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    Robert Hughes(Author)

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Beginning with a vivid description of his wedding in the splendid medieval ceremonial chamber in Barcelona’s city hall, Hughes launches into a lively account of the history, art, and architecture of the storied city. He tells of architectural treasures abounding in 14th-century Barcelona, establishing it as one of Europe’s great Gothic cities, while Madrid was hardly more than a cluster of huts. The city spawned such great artists as Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Casals. Hughes’s deep knowledge of the city is evident—but it’s his personal reflections of what Barcelona, its people, and its storied history and culture have meant to him over the decades that sets Barcelona the Great Enchantress apart from all others’ books.

"Time magazine art critic Hughes writes a passionate love song to his chosen place; this book provides an eloquent introduction to Catalan culture and cuisine while whetting the traveler's appetite for the glories of a great world city." --Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "By turns funny, cutting and magisterial." --San Francisco Chronicle

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Robert Hughes(Author)
  • National Geographic; Reprint edition (18 Sept. 2007)
  • English
  • 6
  • Travel & Holiday

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  • By Psyduck on 14 May 2017

    Yes, it's intensely personal, to the point that the author risks tipping over into the mildly embarrassing - though to my mind and taste that never happens, so this never becomes a liability, rather it's the worthwhile risk of openness with the reader that is what makes the best books in this genre a worthwhile read. And this is very good. It's a long, passionate, one-sided conversation in which the reader's part subsists in the questions you can actually hear forming in your head as though you were trying to speak them against the flow of your interlocutor, and which might or might not receive an answer there and then, but which are genuinely the product of an exchange.And yes, it's very informative, livingly so. And yes, I learned a lot, not least because I was letting the book lead me around Barcelona - I was on a visit as I read it.Despite the opinions of others, I don't think it loses anything by not being the other book Hughes wrote about Barcelona. I know and love the city better for having read it.

  • By Earwig on 5 April 2013

    Even if you've never been or intend to go to Barcelona, it's a brilliant read. I laughed out loud in the first page at Hughes' description of his first encounter with this great city. If you have visited, as I have, it will brush up your memories and make you hanker for the next trip to the Catalonian capital.

  • By A. J. Cowburn on 9 August 2009

    The cover features the famous Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia which disappointingly turns out to be a commercial enterprise... a church full of vending machines! In a similar way, Robert Hughes's hagiography of the Catalan capital has a disturbing scent of lucre. The whole thing reads like a tourist board document... the history more fascinating, the food more exquisite, the people more charming, the art more arty and so on... and so forth. It's hard to take Hughes seriously after he admits spouting nonsense about Catalan art at parties in the hope of seeming more knowledgeable than he was. This is a deplorable habit which I don't suppose time has effaced. His book DOES contain some historical and social digressions which are interesting reading, however limited his patience for thorough research and genuine erudition. Taken with a Montjuic of salt, The Great Enchantress is amusing enough to pass the time before you discover the real Barcelona for yourself.


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