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Gatherings from Spain

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  2 reviews
As soon as it appeared, Richard Ford's Handbook to Spain was hailed as a major work of literature. How far Ford had burst out of the guidebook genre was amply proved the next year when Murray's produced a compendium of the material they had forced Ford to discard from the Handbook. Characteristically, Ford also added much that was new, all of it treated with energy, diamon ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Pallas Athene (first published October 10th 1851)
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Sam Schulman
Somewhere I noticed a contemporary travel writer mention this book, and indeed it is is the greatest travel book ever written, and I say so who don't like "travel writing" and am not hugely interested in Spain, and certainly not in traveling there except on business. Ford is not only a Victorian, but an early Victorian - but while the completely pre-railroad, universally servanted world he describes is utterly gone - it was gone 20 years after he wrote - his prose feels completely un-dated, and ...more
A charmingly honest and humorous depiction of 19th century Spain through the eyes of a progressive Protestant Englishman. At times you'd swear you were reading P J O'Rourke travel guide.
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Richard Ford (1796–1858) was an English writer. He graduated at Trinity College, Oxford, in 1817, and was afterward called to the bar, but never practiced. He spent four years traveling in Spain and in 1845 published his delightful Handbook for Travellers in Spain, in two volumes. A second edition (1847) was in one volume, and the material left out was published in Gatherings from Spain (1846). Fo ...more
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