Part autobiography, part travelogue, and wholly a tribute to the unspoilt beauty of southern Spain, Gerald Brenan’s South from Granada includes an introduction. South from Granada has ratings and 44 reviews. Paul said: The First World War had a powerful effect on many of its participants; Gerald Brenan was on. Between and , Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and “South of Granada” depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence .
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He must have been a strange phenomenon to the people amongst whom he lived, but never felt anything but welcome in this poor, peasant society, where only two men apart from him had been born outside the village and those only a few miles away. Oct 04, Marc Mordey rated it really liked it. We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. Wonderful autobiographical work by expat on early years — pre tourist Spain. Granqda he observed widely, sometimes almost with an anthropologist’s eye, sometimes with the eye of a naturalist, often with humour.
A great travel memoir, especially if you love Spain like I do. Great snapshot of life in Spain in the early 20th century. Visitor Lytton Strachey hated the place, while his companions Ralph Partridge and Dora Carrington were too wrapped up in their lovers’ tiffs to even notice where they were.
form Nevertheless, the book redeems itself in several places. He stayed there on and off for some years and here he recounts his experiences. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In spite of the grabada long residence in Spain and his treatment of it as his adopted country of choice, the min My wife and I toured Andalusia by car recently, and while we did not visit Yegen, the scene of most of this author’s reminiscences, we did visit similar mountain towns and villages in the vicinity of Granada and further south near Marbella.
I don’t know – whenever I read a lyrical description of clouds, part of me thinks ‘I bet it didn’t really look like that. He is a fine observer of people, nature, himself. Chris Stewart is the author of Driving Over Lemons, which told the story of how Chris set up home in Spain to farm sheep and oranges and it went on to become an international best-seller. He writes about rural poverty, local food and customs, and the beauty of the mountain scenery interspersed with visits from Bloomsbury Group fellows such as Carrington, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf.
Jul 18, Rob Innis rated it really liked it. Brenan is a keen observer of life around him and manages to convey his observations, but not as an aloof outsider, he was clearly fully engaged in the life of the town he lived in. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
South from Granada Gerald Brenan Snippet view – It is, at risk of sounding hackneyed, a journey of self-discovery and of immersion into an entirely alien way of life, one that is already at risk of extinction at the time that Brenan began his nine-year stint documenting it.
Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, village customs, superstitions and characters. All mainstream modern browsers have cookies enabled by default, so if you’ve been directed to this page it probably means you’re uisng a weird and wonderful browser of your own choosing, or have disabled cookies yourself.
However collectively the community did force some recompenses as with one woman who had been taken advantage of who received her olive oil in larger quantities than anyone else. The few other British people who appear in the book serve to strengthen this negative comparison.
South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain by Gerald Brenan
The brothels themselves sounded dull, but the granda Brenan takes with him was a real character. That turned out to be a village in southern Spain called Yegen, which by the author’s telling was quite remote indeed–the nearby towns seem to have generally been several hours’ walk away. He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Berber villages of Andalusia fromm a mule train carrying a thousand of his books. Seven Years in an Andalusian Village.
I knew that I would love this book when Gerald Brenan describes his younger self arriving in Spain in the early s after fighting in WW1 with gransda strong desire to create a classic education for himself.
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South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain
To ask other readers questions about South from Granadaplease sign up. Brenan is a keen observer of life around him and manages to convey his observations, but not as an aloof outsider, he was clearly fully e I knew that I would love this book when Gerald Brenan describes his younger self arriving in Spain in the early s after fighting in WW1 with a strong desire to create a classic education for himself.
South from Granada Gerald Brenan No preview available – Published July 1st by Kodansha first published March 28th Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. The author set himself an interesting task, because part of his motivation in coming to Yegen was to find somewhere that he could live a pleasant, non-striving, non-dramatic life. This is a land that nourishes at the same time the sense for poetry and the sense for reality and neither of these accords with the utilitarian outlook”‘.
For people who know Spain well,as well as its history, it is fascinating.
You’ll get no argument from me. As he looked out over the village and the mountains beyond he realised that his original paradisal view of the place was no illusion. Time to Google Yegen and see froj Lidl and Irish pub there. I remembered enjoying it then, and a couple of vividly described anecdotes such as Strachey’s miserable mule ride across mountain tracks to Brenan’s not-very-civilised gerad home stuck with me over the decades.
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