Iberia

Iberia

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Overview

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 to love as his own. Iberia is Michener’s enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.
 
Praise for Iberia
 
“From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.”The New York Times
 
“Massive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“A dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory.”Saturday Review
 
“Kaleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain.”The Houston Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394429823
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/1968

About the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Date of Birth:

February 3, 1907

Date of Death:

October 16, 1997

Place of Death:

Austin, Texas

Education:

B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Badajoz still lay forty miles to the north. In a hot bus that talked back to itself I was plodding through the vast region called Extremadura, that empty, rocky section of Spain lying southwest from Madrid along the Portuguese border. It was a day of intense heat, with the thermometer well above a hundred and ten. For as far as I could see there were no towns, no villages, only the brassy, shimmering heat rising up from the plains and the implacable sky without even a wisp of cloud. When dust rose, it hung in the motionless air and required minutes to fall back to the caked and burning earth. I saw no animals, no birds, no men, for they refused to venture forth in this remorseless heat.
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Iberia 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago prior to my first trip to Spain. My first Michener book, I was fascinated with his ability to introduce me to the land and its people from a perspective almost impossible to experience in today's high-tech world of media-sponsored travel. Reading the book I felt as though I were sipping coffee at the table next to the 'tertulia', I could see the lines in the faces of the Extremaduran men and women, and I could sense the unparalleled diversity of the country's topography and cultural heritage. My wife, daughter, and I are relocating to Spain next month, and since this will be their first experience with the country, I am now re-ordering the book to share it with them so that they, too, might have 'the perfect backdrop' for such a unique place.
jscape2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting mixture of travel writing, memoir, history and sociology. One of the most challenging books I've read because it is so expansive; at times it is too unfocused and becomes a labor. Still, a fascinating study of the Spanish (and Portuguese) character and social narrative.
NetLeaper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Essential reading for anyone visiting or interested in Spain.
Lisianthus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book! I read it about 25 years ago, then reread it last month and enjoyed it even more, as in the meantime, I've travelled the length and breadth of Spain. He's just so spot-on about everything concerning the country, and his love for all things Spanish just oozes from every page. He's one of that vanishing breed - travel writers in the mould of Herodotus & Co. He doesn't just breeze in and out of a country, making rapid value judgments and classifying the people into his own mental categories. Michener takes the time and makes the effort to go so deeply into Spanish history, and every little town or village he visits comes to life, proudly reclaiming its past glory. A book to cherish.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like this book, though I've read all Michener's work and love most of it. This novel deals not so much with the history of the Iberian peninsula as the culture, art and architecture. I found it to be a real snoozer.
Ysabeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best book ever about Spain and the Spanish character.
ElTomaso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting book in which Michener mixes history with thoughts on his travels through Spain.
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boompaskk More than 1 year ago
Michener shares his love of Spain with the reader while also sharing the geology, history, customs and quirks of Spain. I would not have enjoyed my two weeks in Spain nearly as much if I hadn't read this wonderful book.
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