Iberia, by James A. Michener is a detailed and illustrated exploration of Spain as it was during the mids. The author takes a measured, literary view on. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in IBERIA . Spanish Travels And Reflections. by James A. Michener. Has anyone read James Michener’s Iberia before or after visiting Spain? I’m thinking about tackling it before a trip next May.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for the year’s best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer; founded an MFA program now, named the Michener Center for Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin; and made substantial contributions to the James A.

Mainly, these speculations deal with the following question: Another potential problem is that the book could now be quite dated in many ways. Michener is a clear writer, a knowledgeable guide, and a genial companion. This book will make you fall in love with Spain. Here is some of what Michener shows us: I admit to being wonderfully surprised by the humanity with which Michener approaches Spain, as well as by the poetic literary style that he employs to capture the essence of the nation’s culture, psychology and persona.

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It reads like a travelogue, and, since I want to go to Spain, I enjoyed hearing about it.

I would have given it 5 stars except for that awful first chapter and the last chapter that was all about bullfighting, the bulls, the matadors ad nauseum. Book ratings by Goodreads.

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The style is extremely readable, the photographs by Robert Vavra, outstanding, the maps satisfying. He throws in Spanish history. It makes one want to visit Spain if not already done so, or revisit if one has already had the pleasure. He comments, accurately I think, micbener the great mistake of the Republicans in the Civil War was their failure to realize the inseparability of Spain from its Catholicism.

Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. It made the visit richer and more meaningful. The travel book si Iberia is a massive tomb. Michener is also very digression-prone, so he will often pause to iames you some bit of history that interests him.

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I really liked the discussion of bull fighting, but these days the animal welfare issues would hang as a heavy shadow over the discussion. It seems he had a lot of the history, geography, and culture to write a novel.


However I travelled mostly in blind awe. I thought this book all would be was Michener’s travel through Spain, but no its more than half about the history, which is really boring to me, especially the way iberoa was written into his travel by selection, so I could not get into the book.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Sep 09, E Camou rated it really liked it. They are entertaining and enlightening. Travel writing is like love poetry.

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I began the book because I was traveling to Spain. But the book suffers from several faults. I loved this intimate read. Spanish Travels and Reflections. And following his wife’s insistence, he declares La Rambla in Barcelona “probably the best promenade I have ever seen. Can I gripe some more about this honored traveller, writer and student of history? Refresh and try again.

If I ever plan a trip to Spain I certainly michfner to check out Michener’s thoughts on the cities we would visit, for two prime reasons.