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Familiar Spanish Travels   By: (1837-1920)

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Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells offers readers a captivating and insightful journey through the vibrant and culturally rich country of Spain. From the very beginning, Howells effortlessly transports readers into the heart of Spain, immersing them in its beauty, history, and charm.

The author skillfully blends personal anecdotes with historical context, making this travelogue both informative and engaging. Howells' writing style is lyrical and descriptive, painting vivid images of the landscapes, architecture, and people he encounters along the way. His keen observations and attention to detail provide readers with a deeper understanding of the country's customs, traditions, and cultural nuances.

One of the book's standout features is the author's ability to capture the essence of Spanish life. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the tranquil countryside of Andalusia, Howells takes readers on a multifaceted journey, showcasing Spain's diverse regions and their distinct character. Whether describing the vibrant festivities during Semana Santa or the solemn beauty of the Alhambra in Granada, each chapter unfolds like a mini adventure, leaving readers eagerly turning the pages.

While the travelogue primarily focuses on Spain's major cities and tourist destinations, Howells does not shy away from exploring the lesser-known corners of the country. Through his encounters with locals and his willingness to venture off the beaten path, he provides readers with a more authentic and nuanced perspective of Spain beyond its most famous landmarks.

Furthermore, Familiar Spanish Travels incorporates historical anecdotes, introducing readers to Spain's rich past and its influence on the country's present-day culture. From the legacy of the Moors to the impact of Catholicism, Howells expertly weaves historical context into his observations, giving readers a deeper appreciation for the places they are exploring.

Although the book was first published nearly a century ago, its themes and observations remain relevant to contemporary readers. While some elements may have changed, the essence of Spain and its enduring allure are effectively captured by Howells' eloquent prose.

In conclusion, Familiar Spanish Travels is a delightful and informative travelogue, transporting readers on a captivating journey through Spain's diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. Whether planning a trip to Spain or simply craving an armchair adventure, this book offers an immersive and enlightening experience that is sure to satisfy any travel enthusiast or history buff.

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FAMILIAR SPANISH TRAVELS

By W. D. Howells

ILLUSTRATED HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON MCMXIII COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY HARPER & BROTHERS PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PUBLISHED OCTOBER. 1913

TO M. H.

[Illustration: 01 PUERTA DEL SOL GATE OF THE SUN TOLEDO]

CONTENTS

I. AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL APPROACHES

II. SAN SEBASTIAN AND BEAUTIFUL BISCAY

III. BURGOS AND THE BITTER COLD OF BURGOS

IV. THE VARIETY OF VALLADOLID

V. PHASES OF MADRID

VI. A NIGHT AND DAY IN TOLEDO

VII. THE GREAT GRIDIRON OF ST. LAWRENCE

VIII. CORDOVA AND THE WAY THERE

IX. FIRST DAYS IN SEVILLE

X. SEVILLIAN ASPECTS AND INCIDENTS

XI. TO AND IN GRANADA

XII. THE SURPRISES OF RONDA

XIII. ALGECIRAS AND TARIFA

FAMILIAR SPANISH TRAVELS

I. AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL APPROACHES

I.

As the train took its time and ours in mounting the uplands toward Granada on the soft, but not too soft, evening of November 6, 1911, the air that came to me through the open window breathed as if from an autumnal night of the middle eighteen fifties in a little village of northeastern Ohio. I was now going to see, for the first time, the city where so great a part of my life was then passed, and in this magical air the two epochs were blent in reciprocal association... Continue reading book >>




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