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The Alhambra

Washington Irving

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. . .old of the palace, to stroll about the fortress, but he is at my elbow, to explain everything I see; and if I venture to ramble among the surrounding hills, he insists upon attending me as a guard, though I vehemently suspect he would be more apt to trust to the length of his legs than the strength of his arms, in case of attack. After all, however, the poor fellow is at times an amusing companion; he is simple-minded and of infinite good-humor, with the loquacity and gossip of a village barber, and knows all the small-talk of the place and its environs; but what he chiefly values himself on, is his stock of local information, having the most marvellous stories to relate of every tower, and vault, and gateway of the fortress, in all of which he places the most implicit faith.

Most of these he has derived, according to his own account, from his grandfather, a little legendary tailor, who lived to the age of nearly a hundred years, during which he made but two migr. . . Read More

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من أجمل وامتع الكتب التى قرأتها عن قصر الحمراء ومدينة غرناطة وبلادالاندلس كتاب مسلى يحمل اسم ( حكايات قصر الحمراء ) لكاتب امريكى اسمه واشنطن أيروفنج .

قرأت الكتاب للمرة الاولى فى العام 1999 عندما عثرت عليه صدفة على أحد أرفف المكتبة المركزية ضمن جولاتى الاستكشافية فى غابة الكتب الممتدة على مساحات كبي

I understand now why this Alhambra book is sold at every news stand and souvenir boutique in the city of Granada, translated in every major tourist language. Washington Irving account of his visit to the palatial complex around 1830 is almost single handedly responsible for reviving interest i

Partly written by Irving in 1829 while living in the Alhambra, after travelling to Grenada to rest after writing his biography of Christopher Columbus, and eventually finished when he was Secretary to the American Legation in London. It was published in 1832.

It is a hard book to shelve, being a comb

I picked up this beautiful volume on a lazy Sunday afternoon from The Strand - the old one in mid-town in Manhattan - when I was pretending to be a lawyer in that beguiling city of tall structures and sky scapes that appeared and disappeared through the clouds and the mist . Published in Granada and

Se trata de una serie de cuentos, ambientados generalmente en Granada, que contienen una enseñanza moral.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) vivió en la Alhambra -algo realmente excepcional- mientras escribía sus cuentos. Recopiló las leyendas que andaban de boca en boca entre los habitantes del lugar, y

Dos amigas me recomendaron este libro, y la verdad es que jamás pensé que lo leería.
Lo compré en mi visita a Granada y la Alhambra el año pasado (2017), una edición que incluía unas bonitas fotos del palacio y sus jardines, ¡y miren qué sorpresa me he llevado!
Es un libro absolutamente mágico, románt

A wonderful glimpse into a time and place that most of us were never aware of. I would have loved to have read this book while traveling in Spain.

To the traveler imbued with a feeling for the historical and poetical, so inseparably intertwined in the annals of romantic Spain, the Alhambra is as much an object of devotion as is the Caaba to all true Moslems.

The name “Washington Irving” has haunted me since I was a boy. I went to a school n

This was the book that cemented the Alhambra's romantic reputation in the minds of the Anglophone reading public. Based on Irving's three-month stay in the palace in 1829, Tales of the Alhambra is presented as a series of traveloguish essays and historical sketches, although they really have more to

In the spring of 1829 Washington Irving America's first great writer, with an unnamed low - ranking Russian diplomat, a new friend begins a leisurely expedition on horseback from Seville to Granada, a young guide takes them through the Andalusian mountains. He boasts the Spaniard nicknamed Sancho, a

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