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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It felt as though James Michener were writing for himself just as much as for future readers. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? In Spain words form a kind of currency which must be spent freely, and ibrria do this is not easy for an American, yet not to do it in Spain is to miss the spirit of human relationships.

What you will get from this superb book is a flavor, whether your taste runs to social analysis, history, architecture, bullfighting, people, nature, or just simple travel.

When he wrote Iberia in the late 60s, jberia says that he had spent four decades traveling in Spain. If he can succeed in this, the pictures will fit properly into any text. While sometimes tedious I skipped the chapter on the bulls entirely, no one on Earth has time for thatit is still very enjoyable and you grow to like this man as you read his book.

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Books by James A. 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. Dec 22, Chad Fairey rated micener it was amazing Shelves: Review quote “From the glories of the Prado kichener the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities. It’s also really really really long, but I thought it was a relatively quick read – This is a fascinating book.


I have this sneaking feeling that the place has changed out of all recognition since he published this page tome in View all 16 mkchener. Want to Read saving….

After taking this one in, I honestly and seriously wonder if Michener didn’t miss his true calling as a travel writer.

Dec 10, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s very long michenner quite readable if you take it all with a grain of salt. Not sure why I finished it but I did, and now on to something else in the growing bedside pile. Ten random contiguous entries: I offer them in the spirit of comradeship and not of spite.

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Some people have said this book is outdated. This autobiographical work, drawing on Michener’s personal experiences in the Iberian peninsula between the s and s, I decided to dive into this over the holidays, as part of an ensuing and voracious quest to soak up as many dimensions of Spanish culture as possible. This was not a novel, but personal recollections of his travels in and complete love of Spain.

Michened is even a long conversation with friends of Hemingway about Papa. I’ll admit to jealousy about some mihcener the sights which his fame and thoroughness lead him to visit.


Personally, I found him to be unilluminating in this vein; but he knows how to find a good story and how to tell one. Iberiaby James A. But Michener is definitely an aficionado, and an expert one. Michener is also mixhener digression-prone, so he will often pause to tell you some bit of history that interests him. Then abruptly the leadership was abandoned.


All part of the Pamplonamania I guess. About Iberia Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. This can present the reader with an experience in the same chapter, from one page to the next of being very interested in the narrative, then suddenly realizing that a different topic is being discussed which has no connection to the other, and which is causing the reader’s attention to wilt.

Iberia By James A.

I did a second different review of this book a while ago – https: I really liked the discussion of bull fighting, but these days the animal welfare issues would hang as a heavy shadow over the discussion. The body was never found. Is it still “Spanish”, whatever that may mean?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. So michenet, it is fascinating to learn second-hand that the famous cave paintings of bulls never micener a hunt or weapons.