Tirant Lo Blanc

Tirant Lo Blanc - Joanot Martorell, Jordi Tiñena Amorós I read Tirant many years back, in Catalan. I think it was the 500 anniversary edition probably. If you're looking for something written in a simple and modern style, it is not. I haven't read any of the English adaptations so can't comment on their quality. The story has everything you would expect from cavalry novels, battles, adventures, politics, flirting, and yes, eroticism. Of course religion is also part of the book. Many of the battles would have to do with crusades, trying to recover religious sites...
I don't know if many people would agree with Cervantes that it is the best book in the world (well, not Cervantes, one of his characters), but at the time it might have been one of the best and with its insights into a knigth's life (as Joanot Martorell was a knight and some of the experiences of the book seem adapted from the author's personal ones), inspiration from real historical figures (Roger de Flor), variety and adventures, it is well worth a high ranking amongst the genre.

Vaig llegir el Tirant fa molts anys en Catalá. Estilisticament no és pot esperar que sigui una novel.la moderna, encara que en molts aspectes ho és. No és una lectura corteta i sencilla, peró es un llibre que amb perseveráncia i paciéncia te molt per aportar. Potser adaptacions modernes el facin més accessibles, perque les aventures, históries i detalls sobre la vida d'un cavaller de l'época fan la lectura molt recomenable. I una mica desvergonyida també ho és (no potser si ho comparem amb les coses que es llegeixen avui en dia peró a mi em va sorprendre per l'época).