Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in relatively small print, has seen and reviewed Spain. The book is a. Has anyone read James Michener’s Iberia before or after visiting Spain? I’m thinking about tackling it before a trip next May.

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Uniformity and centrism, yet a strong regional pattern of life; royalist theory of government, yet persistently producing strong democratic movements; love of personal freedom, yet repeated solution to problems in dictatorial forms of government – which even more inexplicably, have worked well ibreia the Spanish people.

It is an encyclopedic travel book.

Views Read Edit View history. About pages in and to go, I thought, well, this man is Catholic, given his deeply sympathetic descriptions of Spanish religious sentiments.

michhener Apart from this, however, the book has kept its relevance. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to see below the surface to the heart of Spain. What made it worse was the narrator was so slow!

Jan 26, Ted rated it liked it Recommends it for: It’s very long but quite readable if you take it all with a grain of salt. As with many of the non-fiction audio books I have listened to, to retain the names and dates I will need a paper copy. He says writing is hard for him, but he manages to write these tremendously long and simplistic books, possibly because he is so sequential and seldom cross-references or reduces facts.


Published inmany of the vignettes in the book are no doubt much older than that. He describes forthrightly its perverse historical oppression of the lower classes at the hands of the triumvirate of the church, the army and the landowners and explains that this is why the people miichener repeatedly risen up to suddenly kill scores of priests. You see, Michener was a successful novelist with plenty of time and disposable income on his hands.

I wanted to like it, but it was tough. Michener has ever done on any subject.

Praise for Iberia “From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities. And one of these days, change will be true even of Russia, and we had better be prepared to admit it Michenner book is different from his novels – in that it is a memoir about a country he loves – so what is not to like? Well, the first result of the Sueca invasion was cataclysmic. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

Does it still have power over the schools? Books by James A. Certainly censorship has disappeared and we see any number of modern films, full of sex, from the once “protected” society.

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It was better sped up to 1. And by the way, this question can be asked of books too, especially on Goodreads: Michener is also very digression-prone, so he will often pause to tell you some bit of history that interests him. He has a very male perspective, though his wife pops up at the end of the book. Michener fails to dispute and ibeeia supports Dr.

But this is a book to browse, not to read. Silio’s general defense of the Inquisition as “not that bad. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer. Well, Michener is certainly not a superficial person, and I think he was deeply affected by Spain.


Bridges at Toko-Ri was one of the first books I ever read. The best thing that can be said for his prose is that you can read him for hours without getting tired or bored. And once again he is bland, and his opinions are ordinary. Michener did a fine job of a difficult task. Thus in the course of these pages he travels through nearly all of the country, both geographically and temporally, the only noticeable exception being mkchener Basque Country.

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This is a fascinating book. And always in the background, iron bars of tradition. Refresh and try again. Nov 13, Tom Garland rated it liked it. Why did Spain rise and fall as a major power? Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning micheener and celebrated iberiz of the world, came to love as his own. There, I’ve finally read my first Michener book, if at an advanced age.

Aug 09, Jill Mackin rated it it was amazing Shelves: You should read it as an intense portraitwarts and allof a particular country, a country that has played a major role in world and European history. Iberia is Michener’s enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home.