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Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona (And Beyond) by [Fiske-Harrison, Alexander, Hemingway, John, Hollander, Jim, Distler, Joe, Hillmann, Bill]
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  • File Size: 14751 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Mephisto Press (June 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L5KZJ6E
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As the Mayor of Pamplona had famously once noted in 1995, the week-long festival that includes the running of the bulls from the corral on Santo Domingo to the bullring through the curved, sometimes inclined, wet cobblestoned streets of Pamplona is not a jog with pets.

The mayor of the time made the statement after a 22-year-old American, Matthew Peter Tassio, was killed in a run with the bulls--his first, and last. Tassio was gored more than once, but the one that sealed his fate was where the horn had curved around his waist and dissected his aorta, which was discovered by an EMT trying to stabilize him.

I appreciated much of Alexander Fiske-Harrison's explanation and research into this facet of the what and why and how of bullfighting, which is the end game for the bulls of each day's run in Pamplona, and understanding that accompanies his and his friends' passion for El Encierro, the running of the bulls from the corral to the bullring in the morning.

Among the best advice in the book, and the reason I say it is more than a guidebook, are the individual stories of the contributors, and their friendship, and their studying and learning from Spaniards and especially Pamplona locals about the traditions of the run, including that the red scarf symbolizes the martyrdom of Saint Fermin, who was beheaded, whose blessing is sought by runners before the run each morning, and who is the co-patron saint of Pamplona itself.

The explanations by each as to why they run, why anyone runs, as well as how they run makes this book not only interesting, and educational, but also delightful and engaging.
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Most interesting accounts and technical information on running with the bulls in the encierros at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain! Good practical advice for potential participants - entertaining also for those who are interested in the traditions linked to "toros" in Spain.
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If you want to go there, this is a must read. If you always wondered what it would be like to go there but may never make it, this is a must read. If you are not sure whether or not you want to go, this will make up your mind for you. In short, you should read it. Well written and a quick read. I only wish it had been out before my first time there.
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This really grabbed me. It unlocks some of the mystery of Spain. This book is really two. One about how to survive running with the bulls which has much useful info if you were planning on doing it. And two is about bull fighting which is chock full of artistry. The photos are worth the price of the whole thing. It's just a beautiful book about a very intriguing subject. Have fun!
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As the owner of Spyns Pamplona tours, I have run trips to Pamplona's annual running of the bulls for over ten years. So while not an expert, I know a bit about the festival. This book isn't the best work I've read about Pamplona's San Fermin festival for several reasons. First, the organisation is a bit disjointed. Rather than having just one author, the first part of the book is a collection of works written by bull running experts. This part of the book was rather spectacularly discredited when an 'expert' contributor Bill Hillmann was gored in July 2014. As Spyns former clients know, there is no such thing as an expert bull runner. The daily runs (or 'encierros') are simply too random. Writing a guide to running is, in my opinion, like telling someone how to successfully avoid getting struck by lightning. Second, some of the 'expert' contributions are rather poorly written or perhaps poorly translated and don't make for very good reading. Third, the book seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. It's part bull run guide, part bull fight guide, and then strangely becomes a guide book complete with glossary at the end. It's a bit of a mixed bag. The book is saved by editor Fiske-Harrison's eloquent contributions about bullfighting, but these I felt were taken from other writings. Spyns vote: not a bad book, but I've read better.
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A must read for anyone going to Pamplona..............LEROY
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