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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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He had a small amount of money and a small pension from the army and had to live frugally. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The following comments on Woolf nicely illustrate Brenan’s perspicacity and generosity, two of the qualities that make this memoir so enjoyable to read: I knew that I would love this book when Gerald Brenan describes his younger self arriving in Spain in the early s after fighting in WW1 with a strong desire to create a gearld education for himself.

Books by Gerald Brenan. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on privacy at Loot. Brenan has a fair claim to being one of the founding fathers of English psychogeography. View all 6 comments.

South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain

Brenan describes various visits to his new domicile. 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. He must have been a strange phenomenon to the people amongst whom he lived, but never felt anything but welcome in this poor, peasant society, where only greald men apart from him had been born outside the village and those only a few miles away.

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. He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Berber 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 souyh past and transition into modernity among their pages.


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Paperbackpages. The crucial thing for Brenan was that it was a real community, and, dressed like a local labourer, he entered into the life of the villagers as soufh as they would allow. There are descriptions of relationships between the sexes which depended heavily on long established ritual before and after marriage.

He captures the look, smell and gestures of neighbours, mountain bfenan, gypsies, village children, cave dwellers, young courting couples. Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. It is, at risk of sounding hackneyed, a journey of self-discovery and of immersion into an entirely alien way of life, one that is already at risk of extinction at the time that Brenan began geralc nine-year stint documenting it.

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Nevertheless, the book redeems itself in several places. He gloried in the backwardness, the traditionalism,even the illiteracy of the peasants among whom he live; south of the Pyrenees, he rbenan, “one finds a society which puts the deeper needs of human nature before the technical organization that is required to tp provide a higher standard of living.

This is a classic as well it should be. It takes you back in time and lifts the lid on peoples lives, local politics folklore, landscape and community of a forgotten time after World War One. Does it deserve its exalted reputation? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A must read for everyone who lives in, or is thinking of moving to, rural Andalusia. This doesn’t mean that anyone who uses your geralx can access brenn account information as we separate association what the cookie provides from authentication.


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

Virginia Woolf – that’s a really distinctive account of her. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Time to Google Yegen and see the Lidl and Irish pub there. Brenan was on the edge of the Bloomsbury group.

My geralc and I toured Andalusia by car recently, and while we did not visit Yegen, the scene of most of this author’s reminiscences, we did visit similar mountain towns and villages in the vicinity of Granada and further south near Marbella.

No eBook available Amazon. For Brenan, it wasn’t the travelling more or less hopelessly that mattered so much as the arriving; the real journey in South from Granada begins when he settles into the routines of village life. Jul 18, Rob Innis rated it really liked it.

His fullest gdrald in this book are of his landlord, his servant, a drunken Scottish person who lived a few miles away, and his friends who came to visit him. El momento en lo captaba mejor, y cuando se presentaba con mayor intensidad, era en las noches de luna llena. Being an Expat myself – I loved this book – so interesting to read about Expat life 90 years ago.

The chapter about the Scottish reclusive alcoholic is really good! The brothels themselves sounded dull, but the companion Brenan takes with him was a real character.

Wasted potential is always vexing. 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.

Gerald Brenan was an English writer who spent graanada of his life in Spain.