The House of Troy

[La casa de la Troya]
Forgotten Books
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Classic of romantic literature. The plot is set at the end of the 19th century, in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain). The book is an extraordinary portrait of the life and customs of the time. The background is the university world.

Gerardo Roquer's father sends his son from Madrid to Compostela to force him to study and become a full man. Gerardo is much more interested in nightlife and vaudeville singers than in textbooks. He finally ends up living in the boarding house "Casa de la Troya", where he makes friends with other students and falls in love with the beautiful Carmiña Castro. But his uncles do not approve of his love and try to marry the girl to their son.

The relationship between the bride and groom is passionate but clean. The virtues of friendship and service between the students stand out.

There is a good film adaptation produced in the 1950s.

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal
Update on: Jul 2024