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South From Granada (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Brenan , Chris Stewart
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Between 1920 and 1934, Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and South of Granada depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence of his rural surroundings and the Spanish way of life before the Civil War. Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, village customs, superstitions and characters. Fascinating details emerge, from cheap brothels to archaeological remains, along with visits from Brenan’s friends from the Bloomsbury group – Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf among them. Knowledgeable, elegant and sympathetic, this is a rich account of Spain’s vanished past.

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The best of Brenan's books: he has a true and proper knowledge of the culture he describes' -- Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times

`A brilliant interpreter of Spain to the rest of the world'
-- The Times

From the Publisher

Published for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY CHRIS STEWART. Describing the essence of a remote rural area before the Spanish Civil War, this book explores the festivals and folklore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, the village customs, superstitions and characters. It includes chapters on Granada in the Twenties, food and the Phoenicians, the cheap brothels and archaeological remains of Almeria, the mountain scenery and even a visit from Virginia Woolf.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 959 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033806NC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTH FROM GRANADA BY GERALD BRENAN 23 Sept. 2002
By Jaykem
This book has to be a must for anyone living or travelling in the southern most parts of Spain. It clearly paints a picture of the life and times of a nation and its people, who in a short period of time have moved from a society living in part, a medievial life style, through to civil war, and the threshold of the modern state Spain has become today.
Brenan tells a tale of village life,and of the people who lived there, and records their folk-lores, customs and history; and also of the visitors to his home, Virginia Wolf, Dora Carrington, Lytton Strachey and Augustus John, and of their connections within the Bloomsbury group.
The places are real, they are still there, and through this book a modern day visitor can travel back in time and with just a little imagination, recreate those the scenes and passions of 80 years ago; of Yeger, the village for severn years his home, and of the cities of Granada and Almeria and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
It is a delightful book full of colour and once started you may find very difficult to put down.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true taste of old Spain. 25 Jun. 2007
By C. Lamb
This is a true classic from Gerald Brenan. After WW1 the author was close to breakdown, desperate to experience poetry and literature and the recipient of a small war pension. His solution was to travel to a remote village in the South of Spain, take 2000 books and soak in the atmosphere and learn how to love once again. His journey is understated, educated, intelligent and human.

It is no picture book. It is a true snapshot taken through the eyes of a would-be Bloomsbury boy who had experienced the Empire, the Somme and physical illness and who then decided to actually pay attention to the world sarrounding him.

Brenans description of the personalities, geography, love affairs and society he encounters are glorious to me. There is no vanity or laziness in the writing. As his lifestyle is stripped to necessities so is his writing. Yet it is free and beautiful and evocative in many places. So many modern travel writers try to recreate life as a gaudy, filter-enhanced, postcard picture of the places they are subsidised to visit. Gerald Brenan captures a clear, gentle, colour snap of his life spent in Yegen during a period of time when black and white was all the camera could capture. Perhaps that is the reason it seems to have been so important for him to record it faithfully.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating Reading 16 Jan. 2003
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Intoxicating account of Mr Brenan's arrival and adventures in the Alpujarra, Andalucia in the 1920's. After all these years, his observations and humour still strike a chord. Even if you are visiting the Costa Del Sol on for the sun or golf, read this for an insight to the "real" Spain and its history - just few miles inland.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I preferred Laurie Lees books about Andalucia 11 Dec. 2011
I preferred Laurie Lee's books about Andalucia, they have more insight and written better. Gerald Brennan seems to be the typical stiff Brit abroad; just observing the natives and not attempting to mingle means you get a very expat view of Andalucia. He mixes with the Brits and describes their days together which doesn't tell you much about Spaniards or Spain.
He also describes the flaura and fauna way too much for me; I would prefer if he had met some spanish families and described what they talked about; life of the typical Spaniard, etc.
But readable, just don't expect too much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South From Granada 12 Jan. 2011
As other reviewers have said, this is a trip back in don't need to remember that as you read the is perfectly and exquisitely obvious, but you do need to remember it when you reflect on what you have read...
whatever you may feel like criticising, do just read and enjoy this may mildly disappoint the super-critical, and if it does then I suspect that is the fault of the reader, not the author. Read, enjoy, rejoice in having chosen this book...and keep it, to read again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral travel literature 15 Feb. 2006
I read this book before spending three weeks in Granada with the weekends in the Alpujarras. I have never been better prepared by a piece of fiction for a holiday. The prose is superb, and the stories are enticing. Naturally, excessive tourism has changed the areas that Brenan discusses, but the spirit of the book can still be seen. This book can bring some of the magic of the area to armchair readers, or is the perfect complement to an Andalucian break. Beats the Lonely Planet Guide any day of the week!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars South From Granada 19 Jan. 2003
By DicKip
If you're looking for a travel guide of the Sierra Nevada, then this book isn't it. It's Gerald Brenan's account of his experiences of village life in the Alpujarra (near Granada) just after the 1st World War.

It's well written, and his descriptions of people, village life and intrigue are excellent. What he wrote about local food and customs is interesting, but I found less compelling.

If you're visiting the area, then you should read this book to capture some of the atmosphere, which may still be found today, although perhaps not now quite as primitive as described by Brenan.

He also captures glimpses of the Spanish character, which he describes well and which are very useful to anyone new to the area.

A rewarding read, which was enough to make us hire a car from Granada and go and see for ourselves - we were not disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
A facinating read and insight of a part of Spain in 1920's. Gerald Brenan's house were he lived in Yegan remains today and a visit enhances the the vision of the time. Read more
Published 26 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book, an experience of real Spain, before budget flights and holidays.
Published 1 month ago by Abigail
5.0 out of 5 stars ... going to this area would find this book a good read. It is not...
Any one going to this area would find this book a good read. It is not only well written but Brenan acts as a very useful link person. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Vevers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great background and history of an interesting area
Full of interesting stuff about people and places
Published 2 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars More informative and more interesting than Laurie Lee, but lacking a...
Good though Laurie Lee was in his book on walking across Spain, he told only his own story, and as I read each new experience, I was left wanting to know the details of daily life:... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John S
4.0 out of 5 stars I love his writing
I love his writing, it's timeless and a wonderful view of life in a Spanish village at the beginning of the 20th century. It's fresh and undated.
Published 3 months ago by UjWestmacott
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, gentle, loving insight into Spain in ...
A delightful, gentle, loving insight into Spain in the 1920's, seen through the eyes of an articulate & sensitive writer. One to read over & again.
Published 4 months ago by Joan C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Jane Lampard
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
A classic book about life in Spain and especially the Alpujarras area. If you like the area then this fills in a lot of history.
Published 5 months ago by Erik Gale
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading.
I was recommended this book by a friend who lives in Andalucia. I would recommend anyone in their early twenties to read this book, as inspiration for travelling and living abroad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andy W.
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