Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in relatively small print, has seen and reviewed Spain. The book is a. 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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If he can succeed in this, the pictures will fit properly into any text. Well, the first result of the Sueca invasion was cataclysmic.
I have this sneaking feeling that the place has changed out of all recognition since he published this page tome in This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat This was not a novel, but personal recollections of his travels in and complete love of Spain.
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igeria Sep 09, E Camou rated it really liked it. I admire very much his descriptive abilities as it summoned me many times to imagine and be present in such places. Mar 10, Pages Buy.
Good hotels, good restaurants, good entertainment. Michener died in at the age of ninety. Apart from this, however, the book has kept its relevance. The history of the second half of the 20th century is beyond comprehension This is a fascinating book. In any case, it will travel–and the Book-of-the-Month Club selection is just another assurance of its predictable popularity.
Some people have said this book is outdated.
I enjoyed this book very much, even though I’m not normally a fan oberia this author. James Michener seems to have hated editing. He recommends books and instructs the reader on how to make a gaspacho.
Michener is all mkchener by me. Spain was a theocracy, and I had lived in Israel and Pakistan, which were also theocracies, and the problems of such governments tend to be the same, whether the theocracy is Jewish, Muslim, or Catholic.
And always in the background, iron bars of tradition.
This book spoke to directly to me in a way that iberoa other books have, so I am sad to be putting it down. More than that, this book has a special significance for me, since we are two writers with similar experiences, similar flaws, and roughly the same interests.
The Transparente, the carved screen of near mystic beauty in the Toledo cathedral.
He first set foot in Spain while he was a student in Scotland, in For instance – ah, the bullfights! James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. He says writing is hard for him, but he manages to write these tremendously long and simplistic books, possibly because he micuener so sequential and seldom cross-references or reduces facts.
Looking for beautiful books? It is probably too long for the occassional traveler, but maybe useful for igeria wanting specific information about either a geography or cultural item.
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Mar 13, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: Later in the decade.
Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for t James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. It’s fifty years old, so much has changed, not least that Franco finally died and Spain is more democratic than when Michener was there.
I’m sure I’ve missed that old Spain of Franco’s time and maybe also that’s not such a bad thing. What you will get from this superb book is a flavor, whether your ibeira runs to social analysis, history, architecture, bullfighting, people, nature, or just simple travel.
So, you might ask, why michenfr I bother to read an out-of-date book like this? You might be interested to know what things used to be like if you’ve already been to Spain in the last 20 years.
I’m planning a trip to Spain and Portugal, and since I remember enjoying Michener before, I thought this could be good.