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By Laurie Lee

Andalusia is a fondness - and fifteen years after his final stopover at Laurie Lee back. He discovered a rustic damaged by means of the Civil warfare, however the totems of indestructible Spain continue to exist: the Christ in discomfort, the exciting flamenco cry-the delight in poverty, the gypsy depth in vibrant whitewashed slums, the cult of the bullfight, the exultation in demise, the humour of hopelessness-the paradoxes deep within the fiery bones of Spain. wealthy with kaleidoscopic pictures, A Rose for iciness is as sensual and evocative because the sun-scorched panorama of Andalusia itself.

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