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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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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Michener was such a good travel writer.

How to write a great review. A fascinating memoir about traveling through Spain with a great amount of historical information, origins of traditions, jaes the current status when published of the nation and the people. He was very knowledgeable about the arts, architecture, music and bull fighting. This book was terribly boring and outdated.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Mar 13, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: First, much of his narrative focuses on the history of the cities he writes about.

Sure, it’s not about the society you’re going to see, but it’s about the recent past there. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Showing of reviews. But he does give good information about Spain and hopefully there will be an index and perhaps the book could be shrunk to the size of a tourist’s pocket.


I lived for a while in Spain. His approach to travel writing is not very different from that of Bill Bryson: I’m sure I’ve missed that old Spain of Franco’s time and maybe also that’s not such a bad thing. Jan 07, Karol rated it really liked it. His description of buildings, people even the light is spectacular.

I admit to being wonderfully surprised by the humanity with which Michener approaches Spain, as well as by the poetic literary style that he employs to capture the essence of the nation’s culture, psychology and persona. So this is a point for him. 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. Both genres are easy to write and hard to read, which is why far more travel blogs and love poems are written then read.

While sometimes tedious I James Michener seems to have hated editing. I plan to read another of his page exercises. He can’t refrain from noting just everything about his experiences in a given city that stuck in his memory, a complete data dump.

Another tone-deaf remark lies on a page where he praises St.

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But several weeks later, I picked it up and tried again and found his deep knowledge of micheer culture, people, food and life of Spain to be fascinating once he got past Extremadura. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, best known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and a room containing Michener’s own typewriter, books, and various memorabilia.


I will be keeping the book handy. Greeks and Romans, medieval conquerors, biblical characters and monarchs had trod this very ground. But the ancient footprints remain. View all 14 comments.

Later in the decade. Michener is a clear writer, a knowledgeable guide, and a genial companion. Even though most of it is set in the Franco era and obviously quite dated, it is some of the best travel literature I’ve had the pleasure of reading. And what a picture! Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a iberix writer.

Why did Spain rise and fall as a major power? The whole thing is silly.

In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of jamex 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.

Michener has ever done on any subject.

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In the Sevilla chapter the author describes meeting a California photographer in that city, Robert Vavra. Iberia By James A. And yet, perhaps the best part of the book is the last chapter, on Santiago de Compostela and the history of the miichener to it.