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The Alhambra Paperback – June 8, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1599868097 ISBN-10: 1599868091

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Classics (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599868091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599868097
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,008,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Washington Irving, one of the first Americans to achieve international recognition as an author, was born in New York City in 1783. His A History of New York, published in 1809 under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker, was a satirical history of New York that spanned the years from 1609 to 1664. Under another pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, he wrote The Sketch-book, which included essays about English folk customs, essays about the American Indian, and the two American stories for which he is most renowned--"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving served as a member of the U.S. legation in Spain from 1826 to 1829 and as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Following his return to the U.S. in 1846, he began work on a five-volume biography of Washington that was published from 1855-1859. Washington Irving died in 1859 in New York. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Cloyce Smith on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Irving's book on the Alhambra and the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the best guidebooks to the region--and one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written. Anyone who has visited (or plans to visit) southern Spain will be thrilled by the account of Irving's trip, but I'll go further: you need not ever go there to enjoy this classic work of history and humor.

Irving stayed at the Alhambra for three months in 1829 and jotted down notes concerning its history and legends. Early in his visit, Irving was accosted by Mateo Ximenes, a credulous and indigent "son of the Alhambra" who soon proves a worthy and endearing companion, a guide to secret chambers, and a conveyor of whimsical traditions. A couple of years later, while in London, Irving wrote "The Alhambra," describing his idiosyncratic hosts, recounting the millennium-old history of the Moorish occupation, and transcribing fresh versions of the palace's medieval legends and myths, many of which resemble stories from the "Arabian Nights." The first edition appeared in 1832, a second American edition was published four years later, but Irving extensively revised and enlarged the book in 1851, incorporating material unavailable or unknown to him in the 1830s. This last edition is the one most commonly available today.

The result is easily Irving's most accessible book, filled with wit and anecdote. Alongside the history of the Moorish kingdom of Granada, Irving intersperses tales (both historical and mythical) of enchanted caves, imprisoned princesses, and buried treasure. His admiration for Islamic heritage is obvious throughout: "The Arab invasion and conquest brought a higher civilization and a nobler style of thinking, into Gothic Spain.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Asim Jamshed on December 26, 2002
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I don't always like to read classics, but when a friend of mine suggested that I read this book, I decided to try it, and I am very glad that I did. Irving's words, though written so many years before now, still paint eloquent pictures of the Spain of his time. I could almost see what he was seeing. The stories and legends are also wonderful and fascinating. An antique copy of this book is one of my most treasured gifts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on June 2, 2007
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Many Americans know Washington Irving as the author of "the Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle". Few realize that he was also a world traveler, scholarly fluent in Arabic and Spanish and something of an Hispanophile, to the say least.

Irving's book is largely responsible for the widespread romantic image of Spain. It is a collection of observation, history, fairy tale, written in Irving's unique blend of romanticism and healthy skepticism. It is roughly framed by his journey to the Alhambra and his departure from it, an in between we are given a tour of the grounds and hear a few tales (including tales of Moorish ghosts on headless horses) which are roughly intertwined as in the Arabian Nights. Indeed, this little book is the 'Arabian Nights' of the west.

Before visit the Alhambra read this book. If you are not planning on going, read it and you'll probably change your mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buenoslibros.es on February 5, 2004
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My visit to the Alhambra in the summer of 2002 wouldn't have been the same, not even close, if I hadn't peeped into the curiosity shop in the Alhambra complex. The book was everywhere. The stories are short and captivatingly exotic. It was a good choice. I kept reading it during the next days of my trip through the south of Spain. And it helped me visualize more clearly the Alhambra, like a place with its own life and soul.
I am thankful to this nicely written book because it helped me appreciate much better the beauty and history of the Alhambra.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Swift on June 28, 2007
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I ordered this as a gift for my Ma.

When I visited her a few weeks later I saw something that looked like

a high schooler had copied at kinkos.

The type is blurry and smudged.

Some paragraphs are unreadable.

Will Amazon take it back?

No, it been more than 30 days....40 days to be exact.

I will not purchase gift books from Amazon again...better off going to Borders....get a

clean copy and ship it yourself.
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