DEATH AND THE SUN: A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Journalist Lewine debuts in time-honored Hemingway fashion with a blow-by-blow look at the classical art of the bullfighter.Refreshingly, Lewine is not out to bash the literary lion who so famously tread the corrida de toros before him. Instead, he seeks to emulate Hemingway with such faintly familiar descriptions as this one of his story's matador hero: "Fran was 28 years old and as good-looking ... Read full review

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I generally agree with all the reviews below. This is an easy-to-read, informative book. I thoroughly enjoyed being out on the road travelling from corrida to corrida with Fran's cuadrilla who look after him in and out of the ring.
My reasons for giving the book four stars and not the full five are: firstly, there is not much direct conversation with the matador himself. We don't really get inside his head. And secondly, there are no photos. I think the book would have benefited from at least one photo of Fran himself, and some of the cuadrilla on the road.
Sadly, unless he, or his brother Cayetano, get their skates on and have a son, their bullfighting inheritance will end with the two Rivera Ordˇ˝ez brothers.(I think I'm correct in thinking that only Fran has a child - a daughter.)

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