Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela has long been .. más inmediato y directo, sea Viaje a la Alcarria”, escribió Camilo José Cela. Information on Journey to the Alcarria by Camilo José Cela. A famous travel book by Camilo José Cela where his offers his impressions Viaje a la Alcarria. Title: Viaje a LA Alcarria. Publisher: Espasa-Calpe SA, España. Publication Date: Binding: Rustica. Book Condition: Como Nuevo. About this title.

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Brief, Simple, informative and interesting. There was something about the way that the author, referring to himself in the third person as the traveller, observed jpse countryside and the people in it in great detail, but without judgement. Audience This section provides access to all the contents in a personalised way, according to your own particular interests and socio-demographic profile.

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He made This travelogue really appealed to me. The protagonist is a traveller actually Cela alcardia although he only mentions his name once or twice who leaves home and travels through Alcarria a largely rural region northeast of Madrid. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. IN he as awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

The author recounts a trip he made to a mainly impoverished rural area of Spain. There they keep the original manuscripts written in notebooks not too different from those I have used in school in my very early age. Some partridge fly up from a bed of thyme. So I’ll take it as a sort of provincial cousin to novels in the ‘flaneur’ tradition see this great LARB essay: An adolescent goatherd and a member of his flock are sinning one of the oldest of sins in the shade of a hawthorn tree blooming with tiny sweet-smelling flowers, white as orange blossoms.

Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside

There were some amusing characters encountered along the way and a few moments when I laughed out loud at some of his experiences. Leaves the reader to draw his own conclusions; the author camili takes each road and iose or traveling salesman as he finds them.


Calendar Plan your trip Favourites. Apr 11, Kris Kipling rated it it was amazing Shelves: The aesthetic sensibility of the time was marked by a different, freer attitude towards art and life. Modernism and Avant-garde movements The turn of the century brought new winds of modernity. Para los tres, el dolor es una facultad. Lo siguiente que queda Realmente excepcional.

Found a copy online HERE! We also spent some time in Brihuegawhere we had an excellent lunch and where in spite of the rain managed to visit a couple of the Romanesque churches, a castle, and sections of the old wall. Without comment he portrays how people who have never travelled very far from home misunderstand life in a metropolis.

Cel trivia or quizzes yet. As an old photograph, taken on a picnic somewhere, perhaps, unwittingly reveals so much of the customs, dress and attitude of the times, so his observations give the reader a vivid picture of what the Spanish countryside and the people who inhabited it were like at that time.

This series of sketches never wears out his welcome, rambling on leisurely and concluding almost indifferently. Written in the third person, the book tells us nothing about its traveler’s history, his political views, or much else; the family that he mentions in the first chapter are not given names or personalities, they are left behind as Cela sets out and not mentioned again.

Pastrana owes their recovery to the alcartia. But, the dialogue was so cryptic that it was sometimes difficult to tell if the traveler was a decent fellow or a snob.

To ask other readers questions about Journey to the Alcarriaplease sign up. He met all kinds of people along the way and shared his food, drink and tobacco with fellow travellers, tramps and beggars.

I felt that Cela really captured the beauty and atmosphere of the countryside. It is a pleasant read, but I felt it would have been better with more detailed descriptions or some photographs to bring the places to life. Original title Viaje a la Alcarria. He spent around nine days visiting various small towns, sleeping in local inns and talking to those people he met during his wanderings.


The old man sits down in the ditch and the traveler lies on his back and looks up at some little clouds, graceful as doves, which are floating in the sky. Interesting to read along with Laurie Lee’s Spanish walk between the wars; this is a people closed in and reserved but not unkind. It did remind me of the tiny town in Italy my great-grandparents came from–the cemetery, church, old houses restored or rundown, old abandoned mill, etc.

Travel planner Save time and effort. Past splendor overwhelms and in the end exhausts the people’s will; and without force of will, as can be seen in so many cases, by being exclusively occupied with the contemplation of the glories of the past, they leave current problems unsolved. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A fine, short travel book in which nothing much of note happens, recounted in a serene, perfectly crafted way.

His observations were like a snapshot of the time and place.

Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo José Cela

Regardless, a highly recommended ojse experience. Although his time was considerably earlier than mine, I could recognize, with dismay, the aspects or elements that have now considerably changed or disappeared. It goes without saying, naturally, that the traveller goes via Casasana.

I would absolutley love to read something like this from there. Mar 13, Travelling Sunny rated it it was ok Shelves: