- Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett Crest Books by Ballantine Books (September 1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449207331
- ISBN-13: 978-0449207338
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iberia Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1984
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“From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.”—The New York Times
“Massive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory.”—Saturday Review
“Kaleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain.”—The Houston Post
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"Massive, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Michener clearly loved Spain and knew many Spaniards as friends. He discusses Spain's history, culture, art, literature, dance, geography, sports, and spirituality. Rather than putting all that into nice neat little buckets, he weaves it all together to paint an entrancing picture of the Spanish soul as he knows it.
Unlike many such authors, Michener uses photos very carefully to illustrate aspects of Spanish culture, from the assuredly adamant eyes of the Guardia Civil to the warm smiles of the poorest people. He also takes a lot of time to explain words that are difficult to translate and what they tell us about Spanish culture.
Recommended with equal enthusiasm whether from the viewpoint of history, religion, culture, or art. Also of special value to those living in Spanish-speaking countries or regions with large Hispanic populations, as Spain's influence on those cultures, as a mother country, is readily apparent.
Bravo, Sr. Michener. Faltan mucho a Ud.
His account of Spain, though dated now by thirty years, made me feel as if I were there travelling side by side with Michener. It is wonderfully detailed and always engaging. There are long sections that are just descriptions of art and architecture, and being the art philistine that I am, these became a bit tedious. Still, my appreciation of these passages came less from the art described than from the obvious passion with which Michener describes them...
This book is a must-read.
"Iberia" is a massive, thousand-page love affair with Spain, part history, part travelogue, and part parador-and-tapa-bar guide. It is not 'merely' a tour guide to Spain, any more than Rebecca West's "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon" is 'merely' a tour guide to Yugoslavia. With the possible exception of his Pulitzer Prize winning "Tales of the South Pacific", I believe this to be Michener's finest work.
My opinion (or prejudice) is based on our unforgettable journey through Spain. Michener took us places we never would have found in the standard tourist guides. We pigged out in his tapa bars-"first comes the seafood--- the anchovies, eel, squid, octopus, herring, shrimp, salmon, five kinds of sardines, five kinds of fish; next come the boiled eggs, deviled eggs, egg salad, potato omelets cut in strips, vegetables, onions, salads; third are the cold meats in great variety, including meat balls, York ham, Serran ham, tripe, brains, liver in a variety of styles, beef, pork and veal; and finally the hot dishes..."
I booked us into many of the paradors that he recommended.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lived for a while in Spain. I was overwhelmed with a sense of the pageantry of history. Greeks and Romans, medieval conquerors, biblical characters and monarchs had trod this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tod F. Forman
Not the Michener style that I prefer. Of course brilliant historical research and interesting to a point, but I prefer his "epic" novels that propel the reader through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SBA
For Michener Fans of the likes of Chesapeake and Hawaii, this could be a bit heavy. I was disappointed at first for the lack of the normal Fictional but Fact Based characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael T Haffey
Wonderfully written, with insights into Spain and its culture that only an artist with great affection for his subject could bring..Published 1 month ago by michaelj
This is not James Michener at his best. Iberia is not at all like The Covenant (South Africa) or Alaska. Iberia is more like a diary of a traveler in Spain several decades ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Clark Nichols
Iberia is very long and I am only half way thru it. But it gives you an almost first hand insight into the history of Spain. I will continue and advise if my opinion changes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edward M. MccAfferty
I was disappointed in this as I was expecting another "Poland". I did not notice that this was not a novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. M. Williams