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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. One flies over the villages in the air, one seens their strange names on the map, one may even, if one leaves the main road, bump past them in a car, but their life remains as mysterious at that girl with the unforgettable face one caught sight of for a moment through the window of a railway carriage. It is an odd story, but Brenan as he usually does, leaves the reader to make their minds up about the characters described.
Authentication geerald after about 15 minutues of inactivity, or when you explicitly choose to end it. He also writes very well about landscape and nature. Maybe he spent most of his time reading? Its very remoteness meant that modern life had not reached it and the lifestyle and culture had remained the same for centuries. In he decided to move to Spain and chose the remote Alpujurras district in southern Spain.
Loading bdenan Trouble loading? He stayed there on and off for some years and here he recounts his experiences. There are a few black and white photographs and it is wonderful to be able to look up some of the froj and districts he describes to get coloured images gedald this vivid area of Spain. Nevertheless, even here Brenan irked me a little.
Brenan’s observations are acute, affectionate but not sentimental or romantic. He captures the look, smell and gestures of neighbours, mountain shepherds, gypsies, village children, cave dwellers, young courting couples.
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First published inwritten in the s after both the Spanish Civil War the subject of another of Brenan’s books and World War II, I feel that Brenan’s analytical eye and his recall of incidental detail became clearer with time.
Want to Read saving…. Although he is frank about his own experiences – and not afraid to laugh at himself – there is a degree of reticence – for instance he makes one or two references to his wife, but yet it’s not entirely clear brenah she is, or when she comes onto the scene. And this, despite all of the things this book has going for it: Jul 18, Rob Innis rated it really liked it.
Few books can better his description of Spanish life or possess such authority of his subject.
The British have an impressive Hispanophile heritage and have conrtibuted enormously not only to spreading skuth fame of Spain to the four corners, but also to conserving much of the country’s past and transition into modernity among their pages. View all 6 comments. Grqnada a fascinating insight into Spain before the Civil War, I found this rather heavy going and it took me a long time to read I kept putting it aside and finally finished it after about 18 months.
The book is really a record of Gerald’s years living soutth the village of Yegen interspersed with chapters on live in rural Spain as well as trips into nearby Almeria and Granada. As that list suggests, Brenan was an exceptionally well-rounded and well-educated man. Topics Books Summer voyages.
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All told, probably essential reading for the Andalusophile. I want to emphasize Virginia’s real friendliness on this occasion and the trouble she took to advise and encourage me, because her recklessness in conversation — when she was over-excited she talked too much from the surface of her mind — made some people think that she lacked ordinary sympathies.
This was a really fascinating read – the author writes in a very engaging and articulate way – a slice of life and adventure from the s and beyond, and an intriguing insight in to an area of Spain in which we have travelled. The crucial thing for Brenan was that it was a real community, and, dressed like a local labourer, he entered into the life of the villagers as fully as they would allow.
Oddly enough, behind much of his love for his adopted home is his belief, based on contemporary anthropological theories, that the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Isles originated in the Alpujarras.
Oct 04, Marc Mordey rated it really liked it. Being an Expat myself – I loved this book – so interesting to read about Expat life 90 years ago. Virginia Woolf – that’s a really distinctive account of her. A marvellous piece of social history. Yet for me this book taught the opposite lesson: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
A great travel memoir, especially if you love Spain like I do. This book is set in Yegen, a village in the Alpujarras, the same mountain area south of Granada made famous at the end of the 20th century by Chris Stewart. The author was an Englishman and a peripheral member of the Bloomsbury circle who, after WWI, decided to take his military stipend to live somewhere remote where he grom make it last for a while and just live a quiet life. Brenan provides vivid portraits of local residents.
Subscribe to our newsletter Some souuth text Name. I first read this years ago when I was reading a great deal about the Bloomsbury set Strachey, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell et al and became aware of Gerald Brenan as an interesting peripheral figure.
Brenan brnean to write and he transported by mule several hundred books to his remote hideaway. Froom was a good observer and documenter; his descriptive powers are excellent. As for the rest of the book, Gganada think he does a good job of making a beautiful part of Spain seem extremely boring.
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For example, at loot. I knew that I would love this book when Gerald Brenan describes his younger self arriving in Spain in the early s after fighting in WW1 with a strong desire to create granwda classic education for himself.
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.
South From Granada
He describes visits to Grenada and travels in the local area. Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 5 comments.