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Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Secret Past characters ☆ 100 » The appearance than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War ended of mass graves containing victims of Francisco Franco’s death suads finally broke what Spaniards call “the pact of forgetting”—the unwritten understanding E have kept silent so long   Ghosts of Spain is the fascinating result of that journey In elegant and passionate prose Tremlett unveils the tinderbox of disagreements that mark the country today Delving  into such emotional uestions as who caused the Civil War why Basue terrorists kill why Catalans hate Madrid and whether the Islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dreamed of a return to Spain’s Moorish past Tremlett finds t. I admittedly haven't finished this book When I first started it I was very impressed with the author's understanding of Spanish history in particular the continuing trauma of the Spanish Civil War I enthusiastically read the book up until about Chapter 6 when I became aware of the fact that the author's observations were dissolving into gross generalizations and blatant hyperbole which isn't to say that there isn't truth there But the blanket characterizations of the Spanish people began to chafe me as a reader and studentprofessor of Spanish literature and culture because if there is only one thing you learn when studying Spain it is that the country is incredibly diverse and that generalizations never get you very far when attempting to understand Las EspañasUnfortunate it was that the author failed to convince me because a lot of the time he does have very insightful things to say about Spain and its people I guess journalism ie sensationalism got the best of him

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He ghosts of the past everywhere At the same time he offers trenchant observations on uotidian aspects of Spanish life today the reasons for example Spaniards dislike authority figures but are cowed by a doctor’s white coat and how women have embraced feminism without men noticing  Drawing on the author’s twenty years of experience living in Spain Ghosts of Spain is a revelatory book about one of Europe’s most exciting countries. Tremlett is a journalist who lives in Spain That is a good thing He is in touch with real people and this gives his writing an immediacy and directness that goes beyond the common judgemental Briton abroad He also has some great chapter titles such as How the bikini saved SpainThe premise of the book is that there is a story to be told around the secret histories of people who have simply refused to talk about their experiences under Franco I know someone whose uncle was denounced then taken out and shot because a neighbour wanted his bicycle My partner Carmen has what the Spanish call 'sensación' walking past the police station It is understandable men wearing sunglasses and Doc Martens and carrying pistols give me the creeps as wellOn the down side I found myself getting bored with the book about half way through Journalism doesn't sustain itself for a long read and I found myself drifting off in pursuit of proper history books Good for a bus ride though

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Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Secret PastThe appearance than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War ended of mass graves containing victims of Francisco Franco’s death suads finally broke what Spaniards call “the pact of forgetting” the unwritten understanding that their recent painful past was best left unexplored At this charged moment Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around the country and through its history to discover why some of Europe’s most voluble peopl. It is still a mystery to me how so many Spaniards can function on so little sleep Late one night in Madrid as my friend and I finished eating our dinner on Spanish time—which means we get home around midnight—we were walking back to our apartment when it suddenly began to rain First it sprinkled; then it drizzled; and soon it was pouring Without an umbrella here amusingly named paraguas for water we were forced to take cover in a bar As we stood there looking out at the rain washing down the tiled streets I heard somebody behind me say in accented English “It’s finally raining in Madrid” I turned around and saw that it was the Spanish waitress looking pensively out at the rain Beside her was a bald patron with the same thoughtful look on his face “Oh Madri’” he said in a thick Scottish accent “It’s a beau’i’ful ci’y Jus' beau’i’ful” To me this moment summarized my reaction to this city so far It’s lovely here in Madrid I had never planned on moving to Spain; I wasn’t even particularly interested in visiting Spain on vacation It was a mixture of chance and opportunity that prompted me to pick up and fly over here; and conseuently I had no idea what to expect The most pleasant surprise for me is how easy it has been for a New Yorker to feel at home here Madrid has many of the positive ualities one finds in New York City bustle inclusiveness diversity variety nightlife Added to this Madrid is safer cleaner cheaper and most conspicuously much relaxed The besuited man or woman walking uickly down the street holding a disposable cup of coffee is an omnipresent figure on the streets of NYC Meals are uick there; people swallow their food and keep moving often simply eating on the go The 1 pizza which you can get by throwing a dollar at the cashier who then throws you the slice in return so you can eat it without breaking your stride is perhaps the uintessential New York meal You can do anything in NYC—anything except slow down In this respect Madrid is uite the opposite Rarely do you see people running for the trains for the busses elbowing their way through crowds Virtually nobody eats while walking; and disposable coffee cups are a rarity as coffee is normally drunk sitting down When Madrileños eat they like to take their time They sit and chat for perhaps hours sipping their drinks and occasionally snacking on tapas and raciones Here the waiters don’t bother you; they serve you your food and disappear Often I have to chase them inside in order to get the check; but this is probably because I am an impatient American As a conseuence of this generally relaxed attitude I’ve found adapting to life here to be extremely pleasant despite my ignorance of the language which is a constant impediment And I’m glad that to help me through my own transición I have Giles Tremlett as a guide a British journalist who has been living in Madrid for decades This book is about the historical imagination in modern Spain Through thirteen chapters Tremlett examines some of the political fault lines that run through the country He begins with an examination of Franco’s regime and its aftermath There is apparently no safe way to talk about the past in Spain—not even something which to me should be as uncontroversial as Franco’s fascism But different political parties propose com