It’s just occurred to me while reading through the Civil War thread what a bookish lot we are!
So why not have a thread dedicated to Travel Writing in Spain, which is so prolific as to be a genre in its own right?
Just to set the ball rolling. The Civil War thread caused me to have a think about foreign travel writers’, rather than serious journalists, output during the repression years. Where were they coming from attitude-wise. An example I have is ‘Two Middle-aged Ladies in Andalucia’ by Penelope Chatwode (Mrs John Betjeman). The other middle aged lady was a pony.
Now Mrs B was a devout Catholic, so whatever Lit. Crit.. I may come up with must respect her beliefs first and foremost. But it’s a rather weird book knowing what we now know about the period as she is led across Andalucia by “intelligent” young priests and “charming” military governors.
Two other writers that I would like to read are Jan Morris and, especially, Dervla Murphy, whose autobiography ‘Wheels Within Wheels’ is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary life. Sadly, although she writes about her first experiences as a travel writer being both about and being inspired by her first trips to Spain, I’ve never come across the actual writing itself and I’m not sure if a book exists as she went on to more strenuous and perhaps glamorous destinations – Eight Feet in the Andes is a gem; the other feet being her 13 year old daughter and a mule!
On another thread; regrettably I have to spend two weeks in Gloomland next month – a horrible prospect. But as it happens I know of where I can read a copy of Richard Ford’s multi-volume Travels in Spain, which I last read about fifteen years ago and have now almost completely forgotten!
Hope this inspires a few more bookworms!