Iberia, by James A. Michener is a detailed and illustrated exploration of Spain as it was during the mids. The author takes a measured, literary view on. Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some pages in IBERIA . Spanish Travels And Reflections. by James A. Michener. Has anyone read James Michener’s Iberia before or after visiting Spain? I’m thinking about tackling it before a trip next May.

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It is probably too long for the occassional traveler, but maybe useful for those wanting specific information about either a geography or cultural item.

The travel book si Iberia is a massive tomb.

James Michener has become a favorite of mine. Shoot a hundred of the very finest pictures he can find and make them his interpretation of Spain.

In fact, that’s how I “read” this: Michener, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. This book will make you fall in love with Spain. Start reading Iberia on your Kindle in under a minute. The bullfighting info was especially informative. Be the first to discover new ibrria Here, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener’s trademark, is the real Spain as he lberia it.

In fact, Michener writes about this explicitly in his Madrid chapter. It was interesting to get the perspective of an American writer from that time but I suspect much has changed in Spain since then making the book dated.


I decided to dive into this over the holidays, as part of an ensuing and voracious quest to soak up as many dimensions of Spanish culture as possible. This audiobook can be listened to on: It is a civilian point of view in The body was never found. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I thought this book all would be was Michener’s travel through Spain, but no its more than half about the history, which is really boring to me, especially the way it was written into his travel by selection, so I could not get into the book.

Iberia by James A. Michener

Mainly, these speculations deal with the following question: Spain has obviously gone through major transitions jberia the past 45 years. So this is a point for him.

Sep 22, Alessandra rated it liked it. There, I’ve finally read my first Michener book, if at an advanced age.


A deeply satisfying book and one that the lover of Spain will want to return to time and again. Extremadura, poor, hard-scrabble region bordering Portugal, where Balboa, de Soto, Cortez, and Pizarro all came from. Also by James A. Published inthe text is of course dated.

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It wasn’t as well liked as this one I did originally. Michener was fascinated by Spanish history in that they had literally boatloads of gold coming to them, but they became quite backwards for a very long time. I read at 1. Michener has ever done on any subject.


Certainly censorship has disappeared and we see any number of modern films, full of sex, from the once “protected” society. It’s one of the great travel books of the English language, not, by the way, one of Michener’s eventually rather formulaic, boring novels. Michener devoted parts of several chapters, and one complete chapter, to bull fighting. kames

Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections – James Albert Michener – Google Books

However, I should emphasize that the book is written more as a travelogue, and my recollection of iberua is as a book of very general interest, not a pseudo-academic tome by any means. I am sure many things have changed since that moment. But I should have expected the history mixed mames with his travel, since in all his fictional books about different locations it is basically a history of the location from the beginning of time on how the land was created to the present time. Read more Read less.

The hardback edition features photographs by Robert Vavra, a friend of Michener. You might want to take this book with you if jaems plan an Iberian visit.