Gamel Woolsey instinctively understood that a civil war, with all its irrationality of blood killing blood, could not be told by a journalistic recitiation. Yet through her vivid character sketches and her powerful eyewitness account, a reader comes away from Gamel Woolsey's memoir with the feeling of having attained a grasp of the Spanish war--as great, perhaps, as if one had plowed through some multi-tomed work heavy with statistics. Her descriptions of Spanish life are timeless, and therefore remain as fresh and compelling as when written.
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Gamel Woolsey fled her native Charleston, South Carolina to seek her fortune as an actress in New York. When her marriage failed, she traveled to London where she married author Gerald Brennan. Later Woolsey and Brennan moved to Spain where she thought she would settle down to write poetry and novels. But war interrupted her plans when the Spanish Civil War began in July of 1936. Gamel Woolsey turned her sensitive poet's eye on the war to produce this unforgettable first-person account, now published in the United States for the first time.From Library Journal:
Little known in this country, Woolsey was living with her English husband, Gerald Brenan, also a writer, in southern Spain at the outbreak of that country's civil war. Brenan's citizenship provided the couple with a measure of personal safety from the dangers of the war. Eventually, however, bombs fell close to their home, and they left for England after successfully helping a neighboring family to escape. Woolsey's insightful, reflective account of the war does not take political sides or discuss politics at any length. Rather, hers is a sympathetic description of the Spanish people around her. She is rightly skeptical of the many atrocity stories that circulated at the time and saddened by all the destruction and violence. This elegantly written book, first published in England in 1939 as Death's Other Kingdom, adds an unusual viewpoint to the many personal narratives on the subject of the Spanish Civil War. Appropriate for modern history collections in public and academic libraries.?Patricia A. Beaber, Coll. of New Jersey Lib., Eawing
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Descripción Pythia Press, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. N/A Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0964873613
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