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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South from Granada: A Sojourn in Southern Spain

The only other expat in the area was an embittered Scottish alcoholic, who despite having a Spanish wife, refused to learn the language. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For people who know Spain well,as well as its history, it is fascinating. Still, hard not to like. South from Granada has been adapted into a film, Al sur de Granadadirected by Fernando Colomo.

Seven Years in an Andalusian Village. He hid away in deep rural Spain and gained a double education, one from the pages of the classics and the other from the classical bucolic life of a Spain now lost in time.

The following comments on Woolf nicely illustrate Brenan’s perspicacity and generosity, two of the qualities that make this memoir so enjoyable to read: He is a fine observer of people, nature, himself.

I was young for my age, and rather earnest. Jan 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing. This is a good look at life in Spain specifically one village in Anadalucia from the eyes of a British ex-pat in the ‘s who moved there. But we enjoy bird watching, so it is an amicable trade-off. View all 5 comments. The film includes some biographical material not in the original book.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He must have been a strange phenomenon to the people amongst whom he lived, but never felt anything but welcome in this poor, peasant society, where only two men apart from him had been born outside the village and those only a few miles away.


Seven Years in an Andalusian Village. It seems that he geraod this, but as it turns out it is a difficult type of experience to write engagingly about. Where the British lived their lives behind closed doors, the people of Yegen lived theirs on the street and everyone knew everyone’s business.

Retrieved from ” https: All in all it is an engaging account, written by someone who loved Spain. It interested me so much, I made several trips to the town Yegen where the story takes place.

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. Jul 18, Rob Innis rated it really liked it.

South From Granada

South from Granada Gerald Brenan Snippet view – Order by newest oldest recommendations. Photos from the Alpujarra: Jan 06, Brian Grover rated it did not like it. He had just been demobilised and had a little money and about 2, books packed in his trunks. Spent a week wandering around Andalucia this spring on a motorbike and this book makes me wish I could turn time back and go again. It is clear from his writing however that he understood the Spanish people of the South.

Really good read so to speak!! Granada in an interesting, beautiful city and for those reasons alone, I was eager to read Gerald Brenan book about living in southern Spain.

In fact, the only time Brenan seems willing to allow that the British might be superior to the Spanish in any way is when he discusses their respective treatment of domestic animals. The author was an Englishman and a peripheral member of geralf Bloomsbury circle who, after WWI, decided to take his military stipend to live somewhere remote where he could make it last for a while and just live a quiet life.

Gerald Brenan was an English writer who spent much of his life in Spain. Brenan captures the nature of rural Spanish life in the years before the civil war, and describes in detail the vanished customs of the time – for example the practice of courting through a barred window that is a brenaj of Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’.


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The book is an example of travel literature, mixing an autobiographical account of his life in Yegenthe village where he found his first home in Spain, with detailed background information about the Alpujarras region of Andalusia. Great snapshot of life in Spain in the early 20th century. It is an odd story, but Brenan as he usually does, leaves the reader to make their minds up about the characters described.

The chapter about the Scottish reclusive alcoholic is really good! There are entertaining accounts of the visits of Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, but neither is long enough for much character development. The s in Yegen were in time before the disruption of the civil war.

Situated about 4,ft above sea level on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada and on a road that actually did go nowhere, Yegen was an almost entirely self-sufficient village of peasant farmers. Wasted potential is always vexing.

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Brenan writes intelligently and fluidly, and his account is always interesting, whether he is writing about his own personal experiences, or about his neighbors and the local customs of the Alpujarra. He had the usual public school education, hated it and was bullied. All told, probably essential reading for the Andalusophile.

View all 4 comments. Feb 22, Judith Rich rated it liked it Shelves: His name was Gerald Brenan and the story of the weeks he spent walking the valley weakened by dysentery, eating poorly and sleeping in bug-infested posadas could have made an interesting book in itself.