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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Apr 15, Jake Goretzki rated it really liked it Shelves: Charming book, quite formally written about Don Geraldo’s spell living in a remote town in the mountains near Granada. As he looked out over the village and the mountains beyond he realised that his original paradisal view of the place was no illusion. Wonderful autobiographical work by expat on early years — pre tourist Spain.

Brenan describes various visits to his new domicile. 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.

Village society depended brehan the rules being kept and gerakd they were. Email address subscribed successfully.

Sep 27, Michael Boerm rated it really liked it. This book is set in Yegen, a village in the Alpujarras, the same mountain area south of Granada made famous at the end of the 20th century by Chris Stewart.


Gerald Brenan was an English writer who spent much of his life in Spain. Really good read so to speak!! A activation email has been sent to you. Never thought of her like that before. 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 in the Alpuharas on our visit to Spain this summer so I thought it would be good to get a window into this world by reading Gerald Brenan’s book.

Brenan, a fringe member of the Bloomsbury Groupmoved to Spain in and lived there on and off for the rest of his life. Retrieved from ” https: He was awarded a Yranada inand was much honoured in Spain.

South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain

I was young for my vrenan, and rather earnest. I would come back tired and stiff from a long expedition and, while I washed and changed my clothes, the fire would be lit and a meal brought in.

Maybe he spent most of his time reading? Order by newest oldest recommendations. It interested me so much, I made several trips to the town Yegen where the story takes place. It is rambling in places and badly organised, as if he has frrom down at a typewriter years later and written each and every thing he wants to say in the order in which he has remembered them. I found the book by turns very engaging and pretty dull.

There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Nevertheless, even here Brenan irked me a little. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yet for me this book taught the opposite lesson: Otherwise, gfrald end up like Brenan, with a superficial understanding of many things but a deep understanding of nothing in particular. All in all it is an engaging account, written by someone who loved Spain.


Cookies are little nuggets of information that web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session. It seems that he achieved this, but as it turns out it is a difficult type of experience to write engagingly about. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It very much seemed as though he was filling space because he only had a limited number of personal experiences he could write about. I found it generally very enjoyable and informative.

His descriptions of the area are largely from his home in Yegen, long walks to the mountain villages, the sea and Granada.

South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain by Gerald Brenan

After a few days walking in Galicia he took the train to a deeply dispiriting Madrid and then on to Granada. In fact, his quest is all over by page nine of the book he actually wrote, South from Granada, one of the small classics of early 20th-century British travel writing.

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