Iberia, by James A. Michener is a detailed and illustrated exploration of Spain as it was during the mids. The author takes a measured, literary view on. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in IBERIA . Spanish Travels And Reflections. by James A. Michener. 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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So I thought I’d resubmit this jsmes in case some readers might find it useful. Well, Michener is certainly not a superficial person, and I think he was deeply affected by Spain. On the whole this book is a very well-done piece of work.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Between these two Spains, and remember that I had not yet seen the superarrogant nobility of Sevilla, there existed such a gap that I simply could not bring it into focus All things considered, this book is really a marvelous tour of Spain.

A substantial city that seems to be well run The great painters, most especially Velasquez, and their works. Iberiaby James A.

Italy to the east; the Low Countries to the north; her vast empire in the Americas to the west; and involvements to the south in Africa; yet it could not make up its mind where its real interests lay, and thus “frittered them all away.


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I wanted to quit reading soooo many times, that it took every ounce of will power to continue reading this long long book. James Michener has become a favorite of mine.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Maybe that’s why I skipped the rest of his Barcelona and his long bull-fighting stories. They are black and white and rather self-consciously “artistic.

For those who are planning a trip, the book can be profitably skimmed, and indeed that might be the best way to read it. It’s also really really really long, but I thought it was a relatively quick read – This is a fascinating book. The depth and breadth of his knowledge of history, art, literature, architecture etc is amazing.

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I enjoyed it then but even more so the second time I read it in as I had just come back from a trip to Spain and Portugal. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The Fires of Spring. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Articles lacking sources from February All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

It’s also really really really long, but I thought it was a relatively quick read – Michener is an excellent writer and brings his experiences to life. He writes of the differences that have occurred in Madrid between his most recent trip, and his previous Madrid visit in It made the visit richer and more m James Michener has become a favorite of mine.


Michener was a huge fan of bull fights, and that I could have skipped entirely. If he can succeed in this, the pictures will fit properly into any text. Michener is also very digression-prone, so he will often pause to tell you some bit of history that interests him.

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Preview — Iberia by James A. Most definitely a product of the times late ‘s and not at all impartial though occasionally pretending to beIberia is a deep reflection on Spain from an outsider who loves the country. Bridges at Toko-Ri was one of the first books I ever read. Maybe he was too close to the country to be able to weave a story line.