Bracebridge Hall Tales of Travellers (Library of America) Hardcover – 20 Aug 1999
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The content of the book is fabulous, however, the printing and production of the book is poor. The page numbers stop at 372, then begin at page 389, then after page 404, it goes back to page 389! So the book I have is missing pages 373 - 388. I can't believe that a publisher like LOA would produce a volume in this series with such a fatal flaw. I have contacted the publisher and will follow up with what they say.
All of this comes to you if you visit the very romantic/historic city of Granada and the Alhambra, and after seeing the Alhambra restored, having walked its rooms and grounds, having listened to the fountains, letting your immagination run, then read this book, after you return home. Washington Irving's stunt of taking up residence in the rundown, forgotten Alhambra of his time seems even more fantastic. In fact, if you are going to Spain, buy a copy of this book in Granada; they are sold everywhere in different languages, and have pictures of paintings done in the period around Irving's stay. If you haven't been to the Alhambra, you should go.
Thirty years later, I picked this one up with some trepidation; we've all struggled through classics of two hundred years ago, baffled by arcane language & outdated usages. However, to my very pleasant surprise, the book is terrific, combining an Iberian travelogue with delightful tales and legends of Moorish Spain. Irving's travels are interesting enough in themselves, but it is the tales, which have everything from flying carpets to hidden treasure, that really make the book.