Thu 10 Nov 2005
I really enjoyed the last sections of Pagan Spain because Wright touches on several aspects of Spanish life that I found to be very interesting. Not only does Wright mention certain characteristics about Spanish culture, but he searches for the reasoning behind them. For example, Wright mentions how Spanish children are brought up being spoiled and admired by their family. Wright notices that every child is called “guapo”, is hugged, kissed, worshiped and made the feel like the most special person on earth. I have noticed this particularly in one of my younger cousins – his parents (my aunt and uncle) worship him and he can pretty much get away with anything!
I also thought the chapter on Spanish women was appropriate. Wright points out that Spanish women are basically the backbone to Spanish society. His commentary on Spanish women reveals the irony of their role in society. The Spanish woman is strong, resolute, loving and essential to Spain. However, at the same time, they are all held by the traditional hands of men and the Church.
The last few chapters of the book are also really interesting because they retell the brief encounters Wright had with Spanish people of different professions an perspectives on Spain. I liked these chapters because they provided some insight to a question I have often found myself asking – What is it that makes Spaniards different? Wright meets with a journalist, Senior G., who has a similar opinion as Wright about how Spaniards’ problems begin at birth, and are inevitable; that Spaniards are taught nothing and learn nothing, but are still allowed to grow. I think its interesting to hear a Spaniard speak this way of his own country.