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Into The Arena: The World of the Spanish Bullfight di [Fiske-Harrison, Alexander]
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An informative and breathtaking volume of gonzo journalism (Herald)

The essential incongruity of an Englishman in the ring makes this book an engrossing introduction to bullfighting (Financial Times)

He [Fiske-Harrison] develops a taste for the gruesome spectacle, but what makes the book work is that he never loses his disgust for it...what I really enjoyed about Into the Arena is that after nearly 300 pages I still couldn't quite decide whether bullfighting should be banned or allowed to flourish (Daily Mail)

Into the Arena begins by brilliantly capturing a fascinating, intoxicating culture ... Provides an intriguing introduction to Spain's "great feast of art and danger" (Sunday Times)

Entertaining ... bears comparison with Kenneth Tynan's outstanding book Bull Fever (Spectator)

Whatever you think of Alexander Fiske-Harrison's account of his quest to become a bullfighter, you have to admire his guts ... His descriptions of the fights are compelling and lyrical, and his explanation of different uses of the matador's capes is illuminating ... This complex and ambitious book examines not only life in the bullring but also Spain's cultural identity and modern ideas of masculinity (James Owen Mail on Sunday)

Transposes the spectacle into words with great success (Literary Review)

A really, really good read (John Inverdale)

Fantastic... it's a fascinating insight into a world we know little about but are quick to judge (Ben East Metro)

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011

Alexander Fiske-Harrison has spent a year travelling with bullfighters to watch them work in the bullrings and ranches of Spain. Along the way he has entered the ring and ran with the bulls in Pamplona and trained with world famous matador Eduardo Dávila Miura and is on a personal quest to fight a bull in the ring with the aim of winning

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 3424 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 304
  • Editore: Profile Books (26 maggio 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1847654290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847654298
  • ASIN: B005IYT9X2
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5.0 su 5 stelle Captivating account of contemporary bullfighting 15 ottobre 2013
Di dhsullivan - Pubblicato su
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I bought this book in preparation for a trip to South America to attend my first bullfight. Reading the book was invaluable. The writing is superb. In addition to an engaging first-hand account of his training as an amateur matador, the author offers a sophisticated analysis of the moral aspects of bullfighting that presents a different perspective than that which we typically encounter in the United States (and, judging by some of what the author writes, the United Kingdom as well). I understood various aspects of the bullfights I saw far better than I would have without reading this book -- even after reading Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon and The Dangerous Summer.
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5.0 su 5 stelle outstading good book 8 gennaio 2015
Di jes petersen - Pubblicato su
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A super book about bullfight (or bull-dance ?). Bullfight is (perhaps) difficult to understand; it is not a sport but an art-form. And it is important for a reader from a no-bullfighting-culture ( I am danish) that AFH. gives the question about ethics so much place in the book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Better Character Development Than Even Most Novels! 20 agosto 2012
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Into The Arena is one of the better pieces of non-fiction literature I have ever read. Fiske-Harrison develops both major and minor characters from the world of Spanish bullfighting in a way that makes you truly imagine being there. I found myself Googling the histories of many matadors depicted in the book because they are depicted in a way that makes you want to know more. Each is presented as a fascinating protagonist of both bullfights described as intricate dances and of a personal, colorful, and unique life. The reader is drawn into relating to the matadors as both heroes and artists, egotists and humble, fallable, philosophical, humans, facing their fears. The breeders of bulls, support team, and aficionados are similarly depicted in a round way that draws the reader into their culture. Alexander Fiske-Harrison himself makes a worthy protagonist, managing to paint himself as the type of person most of us probably consider ourselves to be and can therefore sympathize with. He alternates between confidence, joy, melancholy, questioning, and a pantheon of other feelings, generally finding the dynamic balance of a mature and philosophically curious person in a complex world.

I highly recommend Into The Arena to anyone who is interested the interplay of art, brutality, history, and human nature. The book obviously discusses animal rights issues in detail, but to me it is more about how human beings interact with our planet in general, including the animals who live here with us, how we interact with death (of both ourselves and the animals), and what constitutes art.

Read it-- you will soon find yourself researching tickets to Spain and the bullfighting schedules for Cayetano or El Fandi-- after you realize that they are actual characters, today, and not only the wonderfully developed characters of a memorable book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent account 21 ottobre 2013
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the author had the courage to actually face the bulls on the ring, and so no facile or self righteous critiques of the taurine festival infest this book.very well done.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Wonderful Insight into the world of bullfighting 7 luglio 2013
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I chose to read this book after experiencing my first live bullfighting. I wanted to know more and I wanted to explore both the historical background and the current issues surrounding bullfighting. This book completely lived up to the expectation. Fiske-Harrison paints pictures and describes the drama so you feel you are standing right there with him. He also describes all of his own thoughts, doubts and fascination regarding bullfighting and for me as a novice it was very interesting to be able to mirror my own thoughts in his. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in knowing more and thinking more about bullfighting.
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