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Iberia Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1984
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e, beautiful...Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain...The best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject...Stunning...Memorable."
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener's trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it. 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 and the oranges of the inland fields, the congeniality of living souls and the dark weight of history conspire to create a wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful land, the mystery called Iberia.
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deranged rulers, was enough to overwhelm all the advantages they started out with.
There are also a lot of personal anecdotes and adventures that help to decide where to go and to appreciate what you see.
Michener devoted parts of several chapters, and one complete chapter, to bull fighting. He was a passionate aficionado of bullfights, even though the vast majority of the bull fights he saw were profoundly disappointing.
Michener is known for his long, rather slow, books and this one is nearly 800 pages of reminiscences. He can take many pages to describe hardly anything, but the reader hardly cares as the writing is so good. Readers interested in Michener's three pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela will be disappointed by the lack of detail about those trips.
The 1968 hardback edition features photographs by Robert Vavra, a friend of Michener. They are black and white and rather self-consciously "artistic."