Part autobiography, part travelogue, and wholly a tribute to the unspoilt beauty of southern Spain, Gerald Brenan’s South from Granada includes an introduction. South from Granada has ratings and 44 reviews. Paul said: The First World War had a powerful effect on many of its participants; Gerald Brenan was on. Between and , Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and “South of Granada” depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence .

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The following comments on Woolf nicely illustrate Brenan’s perspicacity and generosity, two of the qualities that make this memoir so enjoyable to read: For most people, the only imported food was fish from the sea less than a day’s mule trek away. I actually got the feeling that Brenan was not a little in love with Woolf, his descriptions of her are so vivid and so thoughtful.

And he observed widely, sometimes almost with an anthropologist’s eye, sometimes with the eye of a naturalist, often with humour. South from Granada has been adapted into a film, Al sur de Granadadirected by Fernando Colomo. I can think of a couple of locals in the book whose stories are quite memorable, but they are both single-encounter characters, and not individuals who develop throughout the book.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading? You can help Wikipedia by rrom it. Topics Books Summer voyages. It geald that he achieved this, but as it turns out it is a difficult type of experience to write engagingly about. The film includes some biographical material not in the original book.

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Preview — South from Granada by Gerald Brenan. The author seems to behave and feel the way many expats do, that while the new country is nice, it really needs to adopt the ways of good ol’ fill in the blank with country of origin. Although a fascinating insight into Spain before the Civil War, I found this rather heavy going and it took me a long time to read I kept putting it aside and finally finished it after about 18 months.

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It is, at risk of sounding hackneyed, a journey of frok and of immersion into an entirely alien way of life, one herald is already at risk gganada extinction at the time that Brenan began his nine-year stint documenting it.

I remembered enjoying it then, and a couple of vividly described anecdotes such as Strachey’s miserable mule ride across mountain tracks to Brenan’s not-very-civilised village home stuck with me over the decades.

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The author set himself an interesting task, because part of his motivation in coming to Yegen was to find somewhere that he could live a pleasant, non-striving, non-dramatic life.

Sep 27, Michael Boerm rated it really liked it.

His descriptions of the area are largely from his home in Yegen, long walks to the mountain villages, the sea and Gerlad. Brenan wrote a great deal more about his life in Spain and the civil war.

Granada in an interesting, beautiful city and for those reasons alone, I was eager to read Gerald Brenan book about living in southern Spain. Photos from the Alpujarra: Being an Expat myself – I loved this book – so interesting to read about Expat life 90 years ago.

Jul 04, Mark Colenutt rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Perhaps the language barrier was an issue though it seems he spoke fairly good Spanishor perhaps he is just not that good at imparting the characters.

He writes about rural poverty, local food and customs, and the beauty of the mountain scenery interspersed with visits from Bloomsbury Group fellows such as Carrington, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf.


He had a terald amount of money and a small pension from the army and had to live frugally. In he decided to move to Spain and chose the remote Alpujurras district in southern Spain.

South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain

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Its very remoteness meant that modern life had not reached it and the lifestyle and culture had remained the same for centuries. Very enjoyable and helpful in getting a view of how basic things were in this area in the early 20th Century, there weren’t even surfaced roads making th We were planning to stay soutu the Alpuharas on our visit to Sotuh this summer so I thought it would be good to get a window into this world by reading Gerald Brenan’s book.

Grwnada 04, Marc Mordey rated it really liked it. I got this book unexpectedly as a gift from a friend–I had never heard of it or the author, but the friend thought I would like it. He describes visits to Grenada and travels in the local area.

Brenan wanted to write and he transported by mule several hundred gfrald to his remote hideaway. All told, probably essential reading for the Andalusophile. Anyone who has written about Spain will have read this book and aspired to its vertiginous standards, myself included.

Jan 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing.