Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Juanita la Larga

I just finished re-reading a novel by Juan Valera entitled Juanita la Larga. I first read it when I went to study in Spain in 1997-98. Reading it again had special resonance for me, because it tells the story of an older man who falls in love with a much younger woman, and all the nonsense that happens between them and their various friends and relatives.

He was 53, and she was 17. That's a pretty big leap, even compared to the ones I've tried to make.

In the beginning of the novel, Juanita rejects Don Paco's advances, respectful as they are. In the end, however, she realizes that she indeed truly loves him, and they marry and everyone lives happily ever after.

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