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Journey to the Alcarria Paperback – 14 May 1998

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; Re-issue edition (14 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862071330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862071339
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sensitive portrayal of provincial Spain, its physical nature, and the psychology and values of its people. It must be said at the outset that Mrs. Lopez-Morillas' rendition is exemplary . . . a veritable marvel of fidelity to the Spanish text in both letter and spirit." "The Modern Language Journal""

"There will be no need of another English translation so long as this splendid one remains available. Its general excellence could scarely be bettered." "Bulletin of Hispanic Studies"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'... a sensitive portrayal of provincial Spain, its physical nature, and the psychology and values of its people. It must be said at the outset that Mrs. Lopez-Morillas' rendition is exemplary... a veritable marvel of fidelity to the Spanish text in both letter and spirit.' - The Modern Language Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is simply one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. As a result of reading it, I found myself visiting the Alcarria, and following Cela's route on his journey. The book describes a journey made on foot through the Alcarria, but it's much more than a travel book. It's also a gentle, humorous, perceptive commentary on the state of 1940s, post-civil war Spain, on the people he met on his travels, and on people generally. It's sometimes very revealing about Cela himself. Incidentally, it's also very accurate about the Alcarria, and pretty much everything he describes is still there 50 years later, just as described. Read this book; read it over and over again and make it your friend. If possible, use it as a guide to a visit to the Alcarria (in the Guadalajara region, not too far from Madrid, but far enough into the countryside to feel very isoltated). Dip back into the book again from time to time, and feel happy that you decided to make its acquaintance.
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I have this book in Spanish and in England - it is a nostalgic look back at the Alcarria region of Spain in the early 19th century - gentle yet analytic - you will certainly read and enjoy only if you are into the Spanish culture.
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Nobel Laureate Camilo Jose Cela is better known for his fictional work, but this is a fine example of non-fiction. This is essentially a traveller's journal that documents a trip largely made on foot between Madrid and Gaudalajara in an area known as the Alcarria. It takes place in the years following the Spanish Civil War and was originally published in Spain in 1948.

It is a fascinating multi-faceted book. Immediately the quality of prose stands out. Beautiful and memorable images grace almost every page, or else an anecdote that illustrates the social, geological or cultural nature of the area in which the traveller finds himself. There are too few travel writers who approach their subject on foot, and the reader is left with a residual sense of having shared the experience of the traveller, as much as they may be inspired to undertake such a trip themselves.

There is also however a sense of underlying change. That this sometimes remote corner of Spain is undergoing a transition before his very eyes and that his experience is something that will soon no longer be available to the traveller. This may also have political significance, but politics is largely left unspoken throughout the book. This is a memorable piece of travel writing that leaves the reader with a sense of dramatic catharsis.

Translated by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas
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