Tag Archives: Spain

Book Review: Gypsy Ballads

Gypsy Ballads, by Federico Garcia Lorca Rarely is a book more pregnant with ominous hints about an author’s destiny than this book is.  Lorca, with whom I have been familiar with since high school when my Spanish teacher assigned his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catalina

Catalina:  A Romance, by W. Somerset Maugham Admittedly, the writing of W. Somerset Maugham was probably not the most obvious thing to appreciate when it came out in the early 20th century in the face of many disciples of various … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Confidential Agent

The Confidential Agent, by Graham Greene I have to admit that although this book was a bit long at 300 pages (long because the text itself would suggest the book should be shorter), there is a lot to enjoy here.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Crusaders

The Last Crusaders:  The Hundred Year Battle For The Center Of The World, by Barnaby Rogerson Although the author does not make any claims to be a scholar, I have found him to be a very worthwhile guide to history … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Interior Castle

The Interior Castle, by Teresa of Avila In my reading of Christian contemplative texts [1], one tends to find some patterns that reappear over and over again.  For one, those who view Christian mysticism most highly tend to have a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Poems Of St. John Of The Cross

The Poems Of St. John Of The Cross, translated by Ken Krabbenhoft While St. John of the Cross is best known for his famous poem “Dark Night Of The Soul” [1], a poem whose mystic discussion of the rapturous love … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: The Early Middle Ages: Part Two

Great Courses:  The Early Middle Ages:  Part Two, by Professor Philip Daileader As someone who finds Charlemagne and the Vikings to be subjects of personal interest [1], there was much in this audiobook to appreciate.  What was covered here was … Continue reading

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The Age Of Secession: Catalonia

Almost as soon as I had previously finished writing about the problems of the Kurds in the aftermath of their lopsided vote for independence [1], it happens that in Europe similar events were taking place thanks to the problems of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Travels With My Donkey

Travels With My Donkey:  One Man And His Ass On A Pilgrimage To Santiago, by Tim Moore If you are familiar with the author and his work–this is the third book of his I have read [1], you know where … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca in a version by Ted Hughes It is easy to see, when one knows a little about the lives of both García Lorca and Ted Hughes, why the materials in this play were of … Continue reading

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