Ghosts of Spain
As a part of my Spanish studies, I'm reading a book titled Ghosts of Spain: Travels through Spain and its silent past, by Giles Tremlett. Tremlett is a journalist from the UK who moved to Spain with his family many years ago. He obviously speaks fluent Spanish and has a deep and abiding interest in the country and its culture. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of Spanish history and culture.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Spain. I'm halfway through the book, and I've already learned so much. For example, Chapter 6 The Mean Streets of Flamenco provides a very nuanced view of flamenco (there's so much more to it than castanets and heel-tapping) and introduced me to Paco de Lucía and Camarón de las isla, two of the most accomplished flamenco artists of all time.
By the way, YouTube has a good collection of video and audio recordings of these two and many other great flamenco artists. Something fun and educational to do between Duolingo lessons. :-)
Ya sabia sobre Paco. El fue una de mis inspiraciones para aprendir espanol. Un artist incredible.
Puedo recomendir mi ultima gran inspiracion para esanol. Un pelicula llamada: "Diarios de motocicleta. " Si vosotros gusta Guevara o no, la filma es incredible y musetra los diferentas en cultura y gente en toda Sudamerica.
Por ejemplo, puedes pensar que todos en sudamerica son mismos, mestizos y latinos. Pero Argentina no tiene nada en comun con Peru, por ejemplo. Argentina parece que Europa, casi todos son blancos. Pero Peru y Norte de Chile son mestizos y muy pobre.
Y en la filma ellos hablan castellano muy comprensible. Pueden practicar escuchar. Ernesto Guevara y su amigo hablan con accento de Argentina, sabes ... "che" "Como se shama" :D
Venga, chicos. Mira la pelicula :)
V. S. Pritchett wrote a couple excellent books many years apart about traveling in Spain: "Marching Spain" (1928) and "The Spanish Temper" (1954). Highly recommended.
For real ghosts of Spain try “The manuscript found in Saragossa”, written by Jan Potocki. Google can tell you more but I think it’s better without spoilers.
Your passion for the culture will serve you well in language learning.
This is a fabulous book. It is full of facts and so much, little known, history of Spain. It was the first book I read on the history of Spain and Cataluña. George Orwell also write a short book of his experience and time spent fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Homage to Catalonia. I can also recommend another fabulous, lighter read, Travels With My Donkey. It recounts Tim Moore's pilgrimage by donkey along the ancient French side of the Pyrenees to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
For further light reading, Christopher Stewart, the original drummer and a founder member of Genesis, is now a farmer in Spain and the author of several popular autobiographical works. The first of his books I read was Driving Over Lemons. It was so interesting and funny, i couldn't wait to read his other books.