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Good books to read

Postby swerve » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:17 am

What are the books you have read regarding living in Spain or Portugal/Italy/ France. They can be just practical advice or life adventures. Thanks
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Re: Good books to read

Postby Manchesteral » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:11 pm

I don't Know if you could term it as "living in Spain" but for many years I've had a copy of Laurie Lee's "As I walked out one midsummer morning" I read it often and still I don't know the man behind it, although when he travelled through Spain at the age of 20 it must have been a very inspiring experience.

I once read a book called "driving over lemons" by Chris Stewart (who claimed to be an original member of Genesis) it was entertaining but mostly drivel.

Giles Tremlett, a Guardian journalist, did a a fair Job with "Ghosts of Spain".

But in my opinion the benchmark would be Gerald Brenan's "South of Granada"
These are just my personal thoughts and I guess others will have different viewpoints !

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Re: Good books to read

Postby Alcala Barry » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:08 pm

Manchesteral

I agree with you.

I read ''Driving over lemons' and thought it very overated.

I also read Gerald Brenan's South of Granada' and thought it was excellent. I would recommend that to anyone.

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Re: Good books to read

Postby gavilan » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:37 pm

You might also enjoy ... 'The Pueblo' by Ronald Fraser (Mijas as it was in the decades before 1970s) ... you could google Paul Preston, who has written a considerable number of books on and around the Spanish Civil War ... going back in time Allen Josephs 'White Wall of Spain' ... and on a slightly lighter note: Jason Webster 'Duende' the feelings around spanish flamenco ...

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Re: Good books to read

Postby anyroads » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:22 pm

Course I only read the Bible ! ( I swear by it )

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Re: Good books to read

Postby Mariacristina » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:40 am

I would have commented sooner but have had major problems logging on to A.com. A small book packed with information is Hilary Gavilan's book "La Axarquia". Also well worth reading is Paul Richardson's book "A late dinner". It covers his travels around Spain exploring history and culture via regional food. Very readable.

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Re: Good books to read

Postby chrissiehope » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:44 pm

Would that be 'gavilan' from here ? ;-)
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Re: Good books to read

Postby swerve » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:16 pm

Was thinking the same myself.
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Re: Good books to read

Postby gavilan » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:58 pm

yes

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Re: Good books to read

Postby swerve » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:42 am

I'll keep an eye out for your book. Second hand of course. I once met up with a member called Zanuck. We met in a bar in salares or somewhere near there. He pointed out your house. Was a lovely bar and lovely company. Tapas was wonderful. Can't think of the name. I'll try to find out.
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Re: Good books to read

Postby gavilan » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:13 pm

Yes I remember meeting Zanuck ... and Salares is an interesting village ... doubt you could see my place from there as it is round the other side of those mountains ... NW of Alcaucin ... hope you enjoy the book when you find it ...

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Re: Good books to read

Postby swerve » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:35 pm

The bar was / is called Extremadura or similar. And it's in archez.
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