Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011.
In this remarkable and controversial book, Alexander Fiske-Harrison follows the tracks of a whole bullfighting year in Spain. He trains and takes part in the sport himself. He gives us memorable portraits of bull-fighters and bulls, of owners, trainers and fans - of a whole country. Fiske-Harrison offers a fully rounded and involving portrait of an art as performed for centuries and of the arguments that dog it today.
"An engrossing introduction to Spain's 'great feast of art and danger'." (Sunday Times, London)
"An engrossing introduction to bullfighting." (Financial Times)
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Insightful from a knowledgeable person.
A book that tries to give an insight into the role and the reason why bullfighting is such an integral part of Spanish history and traditions
Disappointed the author didn't narrate the book himself, it took away from the value of the message he was trying to get across. Was this book just an extended blog and passed straight to the narrator.
Slow, Prevaricate, exprobate
Some very interesting parts some drawn out parts, worth reading if you have an interest in bullfighting.
A decent read for those who enjoy this subject
Yes because I believe it gives an insight into a world little known outside Spain. A good attempt with obviously a great deal of research into the history of bullfighting.
I thought the end was a little predictable but quite enjoyable none the less.
No emotional reaction for me but understand it could effect some people who have no or little experience of this tradition.
- Frank Luton