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THE BIBLE IN SPAIN Hardcover – 1961


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  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00085HVJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,524,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Wevill on 15 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
Summary: Travel book, autobiography, picaresque tale
Introduced by a friend to the writings of George Borrow many years ago, I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. Having devoured his books, Lavengro and Romany Rye, I wanted to read The Bible in Spain. Based on Borrow’s adventurous travels around the peninsula in the early nineteenth century while distributing and selling copies of The New Testament in Spanish, it is a marvelous evocation of the haunting variety of the Spanish countryside, the Spanish people, the customs and eccentricities from region to region, and a sharp review of Spanish history to that point. In the picaresque tradition of Quixote, and with changing Sanchos for companions, Borrow’s idealistic quest to enlighten the people lead him into extraordinary situations with Gypsies, Galicians and Andalusians, Castilians and Catalans and the odd displaced Italian or Greek. In his mind, the people have been enslaved and kept ignorant by the Catholic clergy and Pope. The idea of the British Bible Society, who hired Borrow to take the New Testament to Spain and arrange for its printing and distribution, was to make directly available to the people a clear translation of Christ’s teachings, minus the lengthy exegeses of clerical scholars and priests, thus freeing people to approach God on their own.
George Borrow is a traveler, keen observer and true eccentric in the best British tradition. His knowledge of and sensitivity to languages, including Romany, and his strong intelligence and powers of imagination and empathy enable him to interact intensely with the people he meets. His intrepid approach lands him in many amazing situations, often hilarious, sometimes dangerous, always interesting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baraniecki Mark Stuart on 12 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Borrow travels all over Spain in the early 19th century with the aim of selling and setting up the printing of bibles to give the Spanish the holy word without any Catholic inter mediation. He viewed his book as something of a guidebook noting to bring some food if you stop at an inn. They'll cook it for you but they won't give you any. Also make sure that you are armed as you will certainly be shot at and if the number of flies round your horses becomes impossible then put bags over their heads.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable book, terrible reprint 8 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a rambling but amusing autobiographical tale of George Borrow, as he meanders through Portugal, Spain, Gibralter, and the Barbary Coast. Although his ostensible mission is to distribute New Testaments (not full Bibles), it is clear he is also going out of his way to amuse himself. Borrow speaks virtually every language, and, as such, manages to travel through a country torn by civil war and rampant banditry without ever getting in serious trouble (his impisonment for distributing testaments not withstanding).
Unfortunately, this volume printed by IndyPublish.com is clearly a download from Project Guternberg or another website. It has CAPITALS where it should have italics, the formatting is poor for a reading book (gaps between the paragraphs rather than indents), and, most offensive, instead of a few passages in Greek, it has the words [Greek text which cannot be reproduced.] There are a dozen typographic errors. The margins are poorly laid out (the bottom margin should be larger than the top, not the other way around). Frankly, it looks almost as if the publisher didn't even proof the copy before sending it to press.
This volume is NOT worth the cover price. If you can find it published by any other source, the book is worth reading. If not, download it and read it that way -- at least you won't have the affront of having paid good money for a lazily produced volume.
Early 19th Century Spain 10 Jan. 2010
By Baraniecki Mark Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Borrow travels all over Spain in the early 19th century with the aim of selling and setting up the printing of bibles to give the Spanish the holy word without any Catholic inter mediation. He viewed his book as something of a guidebook noting to bring some food if you stop at an inn. They'll cook it for you but they won't give you any. Also make sure that you are armed as you will certainly be shot at and if the number of flies round your horses becomes impossible then put bags over their heads.
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