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☆ Read ☆ The Age of Disenchantments by Aaron Shulman É The history of Spain over the past 90 years is history as nightmare The whole idea of Fascism taking over a country both politically and culturally has fascinated me Perhaps it is a life long concern that it could happen here if we fail to recognize it and learn from the history of others In 2012 the author Aaron Shulman saw the cult Spanish documentary El Desecanto which was made in 1976 It is about the Panero family who after the film s release became cultural icons popular as a touchstone for Spain s turmoil The family who Shulman documents is the Father, Leopold Panero, his wife Felicidad and their three Sons These are not likable people and one wonders how Spanish culture has become so enraptured They appear again in a second film and in numerous books and studies Although Shulman does not address the impact of media on the elevation of the Panero fa I cannot recommend a better historical narrative book than this gem, a fascinating tale that ticks all boxes, Civil wars, poets and writers, crazy families, politics, different decades, Franco, Spanish history, love, death This is a big book but a fast absorbing read and brilliantly researched and beautifully told writing It works like a novel and has you invested in the characters who are real people who lived a crazy fascinating life One of my fav books of this year.
This review is gonna be a little different I liked the beginning with its focus on the Spanish civil war but couldn t get into the weird family story living under Franco s Spain i don t know why I just couldn t get into their story I am much concerned with items like the horrors of fascism But that is me Maybe if I had read something by them, I might be invested in reading about this particular family I will look into it.
In 1972 73, my junior year in college, I lived with the Panero family the subject of this book in Madrid during a six month study abroad period Franco was still living Leopoldo Panero, the patriarch of the family, had been dead 11 years I knew that he had been a well known poet, but nothing else His widow, Felicidad, was a very elegant, well spoken, aristocratic woman with a mind of her own, and talent, but had a troubled life I sensed she had Republican sympathies and didn t think much of the Francoists Nationalists Leopoldo had been in various posts in the Spanish government roles that mainly had him promoting Spanish culture When I started reading some of his work, I was shocked to discover that he was basically an apologist for Franco I began wondering, How could this elegant, cultured, intelligent woman possiblly have been married to a Francoist One did not ask questio The fascinating true life story of how one man s choice of survival, comes to define not only his legacy but the lives of the family he will eventually leave behind The writer, Aaron Shulman s exacting account of the Spanish writer, Leopoldo Panero, and his literary family also tracks the rise and fall of the ruthless dictatorship of Francisco Franco Catapulting the reader from the first shots of the Nationalist revolt of 1936 and beyond the eventually prolonged death of Francisco Franco in 1975, Aaron Shulman takes great care in his vivid account of the fractured lives of the Paneros, a family who knew no other way to live except as if their lives were some tremendous literary tragedy Once a liberal communist during the democratically elected Spanish Second Re
Won with gratitude in a Goodreads giveaway This book is a tapestry of literary success and failure, family dysfunction and tragedy, set against war and repression in a nation s history It is the twentieth century saga of the poetic Panero family of Spain, and the frustrated success and patriarchal failings of husband and father Leopoldo With the assassination of noted writer Federico Garcia Lorca as its starting point, the book chronicles the confusing survivalist politics of Leopoldo during and after the Spanish Civil War In his marriage to Felicidad, he is joined to one who, like Leopoldo, lost a brother in that tragic conflict After the war and working for Franco s Fascist government, Leopoldo tries to build a career as a writer and cultural presence as he and Felicidad bring three emotionally stunted and personall I didn t buy this book because I had any interest in the Panero family I bought it because I know and respect Shulman s work I expected the highlight of the book to be the craft that went into its composition, but before the end of the third chapter, I was invested in the book s characters and would have continued reading even if the prose had been flat and turgid It s not, luckily, but even if it were, this book would be worth pouring over In its excavation of Spanish history, it, somehow, manages to tell a sharply relevant story about the clash of politics, faith, and art that feels relevant in America s current political moment.
This book is at once a sweeping history of the last century in Spain, and an intimate portrayal of a fascinating family whose trajectory seems to have mirrored that of the country I appreciated the research that went into this interesting story, and I look forward to seeing the documentary that launched the author s interest in the family as his subject matter I have been a student in Spain and of Spain, and this new point of view has added to my interest Thank you Aaron Shulman