Friday, January 30, 2009

Reading lists

I've been reading a great book about Spanish culture and history called Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett. It's well written, with substancial yet easy to digest chapters that cover a journalistic journey into the heart of modern Spain. Explaining many of the curiosities the Spanish society many of Tremlett's observations are good explanations for questions I've been coming across as I am making a new life here. I am also getting a solid basis to better understand the daily news, politics, arts, languages, and nationalisms of this land in chapters with titles like "How the Bikini Saved Spain", "The Mean Streets of Flamenco", and for Galicia "Coffins, Celts, and Clothes". Read it as a whole or focus on specific chapters that interest you most, but I highly recommend this book if you are planning on moving to Spain, are currently living in Spain, or are at all interested in Spanish culture and history. Add it to your list!

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