Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past Paperback – 16 Mar 2006
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'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Spain.' -- BBC History Magazine
'It would be hard to think of a better introduction to this wonderfully diverse nation. ... There is something for everyone.' -- Mail on Sunday
'Tremlett's lively and well-informed Ghosts of Spain is at once a history, a journalistic inquiry and a travel book.' -- Sunday Telegraph
Ghost of Spain by Giles Tremlett, in a newly revised and updated edition of the Guardian journalist's journey through contemporary Spain examining the darker sides of its history. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The author's compassion for the Spaniards and their past is offset by the precision of the journalist's eye for the politically explosive and important issues which have come into the public eye recently. He delves deeply with great passion and understanding into a culture he has adopted as his own but to which he will never belong. At times I felt I was reading a scintillating novel and at others I was reading a political account. The author manages to synthesise these beautifully! If you have ever been to Spain, want to go to Spain or are just interested in the country, read this book!
It will deepen your compassion and expand your understanding of a culture that has had so many ties with our own over the years.
Giles Tremlett is a great story-teller, and yet at the same time he manages to give a nice overview of Spanish history, politics, social and cultural life. There is not a single theme of importance not covered by this book, and his fine writing skills allow the author to deal with his various subjects in style.
The overarching theme is to show how Spanish history still weighs heavily in today's society. And while there is a lot more to say about modern Spain, Tremlett's book is short enough to be read at a nice holiday in Spain. To a certain extent, it replaces a travel guide because it manages to raise the interest of the visitor in many of those wonderful places that exist in Spain.
It is beside the point to argue about the views held by the author. And although he sometimes doesn't hold back his opinion, Tremlett always argues his case well.
This is not propaganda-style writing (as is the case in many Spanish-language books on the topics covered by the author). The book is well-researched and well-written, and above all: balanced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to read on holiday while in Spain. It was an excellent run through the history of Spain and its diversity in its regions and culture. Read morePublished 14 days ago by susiedoc
Brilliantly written, thorough history of Spain from 1936. This is one of the best books I have read in years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie Cronin
The author seems a bit too self-complacent and indulgent with his own personal experience in Spain. He could have spared many pages full of anecdotes, dialogues with native... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Suzanne Héral
A fascinating read, covering a multitude of different aspects of Spain's political history right up to the 21st century. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Palmer
Excellent read and hugely enjoyable narrative style that really brings the modern history of Spain to life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shaku Jiyu
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