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Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
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Jan 04, 09

Read in January, 2009

Since I am moderately obsessed with the city of Barcelona and, to a slightly lesser degree, the country of Spain, I found this book fascinating and nostalgia-inducing. I think it would only be as interesting to others who have lived/traveled extensively in Spain; otherwise, the minutia of the post-Franco transition to democracy, Basque and Catalan separatism, and corrupt coastal development would likely be pretty dull. The author is the Madrid correspondent for The Guardian and his journalistic writing style is very engaging, but the book must have been pieced together from essays or else edited very quickly, because occasionally the sentences are choppy or he contradicts a statement he made earlier in the same chapter.
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