Written in 1831, Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the best guidebooks to the region and one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written. A heady mix of historical fact, medieval myth and mystery, sensual descriptions, and an appreciation for a civilization which valued beauty, philosophy, literature, science, and the arts on an equal level with warrior skills. Secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence will transport the listener to a paradise of his own.
The narrative is bewitchingly enhanced by Spanish guitar music. Tales of the Alhambra is a delightful offering for the romantic on anyone's holiday list.
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An American Dickens
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The lyric quality of the writers words
No, but he has a euphonious and elegantly paced reading voice expressive and allowing the listener hours of story without listener fatigue
It made me want to go immediately to the Andalusia and Granada area and see the Alhambra
What wonderful words and expressions the early nineteenth writers employed to paint vivid pictures of their travellings
The name of Washington Irving while famous in his era circa 1830,s is probably not that well known today, but what is certain is that his mastery of the English language albeit he was american,was superb. Whatever has been the advances in our present English, I recommend listening to this delightful prose to fall in love with the language as it was written 180 years ago!