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Blood and Sand by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
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Apr 19, 07

Read in April, 2007

Although the dialog is somewhat dated (written in 1908) or perhaps flavored in translation, Ibanez’ descriptions are visual and visceral. He vividly brings to life the pageantry and bloodlust of the corrida and in doing so presents a searing indictment of human nature on many levels. This metaphorical dance with death is saturated in testosterone, leaving the female characters of the novel as little more than rough sketches. Nevertheless, the grand sweep of this story makes for a good read that is at one time historical and timeless.

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