An itinerary planned to encompass experience rather than comfort takes the author by local buses and short hope from the...

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SILK HATS AND NO BREAKFAST

An itinerary planned to encompass experience rather than comfort takes the author by local buses and short hope from the Extremadura, through Castile and to Galicia, away from the familiar tourist paths so that she may observe Spain which remains the same to eye and ear in its contrast to the New Spain which is ""bustling, and highminded, lived on paper"". Throughout she is aware of illuminating little experiences that display aspects of the Spanish character -- honesty that is fine and moving, the terrible, dull, hopeless poverty, the charm and vulgarity, the ability to live on the grand scale or not at all; she encounters rich types of humanity; never expecting too much, she is surprised by joy at some of her out of the way excursions just as she is enraged and annoyed by incidents of travel along the way. Sherry lodges and cathedrals; antiquities and the country of the backward Hurles; everyday life which is more interesting than extravagant fiestas; the distrust of a woman, unmarried, traveling alone and those who shout ""Fea, fea"" (ugly, ugly) after her -- and the villages, countryside, beautiful cities and always the people and their doings -- this mirrors, sharply, warmly and with understanding interest 1,500 miles of little known Spain, and makes for travel reading much to be enjoyed. Only the hardiest tourist however will try to imitate her schedule.

Pub Date: Jan. 14, 1957

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1957