- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (13 Dec. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786714395
- ISBN-13: 978-0786714391
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.1 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,544,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tomb in Seville Hardcover – 13 Dec 2004
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"It is fitting that Norman Lewis's last book should be about Spain...which he has written about most eloquently for sixty years."
Another delightful travel book by the master (2003-03-03) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It is these accounts that are really fascinating. The descriptions of uprisings, rebellions and street battles show what a turbulent time it was, but fail to capture anything of the terror or violence. This is probably due to the fact the book was written so long after the event, which also has a distorting effect in other ways. Time seems to stretch and contract, and major events go unmentioned, or without explanation. One example being that it takes them weeks of arduous, disrupted travel to get across Spain to Seville (the account of which is the point of the book) but when the get there they call the father in law in London who decides to join them - arriving in just a couple of days.
Apart from the slight feeling that the narrator is watching events from afar rather than actually experiencing them, and maybe a little too much natural history for my personal taste, this is definitely worth a read. Memorable, but by no means perfect.
Lewis was born in 1908 - in London, but to Welsh parents. Both were ardent spiritualists, and his upbringing (described vividly in his first volume of autobiography, Jackdaw Cake, was strange. As a young man he pursued various ventures, including the motor trade and motor racing, and was married, quite young, to the daughter of a Sicilian of noble Spanish descent, Ernesto Corvaja.
In September 1934, his father-in-law sent him on a mission to Seville in search of the Corvaja ancestral tomb, which Corvaja hoped would be found in the cathedral. His son, Eugene Corvaja, travelled with Lewis. The Tomb in Seville is the account of their journey.
There are some very odd things about this book, not least that it appeared not just posthumously but nearly 70 years after the journey it described. At the time, at least one critic expressed wonder that Lewis should still be writing so well in his 90s, but one wonders if this book was actually written much earlier. It may be that Lewis intended it as part of Jackdaw Cake, published nearly 20 years before - but then held it back for some reason, so that it remained unfinished business for decades. Certainly it has the air of something written much sooner after the event than 70 years.
Equally odd was the timing of their journey.Read more ›
Two men travel to Seville to see if they can find an ancestor's tomb and end up mixed in the first stages of the civil war with detours around the country and into Portugal. A real feel for the poverty and politics but yet with touches of joy.
A lost world. Do read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really captures a moment in history. The writing indicated an emotional attachment to Spain and the people the author met but demonstrated enough distance to allow an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gary MItchell
I bought this book by mistake - I thought it was about the tomb of Christopher Columbus which I have visited in Seville Cathedral. Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by Siobhan Doran
Another fine book on a fine country, really good for those who like actual accounts of travelling in spain to whet the appetitePublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by peter anderson
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