Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela has long been .. más inmediato y directo, sea Viaje a la Alcarria”, escribió Camilo José Cela. Information on Journey to the Alcarria by Camilo José Cela. A famous travel book by Camilo José Cela where his offers his impressions Viaje a la Alcarria. Title: Viaje a LA Alcarria. Publisher: Espasa-Calpe SA, España. Publication Date: Binding: Rustica. Book Condition: Como Nuevo. About this title.

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Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside

My favorite travelogue, period. Alcarria is a natural region of New Castile with unclear boundaries. Without comment he portrays how people who have never travelled very far from home misunderstand life in a metropolis. This travelogue really appealed to me. It is interesting, but knowing little of the area or really of Spain in general, I couldn’t really relate to it.

The traveler wanders the Spanish territory of Alcarria. As an old photograph, taken on a picnic somewhere, perhaps, unwittingly reveals so much of the customs, dress and attitude of the times, so his observations give the reader camolo vivid picture of what the Spanish cels and the people who inhabited it were like at that time. En Cela, no faltan, sin embargo, la ternura, la luz y el abejorro que provoca la sonrisa del hambriento.

He noted down his observations and then produced his Viaje a la Alcarria.

From Pareja to Casasana there is no highway, not even a local road, and one has to climb the steep slope by a goat track which at times is almost obliterated. It is a gloomy, dark town that giaje to have no business being surrounded by green fields.

Journey to the Alcarria. Literature, Camilo José Cela at Spain is culture.

Calendar Plan your trip Favourites. We also spent some time in Brihuegawhere we had an excellent lunch and cella in spite of the rain managed to visit a couple of the Romanesque churches, a castle, and sections viajee the old wall.

It did remind me of the tiny town in Italy my great-grandparents came from–the cemetery, church, old houses restored or rundown, old abandoned mill, etc. Pero los motes, los prejuicios sobre los de los pueblos ceal, el aplastante peso de los oropeles pasados que ahoga la idea de cambiar las cosas, de reivindicar lo propio frente a los razonamientos de los que mandan en la distancia The old inn where Cela spent one night has now been converted into a more grand accommodation and restaurant.


It felt like a travel more in time than in space. Published January 21st by Atlantic Monthly Press first published Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Refresh and try again. And while it’s told in third person, Cela states in the preface that he’s aiming for a kind of literary realism akin to ‘geography’ based precisely on his time in the Alcarria, so we’re getting a similar ontological conviction to that of Lerner’s.

When coming back alcarriia Madrid, after leaving behind the scarcely populated small aalcarria and valleys I was engulfing myself back into an urban agglomeration, seeing the almost threatening large modern building on the outskirts of the big city, I again felt as if I were traversing the tunnel of time.

Brief, Simple, informative and interesting. There they keep the original manuscripts written in notebooks not too different from those I have used in school in my very early age. He made a rule to stay only one night in each place, not planning his itinerary in advance, but deciding each day which mose to take. In the latter they now have a Tapestry Museum camulo they keep the 15century Flemish tapestries that Cela denounced for their having been transferred to Madrid.

This series of sketches never wears out his welcome, rambling on leisurely and concluding almost indifferently.

Leaves the reader to draw his own conclusions; the author simply takes each road and peasant or traveling salesman as he finds them. Nov 27, Gohar Khokhar rated it liked it. I downloaded this the night before setting off for a four-day trip to the province of Ojse. A rather boring travelogue about a rather boring guy who went on a rather boring adventure. He wrote about a walking tour he took inonly 6 years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, in an area north-east of Madrid.

An celaa man, Cela covered in his well-trodden journeys much of Spain, leaving a testament to his experiences in books such as this. I will count the days until I can set off for the Alcarria again, and visit the cities further to the south, such as Cifuented and Pastrana. Si viajar es salir de uno mismo y dejar la querencia para llenarse de lo desconocido, en la mochila el viajero lleva mucho espacio libre.


It is an escape book written with happiness by someone who has “taken the key of the fields”and this is one of cami,o most rigorous, most important contemporary Spanish writers. Film and photography Design, fashion and illustration Music Performing arts Literature and thought Linguistic heritage.

Jan 24, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: The author recounts a trip he made to a mainly impoverished rural area of Spain. Cela wanders from village to village through some beautiful and often desolate viame. Original title Viaje a la Alcarria.

The book is neither character nor plot driven but rather is like a journal of travels. In this context, the book took on additional meaning as there were some interesting commentaries on contrast between city and country, tradition vs.

The parts I found most clea revolved around old buildings and current uses, and food. Feb 29, tJacksonrichards rated it really liked it. Prolific author as a novelist, journalist, essayist, literary magazine editor, lecturer Jos relishes his encounters with the simple, honest people of the Spanish countryside—the blushing maid in the tavern, the small-town shopkeeper with airs of grandeur lonely for companionship, the old peasant with his donkey who freely shares his bread and blanket with the stranger.

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Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo José Cela

After I finished the book, I found out that he had written this book shortly after the second World War and Spanish civil war in an attempt to capture a part of Spain that was starting to disappear. I had only read his La familia de Pascual Duarteand am not sure I have the courage to read his much harder La colmena. Interesting to read along with Laurie Lee’s Spanish walk between the wars; this is a people closed in and reserved but not unkind.

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