Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011.
In this remarkable and controversial book, Alexander Fiske-Harrison follows the tracks of a whole bullfighting year in Spain. He trains and takes part in the sport himself. He gives us memorable portraits of bull-fighters and bulls, of owners, trainers and fans - of a whole country. Fiske-Harrison offers a fully rounded and involving portrait of an art as performed for centuries and of the arguments that dog it today.
©2011 Alexander Fiske-Harrison (P)2011 Audible Ltd
"An engrossing introduction to Spain's 'great feast of art and danger'." (Sunday Times, London)
"An engrossing introduction to bullfighting." (Financial Times)
This is a wonderful book exploring the world of bullfighting and the moral issues both for and against the art. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about how it works, or anyway who has read Hemingway's books about it.
However, the narrator is awful. For some reason, he seems to be doing an impression of William Shatner throughout the book, pausing at strange times and making every sentence seem like the dramatic climax. Because of that, you often get distracted from what the author is trying to say.
Glad I got over being too snobby to listen to audio books!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was so sad when it was done. His accounts of his interactions with modern matadors as well as his research into the history of bullfighting were fascinating. If you interested at all in the bullfight this is a must!
"Unique view into a secret "art""
Everyone have an opinion about bullfighting. This book brings the reader on an an journey into the secret, mythical world of the arena. I like approach and honesty of the contents. The language is good and I like the philosophical seasonings.
I think this book will suit a broad audience.
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