected to do so It sounds a little mushy, but Maugham manages to suck the reader in through his astute analysis of the goals that drive men forward in life along with the secret goals of Catalina herself There is even a surprise meeting between Catalina and Don Quixote and Sancho Panza towards the end of the book that gives us eveninsight into the men and women of this world Recommended

  5. Katie Smith says:

    To be honest, the only reason that I read the book was because I collect antique books and found this one at a yard sale After skimming the first chapter I decided to purchase the book for the high price of 1 I then learned that I actually in possession of a first edition first printing and took it home to add to my collection I started to read the book and found the beginning to be very straight to the point and kicked of the story without droning on and on However, about twenty or so pag To be honest, the only reason that I read the book was because I collect antique books and found this one at a yard sale After skimming the first chapter I decided to purchase the book for the high price of 1 I then learned that I actually in possession of a first edition first printing and took it home to add to my collection I started to read the book and found the beginning to be very straight to the point and kicked of the story without droning on and on However, about twenty or so pages in the plot started to slow down and I began to become bored The story follows Catalina, a crippled 15 year old Spanish girl who is the subject of a miracle in 16th century Spain The whole book is actually about the miracle being performed and who it will be performed by The Virgin Mary says that it is one of three brothers and Catalina assumes that she is referring to the brother that is the bishop So the story continues to revolve around the when how who where s of the miracle In terms of recommending the book, I would say that you have to be a very specific type of person to enjoy the book You need to have an interest in literature that is based in medieval times and also need to have an understanding of the religious aspects of the book I will say that if you are not familiar with the structure of the Catholic church you may have a hard time following the importance of the different church members that come up throughout the book Overall, I think the book was okay but wasn t really my taste

  6. Anita says:

    A very interesting historical novel, a departure for Maugham but very well.

  7. Robert Pereno says:

    Such controlled, simple brilliant writing Just started and already a can not put down read.

  8. Maite says:

    A surprisingly funny book, Maugham always manages to bring something different in every book, we can never trust that he will follow a certain path, which is what mostly happens with other authors While it does use religion to tell a story it s not actually criticizing catholicism, but the human condition that always finds a way to put itself above anything else And Maugham is a master of showing us that.

  9. Murray says:

    I did not start reading Maugham until I was in my mid 40s, but have been eating up many of his books I stumbled upon this hard to find copy, from 1962, at the wonderful Wonder Books in Frederick, MD It s very different than Maugham s other works, light at times but very textured and deep at others In some senses, it even reminded me of The Princess Bride and would probably make a very good movie one day.

  10. Colin says:

    It was OK Not a great book but interesting enough I knew nothing about it and read it because of the author.

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