'The descriptions of events and encounters burst with vividness and energy' -- Oxford Mail 20030613 'Along the way, we are treated to insights into Spanish rural life, both past and present, brought alive by a cast of colourful characters. Humorous, touching and dramatic, The Factory of Light is a refreshing alternative to the current wave of 'moving to the Med' travelogues, from a skilled writer with a deep knowledge of , and concern for , his subject' -- Wanderlust 20030701 'Jacobs' skills as a writer, combined with his knowledge of Spain and passion for its people, have resulted in a refreshing travel alternative' -- Irish Examiner 20030701 'Spinning ever wilder and more ambitious schemes, Jacobs takes the reader (and the town) towards a hilarious, Rabelaisian denouement.' -- Harpers & Queen 20040201 'A welcome reminder that close encounters of the Mediterranean kind don't have to be all froth' -- Sunday Times 20040201 'Rural life in Spain is vividly evoked in Michael Jacob's delightful book' -- Traveller Magazine 20030701 'He writes ... with insight, tenderness and wit' -- Sunday Times 20040912From the Publisher:
Searching for a house to rent in the summer of 1999, Michael Jacobs was offered one in the remote olive-growing community of Frailes. This proved to be no ordinary village. Near in distance but far in spirit from the tourist centres of Granada, Cordoba and Seville, this was a place where the modern world enjoyed a strange co-existence with a virgin Andalucia ruled by a dynasty of saintly healers. Costumed villagers bearing huge baskets of local produce arrived to welcome him, and it was not long before he decided to take up more permanent residence as the sole guest of the aptly named Discoteca Oh!, where the household arrangements were reminiscent of Fawlty Towers.;Soon he was taken under the wing of El Sereno, an elderly Romeo whose home-pressed olive oil was believed locally to cure everything from baldness to impotence. And his friendship with the village social worker Merce - a woman who held court in a bar situated inside a cave - led him deeper into a miraculous world evoked for him by the name of a nearby isolated ruin: The Factory of Light.; As he shared in each season's special events - wine festivals and pilgrimages, pig and goat slaughtering, olive-gathering and mushroom picking - his own life became increasingly tied up with that of a village whose traditions and future were threatened by drought, unemployment, and decreasing population. Miracles were needed to save the place; and miracles began happening. With his dream of inviting a legendary Spanish actress to the village's abandoned Art Deco cinema, the truly unimaginable occurred, and the name of Frailes became known even to Hollywood. This story of how a restless urbanite finally put down roots is funny, moving and magical.
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Descripción John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0719561639
Descripción John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110719561639