Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in relatively small print, has seen and reviewed Spain. The book is a. Has anyone read James Michener’s Iberia before or after visiting Spain? I’m thinking about tackling it before a trip next May.

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Michener shows to be very prescient, as in his talk of national cycles of rebirth p. Buy the Audiobook Download: The best that Mr. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer. Can’t wait for my trip muchener May! It is probably too long for the occassional traveler, but maybe useful for those wanting specific information about either a geography or cultural item.

It is not poetic, not profound, but it covers a lot of ground in a highly readable way. But most of all, Michener is concerned with history. Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for t James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled mjchener a particular geographical region.


Maybe that’s why I skipped the rest of his Barcelona and his long bull-fighting stories. In the Sevilla chapter the author describes meeting a California photographer in that city, Robert Vavra. In Spain words form a kind of currency which must be spent freely, and to do this is not easy for an American, yet not to do it in Spain is to miss the spirit of human relationships. And always in the background, iron bars of tradition.

For those who are planning a trip, the book can be profitably skimmed, and indeed that might be the best way to read it. Jul 24, Deb rated it it was amazing Shelves: He says writing is hard for him, but he manages to write these tremendously long and simplistic books, possibly because he is so sequential and seldom cross-references or reduces facts.

James Michener seems to have hated editing.

I offer them in the spirit of comradeship and not of spite. Dec 04, Deanna Giles rated it it was amazing. Lawrence in Italy Next library review: For instance – ah, the bullfights! Iberia is too long!

IBERIA by James A. Michener | Kirkus Reviews

View all 16 comments. Jul 03, Pages. I especially enjoyed when he talked about revisiting the original place where he’d arrived at Spain, and then explained how it had changed not all for the better, if you ask me. Thus much of this book consists of descriptions and appraisals of Spain’s artistic and intellectual life.


Aug 09, Jill Mackin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even brilliant writers sometimes make fools of themselves.

I listened to the unabridged audio in my car. At this time, this igeria would be of interest to those who have an interest in Spain and its history.


michenre We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. View all 12 comments. At what point does the itch to go to a new city and to see all the sights become just as frivolous as the itch to buy the newest iPhone?

Why did Spain, one of the richest countries in Europe, invest so much in gaining mihener in the New World, then allow the influx of treasure to generate an inflation “which converted her into the poorest country in Europe and one of the poorest in the world”? Another great book by Michener.