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  1. lark benobi lark benobi says:

    Breathtaking amazing Cabeza de Vaca's first person account allowed me to glimpse what it was like for Europeans to encounter a hurricane for the first time for example or to realize how utterly helpless the Spaniards were how lost when they were first exploring new territory I've watched Nicolás Echevarría's extraordinary film and have also read three biographies now of Cabeza de Vaca's experiences but reading the man's own words moved me in a completely different way I was worried the text would feel obscure but it's completely riveting a life and death story told in a straightforward style One of the mounted men Juan Velásuez a native of Cuéllar impatiently rode into the river The violent current swept him from his saddle He grabbed the reins but drowned with the horse The subjects of that chief whose name turned out to be Dulchanchellin found the body of the beast and told us where in the stream below we likely would find the body of Cuéllar They went to look for it This death hit us hard for until now not a man had been lost The horse meanwhile furnished a supper for many that nightCyclone Covey's translation includes in text notes offset in suare brackets that are unobtrusive and extremely informative

  2. Dawn Michelle Dawn Michelle says:

    O M G There is 4 hours that I will never get back 1 It was boring 2 It made me angry most of the time To uote my friend Joy who read this with me as this was her and mine takeaway of this book a Indians are bad b Christians are good c We were hungry when we weren't stealing from the Indians that were bad It is important for us to have this primary document from a Spanish conuistador If we are tempted to minimize the absolutely ruthless entitlement with which they overran the natives we can come back to Cabeza de Vaca’s own words Joy Walsh3 I almost sprained my eyes from rolling them so hard 4 Heaven help the Indian that didn't want to be converted by de Vaca and his entourage They were then considered evil and must be robbed AND killed and their women and children taken from them 5 Heaven help the Indian that actually FOUGHT back against this assault to them and their lands and personal belongings I swear I was ready to find this dude's descendants and beat the crap out of THEM because I cannot smack de Vaca himself for being a colossal jackass and a totally entitled jerk This was a tough book to read in the sense that those who came here clearly had no problem running over those who were already here and were also uick to thank God for all their success in stealing and pillaging and killing It is so disturbing to read an actual account no matter how boring of someone who did this And was proud of how kind they were to those who didn't oppose them I spent a lot of this book just being totally and completely angry NOTE Please please please stay far far far away from the LibroVox Recording of this book The narrator is just hideous and I will admit to drifting off at times while she was droning on because the book itself wasn't boring enough It really was horrible You will be much better off just reading the account

  3. Baal Of Baal Of says:

    The volume I've read is not actually in the goodreads database so I'm marking this one as the closest to what I've read It's hard to put a rating on this since it is a narrative of events not intended to be literary The writing is mundane but it provides interesting insight into this failed expedition Cabeza de Vaca invokes thanks to god about every 3 to 4 pages presumably for sparing him from death even though hundreds around him die and he suffers starvation disease and numerous other hardships He constantly speaks about Christians vs everyone else and I was struck how often those Christians were involved in slavery murder and general exploitation of the non Christians Also interesting was how the modern concept held by some people that hunter gatherers had so much free time due to the abundance of food and game is completely destroyed by the abject poverty and near starvation that the vast majority of these tribes lived I can't say I enjoyed this book but it was worth reading

  4. Michelle Burgard Michelle Burgard says:

    I found this book to be especially interesting I am taking a class on this time period right now and i loved the first hand account you get There is so much detail and excitement that you can read in Cabeza de Vaca's voice Its beautiful

  5. Alice (Married To Books) Alice (Married To Books) says:

    A random and cheap impulse buy from the previous visit to Hay On Wye last year Originally written and published in the 1540s The Shipwrecked Men is about a voyage to the US at first going wrong with crew members dying and bad weather However across the many months at sea there's still a ton of exploration and meeting up with Native American tribes Sorry to say this a little brutally but it was a very boring historical insight It read like we started at A and ended up at B but then this happened in between

  6. Katie Katie says:

    I surrender to this boring book of no worthToday I had to sit my comp lit exam and I wrote about this book based on analysis I did not personally retrieve from this book because it was so devastatingly dull and useless that I couldn't bear to read beyond page 18 Maybe one dayprobably not though

  7. Mike Mike says:

    Considering the number of years Cabeza de Vaca wandered the narrative seemed brief For me the most interesting part was his description of how the natives of the Gulf Coast lived day to day in search of any type of food or rainwater relying on each other for trading and protection I didn't realize how rare it was to eat meat considering deer hunts happened only two or three times a year because of the difficulty of the hunt It's a fascinating account of a native nomadic lifestyle with the seasons and weather dictating how where and to what extent the people ate If anything this narrative dispels any romantic notion of living off the land Life was harsh painful and dangerous at least for those on the Gulf CoastThe second half of the narrative on the other hand was basically The Life of Brian Cabeza de Vaca and the other survivors could have lived like nomadic Christ figures for their entire lives if they had chosen do to soBy the end of the chronicle we can't help but wonder how the New World may have developed differently if the Spanish had come in peace to live and trade rather than to pillage kill destroy conuer and convert

  8. Rachel Ninnette Rachel Ninnette says:

    Why oh why was I forced to read this

  9. Patrick Sprunger Patrick Sprunger says:

    The narrative of Cabeza de Vaca is short enough to read every few years I've read two translations and bogged down in the original 16th century Spanish original and now believe it's a good idea to read a couple of different scholars' take on connotation and nuance Though on the surface the narrative seems to be a thrilling survival story a la raft of the Medusa Endurance the real point of interest is how Cabeza de Vaca interpreted his perceived ability to perform miracles on cue in God's name Cabeza de Vaca believes he raised the dead Before this he was a mid level bureaucrat Cabeza de Vaca's translators and at least one biographer I've read put his head in different places on this Some would have him be a delusional manic depressive with a messiah complex Others would have him merely be a dutiful instrument for God The fun is comparing a couple of versions and trying to get to know him It's a little harder than it would seem though The narrative wasn't written with an aim to be widely published It was written as a report to the Spanish king There's no plausible assumption that Cabeza de Vaca is reliable he was writing partly to save his own hide So it's really a lot like a puzzle One that can be worked different ways

  10. Marti Marti says:

    While much of this story is true the author whose name literally means Cow's Head seems to have embellished to the point where he portrays himself as almost a Christ like faith healer among the Native Americans of 1527 he had a reason to want to make himself look good to the King of Spain It's still pretty amazing that he survived this disastrous expedition at all He seems to have spent 10 years wandering the southern US from the Florida Panhandle to what is Modern Day California or Mexico where he was finally rescued by a different group of Spaniards It's not a typical Conuistador saga of conuest but like Robinson Crusoe meets Heart of Darkness However as an anthropological study it is not reliable as the tribe names and descriptions of their customs are largely inaccurate Also in the original Spanish the author simply was not a very good writer and the translation tries to emulate that while eliminating most of the run on sentences etc The Conuest of New Spain another eyewitness account by Bernal Diaz was a much engaging narrative but this is still kind of fascinating

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La Relación ❰EPUB❯ ✼ La Relación Author Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the original This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the original artifact or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important and despite the imperfections have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

  • Paperback
  • 382 pages
  • La Relación
  • Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
  • Spanish
  • 24 September 2016
  • 9781142229665

About the Author: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish explorer of the New World and one of four survivors of the Narváez expedition During eight years of traveling across the US Southwest he became a trader and faith healer to various Native American tribes before reconnecting with Spanish colonial forces in Mexico in After returning to Spain in he wrote an account first published in .