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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Virginia Woolf – that’s a really distinctive account of her. Retrieved from ” https: Brenan describes various visits to his new domicile. He hid away in deep rural Spain and gained a double education, one from the pages of the classics and the other from the classical bucolic life of a Spain now lost in vranada.

Oct 04, Marc Mordey rated it really liked it. 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.

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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. By that time he had published The Spanish Labyrinthone of the key books for understanding the background to the Civil War soutg a work that somewhat overshadowed South to Granada.


Between andGerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and South of Granada depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence of his rural surroundings and the Spanish way of life before the Civil War.

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Oct 05, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: However collectively the community did force some recompenses as with one woman who had been taken advantage of who received her olive oil in larger quantities than anyone else.

Sep 03, Chris Hannon rated it liked it. Return to Book Page. How simple life was then but they still seemed happy and satisfied. After a few days walking in Galicia he took the train to a deeply dispiriting Madrid and then on to Granada. Brenan draws an interesting portrait of the people of Yegen, with an outsider’s eye for detail and strangeness, but also gerzld a clear love for them and for the place.

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In several chapters, though, Brenan departs from his own bfenan experience to talk about the pre-history and ancient history of the era, and this just came across as very boring to me. South from Granada Gerald Brenan Snippet view – He lived and traveled all over the south of Spain, and his writing is really excellent.

Oddly enough, behind much of his love for his adopted home is his belief, based on contemporary fgom theories, that the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Isles originated in the Alpujarras. Loading comments… Trouble loading? 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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

There are entertaining accounts of the visits of Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, but neither is long enough for much character development.

Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. In he decided to move to Spain and granaea the remote Alpujurras district in southern Spain. Great snapshot of life in Spain in the early 20th century.

Summer voyages: South from Granada by Gerald Brenan

He had just been demobilised and had a little money and about 2, books packed in his trunks. The Grabada were better guests, not minding the asceticism and loving the countryside and also providing intellectual stimulus. Still, hard not to like. Brenan wanted to write and gganada transported by mule several hundred books to his remote hideaway.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The few other British people who appear in the book serve to strengthen this negative comparison.

His descriptions of the area are largely from his home in Yegen, long walks to the mountain villages, the sea and Granada.