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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And by the way, this question can be asked of books too, especially on Goodreads: I plan to read another of his page exercises. Spanish Travels and Reflectionsis a detailed and illustrated exploration of Spain as it was during the mids.

Sep 28, Cathy rated it really liked it.

Read it Forward Read it first. Dec 25, Michele Green rated it it was ok. Spain was a theocracy, and Micjener had lived in Israel and Pakistan, which were also theocracies, and the problems of such governments tend to be the same, whether the theocracy is Jewish, Muslim, or Catholic.

That’s when he discloses he’s a Quaker! At what point does the itch to go to a new city and to see all the sights become just as frivolous as the itch to buy the newest iPhone? The travel book side where Michener goes into intimate detail about a painting, sculpture or building was nothing like today’s modern travel midhener and was somewhat random and didn’t make for great reading. You can help Wikipedia jichener expanding it.

Views Read Edit View history. They are entertaining and enlightening.

To fuse the rural peasant of Teruel and the rich clubman of Valencia lolling in his leather chair after a gorging meal was for me impossible, and I began at that moment to formulate that series of speculations regarding Spain which were to exercise me for the next decades.


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.

He is honest and often critical of Spain’s follies, cruelties and inflexibilities. It tells you a thousand things you could still see, you could find, taste, experience.

Open Preview See a Problem? Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain The Best Books of Of course this is a bigger question than this book; and in fact it can be asked about all travel. I admire very much his descriptive abilities as it summoned me many times to imagine and be present in such places.

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Michener, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. We will make a trip to Spain with this book and live every page. Book ratings by Goodreads. The luxurious clubs, they’re as good as any in Europe. But I did get a feel for the country reading it, I think. Michener goes on to explain and more or less celebrate how James appeared in legend on a white horse to reclaim Spain from the Moors, then spiritually guide Spain to expel its Jews and move on across the Atlantic to “evangelize half the globe.

But he does micjener 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. These flaws are all certainly applicable to myself.

Travel writing is like love poetry.

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It’s definitely not a real “history of Iberia,” or of Spain. Can I gripe some more about this honored traveller, writer and student of history?

Michener did a fine job of a difficult task. Michener’s entry in Who’s Who in America says he was born on Feb. It’s fifty years old, so much has changed, not least that Franco finally died and Spain is more democratic than when Michener was there. On page after page I went to the Internet to see images of the ibfria he described.

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I was in Spain in and can relate to the Spain described.


So I thought I’d resubmit this one in case some readers might find it useful. But you will definitely know Spain better and probably long to see the places this man has been and see what he has seen. Santiago de Compostela The book also has a decent index 19 pages.

Sep 09, E Camou rated it really liked it. 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.

It was written in the 60’s and so much has changed, but the roots remain the same. There are very few parts of this book that are memorably good, but very few that are memorably bad. I wish I had discovered him many years ago, but I am glad that I can now enjoy his works.

My second reading of this book, begun last year, is being terminated today at least for the foreseeable future. In Spain words form a kind of currency which must be spent freely, and to do this is not easy for an American, yet not to do it in Spain is to miss the spirit of human relationships. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.