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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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. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. For most people, the only imported food was fish from the sea less than a day’s mule trek away.

He had a small amount of money and a small pension from the army and had to live frugally. Brenan is a keen observer of life around him and manages to convey his observations, but not as an aloof outsider, gdrald was clearly fully e I knew that I would love this book when Gerald Brejan describes his younger self arriving in Spain in the early s after fighting in WW1 with a strong desire to create a classic education for himself.

I suppose in a way I am just wishing for the book to be something other than what it is.

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It very much seemed as though he was filling space because he only had a limited number of personal experiences he could write about. To ask other readers questions about South from Granadaplease sign up. Although he is frank about his own experiences – and not afraid to laugh at himself – there is a degree of reticence – for instance he makes one or two references to his wife, but yet it’s not entirely clear who she is, or when she comes onto the scene.

Very enjoyable and helpful in getting a view of how basic things were in this area in the early 20th Century, there weren’t even surfaced roads making th We were planning to stay in the Alpuharas on our visit to Spain this summer so I thought it would be good to get a window into this world by reading Gerald Brenan’s book.


He describes visits to Grenada and travels in the local area. The author seems to behave and feel the way many expats do, that while the new country is nice, it really needs to adopt the ways of good ol’ fill in the blank with country of origin. Eventhough written over half a century ago, many observations in this book can still be lived and experienced the same way today. Brenan describes various visits to his new domicile. I had expected more and better.

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We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. Oct 05, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 16, Martin rated it really liked it. I remembered enjoying it then, and a couple of vividly described anecdotes such as Strachey’s miserable mule ride across mountain tracks to Frok not-very-civilised village home stuck with me over the decades.

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He had the usual public school education, hated it and was bullied. Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, village customs, superstitions and characters.

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South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain

Few books can better his description of Spanish life or possess such authority of his subject. His journey was difficult and he had no set destination, stumbling on Yegen by gera,d.

In both cases you should know how to switch cookies back on! Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I love the social history and anthropological elements of it village superstitions, courting, whoring, saints and sinners and the brief history of the region I can’t get enough of the Reconquista and Moriscos – it’s such a fascinating point of flux.

Rfom, but Lytton Strachey sounds like a right twit. Brenan wanted to write and he transported by mule several hundred books to his remote hideaway.

There are too many generalities in this book and not enough specifics; there is too fromm description and not enough action. Brenan, a fringe member of the Bloomsbury Groupmoved to Spain in and lived there on and off for the rest of his life. Gerald Brenan then is amongst the most celebrated of those writers whose adventures began just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.


Where Westminster was distant from the daily preoccupations of the voters, the village caciques derived their power from their ability to do useful things for their clients. Brenan is a keen observer of life around him and manages to convey his observations, but not as an aloof outsider, he was clearly fully engaged in the life of the town he lived in.

That turned out to be a village in southern Spain called Yegen, which by the author’s telling was quite remote indeed–the nearby towns seem to have generally been several hours’ walk away. He was a close friend of Ralph Partridge and had an affair with Dora Suth. El momento en lo captaba mejor, y cuando se presentaba con mayor intensidad, era en las noches de luna llena. A marvellous piece of social history. Sometimes, we also use a cookie to keep track of your trolley contents.

Brenan captures the nature of rural Spanish life in the years before the civil war, and describes in detail the vanished gerrald of the time – for example the practice of courting through a barred window that is a feature of Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’.

A activation email has been sent to you. I bet you added that later’. You’ll get no argument from me. He took to the high hills of Granada, into the old Berber villages of Andalusia with a mule train carrying a thousand of his books. Its communal lands were fertile and well-cultivated, producing olives, grains, grapes and vegetables while the higher slopes provided grazing for enough sheep and goats to provide a surplus.

Does it deserve its exalted reputation? Brenan was on the edge of the Bloomsbury group. It interested me so much, I made several trips to the town Yegen where the story takes place.

But as I turned the last page, I felt only relief that the book was over soutb I could move on.