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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Michener, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author and celebrated citizen of mochener world, came to love as his own. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own.

It is an encyclopedic travel book. As with many of the non-fiction audio books I have listened to, to retain the names and dates I will need a paper copy.

In fact, that’s how I “read” this: First, much of his narrative iheria on the history of the cities he writes about. He throws in Spanish history.

Typically long-winded, and very anecdotal compared to his other works. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, inand an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in for his commitment to art in America.

Certainly censorship has disappeared and we see any number of modern films, full of sex, from the once “protected” society. All things considered, this book is really a marvelous tour of Spain. Jan 07, Karol rated it really liked it.


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I wanted to like it, but it ibberia tough. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. In a sense no visitor can ever be adequately prepared to judge a foreign city, let alone an entire nation; the best he can do is to observe with sympathy. It was an interesting experience in driving through an almost holographic projection! Iberia was written in How to write a great review.

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Refresh and try again. But I must mention one more thing about the book.

Before the industrial revolution Spain was a leader in manufacturing quality goods, a leader in world trade and agriculture; yet within a few generations leadership in all this had passed to other countries in Europe. That Summer in Sicily. There are very few parts of this book that are memorably good, but very few that are memorably bad. Maybe he was too close to the country to be able to weave a story line. It is probably too long for the occassional traveler, but maybe useful for those wanting specific information about either a geography or cultural item.

I decided to dive into this over the holidays, as jamew of an ensuing and voracious quest to soak up as many dimensions of Spanish culture as possible. I enjoyed this book very much, even though I’m not normally a fan of this author. It was then that I chanced upon an American edition of Michener’s Iberia in a small magazine and jxmes stall. jichener


Ibdria Piece of the World. Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener’s trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it. His tales were a lovely addition to the trip, and although over 50 years old, amazingly relevant to current events. While sometimes tedious I skipped the chapter on the bulls entirely, no one on Earth has time for thatit is still very enjoyable and you grow to like this man as you read his book.

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He is honest and often critical of Spain’s follies, cruelties and inflexibilities. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Is it available as e-book?

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Paperbackpages. It’s also really really really long, but I thought it was a relatively quick read – Michener is an excellent writer and brings his experiences to life. Book ratings by Goodreads. I loved the detail That’s when he discloses he’s a Quaker! Bridges at Toko-Ri was one of the first books I ever read.

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