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Download Spain ePub
  • ISBN 0140054634
  • ISBN13 978-0140054637
  • Language English
  • Author Jan Morris
  • Publisher Penguin Books; n.e. of r.e. edition (1982)
  • Pages 160
  • Formats mobi txt txt rtf
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Europe
  • Size ePub 1851 kb
  • Size Fb2 1615 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 556

Language:Chinese.SPAIN (Figure)

For. ELIZABETH, again.

For. A New Introduction by Jan Morris. In November 1975 there died in Madrid General Francisco Franco, for thirty-five years the dictatorial Caudillo of Spain, and in a sense this book died with him. It essentially and retrospectively evokes Spain at the time of his death, and the state which he ruled and represented. Franco had come to power when his dogmatically right-wing, fiercely Catholic armies defeated the elected Socialist government in the terrible Spanish Civil War of 1936–9, which had become in effect a war between the ideologies of Fascism and Communism.

Jan Morris examines the character of Spain and her people through the lenses of the geography and the history of the Iberian . Here Morris references the Spanish Civil War, an event only 30 years prior to the book.

Jan Morris examines the character of Spain and her people through the lenses of the geography and the history of the Iberian Peninsula. I found this a good introduction in preparation for travelling there next week. It is a bit dated and I will be interested to see what has changed since this book was originally published in the 1960s. From this I could only imagine that her description of Spain would be somewhat archaic in today's age. "The time-lag still makes Spain an anachronism among the nations.

Always very interesting, whenever she writes.

Jan Morris's collection of travel writing and reportage spans over five decades and includes such titles as Venice, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain, Manhattan '45, A Writer's World and the Pax Britannica Trilogy. Hav, her novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The most evocative book ever written about Spain.

Jan Morris, CBE, FRSL (born 2 October 1926) is a Welsh historian, author and travel writer

Jan Morris, CBE, FRSL (born 2 October 1926) is a Welsh historian, author and travel writer. She is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968–1978), a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City. A trans woman, she was published under her birth name, James, until 1972, when she had sex reassignment after transitioning from male to female.

Near Valencia there stands a town called Elche. It is indeed half African in temper. Around it there straggles the biggest palm grove in Europe, a phenomenon whose dates are not of the best quality,. but whose palm fronds, weirdly tied together in bunches on the tree, and thus whitened through lack of sap, are in demand all over Spain because of their well-known powers of protection against lightning.

That’s a joke - despite the title, Sterne never got as far as Italy - but I am certainly not joking when I declare Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote (1605-15) still the best book ever written on Spain. Wiser critics than me indeed have called it the best book ever written, and certainly like Spain itself it stands alone among its peers. Reading it is like reading the very text of Spanishness, with all its glories and absurdities, its contrasts, comradeships and.

Spain is one of the absolutes.

Hav, her novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Arthur C.

Talk about Spain


Forcestalker
50 Years Old. Enough said. It was recommended by a tour operator but it is a book about Spain under the regime of Franco. That's it. It is only about this period. So for someone preparing for Spain travel in 2016, this is not really a recommended choice. It's hard to imagine why the tour included it. They had some other questionable books too. So buyer beware — if Franco's Spain is what you want to read about, go for it. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
zmejka
This author always offers the reader such craft, such structure to her prose, her sentences and books, each chapter usually ending with a neat twist, a counter-point, which causes us to pause and mentally review the entire chapter again, to grasp that point she has made. There always is one.

Much more than just writing a "travel book', Morris always offers the reader a historical perspective, an ambience that is often not liable to `date', and Spain, despite being unrevised since publication still holds essential truths of both country and culture.

Wonderfully evocative, as is usual with this author, this work grips in the hard, macho, way that exposure to Spain and the Latino culture, language and history does, with a romantic thrill and a need to re-visit, or to first know. With a bow to H.V. Morton, Morris acknowledges that she is not the first to thrill to the "Man of Mancha", or to the Feria of Seville, that grand paseo of Andalusia, when "the hotels cautiously double their room-rates" or of Spain itself, but she still brings her own engaging and scholarly perspective to the tapas and feasts, that form this country of contradiction - of past glories, inquisitions, riches, failure, political turmoil, civil war, dictatorship and futures promise.

¡Viva España!
the monster
GOOD BACKGROUND FOR A PENDING TRIP
Legionstatic
A wonderful sweep through history and what made Spain Spain. As the author admints in the foreword, it was mainly written / based on travel in the 60s and 70s so it is more about the essence of Spain, providing inisghts into what is enduring - rather than a contemporary picture. But still well worth reading to provide context and background.
Stan
beautiful little book...
Sharpmane
Jan Morris is such an elegant travel writer!
Exellent
James Morris, as usual, analyses what he sees with penetrating intelligence, humour and with the benefit of the broadest perspective imaginable. Although it was written fifty years ago during Franco's rule I think it's relevance is hardly diminished by the passing of a half century. In fact, I don't think it's necessary to even visit Spain to warrant reading this wonderful book.
Jan Morris's Spain is not only very culturally informative, but one of the most excellently written & enjoyable books I've read in a long time. This little book really packs a large amount of history into a small text. Kudos to Morris for making history a pleasure to read!