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Voices of the Old Sea [Paperback]

Norman Lewis
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20 Feb 2013
"Voices of the Old Sea" is Lewis' masterly description of the Costa Brava on the cusp of tourist development in the 1950s, a place where men regulated their lives by the sardine shoals of spring and autumn and the tuna fishing of summer, and where women kept goats and gardens, arranged marriages and made ends meet.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (20 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906011613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906011611
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing, beautiful subjects 11 Nov 2013
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Stunning piece of writing reflecting a disappeared world before big tourism hit the coasts of Spain. The mores and manners could easily have been 18th century in places - reflecting what has been lost as well as its poetry. I loved every word.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bygone Spain 6 Nov 2013
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An unusual, but intriguing story and experience of an impoverished small port and area on the Mediterranean. For lovers of researching 'old' Spain and how far the country has evolved - perhaps not always for the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blythview 25 Oct 2013
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This is an excellent read , well written , interesting and read it avidly . would recommend for a spanish holiday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 12 Jun 2013
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Once you have read Lewis, like Steinbeck, you are comforted that you are never truly alone. This book has the softness and delicacy of candlelight. It is subtle and compelling, despite being so gentle. Books are works of art too of course and this is a genuine masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old voices that remain fresh and vital 23 May 2014
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There has been quite a debate in recent years over the boundaries between travel writing and fiction, and whether authors are allowed to embellish their tales of places visited with semi-fictionalised accounts of people and events. Whilst the attention has focused on Bruce Chatwin and modern travel writers, it is clear that this elision of genres has a long, proud history. "Voices of the Old Sea" is a perfect example of how lovingly honest and compelling tales of societies contemporary or ancient, bound by defined limits of history, geography and culture, can be produced with judicious amounts of poetic license.

Call it what you will, Norman Lewis was a master of this form of writing. His account of life in two tiny, dirt poor Spanish villages caught up in the forces of what later generations would call globalisation in the 1950s and how they made peace with the new, is memorable. I was captivated from the first page.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 15 May 2014
By Suedoc - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful insight into Spain before the tourists arrived and how the local people coped when they did. I enjoyed reading this book immensely.
5.0 out of 5 stars Norman Lewis 8 May 2014
By Shahla Ahy Hanska - Published on Amazon.com
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No sooner I finish one of his writings I have to start another as his sensitive yet non judgemental observations are so passionate! sorry to have found him after his death!
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