The Dialogue of the Dogs

The Dialogue of the Dogs

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra WIlliam Rolandson Ben Okri Nicola Barker / Sep 23, 2019

The Dialogue of the Dogs The Dialogue of the Dogs is an inspired work of psychological observation by the master of the picaresque novel In it Cervantes displays all the clarity and warmth that marks the rich prose of Don Qu

  • Title: The Dialogue of the Dogs
  • Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra WIlliam Rolandson Ben Okri Nicola Barker
  • ISBN: 9781843910657
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dialogue of the Dogs is an inspired work of psychological observation by the master of the picaresque novel In it, Cervantes displays all the clarity and warmth that marks the rich prose of Don Quixote Given the gift of speech for a day, two dogs set about satirizing humans, their supposed superiors In an exchange reminiscent of the ancient Greek Dialogues, they recThe Dialogue of the Dogs is an inspired work of psychological observation by the master of the picaresque novel In it, Cervantes displays all the clarity and warmth that marks the rich prose of Don Quixote Given the gift of speech for a day, two dogs set about satirizing humans, their supposed superiors In an exchange reminiscent of the ancient Greek Dialogues, they recount their experiences under their various masters But whether butcher, constable, merchant, or gypsy, each is decried as corrupt to the core Through the scathing Berganza and the critical Scipio, Cervantes delivers an ingenious critique of the morality of 16th century Spain, and a timeless and telling portrayal of the heart of man Author of the universally known Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes is Spain s greatest writer.

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        Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright His novel Don Quixote is often considered his magnum opus, as well as the first modern novel.It is assumed that Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcal de Henares His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, a surgeon of cordoban descent Little is known of his mother Leonor de Cortinas, except that she was a native of Arganda del Rey.In 1569, Cervantes moved to Italy, where he served as a valet to Giulio Acquaviva, a wealthy priest who was elevated to cardinal the next year By then, Cervantes had enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian corsairs He was then released on ransom from his captors by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order He subsequently returned to his family in Madrid.In Esquivias Province of Toledo , on 12 December 1584, he married the much younger Catalina de Salazar y Palacios Toledo, Esquivias , 31 October 1626 , daughter of Fernando de Salazar y Vozmediano and Catalina de Palacios Her uncle Alonso de Quesada y Salazar is said to have inspired the character of Don Quixote During the next 20 years Cervantes led a nomadic existence, working as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada and as a tax collector He suffered a bankruptcy and was imprisoned at least twice 1597 and 1602 for irregularities in his accounts Between 1596 and 1600, he lived primarily in Seville In 1606, Cervantes settled in Madrid, where he remained for the rest of his life.Cervantes died in Madrid on April 23, 1616 Copied from


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    1. Cervantes'in hiciv dolu müthiş dili ile akıcı bir uzun öykü. Köpeklerin dünyasından insanların kötü yönlerini okuduğumuz bu öykünün aldatılan bir teğmen tarafından aktarılması da hoş bir incelik.


    2. Cervantes knows what I like, and what I like is TALKIN' DOGS. Definitely more straightforwardly picaresque than 'Don Quixote' (which is the only other thing by Cervantes I've read) with a surprising and somewhat unsettling turn towards grim diabolism towards the end. I don't want to make a monument out of a weird little novella about dogs with bad troubles, but I was a little fascinated by the fact that, fantastic or no, Cervantes still chose to center his narrative among the most down-and-out o [...]


    3. Size insanların ne kadar ahlaksız, sinsi, onursuz, edepsiz, kıskanç, yozlaşmış ve dedikodu düşkünü olduğunu söylemiş miydim? Hımm, söylememiş miydim? Ne kadar korkunç canlılar olduğumuzu birbirimizden duyduğumuz yetmezmiş gibi, ayrıca kısa süreliğine de olsa konuşabilen iki köpekten dinlemek isterseniz Köpeklerin Küfrü, aman, Sohbeti tam size göre. Cervantes’in hayaleti 1500’lü yıllardan gelip içimi daraltabildi bu uzun öykü sayesinde, sağ olsun!Yazını [...]



    4. Dos perros en un hospital descubren una buena noche que poseen la capacidad de hablar, y deciden contarse sus experiencias.La trama en sí no me ha parecido demasiado interesante, pero es un libro corto, y deja perlas como las siguientes:¿Quién será poderoso a dar a entender que la defensa ofende, que las centinelas duermen, que la confianza roba y que el que os guarda os mata?Rezo poco y en público, murmuro mucho y en secreto. Vame mejor con ser hipócrita que con ser pecadora declarada: la [...]


    5. If dogs could talk in a human language, I don't believe they would talk so much about how great racism and christianity is, how good it is to have 'high-born' rulers and 'low-born' servants.In the beginning of the story, I appreciated that they talked mostly of how nice it was to have friendly human friends, the playing and resting and so on. But eventually it became a tirade against Roma peoples, black people, poor people and poets/artists, and so on, and a generous heaping of 'isn't christiani [...]


    6. Lots of writers have used sentient animals as a tool for satirizing the human condition. Miguel de Cervantes did it first or at least firster than most of the other ones you'll find. What bothers me about many books of this type is that often the animals criticize humans with a superior, judgmental attitude that makes them just as flawed and obnoxious as the people they're trying to satirize. Cervantes avoids this by having his dogs prone to the same foils of man. It's an amusing book, but reall [...]


    7. "O Lord! said I to myself, who can ever remedy this villainy? Who will have the power to make known that the defence is offensive, the sentinels sleep, the trustees rob and those who guard you kill you?" - Bemoaned Berganzae dog.Who would have thought that a dialogue between two Spanish dogs could be so damn good? Cervantes, señor pícaro, creates a picaresque story of sorts that also includes various slights at the way stories are told, the self-indulgence of philosophers, and the idealized no [...]


    8. Bir uzun öykü olan bu kitap bir teğmenin başından geçen basit bir aldatma-aldatılma hikayesi. İkinci bölümde teğmen kaldığı hastanedeki köpeklerin konuştuğunu iddia eder, onların neler konuştuklarını anlatır. Öykü bundan sonra bambaşka bir hal alıyor. Yoğun bir şekilde hiciv içeren öykü insanların ahlaksızlıklarını, ikiyüzlülüklerini, yozlaşmalarını iki köpek aracılığıyla aktarıyor. Belki yazarken kendi dönemini ve ülkesini eleştiriyordu ama de [...]


    9. Anachronistic translation but a fun introduction to Cervantesin recommending Miguel de Cervantes’ The Dialogue of the Dogs (Art of the Novella) the point should be made that witty is not the same as laugh out loud funny, neither is satire. Both terms apply to this book, but I cannot say that I spend much time laughing. In this case I am more of a general reader and not fully versed on the historic context of this book such that I can exactly relate the academic analysis of it to the words on t [...]


    10. Let's face it: I'll never get around to reading Don Quixote, even though it sounds like something I'd enjoy.Thankfully, Hesperus Press has taken on the task of publishing and bringing attention to shorter works by great authors, so that people can get a taste of some of the classic author's styles without having to commit to long works. They try to keep these books to about 100 pages each, though I've noticed that they take liberties with font size to stick to that limit. This one has a smallish [...]


    11. Τίποτε το σπουδαίο όταν το διαβάζεις 5 αιώνες μετά την συγγραφή του."Γι' αυτό και σκοτώνονται πολύ συχνότερα οι άνθρωποι που εμπιστεύονται τους άλλους, παρά εκείνοι που είναι συνεχώς στην τσίτα. Μα το κακό είναι, πως δεν μπορούν οι άνθρωποι να ζήσουν καλά σ'αυτόν τον κόσμο άμ [...]


    12. A brilliant read! This is Cervantes at his most eminent. A must read for devotees of Cervantes, which I hasten to add, I count myself amongst. This novella, through the dialogue between two dogs, is the basis for Cervantes narrative. To which he uses full advantage of in exposing the corruptness of society. Moralistic, political, funny, wise and meta-physical, Cervantes’s sophisticated commentary is as relevant in today’s socio-political climate as it was in his day. In summary, this novella [...]



    13. I have amassed over time plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that I am far from alone in having found actually discovering Cervantes be actually reading Cervantes monumentally revelatory. I think most of us assume we are in store for some stodgy, leaden writing rife w/ the dust of antiquity. When I was a kid, my older cousin would threaten to read to us from old books my parents kept and had never read, DON QUIXOTE foremost among them, and we would plead w/ him emphatically to abstain from s [...]


    14. La obra comienza con un personaje llamado Peralta leyendo un libro que es escrito por Campuzano en el que se relata una conversación entre dos perros llamados Cipión y Berganza. Los perros se aseguran de que nadie los escuchará y es ahí que Cipión le pide a Berganza que le contará su historia, que con gusto lo escucharía.Berganza comienza contándole que nació en Sevilla, en un Matadero que está fuera de la puerta de la Carne. Ahí, su primer amo fue un matarife quien le enseñó a mord [...]


    15. El tema de esta novela,es que gira en torno de la conversación de dos perros llamados, Berganza y Cipión; ellos se relatan historias que tienen que ver con sus vidas y en ellas hablan acerca de la vida, la sociedad, y sobre lo malo del ser humano.Comienza con la narración del personaje llamado Peralta que lee el libro en donde otro personaje llamado Campuzano escribió una conversación entre los dos perros que mencioné anteriormente. Es así que Cipión le pide por favor que Berganza cuente [...]


    16. A beautiful picaresque novella by Cervantes, which criticizes humans through two talking dogs! I loved the way the story was told, and I loved the variety of adventures included in it. The novella is centered on criticizing humans’ triviality and behaviors (e.g. hypocrisy, double-life, cheating, illegal and/or extramarital sexual relationships, etc). The novella is didactic somehow, and addresses various ideas and points, such as social relationships, hypocrisy, education, witchcraft, and good [...]


    17. A pesar de que sé que para muchos en su obra favorita a mí no me gustó en absoluto.Esta loca historia de dos perros que de la noche a la mañana empiezan a hablar porque una malvada bruja (que raro siempre es la misma eh) los convirtió en animales al nacer se me hizo larga y pesada como una vaca en brazos.Las historias no tenían nada que me intrigara sobre los amos de Berganza y sus críticas eran más divagaciones que algo con fundamento y claro.


    18. As the dogs share their experiences and opinions about the masters they've had during their life, so does Cervantes takes the opportunity to satirize people from all walks of society. This was a pleasant read mostly due to the writing style and also because the author plays with the possibility that the dogs are men under a witch's curse, but the some stereotypes (gypsies, jews etc) are not really pleasant to hear.


    19. The book was written 400 years ago (in the conquistador era) and it shows. I found it boring and uninteresting, especially certain parts of the story (e.g. the witch story). It's also full of stereotypes. It's scrutinizing social and religious issues that since then have been well addressed (at least in certain parts of the world).


    20. Substances were abused in the writing of this novella. I was excited prepared for talking dogs, but these reallytalked. Cervantes tweaked the picaresque, I suppose, with his dual protagonists (who happen to be dogs, by the way). I was interested in the levels of narration, though, and the impressive balance between slapstick and sobriety.


    21. Very funny short piece about a dog narrating his life story with commentary by another dog with a framing narrative about a soldier who overheard them while getting the sweating treatment for syphilis.Translation was good overall except a few oddities like "talking trash".


    22. I read this book for my Fiction class as a junior in college. We analyzed the pros and cons of having animal characters, how the "framing" of the story impacts the reader's understanding, and how telling the story as a dialogue versus narrative form effects time and the reading process.







    23. It's an entertaining and excellently executed read where Cervantes satirises humanity and society. I read this on the plane, its short and easy read.


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