Part autobiography, part travelogue, and wholly a tribute to the unspoilt beauty of southern Spain, Gerald Brenan’s South from Granada includes an introduction. South from Granada has ratings and 44 reviews. Paul said: The First World War had a powerful effect on many of its participants; Gerald Brenan was on. Between and , Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and “South of Granada” depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence .

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The book is an example of travel literature, mixing an autobiographical account of his life in Yegenthe village gerapd he found his first home in Spain, with detailed background information about the Alpujarras region of Andalusia. At the end of the book an older Brenan, then living with his wife in Malaga and driving a car, returned to Yegen for one last visit.

Otherwise, you end up like Brenan, with a superficial understanding of many things but a deep understanding of nothing in particular. He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Gransda villages of Andalusia with a mule train carrying a thousa The British have an impressive Hispanophile heritage and have conrtibuted enormously not only to spreading the fame of Spain to the four corners, but also to conserving much of the country’s past and transition into modernity among their pages.


Still, hard not to like. He seems to be something of an amateur historian, and gives some interesting commentary on the brejan links between the rituals of the village and ancient pagan traditions–so much so that the nominal Catholicism of the village seems to be just a thin veneer. Apr 15, Jake Goretzki rated it really liked it Shelves: He was a close friend of Ralph Partridge and had an affair with Dora Carrington. He was only allowed back into Spain in because of his criticism of the Franco Regime.

Jul 16, Martin rated it really liked it. There are entertaining accounts of the visits of Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, but neither is long enough for much brenah development.

I don’t know – whenever I read a lyrical description of clouds, part of me thinks ‘I bet it didn’t really look like that. In he decided to move to Spain and chose the remote Alpujurras district in southern Spain. It interested me so much, I made several trips to the town Yegen where the story takes place. He gossiped with the elders, threw dances in his soyth, engaged granad in the local courting rituals and explored the beliefs, superstitions and intensely local politics that formed their worldview.

He describes visits to Grenada and travels in the local area. Account Options Sign in. His description of Lytton Strachey visiting is souuth though! A great travel memoir, especially if you love Spain like I do.

Brenan was on the greald of the Bloomsbury group. There are too many generalities in this book and not enough specifics; there is too much description and not enough action.


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Finally he found his house in the village of Yegen. Lists with This Book. Maybe he spent most of his time reading?

Porque la palabra era serenidad. He even indicates that they may have been soured by their race memory of the sunnier weather their ancestors abandoned. I don’t know – whenever I read a l Pretty charming. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots.

She on the other hand was a writer of great distinction, approaching the height of her powers.

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In fact, his quest is all over by page nine of the book he actually wrote, South from Granada, one of the small classics of early 20th-century British travel writing. Aug 08, Manda Graham rated it really liked it. He had the usual public school education, hated it and was bullied. Brenan is a keen observer of life around him and manages to convey his observations, but not as an aloof outsider, he was clearly fully engaged in the life of the town he lived in.

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