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Start your review of Viaje a la Alcarria. I downloaded this the night before setting off for a four-day trip to the province of Guadalajara. Its honey is as legendary as its castles. He spent around nine days visiting various small towns, sleeping in local inns and talking to those p I downloaded this the night before setting off for a four-day trip to the province of Guadalajara. He spent around nine days visiting various small towns, sleeping in local inns and talking to those people he met during his wanderings.
He noted down his observations and then produced his Viaje a la Alcarria. I had only read his La familia de Pascual Duarte , and am not sure I have the courage to read his much harder La colmena. Cela had the ability to capture the misery and sordidness of the difficult years in Spain in the prolonged postwar post civil war and post WW2 period.
It felt like a travel more in time than in space. Although his time was considerably earlier than mine, I could recognize, with dismay, the aspects or elements that have now considerably changed or disappeared. Scarily and acutely. Cela feels for children. He is, however, less kind with animals. But the traveler discloses very little and remains a somewhat detached observant. He remains mostly an onlooker and we do not even learn why has he set out on such a voyage or why has he chosen la Alcarria.
There is one point, however, when the traveler identifies himself in passing. He includes his name, and the place where he was born, in one of the couplets, which he intersperses in his prose.
I did not visit all his towns, but did stop in Torija , where they have now founded a small museum in a few of the rooms in the castle. There they keep the original manuscripts written in notebooks not too different from those I have used in school in my very early age.
We also spent some time in Brihuega , where we had an excellent lunch and where in spite of the rain managed to visit a couple of the Romanesque churches, a castle, and sections of the old wall. The old inn where Cela spent one night has now been converted into a more grand accommodation and restaurant.
But that is not where we went. When coming back to Madrid, after leaving behind the scarcely populated small towns 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. 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.
In the latter they now have a Tapestry Museum where they keep the 15century Flemish tapestries that Cela denounced for their having been transferred to Madrid.
Pastrana owes their recovery to the writer. View all 28 comments. Realmente excepcional. Lo siguiente que queda Realmente excepcional. My favorite travelogue, period. Charming, wise, eloquent. Cela prefaces Journey to the Alcarria with a letter to Gregorio Maranon, to whom he dedicates the book.
He writes: I didn't see anything strange during my journey, nothing really shocking - a crime, or a triple birth, or a man possessed by devils - and I'm glad of it now, because since I had planned to tell exactly what I saw for this book isn't a novel, it's more like a geography , if I start off telling horror stories people would say I was exaggerating and nobody would believe me.
A fine, shor Cela prefaces Journey to the Alcarria with a letter to Gregorio Maranon, to whom he dedicates the book. A fine, short travel book in which nothing much of note happens, recounted in a serene, perfectly crafted way. Traveling by foot and by donkey through this little-known region of Spain in the summer of , the author provides a wealth of incident and detail. Written in the third person, the book tells us nothing about its traveler's history, his political views, or much else; the family that he mentions in the first chapter are not given names or personalities, they are left behind as Cela sets out and not mentioned again.
This series of sketches never wears out his welcome, rambling on leisurely and concluding almost indifferently. Along the way he stops in some towns and thinks, as lonesome travelers are sometimes inclined, that he could live out his days there. Then he moves on.
Journey to the Alcarria is quiet and unassuming, observant and beautiful. These beautiful, sun-filled accounts take place in, and describe Alcarria, a rugged region in central Spain near Guadalajara. Each account of the "traveler" is very warm, very hearty. My favorite is the account of Paquito, an invalid boy found reading Andersen's fairy tales.
Paquito's mother speaks of his being paralyzed with infantile paralysis, and that "some nights when they put Nobel Prize Laureate Camilo Jose Cela is well known for his "bagabundajes" e. Paquito's mother speaks of his being paralyzed with infantile paralysis, and that "some nights when they put him to bed they can hear him crying softly for a long time until he goes to sleep.
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