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 to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. 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. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.
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"From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities." (The New York Times)
"Massive, beautiful...unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject." (The Wall Street Journal)
"A dazzling panorama...one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory." (Saturday Review)
The book wasn't terrible, it was just dated overall. Some parts were great reflections on Spanish cities and countryside, other parts reported on Spanish life in the 50s and 60s. Those parts don't really stand the test of time. It would be an appropriate book for any student of Spain, European history, or Michener fan.
I really enjoyed this book as i was traveling through Spain. It gave some historical narrative that i found fascinating, along with extreme differences from what Michener view as Iberia to what it has become today.
This book had a lot of memorable moments in it, but I would say his stories of historical perspective gave me the most inspiration to keep digging and researching more as I was traveling around Spain.
At first I wondered if I could make it thought this book because of his dry way of reading, however now he has become the voice that I associate with Michener, and after a while I started to enjoy hearing his voice as it read the book. Now I am looking for other books by Michener that Larry McKeever reads.
Great read for anyone interested in Spain its culture and an over all perspective on the country and the area known as Ibiera
Listened to this book before an 8-day trip to Spain. Helped a lot. Lots of great backstory on history of Spain.
Someone interested in travelling mid-20th century Spain
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No, it is completely dated and useless unless you time travel
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