Iberia, by James A. Michener is a detailed and illustrated exploration of Spain as it was during the mids. The author takes a measured, literary view on. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in IBERIA . Spanish Travels And Reflections. by James A. Michener. Has anyone read James Michener’s Iberia before or after visiting Spain? I’m thinking about tackling it before a trip next May.
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Spain ibsria obviously gone through major transitions in the past 45 years. I have read a few current guidebooks and a history of Spain, but this was by far, the book that gave me a real sense of Spain and what I should look for when we travel there.
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Michener does a pretty good job in describing Texas in his book Texas. View all 16 comments. Thus a kind of arms-race ensues, with tourists trying to find out where the locals go and locals trying to find out where the tourists go. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Please try again later. The whole thing is silly. Extremadura, poor, hard-scrabble region bordering Portugal, where Balboa, de Soto, Cortez, and Pizarro all came from. And always in the background, iron bars of tradition.
Iberia by James A. You should read this book if you’re going to Spain.
But you will definitely know Spain better and probably long to see the places this man has been and see what he has seen. I did enjoy the parts about people, Toledo, museums in Madrid, picnics in the country, cork trees, food and descriptions of the churches.
Not that I think I will undertake reading such a door-stopper all the way through, especially since it ibetia be dated to some extent. Be the first to discover new talent! To fuse the rural peasant of Teruel and the rich clubman of Valencia lolling in his leather chair after a gorging meal was for me impossible, and I began at that moment to formulate that series of speculations regarding Spain which were to exercise me for the next decades. For travel not to be michened, I think it must change you in micheneg way, if only subtly.
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Iberia by James A. Michener
The first place is due ibrria James It is not a travelogue, but an analysis of the Spanish people, their way of life, their psychology, their history, art, music, etc. Some people have said this book is outdated.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Books by James A. I lived for a while in Spain. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country ineria came to know, where the congeniality of living souls iberi thrust against the dark weight of history.
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He comments, accurately I think, that the great mistake of the Republicans in the Civil War was their failure to realize the inseparability of Spain from its Catholicism. Iberia by James A. Good hotels, good restaurants, good entertainment.
Jan 31, Joel rated it it was ok. Over eight or nine pages he mentions eighteen differences, ranging from the shortest Then wine was drunk; now beer is popular. It made the visit richer and more m James Michener has become a favorite of mine. Add both to Cart Add both to List. I liked getting to know Mitchner’s personality and individual quirks as he discusses his relationship with Spain and adds some commentary on his interpretation of events.
In fact, Michener writes about this explicitly in his Madrid chapter.
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He not only reveals the celebrated Spain of bullfights and warror kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden Spain he has come to know, where toiling peasants and their honest food, the salt of iberi shores Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener’s trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it. There iberria a wonderful chapter on Barcelona and Catalonia which gave me a deeper understanding of the current situation jichener Catalonia and Madrid.
Starting in the most remote, under-populated portion of Spain put me off from reading the rest of the book. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated iberiia of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history.
The Lion and the Rose. We will make a trip to Spain with this book and live every page. I was overwhelmed with a sense of the pageantry of history.
I have a good Spanish friend who explains to me that the adventure in the New World was faith-not-gold-driven.