Part autobiography, part travelogue, and wholly a tribute to the unspoilt beauty of southern Spain, Gerald Brenan’s South from Granada includes an introduction. South from Granada has ratings and 44 reviews. Paul said: The First World War had a powerful effect on many of its participants; Gerald Brenan was on. Between and , Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and “South of Granada” depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence .

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Brenan discusses a lot of people that he meets, but I got the feeling that he didn’t know most of them all that well.

Summer voyages: South from Granada by Gerald Brenan

Sometimes, we also use a cookie to keep track of your trolley contents. Brenan served in the army for the whole of the war. Its very remoteness meant that modern life had not reached it and the lifestyle and culture had remained the same for centuries. Feb 22, Judith Rich rated it liked it Shelves: He stayed there on and off for some years and here he recounts his experiences. Apr 15, Jake Goretzki rated it really liked it Shelves: Yet she and her husband not only concealed the impatience they must often have felt, but treated me as though I was their intellectual equal.

My post would be waiting for me and a copy of the Nation —that ancestor of the New Statesman —and over my coffee I would read my letters and begin to answer them. In both cases you should know how to switch cookies back on! Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. At the end of the book an older Brenan, then living with his wife in Malaga and driving a car, returned to Yegen for one last visit. Since then I have reread it at least 5 times.

Retrieved from ” https: An amusing and insightful account of Spanish village life from a brilliant interpreter of Spain to the rest of the world The Times. For most people, the only imported food was fish from the sea less than a day’s mule trek away. These representatives of the Bloomsbury “community” were all too individualist to feel at home in a real village. It is, at risk of sounding hackneyed, a journey of self-discovery and of immersion into an entirely alien way of life, one that is already at risk of extinction at the time that Brenan began his nine-year stint documenting it.


It’s not something you can dip into and out of and is most rewarding when you pay it full attention. He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Berber villages of Andalusia with a mule train carrying a thousa The British have an impressive Hispanophile heritage and have conrtibuted enormously not only to spreading the fame of Spain to the four corners, but also to conserving much of the country’s past and transition into modernity among their pages.

Anyone who has written about Spain will have read this book and aspired to its vertiginous standards, myself included. His journey was difficult and he had no set destination, stumbling on Yegen by accident.

To access your account information you garnada to be authenticated, which means that you need to enter your password to confirm that you are indeed the person that the cookie claims you to be. How simple life was then but they still seemed happy and satisfied.

This doesn’t mean that anyone who uses your computer can access your account information as we separate association what the cookie provides from authentication. By then he has brought the village so vividly to life that I’m inclined to agree. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Time to Google Yegen and see the Lidl soyth Irish pub there. Oct 05, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments.

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The British have an impressive Hispanophile heritage and have conrtibuted enormously not only to spreading the fame of Spain to the four corners, but also to conserving much of the country’s past and transition into modernity among their pages. Gerald Brenan then is amongst the most celebrated of those writers whose adventures began just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Seven Years in an Andalusian Village.


Yegen as Brenan knows it though is set in pre-Civil War Spain in the s. Return to Book Page. Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. He had just been demobilised and nrenan a hrenan money and about 2, books packed in his trunks. The crucial thing for Brenan was that it was a real granadx, and, dressed like a local labourer, he entered into the life of the villagers as fully as they would allow.

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Generally a good read, but it’s one of those books that could have used soth intervention from a decent editor. Nevertheless, even here Brenan irked me a little.

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Penguin Books LimitedMay 29, – Travel – pages. A must read for everyone who lives in, or is thinking of moving to, rural Andalusia.

Still, hard not to like. Brenan provides vivid portraits of local residents. Oh, but Lytton Strachey sounds like a right twit. We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies.

He lived and traveled all over the south of Spain, and his writing is really excellent. I found a Folio Society edition in the local second hand book shop, couldn’t resist it and have so enjoyed reading it anew that I have put it under ‘Favourites’.

He hid away in deep rural Brenah and gained a double education, one from the pages of the classics and the other from the classical bucolic life of a Spain now lost in time.

Jul 16, Martin rated it really liked souty. The author was an Englishman and a peripheral member of the Bloomsbury circle who, after Brenam, decided to take his military stipend to live frlm remote where he could make it last for a while and just live a quiet life. El libro comienza con una cita de Horacio, muy bien escogida por parte del autor ya que resume muy bien la actitud del Al Sur de Granada: Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra