Spanish Recognitions

Spanish Recognitions

The Roads to the Present

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
The author recalls her journey into the heart of Spain at the age of eighty-two, revealing the illusions and romanticism she carried into her voyage and the truths she gained along the way. 13,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A book of discovery, in which the landscape of Spain, its history, and its people flow together, each explaining the other. Mary Lee Settle, at the age of eighty-two, set off alone to find the Spain she thought she knew from guidebooks, from friends, and even from her own earlier trip there. But, like Columbus on another voyage of discovery, she found somethingmany thingsthat she hadn't even known she was looking for. Winner of a National Book Award for fiction and author of an acclaimed book of travel and history on Turkey, Settle brings to her task the visual equivalent of perfect pitch. She has no interest in tourist destinations; instead she follows, slowly and with no itinerary, the great, traumatic flows in Spanish history: the Moorish conquest from south to north, and the Christian reconquista, several hundred years later in the opposite direction. Those epic struggles, shaped by geography, are the source of the fascinating tensions in the Spanish character, in its art, architecture, and literature, and the author's magical prose puts these gifts in our hands. Map, 12 pages of illustrations.

Book News
Virginia novelist Settle recounts her solo visit to Spain at age 82. Rather than seeing the tourist sites, she followed in a leisurely manner the great flows in Spanish history, particularly the Moorish conquest from the south to north from 700 to 1000, and the Christian Reconquista in the other direction over the next five hundred years. Her travel book on Turkey was highly acclaimed. She includes a list of recommended reading but no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
A book of discovery, in which the landscape of Spain, its history, and its people flow together, each explaining the other.
Mary Lee Settle, at the age of eighty-two, set off alone to find the Spain she thought she knew from guidebooks, from friends, and even from her own earlier trip there. But, like Columbus on another voyage of discovery, she found something - many things - that she hadn't even known she was looking for.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393020274
0393020274
Characteristics: 358 p. : map ; 24 cm

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