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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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One day, on the brink of despair and contemplating her own mortality, novelist A. L. Kennedy is offered an assignment she cant refuse-an opportunity to travel to Spain and cover a sport that represents the ultimate confrontation with death: bullfighting.

The result is this remarkable book, which takes Kennedy and her readers from the living room of her Glasgow flat to the plazas del toros of Spain and inside the mesmerizing, mystifying, brutal, and beautiful world of the bullfight. Here the sport is death: matadors (literally "killers") are men and, increasingly, women who, not unlike the Roman gladiators before them, provide a spectacle to the crowd, a dance in which their own death is as present as that of the bull. Wonderfully relaying the elements of the sport, from the breeding of the bulls and the training of the matadors to the intricate choreography of the bullfight and its strange connection to the Inquisition, Kennedy meditates on a culture that we may not countenance or fully understand but which is made riveting by the precision of her prose and the passion and humor of her narrative.

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regalibar, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by regalibar)
A banging good read! From the bathetic opening set-piece where she despairingly contemplates her own mortality, A. L. Kennedy takes us on a journey into the mesmerizing world of the bullfight. Perhaps the last vestige of the ancient Roman arena. Mystifying, brutal and often beautiful, Kennedy opens the door to a culture of fatalism and death that we may never truly understand.
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Kennedy, A. L.
Anchor Books
Kennedy, A. L.
New York
Europe - Spain & Portugal
Essays & Travelogues
Spain & Portugal
Travel Writing-General
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1st ed.
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Trade paper
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v. 1
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8.00x5.32x.49 in. .45 lbs.

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