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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Iberia was a good choice imchener me, as it seems to give insights into the man. Jan 02, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing.

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He throws in Spanish history. Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain He is tremendously erudite and to be admired as a student and wanderer of the world.

Michener was a huge fan of bull fights, and that I could have skipped entirely. The Bulls 62 XII. But Michener is definitely an aficionado, and an expert one. Read it Forward Read it first. Want to Read saving…. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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I’ll ibwria to jealousy about some of the sights which his fame and thoroughness lead him to visit. Shoot a hundred of the very finest pictures he can find and make them his interpretation of Spain. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. It’s very long but quite readable if you take it all with a grain of salt. Las Marismas and the Donana bird sanctuary. It is good to see that Spain has moved forward.


Looking for beautiful books? Mainly, these speculations deal with the following question: I will be keeping the book handy. But you will definitely know Spain better and probably long to see the places this man has been and see what he has seen.

I’ve long been a very appreciative fan of Michener’s historical epics – this tome is no Chesepeake, Hawaii or The Source, however, all of which offer exhaustive and near encyclopedic treatments of their respective subjects. The Transparente, the carved screen of near mystic beauty in the Toledo cathedral. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of He was very knowledgeable about the arts, architecture, music and bull fighting.


So yes, it is fascinating to learn second-hand that the famous cave paintings of bulls never depict a hunt or weapons. Looking for More Great Reads? Thus much of this book consists of descriptions and appraisals of Spain’s artistic and intellectual life.

Michhener am sure many things have changed since that moment. As a result he went everywhere he pleased, stayed in whatever hotel he wanted, spent months driving around eating, drinking, seeing bullfights.

Extremadura, poor, hard-scrabble region bordering Portugal, where Balboa, de Soto, Cortez, and Pizarro all came from. Santiago de Compostela The book also has a decent index 19 pages.

His naivete touches on childish self-assurance. The gaiety of a ibetia fiesta. Part travel book, part history book part snapshot of cultural impressions of Spain in the mid 60’s.

The whole thing is silly. His approach to travel writing is not very different from that of Bill Bryson: