Tim L.


Out of the numerous books that we have read this semester, Pagan Spain is by far the most atypical. Richard Wright definitely does not conform to the love and idealism that all of the other authors had done. For this reason alone, I think this book is one of the most interesting. I am not saying that it is the most appealing, however it is definitely the most interesting.

The topics that I find most interesting in this book deal with the women of Spain and religion in Spain. Wright presents each thoroughly and subjectively, the latter of which we haven’t explicitly seen thus far. His writing style is easy to follow and his tone is welcoming. Wright is a good observer and his writings are filled with great insight.

I am still quite shocked over the little green catechism book; however, as we mentioned in class the other day, I would love to see the other parts of it. We are given the smallest preview and mostly within the section “for girls between the ages of twelve and fourteen.” I can only imagine what it would have for boys of a similar age or what it would state for both sexes of a later age. I did a little research online and found out that the only school that actually owns this book (based on our inter-loan library system) is Northwestern. Perhaps we ought to request it just to see what other kind of info it has. It would at least prove to be interesting even if nothing else comes of it.

Let’s be honest from the very beginning. Orwell is a fantastic author, and all of his books follow suit. Homage to Catalonia is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his personal experiences fighting for the “anit-fascists” during the Spanish Civil War, and I also learned a lot from it. I loved Orwell’s relaxed and personal style of writing, and I felt comfortable and welcomed while reading his story. He writes as though he were speaking directly to you, and thus I felt connected and always wanted to read more.

Richard Wright’s Pagan Spain takes a slightly different approach to viewing Spain and focuses primarily on outside of the Civil War. Juxtaposing the two is an interesting idea simply because they talk about the “before/during” and “after” of the Civil War, respectively. While reading Pagan Spain, you see what Orwell was fighting against, and while reading Homage to Catalonia, you see the beginning of what awaits Wright.

Thus far, I am enjoying Wright’s tale. His style of writing is appealing and his journeys and adventures are interesting. I am amazed by the “little green book” and all of its propaganda; however, I suppose that’s the reality of the time. It will be interesting to see what else awaits us in this book.

I’ve brainstormed a possible list of itineraries, however, I think I have narrowed it down to El camino hacía Rocío. I am not too familiar with this pilgrimage, in fact I don’t even know its proper name, but I am interested in it. This past February, the Dickinson crew in Málaga had the opportunity to go to el Rocío for el Candelario. Although this is only a small reunion of pilgrims, primarily only native Spaniards, I found the whole idea very appealing and would love to know more about that and about the bigger pilgrimage held during Pentecost. I know Professor Jarvis makes this pilgrimage every year, so I am sure it has to be very interesting and cultural; and if need be, I am sure she would give me some great insight.

As for possible stops along the way, I am not too sure. I am not even sure of where the best place to start would be. I know there are about 5 typical paths, but which one starts where and how they differ, I am unsure of. I will have to do a lot of research within the next couple days to figure out which path would be the most appropriate for my “travel goals.” Perhaps I could start from Malaga or perhaps I could follow Professor Jarvis’s trail.

However, I would like to focus more on the actual festival within el Rocío if possible. I am sure there are many different places, events, and dedications to see all within the city and this particular festival; so perhaps I can include information about the trail, but focus more on the festival.

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