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Spanish Recognitions: The Roads to the Present

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At eighty-two years old, Mary Lee Settle set off alone to find the Spain she thought she knew. But, like Columbus on another voyage of discovery, she found something—many things—that she hadn't even known she was looking for. Winner of a National Book Award for fiction and author of an acclaimed book of travel and history on Turkey, Settle brings to her task the visual equ ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2004)
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Annie
Jun 12, 2008 Annie rated it it was ok
I sort of liked some parts of this book. Since I was just in Spain for four months, it was fun to read about some of the places I'd been. But, overall, I thought the author romanticized Spain way too much. She described "all" Spanish people as being well-dressed, sophisticated, and classy, which, in my opinion, was not the case. I found that many Spanish people have a propensity for tacky clothes and hilarious mullets. In fact, Max and I documented these.
Anyway, lots of what bothered me about th
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Merry Rabb
Sep 05, 2015 Merry Rabb rated it it was ok
I actually didn't finish reading this book. I found the premise - repeated often - that she was NOT a tourist and not doing touristy things and just wandering where fate would take her etc. a little annoying Sometimes she will describe something she has read about in history relevant to a site she is visiting then at the end of the section she'll basically say "I can't remember where I read that and it wasn't mentioned in the museum". It's obviously not billed as a travel guide, so don't rely on ...more
Caroline
Jul 25, 2010 Caroline rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful travel memoir by the same author of [Turkish Reflections:] with history thrown in.

What I really liked about this book was that Ms Settle covered not only the beautiful cities, towns and countryside, and the cultural notes on the people she meets, but that she provides a good historical coverage of each city she visits. This is different from a generic look at the long history of Spain because she focuses on individuals that have shaped the history in each city and town. I tho
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Tuck
Dec 07, 2009 Tuck rated it really liked it
Shelves: spain
82 year old mary settle rents her a car and takes off (by herself, she says it is the most opulent luxury there is). staying mostly south of madrid. she's a cool lady, i wish i cold have gone with her. travel book about spain.
Lyn
Feb 09, 2009 Lyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-adventure
Mary Lee Settle's novels bore me, but her travel and description works on Spain and Turkey are observant, interesting and wonderfully written.
Teresa
Nov 27, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it
Lots of historic information is packed into this book that explores Spain. Would have been better if I'd had a better grasp of Spanish history.
Carol Best
Aug 29, 2011 Carol Best rated it really liked it
Excellent book...I love how she sees Spain through the past.
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