The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman

The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman

Louis de Bernières / Jan 17, 2020

The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman While the economy of his small South American country collapses President Veracruz joins his improbable populace of ex soldiers former guerrillas unfrocked priests and reformed though by no means i

  • Title: The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
  • Author: Louis de Bernières
  • ISBN: 9780749398576
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • While the economy of his small South American country collapses, President Veracruz joins his improbable populace of ex soldiers, former guerrillas, unfrocked priests and reformed though by no means inactive whores, in a bizarre search for sexual fulfilment.But for Cardinal Guzman, a man tormented by his own private daemons, their stupendous, hedonistic fiestas represeWhile the economy of his small South American country collapses, President Veracruz joins his improbable populace of ex soldiers, former guerrillas, unfrocked priests and reformed though by no means inactive whores, in a bizarre search for sexual fulfilment.But for Cardinal Guzman, a man tormented by his own private daemons, their stupendous, hedonistic fiestas represent the epicentre of all heresies.Heresies that must be challenged with a horrifying new inquisition destined to climax in a spectacular confrontation

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        Novelist Louis de Berni res was born in London in 1954 He joined the army at 18 but left after spending four months at Sandhurst After graduating from the Victoria University of Manchester, he took a postgraduate certificate in Education at Leicester Polytechnic and obtained his MA at the University of London Before writing full time, he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motorcycle messenger and car mechanic He also taught English in Colombia, an experience which determined the style and setting of his first three novels, The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts 1990 , Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord 1991 and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman 1992 , each of which was heavily influenced by South American literature, particularly magic realism.In 1993, he was selected as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists 2 promotion in Granta magazine His fourth novel, Corelli s Mandolin, was published in the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book It was also shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War, the novel tells the story of a love affair between the daughter of a local doctor and an Italian soldier It has become a worldwide bestseller and has now been translated into over 30 languages A film adaptation of the novel was released in 2001, and the novel has also been adapted for the stage In 2001, Red Dog was published a collection of stories inspired by a statue of a dog encountered on a trip to a writers festival in Australia in 1998.Prizes and awards1991 Commonwealth Writers Prize Eurasia Region, Best First Book The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize Eurasia Region, Best Book Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year shortlist Corelli s Mandolin1995 Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Winner, Best Book Corelli s Mandolin1995 Lannan Literary Award Fiction 1997 British Book Awards Author of the Year2004 Whitbread Novel Award shortlist Birds Without Wings2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize Eurasia Region, Best Book shortlist Birds Without Wings Top of page


    1. Has anyone seen the beast? Has anyone seen the beast? called the three-hundred-year-old-man, as he cantered over the drawbridge upon his rachitic horse. "Has anyone seen the beast whose stomach rumbles like a pack of dogs, taking many shapes, and devastating the land? Has anyone seen the beast? A spectre from the past (view spoiler)[ easily identified as the immortal knight of Miguel de Cervantes(hide spoiler)], like an oracle of doom, announces troubled times for Cochadebajo de los Gatos, the m [...]

    2. The finale of this stupendous trilogy is not unlike the 3rd Batman/Dark Knight movie-- seriously complex + overblown. "Troublesome" is the longest of the three, and unfortunately for those who were devastated by the central love story in "Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord"--calling it a quintessential love tragedy-- will recognize rather this type of "communicating vessel" plot system (more than 65 separate vignettes which are wisely inter-cut to make the story seem all too sprawling and incredibly v [...]

    3. This is a magical realism book. I never know what to say about those. "It was strange but I enjoyed." is the most accurate. . . but doesn't really tell you anything useful at all. De Bernieres is an amazing writer, if only because of the number of plots and sub-plots he can weave into a whole. Then there is his combining of the magical and the actual -- done in such a was as to make you feel that there is not any tangible difference between the two and our perceptions of said difference are a me [...]

    4. I recieved this book as a surprise gift and had never heard of it before receiving it but as I read and enjoyed Captain Corelli's Mandolin some years ago I expected it to be something along the same line just set in another continent. How very wrong was I? It turned out to be a rare gem.The story is set about a small fictional town in some impoverished country in South America and is basically a tale of good overcoming evil but it is also a tale who are remote from the Central Government of thei [...]

    5. This is the final and weirdest book in De Bernieres Magical Realist Latin American Trilogy. Set in a fictional South American country. We return to the wildly eccentric inhabitants of the tiny Andean village of Cochadebajo de Los Gatos, where sleek black jaguars are treated like pets and roam freely through the streets joined by Marxist guerilla fighters, resurrected conquistadors, whores , levitating priests and ghosts. As is typical with magical realism, there are elements of the plot that are [...]

    6. The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman is the hilarous sequel to The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts and continues the history of the surreal South American country which de Bernieres created in that book.The president is still undertaking his bizarre search for sexual fulfilment with his ex-stripper wife, this time travelling to Paris for the fitting of a mechanical device to extend the length of his erections.The government continue with their unbelievable corruption to govern the coun [...]

    7. A great conclusion to the trilogy. I actually read this one first before realizing it was part of trilogy, and you can really enjoy each of these books on its own.

    8. Much like its predecessors, there’s a lot that’s good in this absurdist, magical realist history of a small South American country, but there’s a lot that’s average, and there’s some that’s actually quite bad. ‘The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman’ essentially weaves together numerous different narratives concerning various comic characters and exaggerated grotesques – some of which link together, some of which only brush arms – so that the results are almost by desig [...]

    9. Poslední část latinsko-americké trilogie je věnovaná církvi a náboženství a za mě je to nejslabší kniha z kompletu. Je možné, že jak jsem to četla celé za sebou, tak už se dostavila únava, také asi mělo vliv, že jsem to četla rozsekané na malé kousky díky pracovnímu shonu, ale nějak jsem se prostě nemohla začíst. Celé to tažení proti novým albigenským mi přišlo přitažené za vlasy a časově mě to vrhalo někam do středověku, byť děj se odehrává v [...]

    10. The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman is the last part of de Bernières' Latin-American trilogy. For me it was also the best book of the three. This book is magical realism at its best, without ever taking the magic part too far. The colourful characters that de Bernières introduced in the first book were somewhat pushed into the background in the second book (for the biggest part of this book the spotlight was on Dionisio Vivo's adventures), but in this third book they take up their rig [...]

    11. I struggled between 3 and 4 stars. He's a fantastic writer, his story interesting, hischaracters unforgettable. Though he's not South American, the book is set in a mythicalSouth American country and his writing reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Like Marquez, he's a master of magical realism, a genre I like. But his bleak, picture of human (or should i say inhuman) nature with it's graphic details, was very disturbing. I didn't realize this was part of a trilogy; I had read The War of Don Em [...]

    12. I know people hate LdB but I'm a fan. For a start, it's rare for me to find a word I've never seen before but his books usually have a handful. I like the way he structures his books too - how apparently disparate threads suddenly pull together into tight meaning. And I admire how unflinching he is about human cruelty and violence - even if those passages often make me throw the book into a wall.This book is very similar to Captain Corelli's Mandolin (which I also really like) - in its approach [...]

    13. This is the fourth or fifth book I've read by this author and as usual, I enjoyed it.He has a devilish sense of humor and it keeps erupting throughout the story of a small, fictional town hidden away in the hills of some South American country. The plot revolves around a fanatical, hypocritical zealot and his hideous modern-day inquisition, but the book is far more about some very distinctive and quirky characters and their interactions. This book is a sequel of sorts to another book, but can be [...]

    14. Full of the delight and the grotesque that marked the first two books of this trilogy, though I felt like this lacked a bit of the sparkle and cruelty of the previous books. In particular, it made me want to go back and re-read Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord. For all of the profound horror and heartbreak of that book, it did a better job of capturing De Bernieres's magic. So not bad--just overshadowed.

    15. It slows down a little bit in the second quarter of the book (especially if you're reading all three books in a row), but it picks up again in the second half and ends in a rush of pages, leaving you wanting to spend just a little more time (not too much more time, but a little more time) in Cochadebajo de los Gatos.I highly recommend all this book to anyone who likes a little humor with their metaphysics.

    16. This book started off a little slow but once I got going the story was a real hoot. This Cardinal beds the maid, has a child and he tries to hide the child. Eventually all hell breaks loose in this story set in a mythical Latin American place ( but really sounds like Peru). The cast of characters come alive and de Bernieres almost creates a parody of Garcia Marquez but the story never looses steam. Fun ending.

    17. This was yet another heavenly book, and a very suitable end to the trilogy. I loved all of these books so much that some day I'd like to own a first edition of them. Just owning them in regular editions would be nice too, because I will grow tired of ordering them from the library. Since I rarely run across a book that I actually want to own these days, this is a huge deal.Also, I wish I knew how to pronounce "de Bernieres."

    18. 2.5 STARS"The third part of a trilogy, following "The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts", which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Fiction. The author expands his panorama of South American life with a story full of quizzical events, where farce and tragedy interbreed." (From )

    19. Perhaps it would have been best not to have started immediately after falling in love with Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The first few pages were disappointing, as I wondered where all the romance and longing was. However, a few more pages in and I was engrossed in this mysterious tale. Another beautiful story, full of magic realism.

    20. DeBernieres wrote a trilogy of novels set in a fictional country in South America, mimicing the "magical realism" style of other South American authors. They're ok, and The Troublesome Offspring is maybe the best of the three. I particularly liked the spirit of Thomas Aquinas, paying penance for the group of thugs that used Aquinas's writings as justification for their murderous rampage.

    21. This was my least favorite of the trilogy, but I enjoyed it nonetheless, esp. because all of the characters from the first two volumes came together in this one. I was really sad to finish this trilogy

    22. A wonderful adventure of a book. Feels like a Garcia Marquez book. I read this while in South America for a trip, and really enjoyed getting such a different take on South American culture out of it.

    23. Bailed after 150 pages. I just couldn't get into this one. It's written as a series of silly episodes, and no one episode was particularly interesting. Maybe it's one I'll return to in the future --- it isn't poorly written, but it wasn't pulling me in either.

    24. What a great book! Took me a little while to get used to the narrative style, it's unlike anything I've read before. At the beginning I thought it was difficult to follow and a little dry, but once I got used to it, it was full of fun and laughs. I'll definitely be checking out more by this author.

    25. I tried twice to get into this, but it turned out to one of those books you think is going well, but you put it down one day and just never return.

    26. Very very different from Captain Corelli's Mandolin and better. A dark satire on life in Latin America with touches of magic realism. Nicely written though dark.

    27. not quite as focused and concise as the other two in the series but a nice ending to a great trilogy. wonderful writing, good characters and a nice rich world you won't want to leave

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