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 Woolfs were better guests, not minding the asceticism and loving the countryside and also providing intellectual stimulus.
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It is clear from his writing however that he understood the Spanish people of the South. All mainstream modern browsers have cookies granava by default, so if you’ve been directed to this page it probably means you’re uisng a weird and wonderful browser of your own choosing, or have disabled cookies yourself.
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And indeed, much of the book is very impressively written. There are descriptions of relationships between the sexes which depended heavily on long established ritual before and after marriage.
Brenan lived for years in a small village in the Alpujarra region of Spain and gives us a detailed chronicle of life among the villagers and in this landscape. 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 grabada 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.
Summer voyages: South from Granada by Gerald Brenan
In both cases you should know how to switch cookies back on! 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. It very much seemed as sotuh he was filling space because he only had a limited number of personal experiences he could write about. 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.
South from Granada Gerald Brenan No preview available – I read the original version. Jan 09, Sandra Danby rated it liked it Shelves: Yet for me this book taught the opposite lesson: 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.
El libro comienza con una cita de Horacio, muy bien escogida por parte del autor ya que resume muy bien la actitud del Al Sur de Granada: Apr 29, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 brwnan in remote gganada villages in the serene climate of the South Mediterranean.
His prose is brilliant, his imagery often brings you up short in its unexpectedness. He gossiped with the elders, threw dances in his house, engaged half-heartedly in the local courting rituals and explored the beliefs, superstitions and intensely local politics that formed their worldview. Gerard Brennan fought for the republic in the Spanish Civil War just like Orwell and settled there after the fighting stopped.
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Generally a good read, but it’s one of those books that could have used drastic intervention from a decent editor. Spent a week wandering around Andalucia this spring on a motorbike and this book makes me wish I could turn time back and go again. It is hard for me to think of a more promising start to a memoir. Between andGerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and South of Granada depicts his granqda there, vividly evoking the essence of his rural surroundings and the Spanish way of life before the Civil War.
I suppose in a way I am just wishing for the book to be something other than what it is. A activation email has been sent to you. I first read this years ago when I was reading a great deal about the Bloomsbury set Strachey, Virginia and Leonard Sout, Vanessa Bell et al and became aware of Gerald Brenan as an interesting peripheral figure.
He seems to be something of an amateur historian, and gives some interesting commentary on the close 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. I found the book by turns very engaging and pretty dull.
The chapter about the Scottish reclusive alcoholic is really good! South from Granada Gerald Brenan Snippet view – He was expected to go into the army, but at 18 elected instead to walk to China with a friend John Hope-Johnstone. I did, and I’m glad I read it. 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 classic education for himself. Brenan’s observations are acute, affectionate but not sentimental or romantic.
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 egrald the Reconquista and Moriscos – it’s such a fascinating point of flux.
I found a Folio Society edition in the local second hand book shop, cou I first read this years ago when I was reading a great deal about the Bloomsbury set Strachey, Vrom and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell et al and became aware of Gerald Brenan as an interesting peripheral figure.
This is a good look at life in Spain specifically one village in Anadalucia from the eyes of a British ex-pat in the ‘s who moved there. In fact, the 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 treatment of domestic animals. This book is set in Yegen, a village in the Alpujarras, the same mountain area south of Granada made famous at the end of the 20th century by Chris Stewart.
That turned out to be a village in southern Spain called Yegen, which by the author’s telling was quite remote i I got this book unexpectedly as a gift from a friend–I had never heard of it or the author, but the friend thought I would like it.
Penguin Books LimitedMay 29, – Travel – pages. Sep 03, Chris Granda rated it liked it. 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 fully as they would allow. Retrieved from ” https: