• Cecilia Valdes

  • By: Cirilo Villaverde
  • Narrated by: FonoLibro
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 10-13-11
  • Language: Spanish
  • Publisher: FonoLibro Inc. (Audiolibros - Audio Libros)
  • 3.8 (8 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

FonoLibro's Spanish-language production of Cirilio Villaverde's novel creates tremendous atmosphere with vivid performances by the actors as well as a musical score that reflects this 19th-century tale of the titular character, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy landowner and his slave. Cecilia falls in love with her half-brother, Leonardo, who abandons her for a wealthy white woman, leading to a dramatic chain of events that sees Leonardo dead and Cecilia in prison. A tragic story of love and violence, Cecilia Valdes is a classic of Cuban literature for its insights into race and class in colonial Cuba.
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Publisher's Summary

FonoLibro se enorgullece en presentar la obra cumbre de la literatura Cubana, "Cecilia Valdés," del escritor Cirilo Villaverde, la cual es considerada la novela cubana más importante del siglo XIX y fue llevada al teatro con mucho éxito en una bellísima zarzuela. La novela tiene lugar en la Cuba colonial de 1830. Cecilia Valdés es una joven y hermosa mulata, quien se enamora de un joven de sociedad, Leonardo de Gamboa, hijo de un rico magnate y traficante de esclavos, Cándido de Gamboa. Es la historia de un maravilloso amor que cae en tragedia por las diferencias raciales y sociales y por un pasado oculto que ambos jóvenes ignoran. Cecilia Valdés relata la composición social, problemas raciales y mestizajes de la Cuba de la época, los círculos de la élite de los blancos nacidos en España y los blancos criollos; el número creciente de mulatos, a los que pertenecía Cecilia, y los negros, algunos esclavos y otros libres. La novela también relata cómo era practicada la seducción y relaciones entre las razas en la época colonial. Viva en este maravilloso audiolibro esta historia de amor, tragedia y venganza, la cual levanta controversias y conflictos en la sociedad, familia y amigos, y que termina en un inesperado final.© y (P) 2011 FonoLibro Inc.Todos los derechos reservados. Se prohíbe el reproducir, compartir, transmitir el contenido de este audiolibro por cualquier medio sin autorización expresa del editor y productor del audiolibro, FonoLibro Inc.
Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
Public Domain (P)2011 FonoLibro Inc.
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By diana on 09-24-16

Not based on the actual book

Its a short version of the original book but not the full text. Es una versión corta del texto original pero no es el texto completo.

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By PHILIP on 10-21-12

Thomas Hardy

This reminded me of Thomas Hardy but with the sense of inevitable damage mitigated by the much less disastrous final outcome. The abridged version seems to make some abrupt shifts, and may leave out interesting pictures of Havana life in the 19th century, which would considerably deepen the novel. (I do not know the full length version). Its classic status still shines through, and the reading is excellent.

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