Homage to Barcelona

Homage to Barcelona This book celebrates one of Europe s greatest cities a cosmopolitan city of vibrant architecture and art great churches and museums intriguing port life and extravagant nightclubs restaurants and b

  • Title: Homage to Barcelona
  • Author: Colm Tóibín
  • ISBN: 9780330520928
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book celebrates one of Europe s greatest cities a cosmopolitan city of vibrant architecture and art, great churches and museums, intriguing port life and extravagant nightclubs, restaurants and bars It moves from the story of the city s founding, and huge expansion in the nineteenth century, to the lives of Gaudi, Miro, Casals and Dali It also examines the historThis book celebrates one of Europe s greatest cities a cosmopolitan city of vibrant architecture and art, great churches and museums, intriguing port life and extravagant nightclubs, restaurants and bars It moves from the story of the city s founding, and huge expansion in the nineteenth century, to the lives of Gaudi, Miro, Casals and Dali It also examines the history of Catalan nationalism, the tragedy of the Civil War, the Franco years, and the transition from dictatorship to democracy which Colm T ib n witnessed in the 1970s.

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    1. Quando me deparei com esta nova edição de "Homenagem a Barcelona", publicada pela Relógio D' Água em agosto deste ano, hesitei se deveria ou não incluí-la na minha lista "books to read". A primeira edição data de 1990 e, sendo considerado um livro de viagens, questionei-me se o seu conteúdo já não estaria ultrapassado, obsoleto dado que, como sabemos, o cosmopolitismo da cidade catalã cresce dia após dia, semana após semana, mês após mês, ano após ano Mas, fora escrito por Col [...]

    2. "The devil looks down to Barcelona. The city is a bowl surrounded by hills: Montjuic, Monterols, Putget, la Creueta, Collserola, Tibidabo. The devil looks down from Tibidabo where he brought Jesus, during His forty-day fast in the desert. This is where he tempted Him with all the kingdoms of the world. 'To thee I will give: Tibidabo.' And he showed Him Barcelona."(p.166)With Colm Toibin's 'Homage to Barcelona' you will have a devilishly good time on your next trip to one of Europe's greatest cit [...]

    3. This is an alternative/non-tourist view to Barcelona that describes the city and its history through its artists, ahead of its politicians. To start with, you have the heavy weights Miró, Picasso, Dalí, and Gaudí - all native sons of Catalonia. The chapters on the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime are informative and let you know Barcelona is also a city that's been scarred.I'm Taiwanese, so I really get the whole deal with not able to speak your language under someone else's regime. Th [...]

    4. A well-written, often fascinating portrayal of Barcelona, with an emphasis on artistic and political themes. Likely a bit idiosyncratic for some people's tastes, but Toibin has a great eye for detail and in just over two hundred pages manages to impart a sense of the city and the region that captures its struggles and heartbreaks, opportunities and triumphs. If you're planning or thinking of traveling to Barcelona, this book is definitely worth a read. And if you're not planning on it, you might [...]

    5. Solid, though a bit dated - he writes just as the 92 Olympics are starting and it's very grounded in that time, all "I hope this doesn't fuck the town up too much!" so that's both amusing and frustrating. But chapters on earlier history are well done.

    6. Architecture, art, politics and society all viewed up close by an Irishman in Catalonia. This book had been suggested to me as a long-after post script to Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" I didn't make the same connection, I wish that I had read this book before my last visit to Barcelona, I would have looked for the remains of Roman architecture and sought out Miro as well as Picasso.

    7. This book was originally published in 1990, but I read the updated edition which came out in 2002. There are a few places where the revisions haven't been made smoothly - where past events are described as yet to happen. But honestly, that's the only criticism I could make. The book is superb. A blend of personal memoir, art criticism, history, political analysis and cultural studies, it is probably best described as a "biography of Barcelona, and of Catalonia". And it's beautifully written, fro [...]

    8. I look forward to visiting Barcelona later this year and reading this book has given me a framework to think about the city.

    9. In 1965, living in Madrid, my wife and I decided to drive to southern France to visit her Armenian cousins. A French friend of ours, learning of our trip, asked if she could tag along. At that time the journey by highway was long and arduous. To make the most of our vacation time, we drove through the night, arriving in Barcelona in the early morning.We stopped at a small café for a light breakfast. Neither my wife nor I spoke French and our French friend did not speak English so Castilian was [...]

    10. I had the good fortune to read this while visiting Barcelona - a brilliant combination. I didn't have time to visit monuments or museums so wasn't able to fully appreciate the chapters on Gaudi, Miró or Picasso, but the chapters on the Catalan temperament, identity, history and restaurant snobbery were an enlightening background. I especially appreciated the description of the Spanish civil war, and our walk around the (now tackily commercial) Barri Gotic was much improved by being able to imag [...]

    11. This book was overall very good. Toibin's writing is accessible, nostalgic and colorful. It is jam-packed with history, politics ( particularly around the Franco fascism) and architectural references; really wished they had included some map illustrations with it. It is not a quick read and requires your attention, even though it is a slim book. (The version I have was "updated" as of 2002. It is hard to find in libraries; had to special order on .) That said, wish the writer could have updated [...]

    12. This is not a travel book, although a tourist can learn of neighborhoods he might want to visit. But it's more a love letter to the city and an investigation of memory. I picked this up in the Gaudi shop in the Pedrera and it was the perfect book to read on my trip. The book covers the lives of many of Barcelona's artists and politicians. The political history was especially interesting to me because I ended up with a much deeper understanding of the Catalonian grievances and their current desir [...]

    13. Had difficulty getting through this. It's almost academic in tone: lots of dates, street names, details, references to minor historical figures, etc. The essays seem more of a collection of disparate pieces, rather than a fused vision. Anecdotal and particular, rather than unified and sweeping in conception. For some readers, this will have appeal (more so if you already know Barcelona). For others like myself, this wasn't an enjoyable intro to the city.

    14. Uma visita cerrada à Catalunha e à sua capital Barcelona, por um irlandês que viveu lá em diversos períodos. Em Barcelona, essa visita é quase rua a rua, edifício a edifício, juntando sempre diversos pontos de vista: a história, a arte e a cultura, a política, a mentalidade, a gastronomia e a vida nocturna. Tudo servido pela escrita sempre irrepreensível do grande escritor que é, sempre, em ficção como em não ficção, o Colm Tóibín.

    15. Wow. Toibin is one of my favorite writers. Barcelona is one of my favorite cities. We both saw La Dolce Vita in Barcelona during the Summer of 1981. Toibin's homage comes from a man who learned Catalan, who lived in Barcelona during the Franco Years, the beginnings of the new era, and foresaw the problems of Catalan Nationalism. While he and I shared the summer of 1981 in Barcelona, his Barcelona opened my eyes to what I missed. I saw the Barcelona of Guadi and Picasso, but missed Miro. He outli [...]

    16. I recently spent four days in Barcelona and read most of this book after returning from this incredible city. The book helped add so much from what I learned while visiting the city. It also gave some historical perspective to the Catalonia independence movement.The book was first published in 1990 but was updated with information on the 1992 Olympics. While the book is older, so is the city and most of what you read still exists.The book is loaded with many references, which you may want to goo [...]

    17. Wonderful guide to Barcelona. Colm Toibin has a deep knowledge of its history & art and devotes chapters to each of Picasso, Gaudi, Dali & Miro, + the civil war among other things. It's not as heavyweight as the Robert Hughes nor as lucid as Jan Morris (Toibin is a fiction writer first & foremost) but better in a way because he has lived there on & off since the 70s so he gives us insights into its people & memorable anecdotes.

    18. Colm Tóibín revisita a vida dos principais artistas que passaram pela Catalunha para fazer um relato bem pessoal da própria experiência lá. Difícil não apoiar a causa catalã depois de ler esse livro

    19. The Irish author Colm Tóibín wrote this extended love letter to his second home during his second extended stay there in 1988, 10 years after he first left. He first arrived there in 1975, as a 20 year old recent college graduate, two months before the death of General Francisco Franco. Tóibín begins the book by providing a first hand account of those heady and uncertain days following Franco's death, when no one knew what freedoms would be permitted, or whether democracy would truly take ho [...]

    20. If you're traveling to Barcelona, this is a great book. I'd known Toibin as a skilled, patient Irish writer with a great eye. I was surprised to see his name when I was looking up books for my trip to BCN. Though he doesn't do so explicitly in the book, I'm sure much of his joy and connection to the Catalans derives from his identity as a gay Irishman. Catalan nationalism ideology and history often runs parallel to movements in Ireland, but the comfort with sexuality and cool urbanity would be a [...]

    21. A good pocket-sized introduction to Barcelona, its history and culture. Short chapters on Gaudi, Picasso, Miro, the Civil War, and the death of Franco and the advent of democracy give the reader enough information to be a sort of primer, and whet the reader's appetite in areas where more information is desired. All these are interspersed with accounts of the author's experiences in Barcelona, which struck me as not always adding much to the mix. What stayed with me more were the accounts of the [...]

    22. I read this on the plane on the way to Barcelona, which was, in some ways, a mistake. Don't get me wrong--the book is an excellent read, and illuminated a great deal about a city I've now visited twice. It was a great teaser for the trip to come. But the book is so dense with detail that I wish I had lingered in it a bit longer--with open, mind you--so that I'd benefit from the depth and breadth of Toibin's experience a city it's clear I know so little about. There's much to be mined here, and [...]

    23. I have been living here in Barcelona for a couple of years, working alongside Catalans but never truly understanding them. They seemed so different from people in other areas of Spain. This book explained so much to me about the history and background of their characters, the city and the politics that has always puzzled me. Toibin has always been a favourite fiction writer of mine. I loved Brooklyn, have always enjoyed his Irish writing. I had no idea that his non-fiction writing would speak to [...]

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir/recent history of Barcelona from Colm Toibin, who lived in Barcelona several times. I would highly recommend this book, along with Robert Hughes' _Barcelona: The Great Enchantress_, to anyone interested in Barcelona or planning to travel there. Toibin's book is particularly helpful in giving an overview the complicated recent history of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco years.

    25. I looked for this book in the US before I visited Barcelona but it was out of print. Luckily, I bought a copy in La Pedrera's (a Gaudi-designed complex in Barcelona) gift shop. It's a great way for english-speakers to understand the Catalan mindset. If it's TMI for you, it's worth just reading the chapters on the various artists (Miro, Gaudi, Picasso). I learned more from Toibin than I did from my very expensive guide. I only wish I'd read it before, instead of during, my trip.

    26. Group of essays about the city (Barcelona), the country (Spain, Catalonia), the people (opinionated, passionate), the food (seemingly delicious), the politics (radical, extreme), the artists (Picasso, Miro, Dali), the wars (Civil War, WW2), the architecture (Gaudi, others) and other elements that make Barcelona and this region what it is. Short book that gives you an introduction to these topics for further reading.

    27. This is a great background to the city of Barcelona and the changes in post-Franco Spain. Toibin's early experience living in Barcelona in the 1970's and mastery of Catalan give him a unique insight into the development of the city. If you're going to visit Barcelona, this is a wonderful introduction to Catalan culture and history, but it's worth reading regardless for the fascinating material and Toibin's beautiful prose style.

    28. Having visited and enjoyed Barcelona, I was excited to read this book about it. Indeed, the sections about early 20th century history of the city were insightful and helpful. But much was tedious and more a cataloguing of the author's experiences and idiosyncratic interests than general info about the city.

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