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Ccentric family whose lives intersected memorably with many of the most storied figures in the art literature and politics of the time from Neruda to Salvador Dalí from Ava Gardner to Pablo Picasso to Roberto BolañoWeaving memoir with cultural history and biography and brought together with vivid storytelling and striking images The Age of Disenchantments sheds new light on the romance and intellectual ferment of the era. This review is gonna be a little different I liked the beginning with its focus on the Spanish civil war but couldn t get into the weird family story living under Franco s Spain i don t know why I just couldn t get into their story I am much concerned with items like the horrors of fascism But that is me Maybe if I had read something by them I might be invested in reading about this particular family I will look into it

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The Age of Disenchantments

A gripping narrative history of Spain’s most brilliant and troubled literary family a tale about the making of art myth and legacy set against the upheaval of the Spanish Civil War and beyondIn this absorbing and atmospheric historical narrative journalist Aaron Shulman takes us deeply into the circumstances surrounding the Spanish Civil War through the lives loves and poetry of the Paneros Spain’s most compelling and e. The story of Spain during its period of fascist rule the regime s death rattle and the beginning of democracy is told through the experience of a literary family Its patriarch as a young man was jailed as a leftist and saved by his mother s connections He coped by aligning with Gen Franco and after the war joined his administration He became Spain s cultural leader and something like a poet laureate Aaron Shulman shows how Leopoldo Panero s joining with the Fascists affected his wife and their three sons both during and after his and the regime s life and deathPanero may have had to betray his values to survive but he did not have to drink to excess have multiple mistresses and abuse his family He fully lost my sympathy when he threatened his wife Felicidad with divorce in Franco s Spain where women had no options because she enjoyed the flirtations of his poet friend Forge

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While revealing the profound and enduring devastation of the war the Franco dictatorship and the country’s transition to democracyA searing tale of love and hatred art and ambition and freedom and oppression The Age of Disenchantments is a chronicle of a family who modeled their lives and deaths on the works of art that most inspired and obsessed them and who in turn profoundly affected the culture and society around them. I ve been reading some non fiction recently where the topic idea was appealing one on Arthurian legends another on exploring urban areas underground but the prose eech Can be clunky painful Shulman writes very very well He is in control of his material unspools the stories here well I ve been drawn to Spanish Civil War accounts in booksseems as if last 10 years has brought uite a few from different angles Seems to speak to how fascism can arise human nature shows less than highest standards of behavior The war in Spain though also brings intersection of history in 20th c Europe in a uniuely focused manner political and cultural trends The writers who enter into the mix is interesting Schulman s book has been the first that I ve attempted which is not dry a then this happened then this happened with persons x y and z I read the first 100 pages today in one sitting Looking forward to re


10 thoughts on “The Age of Disenchantments

  1. says:

    In 1972 73 my junior year in college I lived with the Panero family the subject of this book in Madrid during a six month study abroad period

  2. says:

    The story of Spain during its period of fascist rule the regime’s death rattle and the beginning of democracy is told through the experience of a literary family Its patriarch as a young man was jailed as a leftist and saved by his

  3. says:

    I cannot recommend a better historical narrative book than this gem a fascinating tale that ticks all boxes Civil wars poets and writers crazy families politics different decades Franco Spanish history love death This is a big book but a fast absorbing read and brilliantly researched and beautifully told writing

  4. says:

    This review is gonna be a little different I liked the beginning with its focus on the Spanish civil war but couldn't get into the weird family story living under Franco's Spain i don't know why I just couldn't get into their story I am much concerned with items like the horrors of fascism But that is me Maybe if I had read something by them I might be invested in reading about this particular family I will look into it

  5. says:

    Won with gratitude in a Goodreads giveaway This book is a tapestry of literary success and failure family dysfunction and tragedy set against war and repression in a nation's history It is the twentieth century saga of the poetic Panero family of Spain and the frustrated success and patriarchal failings of husband and father Leopoldo With the assassination of noted writer Federico Garcia Lorca as its startin

  6. says:

    The fascinating true life story of how one man's choice of survival comes to define not only his legacy but the lives of the family he will eventually leave behind The writer Aaron Shulman's exacting account of the Spanish writer L

  7. says:

    I've been reading some non fiction recently where the topic idea was appealing one on Arthurian legends another on exploring urban areas underground but the prose eech Can be clunky painful Shulman writes very very well He

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  9. says:

    I didn’t buy this book because I had any interest in the Panero family I bought it because I know and respect Shulman’s work I expected the highlight of the book to be the craft that went into its composition but before the end

  10. says:

    This book is at once a sweeping history of the last century in Spain and an intimate portrayal of a fascinating family who