3 Books to Shrug Off a Hazy Summer
I'll unashamedly admit that this is first and foremost a plug. Ok, I have just finished Norman Lewis' second book on Spain: The Day of the Fox - and I wanted to share my thoughts about this book with you. But, additionally I wanted to let you know of a great review of Inside the Tortilla by Mathew Hirtes and a review of One Last Thing by Matthias Gruber. So shrug off that hazy summer with three great reviews:
1: Day of the Fox: Norman Lewis
Day of The Fox takes over from where Lewis left off in Voices but In this book he turns biography into novel and brings the village and some of the characters alive in a way it was impossible with 'Voices'
2: Inside the Tortilla by Paul Read: Reviewed by Mathew Hirtes
One of my favourite books about Spain is Mark Kurlansky's The Basque History of the World. Ever the evangelist, I was trying to explain its appeal to a Canarian acquaintance before they snatched it from my grasp, browsed at the index, and exclaimed, "Pah, it's full of recipes." However, Paul Read, author of Inside the Tortilla, like Kurlansky before him, realizes the importance of food to a country's people.
3: One Last Thing By Paul Read: Reviewed by Matthias Gruber
I didn't expect much of it, not knowing the author and not being a Tai Chi practitioner, but I was positively surprised! This is really a new kind of format, an astounding mixture of information and humor and really original. I actually had to put it aside a couple of times to stop laughing, but I also learned a few very interesting things. As a Wing Chun teacher (Eight Pattern Wing Chun) I also found interesting parallels to my domain, but I do not want to write a spoiler here, just look for yourself!
Norman Lewis lived on the Catalan Coast during the final part of the 1940s and the beginnings of the 1950s. His other book, Voices of the Old Sea is reviewed here.
Mathew Hirtes writes for the Huffington Post is author of Going Local In Gran Canaria and can also be found here expounding the virtues of his Island home.
Matthias Gruber is an Instructor of Wing Chun and author of Eight Pattern Wing Chun Kung Fu and can be found here.
And Watch The Tortilla Intro Video here...
Why Orwell is essential to understanding Spain today. More here
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