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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (763 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, all described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned “Rip Van Winkle” and “Sleepy Hollow,” wrote Tales of the Alhambra during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the thirteenth century, filled with fantastic Arabic architecture (ornate plasterwork, ceramic tiles, sculpted marble fountains, and archways) and plenty of room for imagining the days of its former greatness, which Irving brings to life most memorably.

Even though Tales of the Alhambra is over 170 years old, it seems as if it were written yesterday. There are tales of princes, genies, lost and found loves, enchanted treasures, battles, hellish headless horses, and commentary on the Spanish landscape and nature of the Spaniards that he lives with. Full of bewitching music, the smell of roses and exotic perfumes, fiery sunsets, and the ghosts of the past, Tales of the Alhambra is a sensory treat as well.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rrlgrrl | 2/10/2014

    " I liked the short stories that were legends of the Alhambra, in particular, to explain many of the existent locations there. Some of the stories were engaging, others were slightly dull. Started this book (on Kindle) last September, and finally finished it this evening. One thing to note is that the "book" version had many of the stories in a different order than in the Kindle version. I'm not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Audrey | 2/7/2014

    " Reading it for an upcoming trip to Southern Spain. So it wasn't on the extensive reading list provided. So it was written in 1822 and may be a wee bit out of date, But I ask you how much has this ancient castle changed? So it may have been shaken a bit by earthquakes or two. Big deal!. Has the fundamental character of the Spaniards changed? I doubt it. Irving is a great traveling companion, delightfully observant, excellent writer, a travel companion par excellence. Have it on my Kindle along with Don Quixote for travel companions par excellence! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claudia Banks | 2/7/2014

    " Well written. Lots of details about the Alhambra. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff | 1/28/2014

    " Never knew Washington Irving was so interesting until I read this book. Great background info on Spain. I really enjoy Irving's style of description! "

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