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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Iberiz our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. He’s also a brave and strange man for running with bulls in his 60s, after being shamed by the sight of Hemingway’s 72 year old mentor doing the same.

I did enjoy the parts about people, Toledo, museums in Madrid, picnics in the country, cork trees, food and descriptions of the churches. It was better sped up to 1. I liked getting to know Mitchner’s personality and individual quirks as he discusses his relationship with Spain and adds some commentary on his interpretation of events.

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Mar 13, Alexandra rated michenerr it was amazing Shelves: I admire very much his descriptive abilities as it summoned me It is good to know a different perspective from what the official documents usually say. This book was terribly boring and outdated.

I have a good Spanish friend who explains to me that the adventure in the New World was faith-not-gold-driven.

Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated iveria of the world, came to love as his own. He says writing is hard for him, but he manages to write these tremendously long and simplistic books, possibly because he is so sequential and seldom cross-references or reduces facts.


As with many of the non-fiction audio books I have listened to, to retain the names and dates I will need a paper copy. Las Marismas 62 VI.

The book is a staggering paiella of information ibera from history, conversations, literature and Michener’s stays there for over thirty years. I enjoyed this book very much, even though I’m not normally a fan of this author. The book is still in print, and though it must be dated to some extent, I have a GR friend who moved to Spain in the last year, and has said he has found it useful to have as a suggestion for travels and things to see. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Michener has ever done on any subject As I said before, Michener is not a brilliant writer; but he is a highly competent one.

IBERIA by James A. Michener | Kirkus Reviews

It is good to see that Spain has moved forward. 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 Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin; and made substantial contributions to the James A.

To fuse the rural peasant of Teruel and the rich clubman of Valencia lolling in his leather chair after a gorging meal was for me impossible, and I began at that moment to formulate that series of speculations regarding Spain which were to exercise me for the mihener decades.


Mar 10, Pages. Any hint of it.

I wish I had discovered him many years ago, but I am glad that I can now enjoy his works. See all books by James A. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Mar 13, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: So if yours contradicts as well, try to be objective and selfless. Michener is, of course, a giant. It is good to know a different perspective from what the official documents usually say.

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.


Iberia is Michener’s enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. You should read this book if you’re going to Spain. But as I rode out to the port to rejoin my ship for the long haul back to Scotland, I could not help recalling the peasants of Teruel and micchener abysmal and almost terrifying poverty that was their lot. Michener first came to Spain as a young man, which must have been in the late s or early s, and then continued his visits until the book’s publication in I loved this intimate read.