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Coffee, Castanets and Don Quixote

Coffee, Castanets and Don Quixote [Kindle Edition]

Robert Noble Graham
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Four great cities of Spain,endless variety. Meeting Europe`s most incompetent mugger on Montjuic hill,Barcelona, visiting the spectacular house of El Greco in Toledo, finding great food at midnight in Madrid ,Don Juan, Carmen and the beauties of Islam in Seville. Our mature and experienced but active wanderer misreads maps but sees the patterns of history in all its dramas. Wandering through the dark streets of old Seville leads to a night of flamenco. From the gate of the sun in Toledo he sees the land of Don Quixote whose spirit pervades all of Spain. Each chapter lasts as long as a leisurely cup of coffee and stimulates like the finest brew. These articles come from Robert`s unplanned, apparently chaotic ramblings which uncover one treasure after another, one intriguing or comical encounter after another.

About the Author

Robert Noble Graham is an author of travel books and novels. After careers in publishing,the oil industry and financial services he became a full-time writer. He is divorced with two adult children and lives in Scotland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Robert Noble Graham (17 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CEMC320
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Glasgow at the end of the second world war. Events suggest the news of my birth brought about the immediate surrender of Japan. I took degrees in French and German and English largely to hide from the fact that I didn`t really want to join the working world. Ultimately I found employment in the publishing, oil and financial services industries, eventually running my own small financial services business which ran at a good profit despite the fact that much of my time was spent having tea and chocolate biscuits served to clients as they poured out their problems with ,wife ,children, mistress, prostate or the planning authorities.
I got married and had two wonderful children who are now successful scientists. Relationships can be difficult and I divorced in 1998.
All this time I wanted to write. I had some success when BBC Radio 4 broadcast my play `A Nocturne for Mr. Yeats` starring the wonderful Bernard Hepton ( of Colditz and Tinker Tailor fame). I published the novel `The Celebrity of Anders Hecht` in 2006 and it is available as a physical book on Amazon.
I sold my business recently and now at last have time to write and money to afford a bowl of soup as I do so.
`Masks of Venice`, now available as an e-book is based on an idea I`ve had for all my adult life but could not find a framework for. It indulges my love of Europe, especially Italy and Spain. I`d now add Greece to that list, a wonderful and tragic country. The catalyst for the book came from a woman who had read `Anders Hecht` and told me to my astonishment that I had an amazing understanding of how women think. This is a claim for which there is no evidence whatever in my emotional life. She asked if I could write a novel from a woman`s point of view. I liked the challenge and this is the result, also letting me play with questions such as `do we have past lives?` `what effect would they have? `
My latest novel , The Women from Crete` is a crime story set largely in Spain but also in Germany and Crete. It features the legendary detective Chief Inspector Miguel Rojas, the man with no passions. Rojas is courteous but aloof, remote, insomniac, a caffeine addict. Although he has never known the feeling of love or perhaps any other passion, his insight into those who do is astonishing. It is a crime story and a love story
I hope to publish more in the near future.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tilting at Windmills? 18 Jun 2013
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Another folksy travelogue from Mr Graham written with humour, insight and not a little historical knowledge, not for the beer and chips holiday brigade but would they buy a travel guide anyway? Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee, castanets & Don Quixote 21 May 2013
By nld
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Excellent read and does exactly what it says on the tin - each chaper lasts as long as a cup of coffee! Discovered hidden gems worth exploring. Thoroughly recommend this book for anyone travelling to Spain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining travel journal 30 April 2014
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The more I travel, the more I appreciate this kind of personal, informal journal. Reading about the author's experiences in Barcelona made me do some research on my own and add Barcelona to my personal bucket list.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading! 19 Jan 2014
By Melanie Zuben - Published on
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I've just read the first few pages and I want to pack my bags and go to Spain tomorrow! In this candid "confession" Robert lays out his soul and I just love his humorous style. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained. Travel writing with a difference!
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal and entertaining travelogue 27 May 2013
By Mandogirl - Published on
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This is a highly personal account of the author's travels to four cities in Spain: Barcelona, Seville, Toledo, and Madrid. He is an informed and intelligent guide and you will learn a lot about Spanish history and the significance of these cities. But my favorite part of the book is the author's delightful sense of humor and amusing anecdotes. I found myself laughing out loud on occasion. This book is a fun read and highly entertaining. I have read his other book "Coffee in Cuba" which I enjoyed too. The author's humorous writing style brings to mind a modern day Mark Twain.
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