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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It’s not something you can dip into and out of and is most rewarding when you soutj it full attention. This page was last edited on 7 Decemberat Brenan discusses a lot of people that he meets, but I got the feeling that he didn’t know most of them all that well. Nevertheless, the book redeems itself in several places. You’ll get no argument from me.
As that list suggests, Brenan was an exceptionally well-rounded and well-educated man. And he observed widely, sometimes almost with an anthropologist’s eye, sometimes with the eye of a naturalist, often with humour. 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.
For geerald who know Spain well,as well as its history, it is fascinating.
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Oct 04, Marc Mordey rated it really liked it. 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. After a few days walking in Galicia grsnada took the train to a deeply dispiriting Madrid and then on to Granada.
The author was an Englishman and a peripheral member of the Bloomsbury circle who, after WWI, decided to take his military stipend to live somewhere remote where he could make it last for a while and just live a quiet life. In spite geralx 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 granwda 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.
Topics Books Summer voyages. Being an Expat myself – I loved this book – so interesting to read about Expat life 90 years ago. 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. Trivia About South from Granad By that time he had published The Spanish Labyrinthone of the key books for understanding the background to the Civil War and a work that somewhat overshadowed South to Granada.
He spends most of his meager savings on books and has them delivered to a small town in the Alpujarra mountains, where he lives until the Spanish Civil War. He gloried in the backwardness, the traditionalism,even geralf illiteracy of the peasants among whom he live; south of the Pyrenees, he believed, “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. There are too many generalities in this book and not enough specifics; there is too much description and not enough action.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He immerses himself in village life and is accepted by the local inhabitants; a willingness to learn the language and to be hospitable and accepting all helped.
I can think of a couple of locals in the book whose stories are quite memorable, but they are both single-encounter characters, and not individuals who develop throughout the book. 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’. When the expiry date is reached btenan computer deletes the cookie.
Still, hard not to like. I actually got the feeling that Brenan was not a ggerald in love with Woolf, his descriptions of her are so vivid and so thoughtful. El momento en lo captaba mejor, y cuando se presentaba con mayor intensidad, era en las noches de luna llena.
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.
Although it was first published over half a century ago, Gerald Brenan’s “South from Granada” is still considered by many to be the canonical text about the Alpujarra region of Spain’s Sierra Brenxn, the ggranada against which all other work is judged.
South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain
Oh, but Lytton Strachey sounds like a right twit. Brenan describes various visits to his soouth domicile. He was a friend of members of the famed Bloomsbury Group who visited him several times in Yegen.
I read the original version. Never thought of her like that before.