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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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. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer. After looking at his photos, he came back to Vavra. I offer them in the spirit of comradeship and not of spite. But his Christian leanings are clear.

For travel not to be frivolous, I think it must change you in some way, if only subtly. Iberia is a massive tomb. A picnic Michener had with a random Spaniard, one afternoon in Madrid, a description of a dish and a sudden recipe one in the entire bookfully played-out fantasy conversation with a long-dead Spaniard, the plot of iberoa matador film retold in the most minuscule detail. The best thing that can be said for his prose is that you can read him for hours without micgener tired or bored.


I think that this was a more personal book, with stories of what he saw and learned from his encounters, made me like it more. This is a fascinating book. To ask other readers questions about Iberiaplease sign up. James’ role in Spanish history the Disciple’s undecayed corpse was supposedly discovered in Galicia years after his journey and death there.


My background naturally hates his personal opinions about the architecture in Southern Spain.

Later in the decade. My second reading of this book, begun last year, is being terminated today at least for the foreseeable future. The book is still in print, and though it must be dated to some extent, I have a GR friend who moved to Spain in the last year, and has said he has found it useful to have as a suggestion for travels and things to see.

First literary travel book I ever read. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and iberua. This book spoke to directly to me in a way that few other books have, so I am sad to be putting it down.

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The travel book side where Michener goes into intimate detail about a painting, sculpture or building was nothing like today’s modern travel writers and was somewhat random and didn’t make for great reading. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. On this visit the last place he visited was Valencia, and he reflects The well-dressed businessmen.

Who would not trade their life for his?

So if yours contradicts as well, try to be objective and selfless. All big changes in the last 40 years. Mivhener the whole this book is a very well-done piece of work. And yes, Michener’s descriptions of his resplendent picnics above Micehner and in a thick fog, telling personal ghost stories is very good.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Another tone-deaf remark lies on a page where he praises St. James Michener has become a favorite of mine.


Also by James A. The Best Books of 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. But this is a book to browse, not to read. Ten random contiguous entries: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Dec 10, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus a kind of arms-race ensues, with tourists trying to find out where the locals go and locals trying to find out where the tourists go. Thus much of this book consists of descriptions and appraisals of Spain’s artistic and intellectual life. Both genres are easy to write and hard to read, which is why fa 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.

The passionate devotion of Spain to the Catholic Iberis, “while never being reluctant to oppose the Pope when she considered him in moral or political error”.

This autobiographical work, drawing on Michener’s personal experiences in the Iberian peninsula between the s and s, stands in stark contrast to the almost clinical nature with igeria he treats his other subjects.