Travelers' Tales Spain

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"It is a terrific idea, executed beautifully.... The selections are short, delicious little bites, like the tapas that keep the traveler going through the protracted ritual of the late Spanish evening [an] extremely accessible and at the same time wonderfully intelligent book."- Gail Bryan, Harvard Review Notable authors include: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Calvin Trillin, Barbara Kingsolver, Colm T-ib'n, and Robert Elms.

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Overview

"It is a terrific idea, executed beautifully.... The selections are short, delicious little bites, like the tapas that keep the traveler going through the protracted ritual of the late Spanish evening [an] extremely accessible and at the same time wonderfully intelligent book."- Gail Bryan, Harvard Review Notable authors include: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Calvin Trillin, Barbara Kingsolver, Colm T-ib'n, and Robert Elms.

Spain is an enigma, not one but many lands, with a history of conquest and re-conquest that still resonates throughout the country, a place where Catholic cathedrals tower beside Moorish minarets. This anthology includes musings on all aspects of this diverse country by such noted authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Calvin Trillin, Colm Toibin, and Barbara Kingsolver.

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This is the sixth in the "Traveler's Tales" series, whose unifying theme is the presentation of the character of a country by a compilation of nonfiction essays. For Spain, we have selections on, among other things, bullfighting, food, tourism, Don Quixote, flamenco, and King Juan Carlos by unknown as well as familiar authors. The editors' stated goal is to give insight into Spain through anecdote rather than information. The book is for the reader who has already been to Spain as well as the new visitor. Each selection has interesting sidebars from other authors. Some illustrations are included, and a map of the country will be printed in the published version. Very well organized and selected, this is highly recommended for travel collections.-Mary Ann Parker, Dept. of Water Resources Law Lib., Sacramento, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211071
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2000
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Regional Map
Introduction
Crossing into Spain 3
Watching the Rain in Galicia 7
A Night of Duende 13
One Pilgrim's Progress 21
Life in Cuenca 31
Yesterday's Paper 41
In Search of Spain 47
Madrid Two-Step 57
Where the Map Stopped 61
The Legacy of War 69
Agreeing to Forget 73
A Noble Apology 83
The King Who Saved His Country 87
Man and Beast 107
How to Get There 119
A Sacramental Return 125
Quixote's Parable of Life 141
Bulls Before Breakfast 149
Lost and Found in Segovia 157
Package Tour Blues 165
To the Alhambra 177
A Ramble through Barcelona 183
Having It All 191
Classroom by the Bay 201
Nocturnal Madrid 205
A Sanctuary in the South 211
Never Look Back 217
A Night with the Cave Dwellers 221
Savoring San Sebastian 225
Toro, Torero 231
Quixotic Adventures 235
Seeing Red 245
Letting Life Happen 255
Abigail y Yo 263
All Aboard the Puffer Train 273
Walking to Santiago 279
Special Delivery 295
Demons and Dragons 301
Soleares 311
Where the Bullfight Was Born 317
A Moment in the Master's Presence 325
No Rest for the Dead 331
In a Majorcan Garden 339
Biking Cataluna 345
Leaving Madrid 351
The Way of Quixote 363
The Road to Arcadia 373
A Legacy of Intolerance 381
Among Spanish Men 391
Terrorism for Autonomy 395
No Day at the Beach 399
The Gibraltar Question 405
Where Quixote's Fortunes Fell 411
A Journey's End 419
Books for Further Reading 425
Glossary 431
Index 437
Index of Contributors 439
Acknowledgements 441
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