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on 7 June 2013
This book is a very good overview of Spain that I would recommend to intellectually curious, non-touristy types coming to Spain. It's not as in depth as John Hooper's The New Spaniards but then again, that's a title I'd recommend to people interested in living here as opposed to visiting (for business or pleasure) for a short period.

Other books in this category tend to focus squarely on just the Andalucia region - the much touted and hyped image of Spain that includes flamenco, sol, siesta, fiesta, etc. - and therefore, misrepresent the Spanish people. Instead, Marian Meaney's book touches on all of the regions and gives a more balanced view of the country. It's clear from reading her book that she's spent a lot of time interacting with (socially and professionally) and observing Spaniards from different regions and so she is able to speak to many aspects of life and work among them.

If your goal is attempt to understand the spectrum of Spanish people and their way of life, this is a good primer.
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on 6 March 2004
"A quick guide to customs and etiquette" or rather one womans, dull, humorless and repetitive view of spain and the spanish, occassionally interspersed with the snippets of a custom or etiquette! I would not recommend this book to anyone interested in customs and etiquette as it is the authors experience and opinion of spain. If you want an interesting, informative and humorous read about the Spanish people, I would suggest buying 'The xenophobes guide to the spanish'
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