What is missing is a map. As I Walked Out. We get not only a fascinating look at the almost medieval world that was Spain in those days, but also a compelling coming of age story, as Lee left his rural English village almost entirely ignorant of the world save what he could glean from books and comes to learn quite a bit about human nature and his own powers of observation and survival. There are astonishing revelations about the poverty and feudal nature of s Spain, as Lee points out that large tracts of arable land, owned by absentee landowners, had at that point gone untilled since roughly the days of the Roman Empire.
I have read other contemporary reports that confirm that Spain in the s had the closest thing to the original feudal system still existing in Europe. Lee benefits from the ancient Spanish custom of kindness and generosity to strangers, and makes his living as he travels playing his violin for small change and meals in the villages, towns and cities he passes through. He meets kindness, and squalor, almost everywhere, but comes away awed by the tough yet loving endurace of the Spanish people.
The book concludes with the very opening battles of the Civil War. In addition to the story Lee tells, the real treasure in the book is Lee's wonderful, poetic writing style. Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Description It was and a young man walked to London from the security of the Cotswolds to make his fortune. You just clipped your first slide! Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.
Classifications Dewey Decimal Class E Z5 The Physical Object Pagination p. Number of pages Lists containing this Book To readb from James W. September 7, Edited by ImportBot. August 11, But, deciding to travel further a field and knowing only the Spanish phrase for 'Will you please give me a glass of water? With just a blanket to sleep under and his trusty violin, he spends a year crossing Spain, from Vigo in the north to the southern coast. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War puts an end to his extraordinary peregrinations.
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