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Friday, 29 June 2018

Book Review: La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes

One anonymous author pulled the trigger on such a high. It's magic. It’s known as the first picaresque novel from history and this one is the influential work of modern literature ‘La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes.' This novella was published in Spain in 1554, in Spanish literature of the golden age, by an unknown author in the form of the first-person narrator.  



This is the tale of one poor boy from the little village of Spain who gives extremely influential to the western literature. Writer dragged his sufferance and beautifully splashed them into the pages. I read the whole novella straight through, not because of its short size, but because it has a life on it. The author and the character are still unknown to us, but the work is widely known to the world. You will be amazed when you come to know that Cervantes and the other renowned authors trail their story on it. Everyone gets inspiration from this work.



This is the story of Lazaro da Tormes, her mother calls him Lazarillo, which means little Lazaro which is written in the first person. The story is significant soever we can't put away until you finished it.

The novella starts with “well! Your honor must know…” that means narrator going to express the truth of his life. He tells everything about his life which was pathetic and clumsy.

“How many there are in the world who run from others because they do not see themselves in them,” the narrator tells his inferiority to your Excellency. 



Many critics believe that picaresque genre started from this novella. Generally, picaresque is an anti-hero who grows on the wrong side of the society. It follows the path of realism and this novella is the example of the first picaresque adopted writing. At that time the popular theme was knighted, heroic characters and noble man, but this one has a poor boy who struggled to live with deception and crime. The writer’s intention is to unveil the hypocrisy of that Spanish time. This writing was banned at that time of publication.



In the first chapter ‘parentage of Lazaro and the reason for his surname’ writer tried to foreshadow his deprived life ahead. He was born on the bank of the Tormes river from where he gets his surname. The whole novella divided into seven chapters, each chapter devoted to one master of the protagonist. He is an anti-hero. He is not a good human, yet he is mysteriously profound. His willingness to survive depends on various deceptions, and trickery.



Another popular example of the picaresque novel is Mark Twain's The Adventure of Huckleberry Fin, Voltaire’s Candide.

5 stars out of 5