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The Train in Spain Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1st Edition edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441198059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441198051
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On his 3,000 mile trip around Spain, [Christopher Howse] is less benevolent than Michael Palin and, much more interestingly, a blend of two great travel writers, the magisterial literary flâneur Norman Douglas and the romantically nostalgic Norman Lewis,Christopher Howse has a good eye for detail... [and] a wealth of historical, etymological (every place name is explained) and statistical information at his fingertips... This book is an interesting read for anyone who loves Spain.,This is a book by a man who both understands and loves Spain, the way time expands there, so that, as Gerald Brenan once said, an hour in Spain can seem like a week in another country. It is worth buying alone for the descriptions of hearty traditional dishes, more valuable than all the arcane inventions of Ferrán Adriá...This is a small classic, worth its place on the shelf alongside the works of the other great eccentric British hispanophiles, Richard Ford, George Borrow and Gerald Brenan.,His description of scenes Spanish will often have his readers smiling, and sometimes laughing aloud. His book is essential reading for those following him to those parts, whether they risk doing so by train or not.,Christopher Howse, in his offbeat book The Train in Spain, prefers slow trains, and particularly those that meander along single tracks in obscure parts of the country.,We come to love his quiet and self-effacing personal honesty, the unhurried pace, the acutely observant eye, the dry non-judgmental humour and the opening up of obscure alleyways of knowledge,His has been an illuminating odyssey through a country he obviously loves. He rekindles the desire to visit Spain and provides a charmingly erudite companion for the journey. --No Review Available

This is a book by a man who both understands and loves Spain, the way time expands there, so that, as Gerald Brenan once said, an hour in Spain can seem like a week in another country. It is worth buying alone for the descriptions of hearty traditional dishes, more valuable than all the arcane inventions of Ferrán Adriá...This is a small classic, worth its place on the shelf alongside the works of the other great eccentric British hispanophiles, Richard Ford, George Borrow and Gerald Brenan. - Harry Eyres, The Spectator

His description of scenes Spanish will often have his readers smiling, and sometimes laughing aloud. His book is essential reading for those following him to those parts, whether they risk doing so by train or not. --Peter Linehan, The Tablet

Christopher Howse, in his offbeat book The Train in Spain, prefers slow trains, and particularly those that meander along single tracks in obscure parts of the country. - William Chislett, Times Literary Supplement

We come to love his quiet and self-effacing personal honesty, the unhurried pace, the acutely observant eye, the dry non-judgmental humour and the opening up of obscure alleyways of knowledge - Barnaby Rogerson, Daily Telegraph

His has been an illuminating odyssey through a country he obviously loves. He rekindles the desire to visit Spain and provides a charmingly erudite companion for the journey. --Simon Scott Plummer, Standpoint

About the Author

Christopher Howse is an assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph and a regular contributor to The Spectator and The Tablet. Among his bestselling books are Sacred Mysteries (2007) and A Pilgrim in Spain (2011).



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