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Tales of the Alhambra
     

Tales of the Alhambra

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by Washington Irving, Patrick Cullen (Read by), Joseph Thompson (Guitars By), Ralph Cosham (Read by)
 

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Rough draughts of some of the following tales and essays were actually written during a residence in the Alhambra; others were subsequently added, founded on notes and observations made there. Care was taken to maintain local coloring and verisimilitude; so that the whole might present a faithful and living picture of that microcosm, that singular little world into

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Rough draughts of some of the following tales and essays were actually written during a residence in the Alhambra; others were subsequently added, founded on notes and observations made there. Care was taken to maintain local coloring and verisimilitude; so that the whole might present a faithful and living picture of that microcosm, that singular little world into which I had been fortuitously thrown; and about which the external world had a very imperfect idea. It was my endeavor scrupulously to depict its half Spanish, half Oriental character; its mixture of the heroic, the poetic, and the grotesque; to revive the traces of grace and beauty fast fading from its walls; to record the regal and chivalrous traditions concerning those who once trod its courts; and the whimsical and superstitious legends of the motley race now burrowing among its ruins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786185177
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
Running Time 8hrs 30min
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.42(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

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 one hundred and fifty audiobooks.

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Tales of the Alhambra 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AlegriaJU More than 1 year ago
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.
JimeMS More than 1 year ago
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.
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