Voices of the Old Sea

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Picador, 1984 - Catalonia (Spain) - 231 pages
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After the war Norman Lewis returned to Spain and settled in the remote fishing village of Farol, on what is now the Costa Brava. Voices of the Old Sea describes his three successive summers in the almost medival community where life revolved around seasonal sardine catches, the Alcalde's bar and satisfying feuds with neighbouring villages. With affection and sorrow Lewis records the villagers' struggle to sustain their precarious existence and to defend it against the enticements of an inexorable tourist development.

'I will wager that Voices of the Old Sea will be a classic in the literature about Spain' Mail on Sunday

'A marvellous, iridescent epitaph' The Times

'Here once again we see what a magical storyteller Mr Lewis can be' Daily Telegraph

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I loved this book. Plain prose, incisive observations. Excellent timing, being present for the transformation - over the course of only three summers - of an inaccessible seaside town in Spain into a resort destination. Will definitely be reading more Norman Lewis. Read full review

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'Don't force me to listen to people who tell you yesterday was better than today,' Don Alberto said, and Don Ignacio nodded his agreement. Read full review

About the author (1984)

Norman Lewis was born in London. The author of thirteen novels and fourteen works of non-fiction, he died in 2003.

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