Every single line in this book is correct. It embarrases me to accept som parts of it, but I recommend you to trust this book blindly. Maybe just something relevant is missing: the importance of death in spanish culture. While in other countries it is a taboo, here it is a common subject of talk. Since we are kids we are used to it, we make jokes of it, the idea of death appears in our consciouness with much less repression than in other cultures. Maybe this is what explains the strong will for enjoying every single act in our lives. A spanish considers life a strange mistery, a gift. We are continuously conscience of the shortness of life. So we have to take everything from it.
Unfortunately, this desire for fun is often out of measure and ends up in irresponsibility, mainly among ourselves. The sense of community, the respect for others' rights suffers from this.
If you are a foreigner and you ever come to Spain to live, we would benefit if you bring us from your own culture some of the discipline and seriousness that life needs, while at the same time you try to accept and protect our innate happiness. And let it pour on you also. We would really appreciate.
I hope this helps you to understand us a bit better.
Sorry for my english, regards:
Jose - I'm spanish, in my forties, university level and hi tech worker.
PS 1.-The diversity of cultures within Spain is really strong. But the generalizations stated in the book, which exist indeed, are all correct.
PS2.- You fill find funny also, how every village compete one against each other to have the most beautiful place. "Mi pueblo es el mas bonito del mundo" (my village is the most beautiful one in the world). And the whole country's historical heritage benefits from this care. This is another minor thing missign in the book.