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The Bull and The Ban - The Book: Exploring The Catalan Ban On Bullfighting [Paperback]

Catherine Tosko , Peter Eliot , Alexander Fiske-Harrison , Bruno Larriega , Isabel Fernandez Utrilla Stocker
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25 May 2012
Exploring the Catalan ban of bullfighting from a British perspective with Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, Frank Evans, Jason Webster, Alexander Fiske-Harrison. "A remarkable achievement" - Club Taurino, London "One can understand how a torero feels when he has to kill a bull, a contradictory emotion that is rarely expressed, least of all in the English language." Books4Spain

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477466878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477466872
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Tosko is an ex-pat filmmaker whose first documentary feature, "The Bull and The Ban" is available on Distrify and Amazon, released in January 2013 . She lives in the UK and in Andalusia, Spain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bull and The Ban 18 Dec 2012
By Mcears
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A great book to give you an insight of the world of the taurine.

You get to find out more about the political and historical views as well as hearing from a universal range of interviews.

A simple read on a subject that can very easly get over Complicated when written about.

I look forward to reading future publications from the Author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of character, colour and characters. 5 Oct 2012
A fascinating book on a fascinating subject - one which, admittedly, is close to my heart. Having a love of Spain, its culture and tradition, however, is by no means a pre-requisite to being hooked by 'The Bull and the Ban'.

Written in a highly readable style and with a refreshingly unprejudiced and inquisitive tone, this book slowly and sucessfully builds up a well-rounded - if not entirely comprehensive - picture of the issues, opinions and interests related to this dramatic twist in Catalan law. Marvellously rich in history, character and anecdote, it nonetheless sticks closely to the relevant topics. I also find that the diverse nature of the assembled interviewees - from a bullfighting impressario to a radical transvestite performance artist! - ensures that an unusually satisfying scope and balance is achieved.

Indeed, my one serious criticism is that it isn't twice the length! Well-recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Complicated Issue Examined From All Sides 1 Dec 2012
By D. LaPorte - Published on
Tosko's book examines the secessionist movement in Catalonia, a province of Spain. She finds that the ban on bullfighting in Catalonia has not prompted by the animal rights movement, which many Americans have been led to believe, but by secessionist politicians who want to distance themselves from Spanish culture. And so they have banned the bullfight in their province, even though the economy of a major city, Barcelona, is likely to suffer because of the importance of the corrida de toros to the Catalan way of life. For those of us who follow and appreciate bullighting from afar, this story is an eye-opener. Tosko does a good job of exposing the hypocritical politicians who have banned the corrida but permit the correbous and correfoc to continue. These are street events in which bulls are let loose to be prodded, teased and even set on fire by fiesta revelers.

For novice aficionados, Tosko also includes interviews with matadors, student toreos, a sword handler, an impresario, and others who make their livings in bullfighting. People can learn a lot about this very important and traditional form of art. If, after reading this book, you believe that bullfighting is still a brutal and inhumane sport, well, you are welcome to your opinions. But true fans of the corrida will come away from this book believing more than ever that bullfighting should be preserved and the people of Catalonia will, eventually, boot out the anti-secessionists and embrace their Spanish heritage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 24 July 2012
By JR - Published on
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The few times I've been to Spain, I'd never really been interested in checking out the bullfighting things, but this book was recommended to me and it's really immersed me into the culture of it. I'm still not a great fan of the idea of violence as sport and entertainment, but it becomes clear as you read the various opinions and interviews that it's a complicated subject, a big gray area, and it's hard for you to really say whether it's definitely right or wrong. I don't think the book intends to take one side or another, like most non-fiction and documentaries, it's mostly just presenting the facts and the author's findings so that we get a complete view of this world. Even if you're like me and you hate the idea of bullfighting, I'd still give this a read and try and understand it better.

As for the book itself, I found it really easy to read, everything's laid out well and there's often pictures to illustrate points or to show you the interviewee (maybe I'm juvenile for enjoying pictures... oh well). It gives you a lot of information without being a heavy read. So I'd definitely recommend it. It's one of those books that I'm always going to mention when the topic comes up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest view 25 July 2012
By Bustersmum - Published on
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Whatever you opinion on bull fighting this book gives a well rounded and informed view. Its no good just looking at things from the "English" point of view. This book really does inform.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautifies Bullfighting and hides the incredible pain the Bull suffers 19 July 2012
By Sarah1989 - Published on
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The film maker says that she supports bull-fighting because it is a "beautiful" tradition. She complains that the UK has lost too many traditions. She believes killing animals for meat is cruel, but torturing them for hours and then killing them is not. Also, apparently the horses' who are gored are not being tortured either. Ever wonder why the horses wear long capes that cover their bellies and flanks? It is to hide injuries that lead to the horses trailing their entrails along the ground.

There is no fight. The bulls, who are gentle animals, are weakened for days, if not weeks before hand so that they cannot really fight back. See the following site for a horrifying, but accurate, description of how the bulls are treated.

All I can think is that the author needed some money and so convinced herself to produce this ghastly film which, thanks to its controversy, should sell quite well.

If bull-fighting should be brought back because it is a "beautiful tradition" then maybe we should permit Aztecs to sacrifice living people by ripping out their hearts. Like the bullfighters who say they honor the bull, the Aztecs said that their victims were honored and sent to heaven. If having one's heart ripped out is such a great thing, why did the Aztec priests not volunteer for this themselves? Why did they used captured slaves? Likewise, why do bull fighters not fight each other to the death. I would not support it, but I wouldn't protest it. After all, it would be a free will choice by the two men involved. I do not believe in bull-fighting because the bull has absolutely no choice in it and suffers terribley for a week or more.

Why does anyone need a "tradition" that promotes cruelty toward a creature who has no choice in whether or not he suffers? What do people who practice bull-fighting really get out of it?
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