The A to Z of Spanish Culture reflects Spain as seen through the eyes of its author: a Spaniard who grew up in Madrid in the ‘80s and now keeps a close eye on the country from her London home. Presented in an informal style, each chapter addresses an aspect of Spanish culture: its society, traditions, history, gastronomy, art, and language.
From grape-eating on New Year's Eve to the re-enactment of 13th century battles; from the failed military coup in the 80's to the recent fall from grace of the King; from the origin of the fideúa (the pasta-based version of paella) to the origin of the popular tapas, The A to Z of Spanish Culture will get you closer to Spain today.
This audiobook is narrated by the author, Pilar Orti, who also hosts the podcast Spain Uncovered.
Please note: This audiobook does not contain the chapters Vocabulary, From the Horses' Mouths and Blogs, Books and Bites, which can be found in the Kindle and print versions.
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A primer in Spanish culture
I really enjoyed this audiobook! As a California resident, many of my neighbors and friends are Spanish-speakers. Yeah, I know, they aren't (for the most part) Spaniards, but they DO share the same language! I was interested in this audiobook because I wanted to know more about the history and culture of the people who've had such a great influence on the neighbors and friends I am so fond of. I also am aware that my knowledge of history is very Anglo-centric-so I'm making an effort to expand my knowledge of a place and people that have had such a powerful impact on world history.
At any rate, this audiobook taught me a lot about Spanish culture in an interesting and engaging manner. Whether you're learning about Spanish royalty or the ñ or tapas or the Moors, this book will give you a nice overview of Spain and its people!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
Almost feels like a visit
- R. Mangual