Brilliant introduction to the world of the matador,
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This review is from: Death And The Sun: A Matador's Season In The Heart Of Spain (Paperback)
Not only did this book turn me on to Spanish culture in a big way, but it turned me on to bullfighting. It is a fascinating in depth look at the life and times of Spain's most gossiped about bullfighter, Fran Ordonez, as he travels from fight to fight, as well as a great moral look at what bullfighting actually is (not a sport, intrinsically cruel, admittedly bloody, inordinately stylish) and actually how much bullfighting is woven into Spanish culture; all from a foreigner's viewpoint. Lewine writes accessibly, without the pretentious, clandestine patina often adopted in Hemingway or other such modern taurine writers; but more of a "here it is, make of it what you will, but it's fact"; which I loved. As a woman, as a foreigner, as someone not really that sure of the issues surrounding bullfighting, it's all here. Too many people nowadays jump to conclusions about bullfighting. This is the book you should read before having an opinion.