I had always suspected the geographical authorities did not know what they were talking about when they located the battlefield of Munda in the county of the Bastuli-Poeni, close to the modern Monda, some two leagues north of Marbella. According to my own surmise, founded on the text of the anonymous author of the Bellum Hispaniense , and on certain information culled from the excellent library owned by the Duke of Ossuna, I believed the site of the memorable struggle in which Caesar played double or quits, once and for all, with the champions of the Republic, should be sought in the neighbourhood of Montilla. Happening to be in Andalusia during the autumn of , I made a somewhat lengthy excursion, with the object of clearing up certain doubts which still oppressed me. A paper which I shall shortly publish will, I trust, remove any hesitation that may still exist in the minds of all honest archaeologists. But before that dissertation of mine finally settles the geographical problem on the solution of which the whole of learned Europe hangs, I desire to relate a little tale.
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Autour de Carmen c'est la mort qui plane. Get A Copy. Paperback , 64 pages. Published January 29th by Hachette Fle first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Carmen , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Carmen. It has been adapted into a number of dramatic works, including the famous opera of the same name by Georges Bizet. The novella comprises four parts. Part I. While searching for the site of the Battle of Munda in a lonely spot in Andalusia, the author meets a man who his guide hints is a dangerous robber.
Instead of fleeing, the author befriends the man by sharing cigars and food. They stay in the same primitive inn that night. Part II. He goes to her home so she can tell his fortune, and she impresses him with her occult knowledge. The author finds his watch is missing. Part III. He killed a man in a fight resulting from a game of paume and had to flee. In Seville he joined a unit of dragoons, soldiers with police functions. Part IV. This part consists of scholarly remarks on the Romani: their appearance, their customs, their conjectured history, and their language.
What I find most fascinating about the story is the author. Despite all of that, we are still enthralled by the passion Carmen and Don Jose show, by their complex psychological profiles an their crimes. They would both rather die than to compromise with one another. Carmen will not compromise her belief system, her honor as a gypsy, while Don Jose does abandon his Basque hidalgo co What I find most fascinating about the story is the author.
Carmen will not compromise her belief system, her honor as a gypsy, while Don Jose does abandon his Basque hidalgo code, but refuses to compromise his desires. I really can't ignore the unflattering and oversimplified portrayal of the Roma people a. I know it's the times that are to blame, but that does not mean that it should be overlooked or that I can't pretend it didn't take away from the story. Jan 22, Jose Moa rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Carmen a everibody knows had inspired the famous opera by Bizet.
This short novel tells the tragic love between Jose a spanish army officer from Navarra and Carmen a gypsy from Andalucia,by this love Jose becomes a bandit;narrated by Jose himself to a french arqueologist is full of sparking dialogues,spanish gypsy slang,yet translated to normal spanish,and a few short but precise descriptions. Carmen as Colomba the other heroine of Merimee a woman from Corcega island of strong personality and prin Carmen a everibody knows had inspired the famous opera by Bizet.
Carmen as Colomba the other heroine of Merimee a woman from Corcega island of strong personality and principles ,living in a microcosmos of banditry and revenge is a free soul,pretty,charming,fun,cruel,fickle and untameable but honest.
A tragic but at the same time fun novel of love ,adventures and habits,with a last chapter that is a work on the gypsy people arround the world Shelves: read , fictionth-century , drama , french-literature , audio-books , novellas. Free download available at Project Gutenbeg. View all 6 comments. Aug 03, Christy Bailleul rated it liked it Shelves: classics , novella , fiction , romance , crime.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. We were all introduced to opera at a very early age. Carmen is one of my all-time favorite operas. However, I hadn't read the original source material, so I found the novella and figured I would give it a try.
The novella has an interesting structure. It's broken into four parts. Part I is about the author looking for a battle site. He meets a dangerous criminal. His guide tells him about the robber named Don Jose Navarro. While the guide goes to the authorities, the author warns Don Jose and helps him escape. Part II is about how the author then meets Carmen, who is a flirtatious, beautiful Romani. He goes back to her house and they are interrupted by Don Jose.
Carmen wants to kill and rob the author she makes hand gestures to Don Jose , but Jose makes sure to save the author's life. Part III is the bulk of the novella. The author finds that Jose is in prison awaiting execution for murder. The author visits him and learns the whole sad story of Jose and Carmen. Their love is full of deceit, obsession, compulsion, overwhelming desire, and disloyalty. Jose is an innocent young man who flees his hometown.
He joins the military and hopes to make a better life for himself. Unfortunately, he meets Carmen and his life is changed forever. Carmen is dangerous and appealing. Her beauty and charm trap men - men she later uses to her advantage. She seems heartless, but this is her way of protecting herself. I imagine her life as a Romani in Europe was not a kind one. She clearly has developed ways to survive, including using men to get ahead in life.
She moves from her husband to Jose to a picador. She doesn't care who she's with as long as she gets ahead in life. Jose is characterized as the long-suffering, possessive lover. He blames her and Romani society for his troubles. He claims she bewitched him and that he couldn't resist her. He commits murder for her and eventually kills her as well, which is why he is in prison.
Part IV is a weird addition as the author comments on Romani people. It is based on European misconceptions more than actual research, which leaves a bad impression on the tragedy of Carmen. The novella is different from the opera, but it was interesting to compare the two. The novella shines a light on the discrimination towards the Romani. Through a modern lens, I could see how Carmen isn't the antagonist, but a victim of her circumstances.
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It has been adapted into a number of dramatic works, including the famous opera of the same name by Georges Bizet Boynton n. As I have been studying the Gypsies for some time, I have made my heroine a Gypsy. The novella comprises four parts. Only the first three appeared in the original publication in the October 1, , issue of the Revue des deux Mondes Review of the Two Worlds Robinson ; the fourth first appeared in the book publication in Part I.