Describes the essence of a remote rural area before the Civil War. This book aims to bring back to life the festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, the village customs, superstitions and characters. It also includes chapters on Granada in the twenties, food, and the Phoenicians.
Gerald Brenan is generally regarded as the greatest of English writers about Spain. "South from Granada" describes the essence of a remote rural area before the Civil War with vivid sympathy. Here, brought back to life, are the festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, the village customs, superstitions and characters. Equally compelling are chapters on Granada in the twenties, food and the Phoenicians, the cheap brothels and archaeological remains of Almeria, the stark but haunting mountain scenery and even a visit from Virginia Woolf. The result was acclaimed on publication as a masterpiece; it remains a classic, richly evocative account of a lost way of life.
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Arrival and discovery; the Alpujarra; friends and neighbours; Lytton Strachey's visit; love affairs and politics; the village calendar; school and church; the fair at Ugijar; masons and animals; beliefs and rituals; the lonely Scotsman; food and the Phoenicians; Virginia Woolf's visit; the high mountains and Guadix; a chapter of history; Ameria and its brothels; Almeria and archaeology; Granada in the twenties; courtship and marriage; last years at Yegen.
South from Granada by Gerald Brenan
Penguin Travel Library
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