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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Whatever comes to his mind, goes, which is why this book can boast the length of “War and Peace”. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He not only reveals Michener has ever done on any subject. His naivete touches on childish self-assurance.

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May 26, Travelin added it Shelves: I had sort of a romance with Spain for awhile, probably because of Death in the Afternoon. Book ratings by Goodreads. 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?

Michener fails to dispute and rather supports Dr. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Both genres are easy to write and hard to read, which is why far more travel blogs and love poems are written then read.

I did enjoy the parts about people, Toledo, museums I’m planning a trip to Spain and Portugal, and since I remember enjoying Michener before, I thought this could be good. 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.


But most of all, Michener is concerned with history.

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 and Humanities in for his commitment to art in America.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It was an interesting experience in driving throug I enjoyed this book very much, even though I’m not normally a fan of this author. 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.

English Choose a language for shopping. I am not sure whether this book can be enjoyed by somebody who is not at least planning on visiting Spain.

The Spanish system of surnames. However, I should emphasize that the book is written more as a travelogue, and my recollection of it is as a book of very general interest, not a pseudo-academic tome by any michenfr.

Articles lacking sources from February All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. I enjoyed it then but even more so the second time I read it in as I had just come back from a trip to Spain and Portugal. You’ll see I’m not just whistling Dixie here. When he wrote Iberia in the late 60s, he says that he had spent four decades traveling in Spain.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I’m sure I’ve missed that old Spain of Franco’s time and maybe also that’s not such a bad thing.

There are very few parts of this book that are memorably good, but very few that are memorably bad. They can be sometimes disturbing, as when, perhaps accidently, he unquestioningly fills a page with quotes from a 20th century Spaniard who refers to a famous case of Blood Libel during the Inquisition as “a hideous Jewish crime and one of many. 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.

Michener spent about thirty years traveling in Spain, on and off. ieria

Again, in Michener’s tone-deafness we can see how far Western consciousness has come in the last 50 years. He not only reveals the celebrated Spain of bullfights and warror kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden Spain he has come to know, where toiling peasants and their honest food, the salt of the shores Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener’s trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it.

Or may I liked getting to know Mitchner’s personality and individual quirks as he discusses his relationship with Spain and adds some commentary on his interpretation of events.