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Matador Hardcover – September, 1988

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BARNABY CONRAD III is the author of the popular books "The Martini, Cigar," and "Absinthe," His articles have appeared in more than thirty publications, including "Smithsonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America," and "Travel & Leisure," He lives in San Francisco, California.


BARNABY CONRAD III is the author of the popular books "The Martini, Cigar," and "Absinthe," His articles have appeared in more than thirty publications, including "Smithsonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America," and "Travel & Leisure," He lives in San Francisco, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Capra Pr (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884962865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884962861
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Ciaffardini VINE VOICE on April 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This novel is of course a classic on bullfighting, but the prospective book buyer should be aware that the newer 1988 Capra Press hardcover edition includes an additional 34 page afterward by the author, written in 1987, that is comprised of the the author's true, first hand account of Manolete, the bullfighter considered by many to be Spain's greatest hero. This addition to the classic book makes the newer edition preferable to older editions.
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An entertaining and well-written profile of a national hero who cannot resist one last bullfight in a duel with his younger rival, even if it risks his life. The tension between them is very good, and the character development is effective. Ole!
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Well written and a must read especially if you live in Spain.
Barnaby Conrad died in 2013 and own life reads like a novel. Check out his obituary.
"The only beast in the bull ring is the crowd."
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I read Sol Stein's comment about how great a book this is, especially in Conrad's storytelling and spare prose. I hoped to learn something from it and I'm happy to say that's the case. This is great writing.
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