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Giles Tremlett, Madrid correspondent for The Guardian of London, begins “ Ghosts of Spain,” his affectionate, deeply informed tour of the. Ghosts of Spain has ratings and reviews. Roy said: It is still a Ghosts of Spain: Travels through Spain and its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett, 3. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around Spain – and through Spanish history. Tremlett’s journey was also an attempt to make.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I decided to bail partway through, as I was honestly forcing myself to go on, finding the book dry. Why do Catalans hate Madrid? Dec 10, Whitaker rated it really liked it. He is much better at capturing how it feels to live in Spain. Virtually nobody eats while walking; and disposable coffee cups are a rarity, as coffee is normally drunk sitting down. Tremlett’s journey was also an attempt to make sense of his personal experience of Spaniards: I knew practically nothing about Spanish history before reading this, and it’s dense and fact-filled but also very readable.

Mass graves have been exhumed; archives are being explored; witness statements are being made. Case in point – the chapter toward the end on Spanish film, which seemed to me to be an awful lot like filler.

Ghosts of Spain tries to explain why in an entertaining and educational way. Without an umbrella here amusingly named paraguas”for water” we were forced to take cover in a bar.

The number of books about the Spanish Civil War now exceedsa number that gives me a major headache.


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Having spent a considerable time in Spain, Giles Tremlett shows us a side of Spain which we have not seen. My wife and I are concluding a three month tour of Spain by car.

Ghosts of Spain

Jun 03, Kunle added it. Australians volume 3 Gyosts Keneally. Get to Know Us. But each chapter deals with another aspect of Spain or, in many cases, how a particular region views the idea of a Spanish nation.

The ghosts of the past were everywhere.

But what makes the book great is his ability to weave a lot of historical and political information into his personal travels. Do take the time for this book.

Later chapters are generally given over to more cheerful topics, specifically: Writer managed to provide his view without being judgmental, leaving conclusions to reader.

It’s also a fascinating look tremlstt the various regions of Spain, offering a glimpse into what constitutes the modern Spaniard. I found myself marveling at his observations about the idiosyncrasies of Spanish culture, mainly because I’ve had those same observations over the years.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The cacophony of noise in Madrid, the necessity for having and using connections enchufe to get anything done that pervades all aspects of Spanish life, first-hand encounters with the health and educational systems through the birth and education of his child, a visit to the municipal jail in Seville conjugal visitsa brothel in Almeria — the mosaic of Spanish life that Tremlett constructs is detailed, colorful and vibrant.

Both are worth reading. Although Tremlett packs an impressive amount of information into the book, his analyses are often superficial, or just nonexistent.


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If this is not enough, nationalism is creating a division in the map of Spain. My bisabuelo fled to England sometime during The Civil War to gules political exile, he was Catalan and was housed in London where he met mi bisabuela, several generations later and here I am.

Ghosts of Spain – Giles Tremlett – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

Anyone interested in modern Spain. Like every book, this one isn’t perfect. View all 7 comments. Does it remind you of a place where you can spend your holidays? Brought to life by an excellent researcher who clearly loves his adopted country.

This book couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a history book, sociology report, memoir or political recap.

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past

Hard as it is to believe, but the horrible bombings of commuter trains on March 11,ghosst also the occasion of political squabbling, as the right-wingers insisted that ETA the Basque terrorist group had something to do with it. English Choose a language for shopping. Judging by the postcards, movies and the excitement on the faces of my friends, I expected Spain to be an ideal place to spend your holidays.

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