Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in relatively small print, has seen and reviewed Spain. The book is a. 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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Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. He is not anti-Semitic, but he is certainly an admirer on aesthetic levels of Spanish Catholicism, the great art it has generated, the festivals, the architecture, the soulfulness of its culture. Lawrence and Italy Next library review: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. While sometimes tedious I James Michener seems to have hated editing.

His description of buildings, people even the light is spectacular. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.


Ibwria wish I had discovered him many years ago, but I am glad that I can now enjoy his works. I listened to most of this kichener before i went to Spain. First, it is simply too big and sprawling.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He was very knowledgeable about the arts, architecture, music and bull fighting. Jul 03, Pages. View all 14 comments. So this is a point for him. But as I rode out to the port to rejoin my ship for the long haul back to Scotland, I could not help recalling the peasants of Teruel and the abysmal and almost terrifying poverty that was their lot.

Michener uses his great flowing writing style to discuss each Spanish city. That Michener had such knowledge of Spain, and that this was only one of many places he had such knowledge, is hard to comprehend. It’s also really really really long, but I thought it was a relatively quick read – This is a fascinating book.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. Is it still “Spanish”, whatever that may mean? It made the visit richer and more meaningful. It was interesting to get the perspective of an American writer from that time but I suspect much has changed in Spain since then making the book dated.

IBERIA by James A. Michener | Kirkus Reviews

Can I gripe some more about this honored traveller, writer and student of history? That’s when he discloses he’s a Quaker! Michener is, of course, a giant. I’m planning a trip to Spain and Portugal, and since I remember enjoying Michener before, I thought this could be good.

All travelers and lovers are convinced that their experiences are unique, and therefore worth writing about; while in reality most travel stories and love poems express nearly the same basic sentiment, over and over, with only minor variations.

I admire very much his descriptive abilities as it summoned me many times to imagine and be present in such places. Between these two Spains, and remember that I had not yet seen the superarrogant nobility of Sevilla, there existed such a gap that I simply could not bring it into focus As a result he went everywhere he pleased, stayed in whatever hotel he wanted, spent months driving around eating, drinking, seeing bullfights.

So if yours contradicts as well, try to be objective and selfless. 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.

The author takes a measured, literary view on such subjects as the Moorish occupationIslamCatholicismFrancisco Franco and other controversial subjects. Shoot a hundred of the very finest pictures he can find and make them his interpretation of Spain.

Not that I think I will undertake reading such a door-stopper all the way through, especially since it must be dated to some extent. It is good to see that Spain has moved forward. This book will make you fall in love with Spain. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes borderline offensive – it’s still enjoyable and a great jumping off point for your own research into different aspects of Spain and Spanish life.


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There are very few parts of this book that are memorably good, but very few that are memorably bad. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own.

The bullfighting info was especially informative. Iberi 12, Daria rated it liked it Shelves: I admire very much his descriptive abilities as it summoned me It is good to know a different perspective from what the official documents usually say.

Description Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Oberia did a second different review of this book a while ago – https: The style is extremely readable, the photographs by Robert Vavra, outstanding, the maps satisfying.

We will make a trip to Spain with this book and live every page. Stoner More recent review: The gaiety of a first-class fiesta. Travel writing is like love poetry. Generally detailed if out of date, it still is written well and provides lots of food for thought. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history.

Sure, it’s not about the society you’re going to see, but it’s about the recent past there.