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  • By Oro Valley Tom on December 14, 2015

    I can only second what Melvyn Elphee wrote: the Hand-book is a wonderful guide both to the Spain of 1845 and to the British mind of the same date, when imperial pride was near its height. To take one passage at random, Ford writes that "Near Almansa was decided, April 25,1707, one of the few battles in which the French have ever beaten the English.... The French were commanded by an Englishman... while the English were commanded by a Frenchman...." It is impossible to read Ford without being astonished by his learning. He ranges widely over local customs, agriculture, character, architecture, and history, all the while quoting the Latin and Greek classics and a bibliography covering at least four languages.The conversion to Kindle was remarkably well done. The KIndle version includes all 1507 pages of the original. The text is very accurate. In casual reading, I found no typos, and in checking numerous Latin, Greek, Spanish, and French quotations and lists of numbers against the original, I discovered only one error, a single letter missing from a Latin passage. The index begins at loc. 43037 and the page links given there allow you to go directly to the place where the city or person is discussed.

  • By Melvyn Elphee on September 18, 2012

    This is quite simply one of the finest travel works I know and compulsive reading for anyone interested in human nature as well as those with a more specific interest in Spain. His 1840s point of view frees him from modern concepts of political correctness and allows him to penetrate both Spanish and English cultures with a truth that can only be achieved by confronting and going beyond stereotypes in a way barely permissible today. Reading Ford is like travelling with a knowledgeable, articulate, experienced but ever curious and delighted companion. It really is a classic within its genre and the Kindle availability should give it a new lease of life.


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