The Pretty Sister Of José

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(3.9 stars; 30 reviews)

Pepita would rather become a witch than a wife. She's seen too many women, including her mother, wither away at their husband's hands. Popular and respected, our gentle, but fiercely independent heroine immediately grows cruel and cold to any suitor drawn in by her allure. When a famous bullfighting lady killer from Madrid takes interest in her, will Pepita's resolve crumble with disastrous consequences?

A hit upon its 1899 release, this novella later spawned both a play and silent film adaptation. Despite its public popularity, its (now rather tame) intense love story and positive portrayal of Spaniards drew some controversy from English critics.

Summary by Mary Kay. (2 hr 11 min)


Chapter I, Part 1 9:17 Read by Kalynda
Chapter I, Part 2 6:41 Read by Lynne T
Chapter I, Part 3 12:49 Read by Minnie
Chapter I, Part 4 14:55 Read by Minnie
Chapter II, Part 1 11:32 Read by Kalynda
Chapter II, Part 2 10:38 Read by susanjhudson
Chapter II, Part 3 9:21 Read by susanjhudson
Chapter II, Part 4 7:09 Read by susanjhudson
Chapter III, Part 1 8:23 Read by Minnie
Chapter III, Part 2 7:19 Read by Marta A
Chapter III, Part 3 11:20 Read by Marta A
Chapter IV, Part 1 5:55 Read by Marta A
Chapter IV, Part 2 5:43 Read by Marta A
Chapter IV, Part 3 10:20 Read by Marta A


(4 stars)

Great story. There is a film adaptation of this featuring Marlene Dietrich. Some of the readers employ ludacris narration styles that are distracting and ruin the experience, such as ch.1 part 3. Aside from that, terrific!


(0.5 stars)

Not the Author's best work by far. Bull fighting is animal cruelity. You cannot love someone for their beauty alone. Their heart is the most important thing not their looks.