Part autobiography, part travelogue, and wholly a tribute to the unspoilt beauty of southern Spain, Gerald Brenan’s South from Granada includes an introduction. South from Granada has ratings and 44 reviews. Paul said: The First World War had a powerful effect on many of its participants; Gerald Brenan was on. Between and , Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and “South of Granada” depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence .
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Preview — South from Soyth by Gerald Brenan. He spends most of his meager savings on books and has them delivered to a small town in the Alpujarra mountains, where he lives until the Spanish Civil War. Cookies come in two flavours – persistent and transient. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots.
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I don’t know – whenever I read a brean Pretty charming. Jan 12, Louise rated it really liked it. Jun 21, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: For example, at loot.
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Otherwise, you end up like Brenan, with a superficial understanding of many gerlad but a deep understanding of nothing in particular. View all 6 comments. Brenan wanted to write and he transported by mule several hundred books to his remote hideaway. How simple life was then but they still seemed happy and satisfied. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The birds always seem to win the race to get to our caquis as soon as they are ripe, eating them on the tree.
He is a fine observer of people, nature, himself. I don’t know – whenever I read a lyrical description of clouds, part of me thinks ‘I bet it didn’t really look like that. He even indicates that they may have been soured by their race memory of the sunnier weather their ancestors abandoned.
I can think of a couple of locals in the book whose stories are quite memorable, but they are both single-encounter characters, and not individuals who develop throughout the book.
He had just been demobilised and had a little money and about 2, greald packed in his trunks.
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Granada in an interesting, beautiful city and for those reasons alone, Granafa was eager to read Gerald Brenan book about living in southern Spain. Brenan’s observations are acute, affectionate but not sentimental or romantic. Cookies are little nuggets of information that web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session.
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He writes about rural poverty, local food and customs, and the beauty of the mountain scenery interspersed with visits from Bloomsbury Group fellows such as Carrington, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf. Account Options Sign in. Although it was first published over half a century ago, Gerald Brenan’s “South from Granada” is still considered by many to be the canonical text about the Alpujarra region of Spain’s Sierra Nevada, the standard against which all other work is judged.
Mar 30, Charlie Wall rated it liked it. The only other expat in the area was an embittered Scottish alcoholic, who despite having a Spanish wife, refused to learn the language. Gerald Brenan was an English writer who spent much of his life in Spain.
Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. He hid away in deep rural Spain and gained a double education, one from the pages of the classics and the other from the classical bucolic life of a Spain now lost in time. After a few days walking in Galicia he took the train to a deeply dispiriting Madrid and then on to Granada. No eBook available Amazon.
Summer voyages: South from Granada by Gerald Brenan
According to the Wikipedia article, now there is a sizeable expat community of British people living in the town, probably in part thanks to this book.
Wasted potential is always vexing. View ggranada 4 comments. Seven Years in an Andalusian Village. He gloried in the backwardness, the traditionalism,even the illiteracy of the peasants among whom he live; south of the Pyrenees, he believed, “one finds a society which puts the deeper needs of human nature before the technical organization that is required to tp provide a higher standard of living.
Quinces were also kept there, as well as oranges and lemons and apples, and pots of marmalade and cherry jam and green-fig jam… there were always one or two of the famous Alpujarra hams which kept through the summer if they were rubbed every week or two with salt.
Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Gtanada Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, village customs, superstitions and characters. As he looked out over the village and the mountains beyond he realised that his original paradisal view of the place was no illusion. Gerald Brenan then is amongst the most celebrated of those writers whose adventures began just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.
Cannot understand why Hemingway and Orwell are more popular. And all the time he walked.
We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. In fact, his quest is all over by page nine of the book he actually wrote, South from Geraod, one of the small classics of early 20th-century British travel writing.
There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Order by newest oldest recommendations. He was only allowed back into Spain in because of his criticism of the Franco Regime.
He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Berber villages of Andalusia with a mule train carrying a soutn The British have an impressive Hispanophile heritage and have conrtibuted enormously not only to spreading the fame of Spain to the four corners, but also to conserving much of the country’s past and transition into modernity among their pages.