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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In spite of the author’s long residence in Spain and his treatment of it as his adopted country of choice, the mind-set of the colonist comes through loud and clear in his selection and treatment of characters and subjects, most of which he seems to regard as quaint, and that air of condescension infects much of the book and soured it for me. To ask other readers questions about South from Granadaplease sign up. It seems that he achieved this, but as it turns out it is a difficult type of experience to write engagingly about.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Finally he found his house in the village of Yegen. I found a Folio Society edition in the local second hand book shop, couldn’t resist it and have so enjoyed reading it anew that I have put it under ‘Favourites’. Nevertheless, even here Brenan irked me a little. Penguin Books LimitedMay 29, – Travel – pages. My wife 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.
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 grsnada at the time that Brenan began his nine-year stint documenting it. His descriptions of the area are largely from his home in Yegen, long walks to the mountain villages, the sea and Granada.
South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain
The First World War had a powerful effect on many of its participants; Gerald Brenan was one of those. As for the rest of the book, I think he does a good job of making a beautiful part of Spain seem extremely boring. I would come back tired and stiff from a long expedition and, while I washed and changed my clothes, the fire would be lit and a meal brought in. There are descriptions of relationships between the sexes which depended heavily on long established ritual before and after marriage.
View all 5 comments. When Strachey and company first expressed their intention to visit, Brenan walked the 57 miles to Almeria in two days to buy some extra furniture. I suppose in a way I am just wishing for the book to be something other than what it is.
Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra 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 two men apart from him had been born outside the village and those only a few miles away.
The only other expat in the area was an embittered Scottish alcoholic, who despite having a Spanish wife, refused to learn the language.
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And indeed, much of the book is very impressively written. The author set himself an interesting task, because part of his motivation in coming to Yegen was to find somewhere that he could live a pleasant, non-striving, non-dramatic life.
Feb 22, Judith Rich rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 27, Michael Boerm rated it really liked it. A must read for everyone who lives in, or is thinking of moving to, rural Andalusia.
The book was written about twenty years later, and published By that time he had trom The Spanish Labyrinthone of the key books for understanding the background to the Civil War and a work that somewhat overshadowed South to Granada. Great snapshot of life in Spain in the early 20th century.
South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain by Gerald Brenan
Gerald Brenan was an English writer who spent much of his life in Spain. Oct 05, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: That turned out to be a village in southern Spain called Yegen, which by the author’s telling was quite remote indeed–the nearby towns seem to have generally been several hours’ walk away. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots.
Cookies come in two flavours – persistent and transient. I bet you added that later’. Time to Google Yegen and see the Lidl and Irish pub there.
An amusing and insightful account of Spanish village life from a brilliant interpreter of Spain to the rest of the world The Times. Oddly enough, behind much of his love for his adopted home is his belief, based on contemporary anthropological theories, that the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Isles originated in the Alpujarras.
The s in Yegen were in time before the disruption of the civil war.