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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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After taking this one in, I honestly and seriously wonder if Michener didn’t miss his true calling as a travel writer. But most of all, Michener is concerned with history. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But the ancient footprints remain. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. He first set foot in Spain while he was a student in Scotland, in There is even a long conversation with friends of Hemingway about Papa.

But his Christian leanings are clear.


View all 12 comments. Michener uses his great flowing writing style to discuss each Spanish city.

The speculations, very briefly and inadequately summarized by me, are: Preview — Iberia by James A. 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.

Every tourist looks for something that is unique to the area they are visiting. In the Sevilla chapter the author describes meeting a California photographer in that michensr, Robert Vavra.


This book is different from his novels – in that it is a memoir about a country he loves – so what is not to like? What is most fascinating is that nobody saw what was coming. I have a good Spanish friend who explains to me that the adventure in the New World was faith-not-gold-driven.

The Transparente, the carved screen of near mystic beauty in the Toledo cathedral. It is good to know a different perspective from what the official documents usually say. And once again he is bland, and his opinions are ordinary.

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Review quote “From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.

But he said in his memoirs that the circumstances of his birth remained cloudy and he did not know just when he was born or who his parents were. The whole thing is silly. Iberia by James A.

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What role bullfighting and flamenco play in contemporary Spain is probably open to question. Every time he goes to a new town the local professor comes to talk to him about the history. There, I’ve finally read my first Michener book, if at an advanced age.

Greeks and Romans, medieval conquerors, biblical characters and monarchs had trod this very ground. First, it is simply too big and sprawling.

Open Preview See a Problem? The depth and breadth of his knowledge of history, art, literature, architecture etc is amazing.

Books by James A. Or may I liked getting to know Mitchner’s personality and individual quirks as he discusses his relationship with Spain and adds some commentary on his interpretation of events. No god but God. First, much of his narrative focuses on the history of the cities he writes about. It’s one of the great travel books of the English language, not, by the way, one of Michener’s eventually rather formulaic, boring novels. Shoot a hundred of the very finest pictures he can find and make them his iberiia of Spain.


Las Marismas 62 VI. Prices have increased, poverty diminished, the cities have grown and the countryside been drained of people.

Even if his political predictions and those of the Spaniards ibedia interviewed were often off base seen in hindsight, he deals with all the issues–the landowners, the church, the Guardia Civil, the economy, Catalan and Basque separatism, the arts, and the general ability to rule and be ruled.

However I travelled mostly in blind awe. The Spanish system of surnames. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Another potential problem is that the book could now be quite dated in iberja ways. It is a civilian point of view in I’ve decided that I’m not interested enough in what Michener has to say about Madrid where I’ve bogged down to force myself to keep reading.

Michener goes on to explain and more or less celebrate how James appeared in legend on a white horse to reclaim Spain from the Moors, then spiritually guide Spain to expel its Jews and move on across the Atlantic to “evangelize half the globe. Certainly censorship has disappeared and we see any number of modern films, full of sex, from the once “protected” society. Apart from this, however, the two men are quite different.

Return to Book Page. I especially enjoyed when he talked about revisiting the original place where he’d arrived at Spain, and then explained how it had changed not all for the better, if you ask me.