Iberia

Iberia

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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From the glories of the Prado to the danger and dazzle of the bullfights, master storyteller James A. Michener magnificently captures the stunning kaleidoscope that is Spain.

Here is a rich and enduring tribute to a fascinating country, an immemorial place that has become Michener's second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, Michener not only

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From the glories of the Prado to the danger and dazzle of the bullfights, master storyteller James A. Michener magnificently captures the stunning kaleidoscope that is Spain.

Here is a rich and enduring tribute to a fascinating country, an immemorial place that has become Michener's second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, Michener not only reveals the celebrated Spain of warrior kings, painters and cathedrals, he also shares the intimate, often hidden Spain he has come to know: where the fishermen of the salted shores, the toiling peasants of the inland fields and the congeniality and passion of all of Spain's living souls conspire with the dark weight of history to create this mysterious, contradictory and wildly beautiful land.

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Philip Bosco's extensive credits include appearances in the films Trading Places, Three Men and a Baby, Suspect, Working Girl, and The Silence of the Lambs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.”The New York Times
 
“Massive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“A dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory.”Saturday Review
 
“Kaleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain.”The Houston Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449207338
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1984
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.36(d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Iberia 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago prior to my first trip to Spain. My first Michener book, I was fascinated with his ability to introduce me to the land and its people from a perspective almost impossible to experience in today's high-tech world of media-sponsored travel. Reading the book I felt as though I were sipping coffee at the table next to the 'tertulia', I could see the lines in the faces of the Extremaduran men and women, and I could sense the unparalleled diversity of the country's topography and cultural heritage. My wife, daughter, and I are relocating to Spain next month, and since this will be their first experience with the country, I am now re-ordering the book to share it with them so that they, too, might have 'the perfect backdrop' for such a unique place.
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boompaskk More than 1 year ago
Michener shares his love of Spain with the reader while also sharing the geology, history, customs and quirks of Spain. I would not have enjoyed my two weeks in Spain nearly as much if I hadn't read this wonderful book.
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