An examination of the novels of Jose Luis Castillo-Puche that specifically deal with the religious ideal and his experience of the religious seminary. The study of the novels of the "Trilogia de la Liberacion" is preceded by an introduction which looks at the connection between the author's life and his literature and also certain features of narrative style.
Sin carmino: the seminary environment; attraction to the world; indecision. Como ovejas al matadero: social justice sacrifice; sexual repression. Trilogia de la liberacion: introduction; life and literature; narrative. El libro de las visiones y las aparaiciones: symbols of opression - Hecula, death, Cirilo and Cayetano; symbols of liberation -water; the mother. El amargo sabor de la retama: thirst; guilt - the revolution, sexuality, the vocation, happiness, depression. Conoceras el poso de la nada: the ideal; the reality - the ideal abandoned - the loss if identity, the death of the mother; reactions.