Portuguese: the Land and Its People

3.2 avg rating
( 15 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780140168921: Portuguese: the Land and Its People

The history of Portugal is long and colourful, with nations such as the Romans and the Moors invading. The Portuguese explorers who brought back many influences to the country and the many rulers whose sagas are rich in intrigue. This book introduces the reader to local crafts and festivals of Portugal; trade, industry and finance; the family, whose links bind tightly and so influence the country; the geographical land with its beauty - the rivers running from the hills in the east to the sea in the west; the character of the people, attitudes, education; the culture, architecture, paintings and poets and novelists.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Marion Kaplan is a journalist whose articles have appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Observer, and The Times.

From Publishers Weekly:

This sprawling, sometimes rambling view of modern Portugal mingles straight history with travel information. Sections trace the country's growth from its Moorish origins through centuries of naval exploration, colonial empire and monarchy and on into the 20th century, covering the Portuguese literary tradition and the modern economic and political state. The pre-1900 account is jumbled and unsatisfactory, giving short shrift to the many discoveries that built the once mighty empire, but British photojournalist Kaplan, who has lived in Portugal for a decade, ably conveys the eras of fascism, war and revolution and present-day affairs in Europe's "poor relation." After the toppling of dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar's regime in 1974, Portugal joined the EEC and embarked on an era of development. The author catalogues the successes and failures of this enterprise and paints a rosy picture of Portugal's economic future. The most enjoyable interludes, though, are Kaplan's digressions into the art and architecture of the country, capturing the beauty of sun-drenched cathedrals, castles and cities. At times the prose gushes, but sublime moments appear throughout. Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kaplan, Marion
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140168923 ISBN 13: 9780140168921
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
INSIGNIA BOOKS
(doncaster, SY, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0140168923 UK BASED SELLER - SHIPS DAILY. Bookseller Inventory # H0030882

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.86
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Kaplan, Marion
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140168923 ISBN 13: 9780140168921
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Atlanta Book Company
(Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0140168923I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
10.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds