- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252064372
- ISBN-13: 978-0252064371
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bullfight Paperback – 1 Sep 1994
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"A balanced, readable, and unprejudiced account of a disappearing cultural phenomenon." -- Times Literary Supplement
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This accessible account explores how and why men risk their lives to perform with and kill wild bulls as part of a public celebration, describing and analyzing the corrida in a way not previously attempted in English.See all Product description
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The book is written by an anthropologist as an academic work but that does not mean it is not useful to the masses. A full explanation of various taurine events, known collectively as "bullfighting" in English, occurs in the first two chapters. I am confident that having read it, I could attend one of these events and have a good idea of what is going on.
The author makes a point I have heard before. These events are not sports in the way the English world thinks of them. Neither are they art as we are used to it. Instead, they are are unique type of event which draws on both. The author explains this better than I ever could.
Fully half of the book is devoted to examining these taurine events in a cultural context. A person who wanted only to learn about "bullfights" could read the first half and never have a desire to go on. That person would have admirably accomplished the objective at hand but would have missed out on a wealth of more information, cultural and societal, which was fascinating. The book would have worth the price to examine either the fights themselves or the cultural context. Getting them togetehr is icing on the cake.
My one critisicm of this work is that it focuses almost exclusively on these events in Spain. I think Mexico is mentioned only twice in the entire book. There is no discussion of how these events differ in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, if indeed they do. The topic is not addressed so I don't know.
If you know nothing about the world of the Corrida and want to learn, this is probably your best bet.
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