Fortunata and Jacinta

Started reading Benito Perez Galdos’ Fortunata and Jacinta. I think it’s kind of like the Anna Karenina of Spain. And I’m still not sure where I stand with this book. There are many good parts of it. Mostly the relationship between the two main characters: Juan Cruz and his wife, Jacinta. They’re very in love, but Juan is simultaneously a bit of a spoiled brat and a cad. There’s a really interesting conversation between the two, on their honeymoon, when Jacinta is sort of trying to wheedle her husband and extract the story of his premarital affair with another woman, Fortunata.

So the book has its good points.

But, on the other hand. It is so long. I’m on page 100 of, like, 800. So I don’t know. I’ll see.

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