Iberia by James A. Michene: Iberia by James A. Michene is all about the crime and the role of the law enforcement agencies to control the crimes in the city. The nature of the crimes is different in different events and and the behavior of the criminals is not such as can be anticipated.These people are very skilled and well planner. They are nor caught and traced easily. Someone has to be very diligent and vigilant to cope with the criminals’ activities.Iberia by James A. Michene is simply a tribute to the old home.
it is not easy job but the most difficult and uphill task.The novel deals with the crimes and the criminals that are there to disrupt the peace and calm of the society. The suspense and thrill is kept till the last line of the novel and the readers would never lose their interest and concentration until the last line is reached and the climax is resolved. Iberia by James A. Michene brings back some sweet and bitter memories.
Spain is an ancient place unlike any other, one that Pulitzer Prize–winning author and respected world citizen James A. Michener learned to cherish as his own. Michener’s enduring nonfiction ode to his beloved second home is Iberia. He not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, in the fresh and vivid prose that has become his trademark, but he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. This is Spain as seen through the eyes of a superb writer: wild, conflicting, and passionately beautiful. Iberia is a book about the novelist James Michener’s experiences in Spain.
Iberia by James A. Michene
He reminisces on his early days in Spain, encountering and dispelling stereotypes, and socially assessing the way Spaniards go about their daily lives. Though the significance of some of the stories he relates may appear enigmatic at first, he always ties everything back to the foundation of it all: why Spain is the way it is. The reader is introduced to the difficult life of rural Spaniards in the first chapter, which is not the Spain that everyone imagines. In Teruel, there are no castanets, only a hard reality that is obscured by stereotypes of flamenco dancers, bullfighters, and paella.Iberia by James A. Michene would serve as the catharsis.
The narrator then proceeds to explore various towns, recounting memories from various aspects of his life as he travels across the country. The following two chapters are on Badajoz and Toledo, two cities that cannot be compared. Badajoz is located in the Extrema region. All of the conquistadors originated in Extremadura. The harsh land from whence they came is directly responsible for their daring and hungry character. Anyone who comes from such a terrible environment is destined to be cruel. The narrator describes his experiences here and expresses his disappointment at how unaffected this region was by the wealth brought over from the New World by their own people. Iberia by James A. Michene can be read.
Iberia by James A. Michene
Toledo, on the other hand, has never been short on money. Because of its geographical location, invaders found it impossible to get in, and this fortress of a city was well protected for many years. It was a melting pot of cultures and beliefs. For millennia, Christians, Jews, and Muslims coexisted peacefully in this area. This also occurred in other parts of Spain, such as Granada, but it all came to a halt when Isabel the Catholic and Fernando came to power and expelled all Jews from the nation, as well as doing the same for the Christians. Cordoba, one of the main Muslim-influenced cities, and Las Maris-mas are the subjects of the next two chapters. Instead of going to Granada first, the narrator goes to Cordoba because he wants to see Muslim Spain in a new light.
Whereas everyone went to Granada, few made it to Cordoba, which was the Muslim stronghold and the most significant city in Spain. His initial impression to the city was negative, and it took him some time to get up to it. The famed Concha Bulls are reared in Las Maris mas, a wetland region. He falls in love with the place right away and gets to see the best of Spanish nature. Despite the fact that the Spaniards aren’t doing much to protect the wetlands, and he knows they won’t,last for much longer despite the strong northern European push for conservation. Following that come Sevilla and Madrid, two of Spain’s most beautiful and vital cities.
Sevilla is, without a doubt, Spain’s most charming city. During Holy Week, the narrator had the good fortune to visit Sevilla and see incredible religious processions dating back to the seventeenth century. Madrid, Spain’s capital, is significant due to its history and power. The city was never particularly well-known before it became the capital, but it is now a typical international capital, with a diverse population of individuals from all over the world. Professionals and intellectuals abound in the city, assisting the narrator on his long trek throughout the country. The cities of Salamanca and Pamplona are next discussed.
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Salamanca features Spain’s most beautiful plaza mayor. It was once one of the most important cities in the world, but it fell under the hands of religious extremists, who steadily ruined the city. Salamanca used to be the epicenter of intellectual activity, with the University of Salamanca ranking among Europe’s greatest. Then it ceased accepting Jews and stopped teaching hard sciences and mathematics, resulting in a 70% decline in enrollment. When the narrator visited Spain, only large titled families sent their children to the university, which became a kind of finishing school for persons with titles alone. He takes the reader through the famed running of the bulls in Pamplona. Barcelona is the city that everyone desires to visit and represents Catalan culture.
The narrator is enchanted by it since it is so distinct from the rest of Spain, however he warns that people should only take the essence of Barcelona in moderation.He then goes on to discuss the bulls of Spain and relates more of his bullfighting adventures. He wraps up his book by discussing the famed Santiago de Compostella trip and how it has changed his life. Spain is a wonderful country that should be visited, but many people make the mistake of expecting a perfect experience in just one location. This never happens, but there are a variety of different interactions that do.
About the Writer:
James Michener, full name James Albert Michener, was an American novelist and short-story writer who, perhaps more than any other single author, made foreign environments accessible to Americans through fiction. He was born February 3, 1907? in New York City, New York?, United States, and died October 16, 1997 in Austin, Texas. He authored enormous and thorough works described as fictional documentaries, and he is most known for his books. Michener was discovered as a baby in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and his birth date and location are unknown.
Mabel Michener adopted him and raised him as a Quaker. He ran away from home when he was a teenager and went on to become a teacher and an editor. From 1944 to 1946, he worked as a naval historian in the South Pacific, and his early fiction is set there. In 1948, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Tales of the South Pacific (1947), which depicted the South Pacific as exotic and strange yet still part of the human brotherhood. The anthology was eventually adapted for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific, which earned a Pulitzer Prize and was a box office success.
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- ASIN : B00DACZ97O
- Publisher : The Dial Press; Reprint edition (July 3, 2013)
- Publication date : July 3, 2013
- Language : English
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- Print length : 962 pages
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