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Comprehensive view of life in the Alpujarras in the twenties
on 28 June 2014
Brenan's book provides a comprehensive and rich account of living in the remote Alpujarra region of Andalusia in the twenties.
Written in a direct, lucid and personable style (even to the extent that when he is about to set out a description of the country he suggests to the reader that `those who do not like geography can skip a few pages'), the book covers the history, geology, society, sartorial etiquette - in fact every aspect of living there after WW1. It's a travelogue, autobiography and guidebook all rolled into one.
It's the perfect counterpoint to Chris Stewart's series of books documenting his life there today.
As you read about the remoteness, conditions and welfare of the people in the villages back in the twenties, it's hard to imagine the speed at which the area must have subsequently changed as a result of the impact of the road and transport infrastructure, tourism, the EU, and even the internet that Chris Stewart now enjoys on his isolated farm.
Take a trip back with Brenan, and immerse yourself in Andalusia of old.