- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 9, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679743839
- ISBN-13: 978-0679743835
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Confirms . . . Mr. Hughes's authority as a first-rate chronicler and historian. The book is destined to become, like Forster's Alexandria and Mary McCarthy's Venice Observed, a classic." —The New York Times Book Review
"Authoritative, carefully researched, and full of insights into the city's great heritage . . . his judgments are full of tolerant and good-humored fascination. . . . There is no single volume in either Catalan or Spanish that approaches this book in scope or detail...a superb achievement and a great pleasure to read." —The Washington Post Book World
"Brilliant...an extraordinary book that combines history, criticism of the arts and architecture, and a profound sympathy for the moral essence of a people." —Newsday
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I'm a flamenco aficionado through and through, and plan on studying dance in Barcelona in the near future. I now feel utterly and completely ready for this journey, and am excited to view the city with this solid introduction to its history - I feel my time there will be all the richer for having danced through the pages of Hughes' "Barcelona."
the Rough Guide very useful.
I read a number of books on Barcelona before I went, including
Robert Hughes' "Barcelona: the great enchantress" and Tobin's
"Homage to Barcelona" (the title is a play on Orwell's "Homage
to Catalonya"). I also had the TimeOut Guides, both to
Barcelona and the TimeOut Guide to Barcelona Food and Drink.
What I particularly appreciated about the Rough Guide was its
accuracy and its completeness. For example, it includes
accurate information about the metro stops to various places
of interest. Each district in Barcelona has a brief guide to
points of interest. The Rough Guide even provides accurate
directions to Calonia Guell, where Gaudi's chapel, referred to
as "The Crypt", is located. Since getting around and knowing
when points of interest are open is a big part of visiting
Barcelona, the Rough Guide was invaluable and I carried it
Along with the Rough Guide to Barcelona there is the
Rough Guide Map for Barcelona which I also highly recommend.
This map survided two weeks of constant use in very good