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am 6. Mai 2000
This is not like most Michener books, which are generally fictional; this is his personal travelogue of his impressions of many travels all over Spain. It should be understood that it was published in the late 1960s and that much has since changed in Spain since that time. While 'Iberia' is normally taken (in the USA, at least) to incorporate Portugal, Michener is writing almost exclusively about Spain in this book.
Michener clearly loved Spain and knew many Spaniards as friends. He discusses Spain's history, culture, art, literature, dance, geography, sports, and spirituality. Rather than putting all that into nice neat little buckets, he weaves it all together to paint an entrancing picture of the Spanish soul as he knows it.
Unlike many such authors, Michener uses photos very carefully to illustrate aspects of Spanish culture, from the assuredly adamant eyes of the Guardia Civil to the warm smiles of the poorest people. He also takes a lot of time to explain words that are difficult to translate and what they tell us about Spanish culture.
Recommended with equal enthusiasm whether from the viewpoint of history, religion, culture, or art. Also of special value to those living in Spanish-speaking countries or regions with large Hispanic populations, as Spain's influence on those cultures, as a mother country, is readily apparent.
Bravo, Sr. Michener. Faltan mucho a Ud.
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am 3. Mai 1999
"Iberia" is a travel log which Michener compiled over years of trips to Spain. His love and respect for this "castle of old dreams and new realities" are evident in his poetic and informative language. We are also treated to people who, though nonfictional, are characterized as larger-than-life members of a fantastic story. Not having even been to Spain, and despite the book's age (30+) years, I feel I have been there many times and could take anyone on a tour of the nation. Fabulous.
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am 14. Dezember 1998
TWIMC I carried a paperback edition of this book with me in Ecuador and Peru and found it fundamental in understanding the Spanish mind. When I visit Spain it will be with me also but, I won't begin my vist in Malaga!
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am 18. Oktober 1998
An excellent narrative about Spain and the Spanish people. I've lived in Spain for 4 years and find the insights spot on. Although written over 30 years ago in the heart of the Franco era, it is still a wonderful primer on the country.
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am 19. Juni 1998
This book is long but entertaining. The visualization of the land is accurate. I would recommend it only to people who enjoy long and detailed descriptions. The contrasts of the land and people are astonishing
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am 14. Februar 2000
As an avid fan of Michener's fiction, I decided to pick this book up to see how Michener dealt with nonfiction. I can without hesitation say that Michener is at his best in this genre. "Iberia" is a stunning achievement of meticulous care and fascinating recounting of events.
His account of Spain, though dated now by thirty years, made me feel as if I were there travelling side by side with Michener. It is wonderfully detailed and always engaging. There are long sections that are just descriptions of art and architecture, and being the art philistine that I am, these became a bit tedious. Still, my appreciation of these passages came less from the art described than from the obvious passion with which Michener describes them...
This book is a must-read.
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am 29. April 2013
Die Original-Ausgabe ist zwar gut lesbar für jemand mit guten Englisch-Kenntnissen, zeigt aber auch stellenweise etwas "Überlängen" in manchen Schilderungen.
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am 24. Juni 2000
Last winter I visited Southern Spain for a short holiday. I took Michener's book with me, a long pocket not too heavy. I have never read a book by Michener before. I found that Michener takes a lot of words to tell his story. Parts of the book are interesting but also a lot is very boring. When I was in the plane back home I stopped at page 500 and never started again with the book. I'll probably not try another Michener.
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