The Library Magazine Volume 3

The Library Magazine Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...Department in the first exhibition in 1851, he says: " I beheld only three things: a sword, a bishop's staff, and a very beautiful guitar." I have never read an observation more pithy, or, when well considered, more descriptive in a few words-, .of the Spanish national character; there is, save in Catalufia--ana the Catalunans say they are not Spaniards!--very little solid industry in Spain, but there is an old-world chivalry, well-betokened by the sword above-mentioned; a mediaeval state of religion; and a love of amusement, well-betokened by the tinkling guitar. Many writers, notably Foreland Borrow, have written, and written well and truthfully, upon the always interesting and picturesque peasant classes of Spain. Those mahogany-faced sons of the wild, gray, spreading campo, or of the blue, romantic Sierra, semi-gypsy, semi-savage, wholly, uneducated, nobly chivalrous, children of Nature, whom the railway traveller, as he tattles through the wastes of Andalusia or the pine-woods near Seville, sees flitting, ghost-like, in gaudy dresses in the country or province. Thoy shuffle along, singing their wild melancholy ditties, at set of sun, in sandalled feet through clouds of dust toward their lonely pueblo, flitting, with their patient ass trotting in front, through the groves of stunted, glaucous olive-trees, or threading the narrow track, that skirts the hedge of aloe, or of prickly pear. Rough sons of toil 1 full of interest are you, your quaint herbal remedies, your strange folk-lore, your erotic songs and ditties, your women's wailing nana (nursery rhyme) as they put baby to sleep, your outlandish superstitions--full of interest for poet, painter, or any lover of the old-world and the curious and the romantic I But, rough indeed; and with a...show more

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  • Paperback | 542 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 957g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681142
  • 9781236681140