Tales of the Alhambra

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One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned "Rip Van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow," wrote Tales of the Alhambra during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the ...

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One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned "Rip Van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow," wrote Tales of the Alhambra during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the thirteenth century, filled with fantastic Arabic architecture (ornate plasterwork, ceramic tiles, sculpted marble fountains, and archways) and plenty of room for imagining the days of its former greatness, which Irving brings to life most memorably.

Even though Tales of the Alhambra is over 170 years old, it seems as if it was written yesterday. There are tales of princes, genies, lost and found loves, enchanted treasures, battles, hellish headless horses, and commentary on the Spanish landscape and nature of the Spaniards that he lives with. Full of bewitching music, the smell of roses and exotic perfumes, fiery sunsets, and the ghosts of the past, Tales of the Alhambra is a sensory treat as well.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786127801
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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Washington Irving (1783–1859) was an American author, short story writer, essayist, poet, travel book writer, biographer, and columnist. He is best known for writing the stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

    Cheaply made!!!

    I was very disappointed with this book. The picture provided is exactly what you get...very simple...not a single picture of the Alhambra. It is poorly made. I just read the first two chapters, and it had a lot of typos. Also, the chapters were not clearly demarcated. I bought the same book from Thrift Books for a penny plus shipping, and it did not have any typos; the chapters were clearly demarcated; it had numerous pictures of the Alhambra. Although it had normal wear and tear, it was a charming book. I focus on the appearance b/c I had bought the "new" book as a Christmas gift for a friend I went to Spain with.
    The only positive thing about the new book was that it had larger type.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Washington Irving shares a Spanish adventure

    This is a long book - over 700 pages, but it is engaging and very descriptive of the Spanish icon in Granada. Now I am looking forward to visiting it.

    Washington Irving has a loquacious, almost flowery style of writing where he puts in the minutest details. Because he writes from another century and country, he sometimes uses words uncommon to twenty-first century readers. He gives us the feel of the Spanish character, the architecture, the geography, and the history of the Alhambra. He tells legends and tales of when the Moors reigned in Granada. This American author actually lived there for a few months so he takes us on the journey with him.

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