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As a teenager, Englishman Jason Webster dreamed of the sunny Mediterranean and vowed to make it his home. In his engaging memoir, Webster tells the story of his travels as he moves through the mysterious "half-mad" land of Don Quixote.
A recent graduate of Oxford, Webster refused to resign himself to the monotony of academia. Instead, he heads south, ending up in Spain to begin a search for the country's true essence -- which he believes lies in the explosive passion of one of its oldest traditions, flamenco. Landing in the town of Alicante, Webster experiences "duende," a welling up of emotion that defies explanation.
In pursuit of the elusive duende, Webster struggles to learn guitar and plunges into a disastrous affair. He next heads for Madrid, where he tangles with a band of Gypsies. Drawn into their rough-and-tumble world of music and drugs, Webster feels betrayed and alone, forced to decide what flamenco means to him. Is it a rejection of the ordinary to sample the extremes of life and death, or a simple communion with others? What he finds at last is that the feeling duende evokes may be found in many forms of art -- a song, a dance...even, perhaps, a book. Beware, a reading of this page-turner will have you cruising our music section, looking for flamenco music! (Spring 2003 Selection)