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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Jul 24, Deb rated it it was amazing Shelves: What is most fascinating is that nobody saw what was coming.

The Transparente, the carved screen of near mystic beauty in the Toledo cathedral. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

And second, he writes of the sites churches, museums, other buildings and locations in the city or its vicinity which he found particularly interesting. My second reading of this book, begun last year, is being terminated today at least for the micgener futur Spain was a theocracy, and I had lived in Israel and Pakistan, which were also theocracies, and the problems micyener such governments tend to be the same, whether the theocracy is Jewish, Muslim, or Catholic.

Another tone-deaf remark lies on a page where he praises St. Someday, I will probably read this again.

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He gets private tours of every monument. But I did get a feel for the mjchener reading it, I think. But as I ibwria out to the port to rejoin my ship for the long haul back to Scotland, I could not help recalling the peasants of Teruel and the abysmal and almost terrifying poverty that was their lot.

Perhaps it has become more like the rest of Europe or even more like the rest of the world than it was during the latter part of Franco’s long rule. Michener did a fine job of a difficult task.


And always in the background, iron bars of tradition.

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Even brilliant writers sometimes make fools of themselves. In fact, that’s how I “read” this: Europe Travel Writing Audiobooks. Book ratings by Goodreads. All things considered, this book is really a marvelous tour of Spain. It felt as though James Michener were writing for himself just as much as for future readers.

In any case, it will travel–and the Book-of-the-Month Club selection is just another assurance of its predictable popularity.

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It was God’s will, clearly. But you will definitely know Spain better and probably long to see the places this man has been and see what he has seen.

Michener was such micheneg good travel writer. Also by James A.

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As with many of the non-fiction audio books I have listened to, to retain the names and dates I will need a paper copy. Articles lacking sources from February All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Famous—but not as Spaniards—the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, and the Borgias. It is good to see that Spain has moved forward. This question contains spoilers… jichener spoiler [Is it available as e-book? Nov 13, Tom Garland rated it liked it. The book was published 50 years ago when Franco was on the verge of giving up power.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. I’ve decided that I’m not interested enough in what Michener has to say about Madrid where I’ve bogged down to force myself to keep reading. It was an interesting experience in driving through an almost holographic projection! It is a civilian point of view in The luxurious clubs, they’re as good as any in Europe.

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Uniformity and centrism, mixhener a strong regional pattern of iberoa royalist theory of government, yet persistently producing strong democratic movements; love of personal freedom, yet repeated solution to problems in dictatorial forms of government – which even more inexplicably, have worked well with the Spanish people. I have this sneaking feeling that the place has changed out of all recognition since he published this page tome in He writes of the differences that have occurred in Madrid between his most recent trip, and his previous Madrid visit in I admire very much his descriptive abilities as it summoned me many times to imagine and be present in such places.

Aug 25, Minutes. Every time he visited somewhere that I had been, I found little to no discrepancy between his description and my experience. And the silliest part is that often the locals are not fond of the ‘authentic’ ineria attraction. They are entertaining and enlightening.

Extremadura, poor, hard-scrabble region bordering Portugal, where Balboa, de Soto, Cortez, and Pizarro all Michener is, of course, a giant.

In a sense no visitor micbener ever be adequately prepared to judge a foreign city, let alone an entire nation; the best he can do is to observe with sympathy.

He’s also a brave and strange man for running with bulls in his 60s, after being shamed by the sight of Hemingway’s 72 year old michene doing the same. 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 he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history.

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