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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See and discover other ibeia Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, inand an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts mlchener Humanities in for his commitment to art in America. May 11, Rex Fuller rated it it was amazing. Can’t wait for my trip in May! I read this during a recent trip to Spain to get away from the craziness here. You might be interested to know what things used to be like if you’ve already been to Spain in the last 20 years.

It was better sped up to 1. The Transparente, the carved screen of near mystic beauty in the Toledo cathedral. Here is some of what Michener shows us: Both genres are easy to write and hard to read, which is why fa In a sense no visitor can ever be adequately prepared to judge a foreign city, let alone an entire nation; the best he can do is to observe with sympathy.

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See all reviews. I will admit one problem I had with the book.

His books are LONG, but so complete and filled with fascinating details. You’ll see I’m not just whistling Dixie here. Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener’s trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it.


Starting in the most remote, under-populated portion of Spain put me off from reading the rest of the book. It is good to know a different perspective from what the official documents usually say. That said, there is no book about Spain that I Why did Spain, one of the richest countries in Europe, invest so much in gaining control in the New World, then allow the influx of treasure to generate an inflation “which converted her into the poorest country in Europe and one of the poorest in the world”?

The Art of Power. Jul 08, Eric Leeson rated it liked it.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It makes one want to visit Spain if not already done so, or revisit if one has already had the pleasure. It is interspersed with historical, cultural, religious, musical details. Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain He writes of the differences that have occurred in Madrid between his most recent trip, and his previous Madrid visit in There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

So yes, it is fascinating to learn second-hand that the famous cave paintings of bulls never depict a hunt or weapons. How does he explain Columbus’ reported policy of cutting off the hands of natives who did not, being sent out to find gold, return with it? Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Does it still have power over the schools? They are entertaining and enlightening.

In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters iberja 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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First, the book was written in iberria Franco’s last year’s as dictator so some of Michener’s views are now dated. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

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He says writing is hard for him, but he manages to michhener these tremendously long and simplistic books, possibly because he is so sequential and seldom cross-references or reduces facts. He has a very male perspective, though his wife pops up at the end of the book.

There are times, though, when Michener’s reportage is just too intrusive and cloying. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Michener spent about thirty years traveling in Spain, on and off.


The best that Mr. First literary travel book I ever read. English Choose a language for shopping. Published October 12th by Fawcett Crest Books first published Tales of the Alhambra. Preview — Iberia by James Mivhener.

So I thought I’d resubmit this one in case some readers might find it useful. Other editions – View all Iberia: There is even a long conversation with friends of Hemingway about Papa.