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Giles Tremlett, Madrid correspondent for The Guardian of London, begins “ Ghosts of Spain,” his affectionate, deeply informed tour of the. Ghosts of Spain has ratings and reviews. Roy said: It is still a Ghosts of Spain: Travels through Spain and its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett, 3. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around Spain – and through Spanish history. Tremlett’s journey was also an attempt to make.

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Why are spainsh kids so spoilt? Apr 18, Richard rated it really liked it. Tremlett’s journey was also an attempt to make sense of his personal experience of Spaniards: I have nothing to add to this fine review.

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past: Giles Tremlett: Bloomsbury USA

I guess journalism i. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given his background, his method is journalistic.

Open Preview See a Problem? Tremlett does just look at Spanish modern history he also takes us through his own journey in understanding the language, culture and politics. At the same time, it is also trying to capitalize on the tourism. Plot Tips on technique 6: The ghosts of the past were everywhere. In elegant and passionate prose, Tremlett unveils the tinderbox of disagreements that mark the country today. The third victim, however, Valeriana Grenada, did not even have any political affiliation.

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This is an easy book to read on a difficult subject. Jun 27, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 14, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart, Jul 30, Rod Innis rated it liked it.

How did Spain become a ‘normal’ country in Western Europe? He is in touch with real people and this gives his writing an immediacy and directness that goes beyond the common judgemental Briton abroad.

Want to Read saving…. A Basque is not a Catalan is not a Sevillano is not a Madridista. While Spain’s race to modernity has involved acquisition of these more baleful aspects of contemporary western life, Tremlett also depicts a nation with many enviable qualities, such as its new prosperity, its openness on matters of gender and sex, its passionate belief in community politics, the can-do sense of optimism and that Hispanic elan simply for enjoying life.


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The book covers similar territory to The New Spaniardsbut I found the writing much more engaging. You can do anything in NYC—anything except slow down. Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque country all get this treatment.

Get to Know Us. Like Jones, Tremlett doesn’t shy away from the horrors of the This feels like an Iberian equivalent to Tobias Jones’ The Dark Heart of Italy; a British journalist describes the often traumatic events of a country’s recent history in this case the Civil War and Franco’s reign and then goes on a bit of a road trip, analysing regional differences, cultural quirks and the national psyche. For three generations these barbarous crimes were part of the nation’s unacknowledged memory, a state of collective amnesia forced upon half of Spain by the triumph of Franco’s fascist regime in There was no engagement with the sex workers themselves, and what followed was a bland description of a semi-legal business model.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I took a few tidbits away, and what more can you really want. My only criticism, if it is that, is I wish there was more on the Spanish Civil War, which is why I picked up the book.

So in all, this book was just OK. I know someone whose uncle was denounced then t Tremlett is a journalist who lives in Spain.

Ghosts of Spain is the fascinating result of that journey. All this takes place in a country where the emphasis has been resolute about looking forwards not backwards and where there are ongoing separatist movements.

My bisabuelo fled to England sometime during The C This book has taught me a lot and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, Giles writes extremely well and I wish I was living back in Spain where I spent a year after university. That was followed by a chapter on the open Spanish attitude toward sex, which perked everything up. Nice follow up after reading the classic Iberia by James Michener.


Some chapters, particularly the ones on flamenco and the sex industry, are written like long-form investigative journalism articles. Moreover, those who fell in the Caudillo’s cause were accorded a hero’s burial, their names memorialised in trempett squares throughout the country, while members of the clergy were often beatified by the Catholic church.

I have never been to Spain. The cacophony of tremoett in Madrid, the necessity for having and using connections enchufe to get anything done that pervades all aspects of Spanish life, first-hand encounters with the health and educational systems through the birth and education of his child, treemlett visit to the municipal jail in Seville conjugal visitsa brothel in Almeria — the mosaic of Spanish ghists that Tremlett constructs is detailed, colorful and vibrant.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Both are worth reading. I enthusiastically read the book up until about Chapter 6, when I became aware of the fact that the author’s observations were dissolving into gross generalizations and blatant hyperbole — which isn’t to say that there tremletr truth there.

He is especially good at illustrating how, 70 years later, tremltt civil war remains the elephant in the room; no one comfortably talks about it, but it profoundly affects political attitudes.

I can see how this flitting around can be quite endearing, but in the end you might be stuck with whole chapters on very niche subject matter that may not interest you at all. La Transicion, or Spain’s transition to democracy is something that is occuring both historically, politically, and personally as Spain enters a more globalized, connected world. Case in point – the chapter toward the end on Spanish film, which seemed to me to be an awful lot like filler.

It is a good example of being rewarded for the effort of reading: I put the book down and went straight to Google.