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Galdoz’s four-part Fortunata and Jacinta (1886-7), the masterpiece among his almost 80 novels, tells the turbulent story of two women, their husbands and their lovers, set against the intricate web of dynastic alliances and class contrasts of Madrid in the 1870s.
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Fortunata and Jacinta is a book by Benito Perez Galdos that tells the story of two married women living in 19th-century Spain.
Fortunata is a wealthy merchant’s wife, a beautiful and intelligent woman who is unhappy in her marriage. Despite her husband’s wealth and status, Fortunata is constantly belittled and mistreated by him, and she longs for a way out of the unhappy marriage. She is also deeply envious of her best friend, Jacinta, who is married to a kind and loving man.
On the other hand, Jacinta is a devoted wife and mother who is content with her life and husband. However, she becomes embroiled in a scandal when her husband is falsely accused of a crime, and she is forced to defend him and clear his name. Despite the challenges she faces, Jacinta remains loyal and devoted to her husband and ultimately triumphs over the obstacles that come her way.
Throughout the book, the two women’s stories intertwine as they navigate the challenges of marriage, family, and societal expectations. Both Fortunata and Jacinta are strong and determined women who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, and they inspire each other to be the best versions of themselves. Ultimately, the book is a poignant exploration of the struggles and triumphs of married women in a patriarchal society.
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Author(s): Benito Pérez Galdós
Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Year: 1986
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