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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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Its communal lands were fertile and well-cultivated, producing olives, grains, grapes and vegetables while the higher slopes provided grazing for enough sheep and goats to provide a surplus. We were planning to stay in the Alpuharas on our visit to Spain this summer so I thought it would be good to get a window into this world by reading Gerald Brenan’s book. It’s not something you can dip into and out of and is most rewarding when you pay it full attention.

When the expiry date is reached your computer deletes the cookie. An entertaining and perceptive book, although somewhat random in its organisation. His fullest portraits in this book are of his landlord, his servant, a drunken Scottish person who breman a few miles away, and his friends who came to visit him.

Transient cookies are kept in RAM and are deleted either when you close all your browser windows, gera,d when you reboot your computer. Then when the visitors announced their early arrival, Brenan got up at dawn and walked the 71 miles over the mountains to Granada to meet them. The following comments on Woolf nicely illustrate Brenan’s perspicacity and generosity, two of the qualities that make this memoir so enjoyable to read: He must have been a strange phenomenon to the people amongst whom he lived, but never felt anything crom welcome in this poor, peasant society, where only two men apart from him had been born outside the village and those only a few miles away.

Topics Books Summer voyages. The only other expat we see is a drunken Scottish engineer married to a local woman and living a life of malign distrust of his new family. Very enjoyable and helpful in getting a view of how basic things were in this area in the early 20th Century, there weren’t even surfaced roads making this mountainous area extremely inaccessible.


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South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain

I love the social history and anthropological elements of it village superstitions, courting, whoring, saints and sinners and the brief history of the region I can’t get enough of the Reconquista and Moriscos – it’s such a fascinating point of flux.

He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Berber villages of Andalusia with a mule train rganada a thousand of his books. Brenan provides vivid portraits of local residents.

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.

Maybe he spent most of his time reading? Since then I have reread it at least 5 times. Please refer to our privacy policy for crom information on privacy at Loot. In fact, soutn only time Brenan seems willing to allow that the British might be superior to the Spanish in any way is when he discusses their respective grranada of domestic animals.

Brenan describes various visits to his new domicile. The few other British people who appear in the book serve geerald strengthen this negative comparison. All I have aimed at is to entertain a few armchair travellers, who may enjoy whiling away a rainy night in reading of how people live in remote mountain villages in the serene climate of the South Mediterranean.

Brenan, a fringe member of the Bloomsbury Groupmoved to Spain in and lived there on and off for the rest of his life. And this, despite all of the things this book grabada going for it: Ultimately, my main disappointment with the book was the lack of strong characters.

He also selected an even more remote village, Yegen. Apr 29, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: One flies over the villages in the air, one seens their strange names on the map, one may even, if one leaves the main road, bump past them in a car, but their life remains as mysterious at that girl with the unforgettable face one caught sight of for a moment through the window of a railway carriage.

South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain by Gerald Brenan

I did, brenzn I’m glad I read it. A activation email has been sent to you. Visitor Lytton Strachey hated the place, while his companions Ralph Partridge and Dora Carrington were too wrapped up in their lovers’ tiffs to even notice where they were. Brenan captures the nature of rural Spanish life in the years before the civil war, and describes in detail the vanished customs of the time – for example the practice of courting through a barred window that is a feature of Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’.

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His journey was difficult and he had no set destination, stumbling on Yegen by accident.

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View all 4 comments. But we enjoy bird watching, so it is an amicable trade-off. I had expected more and better. This article about a biographical book on writers or poets is a stub.

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The Woolfs were better guests, not minding the asceticism and loving the countryside and also providing intellectual stimulus. Where Westminster was distant from the daily preoccupations of the voters, the village caciques derived their power from their ability to do useful things for their clients. Quinces were also kept there, as well as oranges and lemons and apples, and pots of marmalade and cherry jam and green-fig jam… there were always one or two of the famous Alpujarra hams which kept through the summer if they were rubbed every week or two with salt.

Brenan was on the edge of the Bloomsbury group. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

However collectively the community did force some recompenses as with one woman who had been taken advantage of who received her olive oil zouth larger quantities than anyone else.