Press: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (November 1, 2004)
Author Name:Irving, Washington
Edition:MP3 Una Edition
Written in 1831, Washington Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and of the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the most romantic and entertaining travelogues ever written of this region in Spain.
Enhanced here with exquisite Spanish guitar music, the narrative is a heady mix of historical fact, medieval myth and mystery, sensual descriptions, and an appreciation for a civilization that 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 listeners to a paradise of their own.
Written in 1831, this classic weaves timeless tales of intrigue, romance, greed, and hidden treasure amid the grandeur of the Alhambra.
The listener's ear must become attuned to the historical language and setting, but this adjustment proves worthwhile.
The ancient tales describe palace gardens, towers, subterranean prisons, and escape routes across mountains.
Interestingly, the characters give present-day listeners a fresh perspective of the tensions between the Christian and Islamic traditions, and the ties to modern-day events are dramatic.
Ralph Cosham gives an excellent even-toned reading with inflections of Spanish and Arabic that add to the stories.
Spanish guitar music provides both transitional moments and ambience.
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