Rarely does one find a non-fiction book that demands you read the next chapter but this is one.
I've been living in Spain for the last seven years struggling, in my senior years, to learn Spanish. The government finances an elementary programme of language and culture for foreigners. The language lessons progress at the speed of the least able student and the cultural element focuses on festivals.
What's missing from the government courses is all that this small volume contains; history, politics, sociology, scandals and sex.
Without adequate Spanish it's well nigh impossible to understand why Spain is unique and what does and does not motivate its people.
Read together with "Ghosts of Spain" by Giles Tremlett the reader will come to understand modern Spain as only an informed outsider could.
If you live in Spain or intend to, this is a MUST READ.
I first visited Spain 26 years ago, bought a holiday home here three years later and have now lived here for four years. In all that time I was unable to fathom the hidden depths of Spanish culture, customs and obsessions.
Guy Tremlett has lead me to look, see and finally begin to understand the people I have chosen to live amongst. What more could a journalist wish to achieve?
Read GHOSTS OF SPAIN before you come to Spain. Read it again while you're there.