Fabled Shore

Fabled Shore : From Pyrenees to Portugal

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Rose Macaulay traveled down the Catalonian, Valencian, Andalusian, and Algrave coast in the 1940s, just after the Spanish Civil War, when the roads were still pitted with shell holes and the victors were rebuilding their war-torn churches. Fabled Shore, her fascinating account of this trip, has become one of the classics in travel writing. Steeped in Spanish history, and filled with stories of her meetings with children, fishermen, and the still-active anti-Francoists, it describes the coast of Spain before the tourists of sun-starved Northern Europe invaded, turning it into a commercial center. Benidorm was then a fishing village frequented by smugglers; Torremolinos, a small town boasting but a single hotel. Versed Spanish history and architecture, Macaulay (who attracted enormous attention, traveling as an unaccompanied woman in a car) has left a marvelous picture of Spain as it was and, in some ways, still is. "Rewarding for those who know and love Spain or for those who hope to do so someday."--Christian Science Monitor ."A book of extraordinary charm."--The Nation About the Author: The late Rose Macaulay was a well-known novelist and travel writer. They Were Defeated, another of her books, was recently reissued by Oxford University Press. Raymond Carr, also a well-known travel writer, is Warden of St. Anthony's College, Oxford. One of the classics of travel writing, describing the untraveled coast of Spain just after the Civil War"show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • plates
  • 0192814834
  • 9780192814838

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A journey inland, along the shores of Spain to Portugal, which is gentle in its scholarship, cultivated and interested, and always conscious of the cultural heritage and magnificence of the past as it is to be seen today. For Miss Macaulay gives a visual stress to this account where architecture predominates, castles, churches and monasteries, cities and villages, and less occasionally shops and native wares and peoples. From Catalonia, she traveled by car to the "ancient green kingdom of Valencia", then to Murcia Andalucia- Granada and the Alhambra and Gibraltar and Cadiz- and finally to the journey's end in Portugal. Bright in color, rich in tone, this is a special sort of travel book. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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