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Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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Tremlett's work will bring many who think we know Spain to confront what we have hesitated to acknowledge even to ourselves. (Matthew Parris)
Tremlett writes with humour, modesty and a great affection for his subject (Miranda France Daily Telegraph 2006-03-19)
a transfixing, elegantly written account of Spain today (Siobhan Murphy Metro 2006-03-22)
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Spain. (Sarah Williams BBC History Magazine 2006-04-01)
A feast of a book (Irish Times)
'Lively and well-informed ... at once a history, a journalistic inquiry and a travel book.' (Sunday Telegraph)
'An invaluable book ... Ghosts of Spain has become something of a bible for those of us extranjeros who have chosen to live in Spain ... A country finally facing its past could scarcely hope for a better, or more enamored chronicler of its present.' (New York Times Book Review)
'Tremlett skilfully transports the reader back and forth from the medieval atmospher and tragic events of Spain's mid-twentieth century, to its modern and sophisticated present.' (Guardian)
'A brilliant evocation of Spain ... vivid and sensitive.' (Spectator)
'Excellent ... Tremlett writes with humour, modesty and a great affection for his subject.' (Daily 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.See all Product description
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Having an interest in Spain, but very little knowledge of its history I thought I would have a try of this book. It is broken down into sections that can be read as a standalone text, but the whole book can be read cover to cover as a story. It is written in a clear and concise way and doesn't labour on. For someone like me that has little understanding of the country it is a good place to start. If you are looking for a reference book, then it may help, but won't be detailed enough.
As a tourist I found the section on How the Bikini Saved Spain to be the most interesting. It was fascinating to read that a local Mayor had to approach General Franco to obtain permission, and that they both had the foresight to see the profit that could be gained from this. Without that decision being made, Spain may not be the tourist trap it is today.
The sections covering the Civil war, Moors and Christians and the Machismo of Spanish men also give an understanding of how Spain has become shaped and kept my attention throughout each section.
Not all sections were for me and I did get a bit bored reading about Verdaguer, but that isn't to say it wasn't well written, just a topic that didn't interest me.
This version has dated now, not that the text is no longer relevant (history doesn't really change) but the new version has probably some minor corrections and a new chapter. For a few pennies more I would suggest that one if you are interested in reading this ( 0571279392 )
I would recommend this book for people looking to live in Spain or for people with family in Spain. It details what life is like there in a way that I think only expats would really appreciate as it answers questions that every expats ask after a while and explains the day-to-day culture that tourists would, inevitably, miss. The only downside to this book was the last few chapters that felt heavy and unnecessary and I found my attention drifting. Overall though, an enjoyable book that I think should be a staple in every expats library.
Many different topics are broached with substantial first-hand evidence from the authors own travels and meetings, and much of the opening half of the book concerns 20th century politics. The remainder - much like John Hooper's superior "The New Spaniards" - deals with issues like the "different" cultural autonomias of Galicia, the Basque Country and Catalonia, tourism, corruption, Flamenco and so on. Bull-fighting rather surprisingly is one quite major aspect of Spanish life that has been overlooked. Some of Tremlett's style seems also to be "borrowed" from another Englishman abroad - Jason Webster - and if you've read "Duende" or "Guerra" you'll recognise very similar passages.
This publication does not set itself up as an academic history but does provide a stimulating overview, and in my opinion, works extremely well as an introduction to perhaps the most colorful country in Europe. Well worth delving into but at the same time it is unlikely to go down as the definitive account of the events and aspects of character that have created the modern day Spain.
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