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    Robert Hughes(Author)

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A frequent visitor who has been going to Barcelona regularly for nearly forty years offers a personal chronicle of the city, from his explanations of fourteenth-century architectural treasures to the years leading up to and beyond the 1992 Summer Olympics.

"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 176 pages
  • Robert Hughes(Author)
  • National Geographic Books (1 Jun. 2004)
  • English
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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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