Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Secret Past characters ê 107

Free download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ê Giles Tremlett

Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Secret PastHe ghosts of the past everywhere At the same time he offers trenchant observations on uotidian aspects of Spanish life today the reasons for example Spaniards dislike authority figures but are cowed by a doctor’s white coat and how women have embraced feminism without men noticing  Drawing on the author’s twenty years of experience living in Spain Ghosts of Spain is a revelatory book about one of Europe’s most exciting countries. I liked parts of this book than others but overall it was an interesting look at a society that has gone from semi fascist dictatorship to liberal democracy in just a few years Partly this is down to the leadership of Franco's chosen heir King Juan Carlos who threw his authority behind Spain's new democracy and undercut rightwing attempts to overthrow the government Also the transition was made easier perhaps possible by a widespread practice of letting the past remain in the past Many of the political class who ushered in Spain's democratic system also had been loyal servants of Generalissimo Franco Giles Tremlett does a decent job of detailing the complications and contradictions of modern Spain He is especially good at illustrating how 70 years later the civil war remains the elephant in the room; no one comfortably talks about it but it profoundly affects political attitudes He also examines the ethnic nationalisms that have bedeviled the state from the violence of Basue separatism to the assertive cultural boosterism of the Catalans and the uasi Celtic Galicians who celebrate their links to wider Iberian culture He looks at the Spanish rejection of puritanical moralism despite the influence of the Church; the way Spain became obsessed with anything modern; the way that Spanish children tend to be incredibly spoiled but how the same children grow into improbably polite teenagers I found most of this to be interesting although Tremlett's style can be a bit dry and understated perhaps a little too anglosajon Sometimes I was tempted to skip to the next section I did skip most of the chapter on flamenco That was followed by a chapter on the open Spanish attitude toward sex which perked everything up

Read & Download Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Secret Past

Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Secret Past characters ê 107 Ç The appearance than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War ended of mass graves containing victims of Francisco Franco’s death suads finally broke what Spaniards call “the pact of forgetting”—the unwritten understanding thThe appearance than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War ended of mass graves containing victims of Francisco Franco’s death suads finally broke what Spaniards call “the pact of forgetting” the unwritten understanding that their recent painful past was best left unexplored At this charged moment Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around the country and through its history to discover why some of Europe’s most voluble peopl. Books about Spain #2 Ghosts of Spain Travels through Spain and its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett 2006This is the second of several inter related reviews for the books listed below1 The New Spaniards by John Hooper 2nd edition 20062 Ghosts of Spain Travels through Spain and its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett 20063 The Ornament of the World How Muslims Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal 20024 Spain in Mind an Anthology edited and with an introduction by Alice Leccese Powers 20075 Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell 19386 South from Granada by Gerald Brenan 19577 Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart 1999The introduction to my review of the first book on this list has some remarks which explain my interest in Spain; I won’t repeat them hereGiles Tremlett is the Spanish correspondent for The Guardian of London When Ghosts of Spain was published late in 2006 he had been living in Spain for over 10 years first in Barcelona then in Madrid where he is still stationed The tone of his book is entirely different from John Hooper’s The New Spaniards though both are excellent in different ways and complement each other nicely Hooper’s tone is detached throughout; though his commentary is always smart and to the point he maintains a certain distance It is clear that his book was written by someone who is very familiar with Spain but who no longer lives there this may have been less evident in the first edition which was written after he had just completed an 8 year assignment there The reader learns very little about Hooper other than his obvious expertise about Spain Tremlett in contrast takes a much personal approach – repeatedly drawing on his own particular experience to illustrate a general point grounding his analysis in the uotidian details of ordinary life As a result there is an immediacy to Tremlett’s writing that is missing from Hooper’s book Some readers might find Tremlett’s willingness to place himself in the foreground a little offputting – it didn’t bother me as I found him generally engaging smart with the knack of a good journalist for asking interesting uestionsHooper takes a very systematic approach to a book that is obviously intended as a comprehensive treatment with separate clearly delineated sections transition to democracy private life the monarchy regional autonomy social issues culture and the media I doubt that Tremlett was interested in writing a comprehensive account of contemporary Spain; his book is structured like a collection of essays on different aspects of Spanish life Though both books appear to have come out in 2006 Tremlett’s appears far up to date reflecting a journalist’s focus on topics of immediate public interest Of course as his book’s title indicates understanding current events often reuires an examination of past history and this is nowhere true than in Spain where the ghosts of the Civil War have yet to be laid to rest The specific trigger for a reexamination of past events was the exhumation of bodies for reburial from first a handful later scores of mass graves dating from the Spanish Civil War The vast majority were bodies of Republicans killed or executed by Franco’s forces; many had disappeared with little or no information about the circumstances of their death and had been buried in unmarked communal graves It took almost 30 years after Franco’s death but suddenly in the middle of the last decade old wounds were reopened and old hostilities resurfaced as relatives of the dead began to demand exhumation proper burial and some measure of accountability The uestion of the graves and coming to term with the past received a major increase in traction when the right wing government of Jose Maria Aznar lost to Zapatero’s socialist party in the general election of 2004 it was still a hot topic in 2009 It provided the impetus for the opening three essays in Tremlett’s book Secretos a Voces Open Secrets Looking for the Generalisimo and Amnesty Amnesia The Pact of Forgetting The number of books about the Spanish Civil War now exceeds 2000 a number that gives me a major headache Tremlett’s material is nonetheless interesting because he is specifically focused on how it still affects life in Spain seventy years later 100 pages examining the legacy of civil war in Spain or anywhere else isn’t exactly a walk in the park though Tremlett is clear and engaging Fortunately each of the remaining chapters is largely self contained so they can be read in any order Later chapters are generally given over to cheerful topics specifically• How the Bikini Saved Spain Benidorm and the rise of tourism• Anarchy Order and a Real Pair of Balls the importance of enchufe corruption and scandal• The Mean Streets of Flamenco• Clubs and Curas Sex Prostitution neither legal nor illegal Decline of the influence of the church• Men and Children First Role of the family• 11 M Moros y Cristianos terrorist attacks of March 11th 2004 and the aftermath• In the Shadow of the Serpent and the Axe ETA and the Basues• The Madness of Verdaguer those crazy Catalans• Coffins Celts and Clothes Galicia• Moderns and Ruins the frenetic pace of changeTremlett and Hooper are obviously covering some of the same ground Both are worth reading What I particularly liked about Tremlett’s book is the way all of his writing is grounded in the vivid details of everyday life He is much better at capturing how it feels to live in Spain The cacophony of noise 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 a visit to the municipal jail in Seville conjugal visits a brothel in Almeria – the mosaic of Spanish life that Tremlett constructs is detailed colorful and vibrant Cumulatively his delightful collection of essays do manage to capture both the charm and frustration of Spanish life I highly recommend Ghosts of Spain

Giles Tremlett ê 7 Summary

E have kept silent so long   Ghosts of Spain is the fascinating result of that journey In elegant and passionate prose Tremlett unveils the tinderbox of disagreements that mark the country today Delving  into such emotional uestions as who caused the Civil War why Basue terrorists kill why Catalans hate Madrid and whether the Islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dreamed of a return to Spain’s Moorish past Tremlett finds t. I admittedly haven't finished this book When I first started it I was very impressed with the author's understanding of Spanish history in particular the continuing trauma of the Spanish Civil War 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 isn't truth there But the blanket characterizations of the Spanish people began to chafe me as a reader and studentprofessor of Spanish literature and culture because if there is only one thing you learn when studying Spain it is that the country is incredibly diverse and that generalizations never get you very far when attempting to understand Las EspañasUnfortunate it was that the author failed to convince me because a lot of the time he does have very insightful things to say about Spain and its people I guess journalism ie sensationalism got the best of him