Roads to Santiago

Roads to Santiago

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by Cees Nooteboom
     
 

Roads to Santiago is an evocative travelogue through the sights, sounds, and smells of a little known Spain-its architecture, art, history, landscapes, villages, and people. And as much as it is the story of his travels, it is an elegant and detailed chronicle of Cees Nooteboom's thirty-five-year love affair with his adopted second country. He presents a world not

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Roads to Santiago is an evocative travelogue through the sights, sounds, and smells of a little known Spain-its architecture, art, history, landscapes, villages, and people. And as much as it is the story of his travels, it is an elegant and detailed chronicle of Cees Nooteboom's thirty-five-year love affair with his adopted second country. He presents a world not visible to the casual tourist, by invoking the great spirits of Spain's past-El Cid, Cervantes, Alfonso the Chaste and Alfonso the Wise, the ill-fated Hapsburgs, and Velázquez. Be it a discussion of his trip to the magnificent Prado Museum or his visit to the shrine of the Black Madonna of Guadalupe, Nooteboom writes with the depth and intelligence of an historian, the bravado of an adventurer, and the passion of a poet. Reminiscent of Robert Hughes's Barcelona, Roads to Santiago is the consummate portrait of Spain for all readers.

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"Invites the reader to share the excitement, experiences, even food, that the author has encountered while weaving his way through [Spain] slowly and deliciously . . . Mr. Nooteboom lingers in out-of-the-way places most tourists miss."-The New York Times Book Review
"Nooteboom plunges fervently into the fabric of Spain itself."-San Francisco Chronicle
Colm Toibin
An exemplary travel book, the result of 40 years wandering in provincial Spain...In Spain, the Romanesque churches stand in out-of-the-way places, they are graceful and understated...If novelists were churches, Nooteboom would be Romanesque. Nooteboom ranks with Gerald Brenan, Ian Gibson, and Robert Hughes as outsiders who have written great books about Spain this century. His book has the odd capacity to make you change your life, or at least consider doing so. These journeys, this way of traveling-slow, meditative, solitary, full of knowledge-this is how we all should travel.
The Washington Post
NY Times Book Review
This book invites the reader to share the excitement, experiences, even food, that the author has encountered while weaving his way, slowly and deliciously, toward the tomb of St. James...It is here, in out-of-the-way places most tourists miss, that Mr. Nooteboom lingers, chatting with peasants, contemplating local works of art, savoring simple culinary delights and thinking, always thinking...Nooteboom appears as something of a Dutch Rousseau, a solitary traveler caught in an extended reverie, a dreamer for whom every monument, every work of art transforms itself into a memory palace that unlocks Spain's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156011587
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/13/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
331,037
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author


CEES NOOTEBOOM was born in 1933 in The Hague. He has published nine novels and over a dozen collections of travel writing, including Roads to Santiago. He lives in Amsterdam and Spain.

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