“Captain Alatriste”

I watched the movie last year. Over the last week, I read the first five books. Between the quality writing and the apparently well done translations, I really enjoyed them. The plot-wrangling takes a second place to the texture and the flavor of the settings.

The movie put faces on the characters. The book clarified the actual events for me. Put together, they added up to a very enjoyable experience.

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7 Responses to “Captain Alatriste”

  1. Sha-ul says:

    My name is Inigo Montoyo, you killed my father, prepare to die.

  2. Oleg Volk says:

    The movie has some impressive battle scenes, like this depiction of Rocroi. The main appeal of the film isn’t in the battle scenes but in the character relations.

  3. matt says:

    this women talks about a few of your pictures in this video http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=bc2_1361449910

  4. Robert says:

    Thanks for posting this, Oleg. I ordered the first book in the series a few minutes ago. I recall seeing a few minutes of the movie a couple of years ago; it portrayed the reality of pike battle pretty accurately. Before the advent of the firearm, the Pike was the state of the art for war weaponry; the Swiss mercenary pike companies were world-famous.

  5. Paul says:

    I love these books, my only problem is that having finished the 6th book, I am waiting (im)patiently for the next two to get translated and published over here. It also took me a bit of digging to get the movie, but very glad I did.

    There are also some youtube clips of Viggo Mortensen practicing swordplay for the role, and several of classical fencing enthusiasts re-enacting some of the sword fights from the movie

  6. Storyteller says:

    Long enjoyed the books and the movie. Also look at “Reclaiming the Blade” for very intresting worek on “new” swordplay. Love your stuff. Come to Hawaii sometime.

  7. Kevin says:

    Just got the first book on Kindle based on your post. Wow. I love the flow of the language in this. I suspect I’ll have all six read before this road trip is over. Thanks for the tip.

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