- Tapa blanda: 272 páginas
- Editor: Pimlico; Edición: New Ed (2 de agosto de 2001)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0712601163
- ISBN-13: 978-0712601160
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº379.949 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Wild Olives: Life in Majorca With Robert Graves (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 ago 2001
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"An excellent short memoir, recalling the magic of his childhood on Majorca, but also showing how hard it is to live with such a father." (Derwent May, European)
"William Graves's forthright memoir not only gives a sharp account of Father's foibles but offers a fuller evocation of the swiftly changing scene at Deyá and Palma than in Robert's sketchy Majorca Observed." (London Magazine)
"In Wild Olives, William, the eldest son of Robert Graves's second marriage, has given us a delightful, personal account of life with father after the family's return to Majorca - all the local intrigues, litigation and gossip interlaced with vivid descriptions of the mental processes by which Graves imagined himself back into the past or made mercurially intuitive connections like some kind of literary Sherlock Holmes" (Times Literary Supplement)
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In 1944, at the age of five, William Graves was taken from England to the delightful mountain village of Deya in Majorca, where his father - the poet Robert Graves - had returned with his new family to the place he had lived with Laura Riding before the war.
Young William grew up in the shadow of this great writer in the Englishness of the Graves household, while experiencing the ways of life of the Majorcans, which had hardly changed for hundreds of years.
Wonderfully observant, and full of feeling for the locality, this book is also a fascinating portrait of Robert Graves himself, his 'Muses', and his entourage, and a revealing study of how the son of a famous father finds his own identity.
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"I, Claudius" is one of my favorite books - this is how I think of the father Robert, however I gather in the academic world his is known more for being a poet and scholar of ancient myths, biblical stuff etc. That was one interesting tidbit from this book, that Robert wrote "I, Claudius" just to make money and considered it a potboiler. Funny, I thought it was great but I guess that is the difference between an academic and a regular reader.
The focus of this book is not Robert but William and his life on Deia, he considered it magical and home. He discusses how he saw it change from a authentic village to a pseudo-artist hippie hangout with most of the traditional occupations replaced by jobs to support the tourist industry, really the whole village was completely transformed in its look and character within 25 years. How strange that must have been to the villagers.
I drove thru Deia a few years ago and it is so stunning, and there were so many tourists, I couldn't help but wonder how wonderful it might have been when it was still real and isolated so it was interesting and a little sad to read about the transformation.
Unlike most writers, Robert seems highly productive and disciplined and domestic, there every day like a regular father. Of course he has some digressions with his search for the 'muse' but it was nice to read what a regular dad he was, not the best dad but a dad nevertheless.
But if you have never been to Deia, I doubt this book would be of much interest as so much is about life in the village. Unless a real fan of Robert Graves and want something so supplement his many biographies.