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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His books are LONG, but so complete and filled with fascinating details. Travel writing is like love poetry. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Description Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

IBERIA by James A. Michener | Kirkus Reviews

But frankly this may not a great travel guide, if only because it can make you feel inadequate and envious. Sure, it’s not about the society you’re going to see, but it’s about the recent past there. After the Introduction which is actually chapter I in my edition, but with that name the remaining chapters except for XI are each igeria for a region or city in Spain, as follows pages: Famous—but not as Spaniards—the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, and the Borgias.


Jan 26, Ted rated it liked it Recommends it for: I’ve long been a very appreciative fan of Michener’s historical epics – this tome is no Chesepeake, Hawaii or The Source, however, all of which offer exhaustive and near encyclopedic treatments of their respective subjects.

But the book suffers from several faults. Open Preview Ibeeria a Problem? Or maybe it’s just me. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.


Published inmany of the vignettes in the book are no doubt much older than that. Jul 24, Deb rated it it was amazing Shelves: How do we explain the enslavement of the Incas?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As a result he went everywhere he pleased, stayed in whatever hotel he wanted, spent months driving around eating, drinking, seeing bullfights.

There, I’ve finally read my first Michener book, if at an advanced age.

Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for the year’s best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer; founded an MFA program now, named the Michener Center for Iberi, at the University of Texas at Austin; and made substantial contributions to the James A.

I thought this book all would be was Michener’s travel through Spain, but no its more than half about the history, which is really boring to me, especially the way it was written into his travel by selection, so I could not get into the book. And always in the background, iron bars of tradition. He wrote while Spain was still under Dictator Franco and wondered what the future would hold politically. While sometimes tedious I James Michener seems to have hated editing.


Iberia by James A. Michener

His naivete touches on childish self-assurance. If I ever plan a trip to Spain I certainly want to check out Michener’s thoughts on the cities we would visit, for two prime reasons. I was wondering what kept him from writing a novel on Spain.

I did a second different iberja of this book a while ago – https: See all books by James A. Santiago de Compostela The book also has a decent index 19 pages. All part of the Pamplonamania I guess. Personally, I found him to be unilluminating in this vein; but he knows how to find a good story and how to tell one.

Stoner More recent review: Perhaps it has become more like the rest of Europe or even more like the jberia of the world than it was during the latter part of Franco’s long rule. He can’t refrain from noting just everything about his experiences in a given city that stuck in his memory, a complete data dump.