Giles Tremlett, Madrid correspondent for The Guardian of London, begins “ Ghosts of Spain,” his affectionate, deeply informed tour of the. Ghosts of Spain has ratings and reviews. Roy said: It is still a Ghosts of Spain: Travels through Spain and its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett, 3. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around Spain – and through Spanish history. Tremlett’s journey was also an attempt to make.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. What comes to your mind when you think of Spain? Does it remind you of a place where you can spend your holidays?

I have never been to Spain. Judging by the postcards, movies and the excitement on the faces of my friends, I expected Spain to be an ideal place to spend your holidays. But little did I know Spain has more layers to it besides being a place for fun and frolic. It is also a place which is struggling to come to terms with it’s ghosts. Less than 40 years after the death of the Generalissimo, Francisco Franco, the people are still divided on what Spain went through during his reign.

A lot of modernization trrmlett under Franco. On the other hand, there was also a lot of brutality. Ironically, it was also a time when brother turned against brother or neighbour against neighbour. Even after all these years, Spain is still deeply divided on this subject and is reluctant in exorcising the demons.

Tremlstt Spain is trying to forget the past. At the same time, it is also trying to capitalize on the tourism. The tourism which has boosted construction has also ushered in corruption. At the same time, there are lone wolves who stand up against the tide. If this is not enough, nationalism is creating a trwmlett in ghists map of Spain. The Basques refuses to be Spanish. Similarly, Barcelona is not Spanish if you take the language and culture into consideration.


Having spent a considerable time in Spain, Giles Tremlett shows us a side of Spain which we have not seen. In order to paint this picture of Spain, he not only draws from the experience of living in the country for so many years but also the networks he has created in the country. He goes to different parts of the country, conducts interviews and uses this as the basis for telling us about the struggles of Spain. This technique serves in telling the facts like in an investigation in a very interesting way.

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This is the book to read if you are armchair traveller or if you plan to visit the country. Visiting places can help you take photographs. Knowing the people will help you tell a much more interesting story using the photographs.

It will also help you understand and appreciate the locals you meet. My wife and I are concluding a three month tour of Spain by car. We came to learn about the country and enjoy its cultures and the natural beauty of the land. The book provided insight and understanding we would have missed without it. For foreigners like us who want to get more out of their travels in Spain we recommend reading Ghosts of Spain.

Do take the time for this book. Do take the time for this book! I have vhosts a lot about the Spain, politically, culturally and emotionally.

The Spanish are an interesting and very diverse people; some of whom do not want to be one nation but a federation of states. My only criticism, if it is that, is I wish there was more on the Spanish Civil War, which is why I picked up the book. Yet I am glad a read the book because of the other facets of the oof that I know understand a little better.

I really makes me want to go back and visit specific regions of the country. Well written and harrowing in parts as kf history is still recent.

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He’s still very much revered in the older circles and still whispered about behind closed doors by those who still fear and mistrust the system. Brought to life by an excellent researcher who clearly loves his adopted country. One person found this helpful. This is a beautiful book than helps outsiders to understand country. What is amazing is that this is not only about Madrid or Barcelona but about Spain and its history.


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Writer managed to provide his view without being judgmental, leaving conclusions to reader. It is trwmlett of the well written travel books that have a good balance of facts, education and personal essays.

It Covers history and current issues of Spain politics, culture and art, I think this will prepare me well for visiting Spain and motivate me to proceed with deeper understanding of this tremltt and intriguing country and igles. Nice follow up after reading the classic Iberia by James Michener. Brings the reader up to date on life in modern Spain which is still haunted by ghosts of its civil war and the battle between tradition and modernism.

La Transicion, or Spain’s transition to democracy is something that is occuring both historically, politically, and personally as Spain enters a more globalized, connected world. Tremlett describes this “transicion” from all perspectives, but it is his personal perspective, as an ex-pat Brit raising his family in Spain, which I found particularly enjoyable.

His descriptions of gilws to day life juxtaposed into chapters dealing with deeper historical and political events, such as the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, the legacy of Franco, the Basque separatist movement, the pride of Catalans, and the Islamic bombings, gioes this book very readable and pertitent to truly understanding not only the country but its people, and their remarkable history.

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