Tales of the Alhambra

Tales of the Alhambra

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By (author) Washington Irving, Narrator Kevin Foley

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 178mm x 25mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 20 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452600708
  • ISBN 13: 9781452600703
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,389,746

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One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's "Tales of the Alhambra" is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned "Rip Van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow," wrote "Tales of the Alhambra" during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the thirteenth century, filled with fantastic Arabic architecture (ornate plasterwork, ceramic tiles, sculpted marble fountains, and archways) and plenty of room for imagining the days of its former greatness, which Irving brings to life most memorably. Even though "Tales of the Alhambra" is over 170 years old, it seems as if it was written yesterday. There are tales of princes, genies, lost and found loves, enchanted treasures, battles, hellish headless horses, and commentary on the Spanish landscape and nature of the Spaniards that he lives with. Full of bewitching music, the smell of roses and exotic perfumes, fiery sunsets, and the ghosts of the past, "Tales of the Alhambra" is a sensory treat as well.

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Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, short story writer, essayist, poet, travel book writer, biographer, and columnist. He is best known for writing the stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from "AudioFile" magazine for his narration of "Cognitive Surplus" by Clay Shirky.