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Free read Ä The Alhambra ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub º ➹ The Alhambra Download ➾ Author Washington Irving – The Alhambra written by author Washington Irving is a collection of tales and essays which he wrote during his residence in the Alhambra The writings are based largely based onThe Alhambra written by author Washington Irving is a collection of tales and essays which he wrote during his residence in the Alhambra The writings are based largely based on notes and observations m. 910I understand now why this Alhambra book is sold at every news stand and souvenir boutiue in the city of Granada translated in every major tourist language Washington Irving account of his visit to the palatial complex around 1830 is almost single handedly responsible for reviving interest in the almost ruined 'pile' of masonry in its chivalrous histories and spooky legends It is both a blessing and curse A blessing because it allowed the palace to be restored and maintained A curse because it marks the start of the 'tourist' age of the Western World turning its eye towards the monuments of the past and turning them into profitable enterprises and robbing the natives Greeks Egyptians etc of their cultural artefacts as a side venture Reading through the essays and journal entries the first sentiment I experienced is one of envy Mr Irving had the whole palace to himself for a months long visit sleeping in the royal chambers strolling through the gardens under the moonlight taking his lunches by the lions fountain daydreaming about warrior kings and Arabian princesses secluded in ancient towers I had to share my visit with a few thousand fellow tourists always pushed from behind to make room for the next batch waiting in vain for long minutes to capture an image of the arabesues on the walls without anyone photobombing me always with with an eye on the clock to see how much I have left before the closing time Even so the place worked its magic on me its poetry written in intricate stone paterns slim collonades and airy halls everywhere accompanied by the sussuration of water from alabaster fountains A visit to the Alhambra is not complete in my opinion without Mr Irving's book in the pocket retracing his steps in the gardens of Generalife or gazing out El Mirador de LindarajaThe book starts with a chapter on Andaluzia the southernmost province of Spain and the one that remained longest under Moorish occupation As Irving journeys towards the fabled palace of the Nasrid caliphs we get the first taste of his romantic sensibilities of his extensive research into past events for the places in his path of his keen observations of present people and their customs of his amiable sense of humour Here's a passage that explains the Arab passion for water Many are apt to picture Spain to their imaginations as a soft southern region decked out with the luxuriant charms of voluptuous Italy On the contrary though there are exceptions in some of the maritime provinces yet for the greater part it is a stern melancholy country with rugged mountains and long sweeping plains destitute of trees and indescribably silent and lonesome partaking of the savage and solitary character of Africa As a proto professional tourist and guide book writer Irving is not fussy about food or accommodation makes easy friends with the locals and is genuinely interested in everything around him Let others repine at the lack of turnpike roads and sumptuous hotels and all the elaborate comforts of a country cultivated and civilized into tameness and commonplace; but give me the rude mountain scramble; the roving haphazard wayfaring; the half wild yet frank and hospitable manners which impart such a true game flavor to dear old romantic Spain Once he gets to his destination it is love at first sight for Irving discovering the delicate arabesues hidden behind stern exterior walls He decides on the spot to extend his visit and is enthusiastic when he is offered residence inside the palace grounds To the traveller imbued with a feeling for the historical and poetical so inseparably intertwined in the annals of romantic Spain the Alhambra is as much an object of devotion as is the Caaba to all true Moslems History and poetry is what it comes down to for the rest of the book often the whimsical fancy of the author is difficult to discern form the historical accurate fact Irving the scholar who reads carefully through dusty archives is inseparable from Irving the dreamer who eats up every yarn about ghosts and buried treasure and knightly exploits Looking across the Vega plain of Granada from the top of the Torre de Comares he sees the armies of Christians and Muslims kings fighting for control of the richest province in Southern Spain He knows the story behind every tower and mountain peak and potentate that passed through here centuries agoThe present times are not ignored and some chapters deal with the current conditions inside the palace with the presentation of the ragged band of suatters and administrators in the site with the occasional noble guest and his entourage Some passages illustrate the talent of the author to find the uirky and the funny side of day to day trivia like The Truant a short piece about an adulterous pidgeon or this sketch about fishing It seems that the pure and airy situation of this fortress has rendered it like the castle of Macbeth a prolific breeding place for swallows and martlets who sport about its towers in myriads with the holiday glee of urchins just let loose from school To entrap these birds in their giddy circlings with hooks baited with flies is one of the favorite amusements of the ragged “sons of the Alhambra” who with the good for nothing ingenuity of arrant idlers have thus invented the art of angling in the sky Some observations are well ahead of their time as this uote about graffity and the lack of respect from a certain category of visitor The walls had evidently in ancient times been hung with damask; but now were naked and scrawled over by that class of aspiring travellers who defile noble monuments with their worthless names Of particular interest in the presentation is Washington Irving's unbiased report even admiration for the superiority of Arab civilization over their less developed at the time Northern neighbours acknowledging the economic scientific cultural and social achievements of a people who have often been maliciously slandered for their different religion History shows though that the Moorish domination of the Peninsula marks the longest period of civil cohabitation about 8 centuries between the three major monotheistic religions christians muslims and jews Cordoba Seville Granada were centers of learning famous the world over well before Sorbonne and Cambridge Among the visitors of medieval Alhambra Irving makes a special note for Ibn Battuta a Moroccan explorer He is known for his extensive travels accounts of which were published in the Rihla lit Journey Over a period of thirty years Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non Muslim lands His journeys included trips to North Africa the Horn of Africa West Africa and Eastern Europe in the West and to the Middle East South Asia Central Asia Southeast Asia and China in the East a distance surpassing threefold his near contemporary Marco Polo source wikipediafrom the book Laying the foundations of their power in a system of wise and euitable laws diligently cultivating the arts and sciences and promoting agriculture manufactures and commerce; they gradually formed an empire unrivalled for its prosperity by any of the empires of Christendom; and diligently drawing round them the graces and refinements which marked the Arabian empire in the East at the time of its greatest civilization they diffused the light of Oriental knowledge through the Western regions of benighted Europe Regarding the journal and the historical notes I have only one small complaint I would have loved to have examples of Arabian poetry translated How beauteous is this garden where the flowers of the earth vie with the stars of the heaven What can compare with the vase of yon alabaster fountain filled with crystal water Nothing but the moon in her fulness shining in the midst of an unclouded sky Let's say the reader is not as interested as me in travel journals or in historical trivia I would still recommend reading the book for its fictional stories some of the best examples of Gothic Romantic prose here in a serendipitous cohabitation with the oral storytelling techniues of the Arabian NightsA mason is waken up in the middle of the night by a ghost from the past and then led blindfolded to a secret court with a fountain where he is paid to bury a treasure An astrologer learns the secrets of the book of the dead inside an Egyptian pyramid and later performs miracles for a king of Granada A Celtic enchantress puts same wizard to sleep with her harp music Prince Ahmed Al Kamel The Pilgrim of Love learns the language of birds and goes on a uest for his lovely Christian virgin in the company of a wise owl and a socialite parrot A poor laborer is rewarded for his kindness to a stranger with the key to another buried treasure and later uses his wits to outsmart a greedy governor His best friend is a donkey which reminds me of the popular Turkish folk tales featuring Nasreddin Hoca Three beautiful princesses Zayda Zorayda and Zorahayda are locked in a tower by their father They too outwit the plans of their king and master There is an admirable intrepidity in the female will particularly when about the marriageable age which is not to be deterred by dangers and prohibitions A poor student earns his keep by singing serenades at street corners while a lecherous priest keeps a nubile pet lamb with smouldering eyes around to warm his aged bonesThese are just a few examples of my favorite stories in the book Ghosts ancient treasure beautiful and unavailable princesses wise alchemists proud warriors and wily commoners are recurrent themes in all of them The prose is beautiful sometimes florid often humorous informative and respectful of past glories Who cares if the tales are true or the product of Irving's imagination If any thing in these legends should shock the faith of the over scrupulous reader he must remember the nature of the place and make due allowances He must not expect here the same laws of probability that govern commonplace scenes and everyday life; he must remember that he treads the halls of an enchanted palace and that all is “haunted ground” In one of the final essays the author touches on the function of literature as than entertainment in providing role models and wisdom and beauty In the present day when popular literature is running into the low levels of life and luxuriating on the vices and follies of mankind; and when the universal pursuit of gain is trampling down the early growth of poetic feeling and wearing out the verdure of the soul I uestion whether it would not be of service for the reader occasionally to turn to these records of prouder times and loftier modes of thinking; and to steep himself to the very lips in old Spanish romance The call of duty will cut short Irving's sejour and with him I would now say goodbye to the place My serene and happy reign in the Alhambra was suddenly brought to a close by letters which reached me while indulging in Oriental luxury in the cool hall of the baths summoning me away from my Moslem Elysium to mingle once in the bustle and business of the dusty world How was I to encounter its toils and turmoils after such a life of repose and reverie How was I to endure its common place after the poetry of the Alhambra Soundtrack selection Loreena McKennit Nights in the Alhambra live from Palacio de Carlos V Paco de Lucia Fuente y Caudal Camaron de la Isla Best of Ottmar Liebert Nouveau Flamencoedit 2015 something happened to the image links and I'm trying to get them back

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Llent publication of writings by Washington Irving and had been very popular among fans of his writings and also for those interested in his work from produced during the time of his stay at the Alhamb. I picked up this beautiful volume on a lazy Sunday afternoon from The Strand the old one in mid town in Manhattan when I was pretending to be a lawyer in that beguiling city of tall structures and sky scapes that appeared and disappeared through the clouds and the mist Published in Granada and with multiple exuisite engravings it is a paperback but has the heft and feel of a hardback I must have browsed through it several times but never read it cover to cover for it is a book meant to be savored intermittently However I am glad that I finally read it through after I had actually visited Granada and the Alhambra as I feel that it is only then that you truly understand why Washington Irving was so enthralled by the place and why what he wrote continues to enthrall usFew experiences in my life surpass my first glimpse of Generalife or the much poetic and impactful جَنَّة الْعَرِيف‎ Jannat al ‘Arīf gardens on a late summer early morning at the Alhambra The terraced gardens with their lush hedges trellises fruit trees and water channeled courtyards overlook the palace buildings and the fort They were still unlit by the sun but far below the terraced slopes of the hill on which Alhambra perches going down to the city of Granada were awash in mellow morning sunlight As my spouse and I breathed in the fragrant air and looked upon the variety of flowers we came across a stone stairway with bannisters that had narrow runnels on the top with fresh cool water flowing down One couldn't possibly get aesthetic than this here on display was that Islamic fascination with running water in gardens of citron orange olive pomegranate cypresses myrtle and so much which is how the paradise is also imagined Washington Irving an incurable romantic and a pioneer of that movement in American literature found himself at this location in 1829 when it was even idyllic and secure from the deluge of tourists What resulted is a book someone with a romantic eye and a sense of the picturesue would truly enjoy And if you have seen the landscape and architecture he swoons over than the better He describes with loving detail the rough country that surrounds the oasis like Granada full of images of muleteers bandoleros contrabandistas and migueletes that infest the dry ravine filled rough country And then in the midst of it lays Granada with its tree lined glens dales and brooks springs and waterways And the Alhambra changing its color from yellow gold to ochre to orange to rust and pink red as the day progresses perched on its hill With exuisite detail Irving paints for us a lonely crumbling Moorish tower a beautiful part of the palace with its exuisite tiles alabaster fountains stucco work frescoes and various other architectural features and indeed the simple but charming people who dwell in this faded glory But it is not just in the realm of the physical that he roams for Irving is a great teller of local tales full of buried Moorish gold phantom armies hobgoblins enchanted Boabdil the last Moor to rule Alhambra and his enchanted army beneath the mountains surrounding Alhambra pining lovers great fantastical journeys across the gorgeous Anadalusian landscape to Seville Cordova Malaga and then further to even Toledo He has an eye for the dark eyed damsel and ear for the notes of the guitar in the perfumed evening air and a sharp wit for all types of characters representing law and authority The stories have a distinct Arabian Nights feel to them and while Irving dwells on the centuries old conflict between Moorish Islam and Iberian Christandom he is fair philosophical and ultimately an admirer of beauty and the human spirit It doesn't come therefore as a surprise that he has a barely concealed admiration for various aspects of Moorish Spain and the sense of beauty and architecture as well as engineering that its rulers beueathed to the region As a matter of fact apart from his fascination for all things Moorish throughout the book showing that a man of taste and learning has a heart capable of embracing beauty beyond parochial and prejudiced boundaries he ends the books with rich tributes to two men One is Muhamed Abu AlAhmar the founder of Alhambra and the other Yusuf Abul Hagig the Finisher of Alhambra Though some of his depiction may appear Orientalist he goes far beyond that and acknowledge just euitable and humane governance on part of many Moorish rulers as well as their great love of knowledge and superior aesthetics Part travel part lore part social and architectural observations this is a gem of a book if you are the kind of person who loves times gone by an age of chivalry and adventure a landscape of dry craggy landscapes and small paradises with groves and streams and life at a gentler romantic civilized pace

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The AlhambraAde and care was taken to maintain local coloring to present a faithful and living picture of that microcosm which the world outside of the Alhambra has largely had an imperfect idea of This is an exce. To the traveler imbued with a feeling for the historical and poetical so inseparably intertwined in the annals of romantic Spain the Alhambra is as much an object of devotion as is the Caaba to all true Moslems The name “Washington Irving” has haunted me since I was a boy I went to a school named after him We visited his beautiful house Sunnyside on a field trip My childhood home is just 500 feet from Irving’s grave in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—uite a modest grave My high school football team were the Headless HorsemenSo imagine how it felt after moving across an ocean to see the name “Washington Irving” hanging above a door in the Alhambra “Washington Irving wrote in this room his Tales of the Alhambra” It was as if some circuit had been closed some cycle had been completed I’d spent the previous week racing through the book in preparation for my visit And now here I was face to face with the same literary giant who hung over my childhood who had also managed to cast his spell over this magnificent palace That’s my tale; what of the book The Tales of the Alhambra is something of a hodgepodge It begins as a travelogue and ends as a collection of fables In 1829 Irving travelled from Seville to Granada apparently out of simple curiosity Once he arrived he fell under the enchanting influence of the Alhambra and ended up residing there for several months At the time the Alhambra was in a sorry state Several centuries of vandalism and neglect had reduced it to a ruin and dozens of poor suatters were its only residents Probably its derelict condition added to the romantic wonder with which Irving beheld it The book is written in a high flown almost mystical tone with fact and fantasy woven into a vibrant fabric His own observations and experiences are interspersed with historical sketches and old legends which he purports to have learned from the residents The final impression is of supernatural beauty If you’ve seen the Alhambra this is forgivable; it’s hard to exaggerate its splendor As Warwick points out Irving is most fascinated with the Moors of Spain The fact that a people with enough culture and power to create the Alhambra could totally vanish beguiles him Who were they How did they live His vigorous imagination fills in the continent sized gaps in his knowledge allowing his fancy to run rampant It’s obvious that he considers the lost civilization of the Moors to be a kind of forgotten paradise; he has nothing but praise for the nobility and sophistication of Spain’s erstwhile inhabitants While he stayed there he grasped at whatever trace of this civilization remained in architecture history and in the people Irving does his best to convince himself and the reader that the monumental dignity of the Moors of Spain can be seen still in the Spanish peasants of Andalusia He praises these people almost as highly as their predecessors saying “with all their faults and they are many the Spaniards even at the present day are on many points the most high minded and proud spirited people of Europe” The book is enjoyable in short doses but gets tiresome in big chunks Irving’s tone though compelling is monotonous You can only tolerate breathless wonder for so long without craving something else His stories too are uite repetitive Hidden treasures enchanted warriors princesses in castles forbidden love between Christians and Muslims—these make an appearance in nearly every tale Still this book is well worth reading not only because Irving is a skillful and charming writer but also because it's a window into the cultural history of the Alhambra how it has been interpreted and understood by Western writers For me of course this book has a personal significance that extends beyond the boundaries of its pages Irving’s stories may not have been real but his name is real enough which for me has taken on the semblance of a ghost As for you I hope you too get a chance to read this book and to visit the Alhambra “A Moslem pile in the midst of a Christian land; an Oriental palace amidst the Gothic edifices of the West; an elegant memento of a brave intelligent and graceful people who conuered ruled flourished and passed away”