GERALD BRENAN SOUTH FROM GRANADA PDF

Shelves: eurotrip , biography-memoir-travel All I have aimed at is to entertain a few armchair travellers, who may enjoy whiling away a rainy night in reading of how people live in remote mountain villages in the serene climate of the South Mediterranean. This book left me cold. I didnt expect this. Early on in the book, Brenan tells us how he used to sit under an orange tree in Andalusia, reading Spinozas Ethics. Shortly thereafter, he moves into a little town in the Alpujarras and brings along with him hundreds of books, with the All I have aimed at is to entertain a few armchair travellers, who may enjoy whiling away a rainy night in reading of how people live in remote mountain villages in the serene climate of the South Mediterranean.

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Shelves: eurotrip , biography-memoir-travel All I have aimed at is to entertain a few armchair travellers, who may enjoy whiling away a rainy night in reading of how people live in remote mountain villages in the serene climate of the South Mediterranean. This book left me cold. I didnt expect this. Early on in the book, Brenan tells us how he used to sit under an orange tree in Andalusia, reading Spinozas Ethics. Shortly thereafter, he moves into a little town in the Alpujarras and brings along with him hundreds of books, with the All I have aimed at is to entertain a few armchair travellers, who may enjoy whiling away a rainy night in reading of how people live in remote mountain villages in the serene climate of the South Mediterranean.

Shortly thereafter, he moves into a little town in the Alpujarras and brings along with him hundreds of books, with the intention of educating himself. It is hard for me to think of a more promising start to a memoir. But as I turned the last page, I felt only relief that the book was over and I could move on. The book was written about twenty years later, and published And this, despite all of the things this book has going for it: skillful prose, an interesting story, as well as cameos from Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf.

What went wrong? His fullest portraits in this book are of his landlord, his servant, a drunken Scottish person who lived a few miles away, and his friends who came to visit him. Maybe he spent most of his time reading? As that list suggests, Brenan was an exceptionally well-rounded and well-educated man. Otherwise, you end up like Brenan, with a superficial understanding of many things but a deep understanding of nothing in particular.

And indeed, much of the book is very impressively written. Nevertheless, even here Brenan irked me a little. 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.

There are too many generalities in this book and not enough specifics; there is too much description and not enough action.

Nevertheless, the book redeems itself in several places. I actually got the feeling that Brenan was not a little in love with Woolf, his descriptions of her are so vivid and so thoughtful.

The brothels themselves sounded dull, but the companion Brenan takes with him was a real character. In any case, it must be admitted that this book is probably the most readable account of a time and place that no longer exists. According to the Wikipedia article, now there is a sizeable expat community of British people living in the town, probably in part thanks to this book. Wasted potential is always vexing.

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South From Granada

Life[ edit ] Brenan was born in Malta into a well-off Anglo-Irish family, while his father was serving there in the British Army. He was educated at Radley , a boarding school in England, [4] which he hated due to the bullying he endured. His autobiographic works make it clear that he did not enjoy a good relationship with his father, Major Hugh Brenan. Between August and January they walked 1, miles, reaching Bosnia before lack of money made them turn back. Brenan spent the next ten months in Germany, learning the language, surprisingly in preparation for joining the Indian Police Service, but this plan was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War in August

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