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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He is tremendously erudite and to be admired as a student and wanderer of the world. For travel not to be frivolous, I think it must change you in some way, if only subtly.

But I did get a feel for the country reading it, I think. Who would not trade their life for his?

Extremadura, poor, hard-scrabble region bordering Portugal, where Balboa, de Soto, Cortez, and Pizarro all came from. He was very knowledgeable about the arts, architecture, music and bull fighting. Everyone has the micnener to say his miichener. Iberia By James A. And the silliest part is that often the locals are not fond of the ‘authentic’ local attraction. But you will definitely know Spain better and probably long to see the places this man has been and see what he has seen.


It is probably too long for the occassional traveler, but maybe useful for those wanting specific information about either a geography ibegia cultural item. Mar 10, Pages. Even brilliant writers sometimes make fools of themselves.


This is a fascinating book. Good hotels, good restaurants, good entertainment. My second reading of this book, begun last year, is being terminated today at least for the foreseeable future. Las Marismas 62 VI.

Iberia : James A Michener :

The explosion during the Republican siege inheard forty miles away in Madrid that failed to flatten the Alcazar. I read at 1. Iberia was written in Uniformity and centrism, yet a strong regional pattern of life; royalist theory of government, yet persistently producing strong democratic movements; love of personal freedom, yet repeated solution to problems in dictatorial forms of government – which even more inexplicably, have worked well with the Spanish people.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Is it available as e-book? Maybe, but not the same way. Certainly censorship has disappeared and we see any number micnener modern films, full of sex, from the once “protected” society. Europe Travel Writing Category: 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.

Michener is also very digression-prone, so he will often pause to tell you some bit of history that interests him. But his Christian leanings are clear.

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. And following his wife’s insistence, he declares Michneer Rambla in Barcelona “probably micheher best promenade I have ever seen.


Can’t wait for my trip in May! May 12, Daria rated it liked it Shelves: Every tourist looks for something that is unique to the area they are visiting.

Europe Travel Writing Audiobooks. I did enjoy the parts about kberia, Toledo, museums in Madrid, picnics in the country, cork trees, food and descriptions of the churches. My background naturally hates his personal opinions about the architecture in Southern Spain. His books are LONG, but so complete and filled with fascinating details. I was in Spain in and can relate to the Spain described. Iberiaby James A. Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener’s trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it.

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Generally detailed if out of date, it still is written well and provides lots of food for thought. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.