Voices of the Old Sea



❴Download❵ ➼ Voices of the Old Sea Author Norman Lewis – E17streets4all.co.uk After World War II, Norman Lewis returned to Spain and settled in the remote fishing village of Farol, on what is now Costa Brava Voices of the Old Sea describes his three successive summers in that a After World War II, Norman Lewis the Old PDF/EPUB ¼ returned to Spain and settled in the remote fishing village of Farol, on what is now Costa Brava Voices of the Old Sea describes his three successive summers in that almost medieval community where life revolved around the seasonal sardine catches, Alcade s bar, and satisfying feuds with neighboring villages It s lucky Lewis was there when he was Soon after, Spain was discovered by its neighbors in a Voices of PDF/EPUB or prosperous northern Europe, and the tourist tide that ensued flowed inexorably over the old ways of the town and its inhabitants.Voices of the Old Sea

Norman Lewis was a prolific British the Old PDF/EPUB ¼ writer best known for his travel writing Though not widely known, Norman Lewis is one of the best writers, not of any particular decade, but of our century , according to Graham GreeneLewis served in World War II and wrote an account of his experiences during the Allied occupation of Italy, titled Naples Shortly after the war he produced volumes about Burma, titled Golden Earth, and French Indochina, Voices of PDF/EPUB or titled A Dragon Apparent His intrepid boots on the ground view of Vietnam under French colonial domination, without being itself a political rant, gives context to any discussion of the American experience in that battered and subjugated part of the worldLewis was fascinated by cultures which were little touched by the modern world This was reflected in his books on travels in Indonesia, An Empire of the East, and among the tribal peoples of India, A of the Old ePUB ✓ Goddess in the StonesLewis s first wife, Ernestina, was a Swiss Sicilian aristocrat, and Sicilian life, including the Mafia, was another of his major themes, reflected in The Honoured Society and In Sicily His treatment of the Mafia was not sensationalist but based on an acute understanding of Sicilian society and a deep sympathy with the sufferings of the Sicilian people, without losing sight of the horrors inflicted by the organizationAnother major concern of Lewis s was the impact of missionary activity on tribal societies in Latin America and elsewhere He was hostile to the activities of missionaries, especially American evangelicals This is covered in the volume, Among the Missionaries and several shorter pieces He frequently said that he regarded his life s major achievement as the worldwide reaction to writing on tribal societies in South America In , his article Genocide in Brazil , published in the Sunday Times, created such an outcry that it led to the creation of the organisation Survival International, dedicated to the protection of first peoples around the worldLewis wrote several volumes of autobiography, again concerned primarily with his observations of the many places in which he lived at various times, which included St Catherine s Island in South Wales near Tenby, the Bloomsbury district of London during World War II, Nicaragua, a Spanish fishing village, and a village near RomeLewis also wrote twelve novels Some of these enjoyed significant success at the time of publication, but his reputation rests mainly on his travel writingHe died in Saffron Walden, Essex, survived by his third wife, Lesley, and their son, Gawaine, and two daughters, Kiki and Samara, and by a son, Gareth, and daughter, Karen, from his second marriage with Hester, and by a son, Ito, from his first marriage His second son Gareth has recently had a novel published called Deceit.

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  • 240 pages
  • Voices of the Old Sea
  • Norman Lewis
  • English
  • 07 February 2017
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10 thoughts on “Voices of the Old Sea

  1. says:

    3.5 starsAfter three war years in the Army overseas I looked for the familiar in England, but found change Perhaps it was the search for vanished times that drew me back to Spain, which in some ways I knew better than my own country a second homeland to be revisited when I could Here the past, I suspected, would have been embalmed, and outside influence held at bay in a country absorbed in its domestic tragedy Travel writing has beckoned to me with its charms during recent years Honestly, b 3.5 starsAfter three war years in the Army overseas I looked for the familiar in England, but found change Perhaps it was the search for vanished times that drew me back to Spain, which in some ways I knew better than my own country a second homeland to be revisited when I could Here the past, I suspected, would have been embalmed, and outside influence held at bay in a country absorbed in its domestic tragedy Travel writing has beckoned to me with its charms during recent years Honestly, before joining Goodreads, I thought travel books were primarily those little Fodor s travel guides one would pick up before venturing on an upcoming trip I really had no idea that there was an entire genre of narrative travel writing that could whisk you away to faraway places simply through the power of beautifully written words Since this discovery, I have been adding travel books to my mountainous pile at a rather swift rate Voices of the Old Sea is one of those books that lured me in with the promise of a journey to the Mediterranean coast of Spain The author, Norman Lewis, was apparently one of therenowned travel writers of his time mainly post World War II A British journalist who traveled and wrote extensively, Lewis wrote this particular volume based on a period of three summers beginning in 1948, which he spent in the small coastal fishing village of what he called Farol From what I understand, Farol is a fictional name he devised in order to protect the identity of the real community In any case, Farol was a town steeped in a culture that no longer exists today rich in history and traditions that were quite interesting Actually, I found that my visit to this coastal village wasof a travel back in time rather than a destination vacation Lewis at first had difficulty making himself at home with the fishermen They didn t necessarily welcome outsiders with open armsThe men of Farol hoarded words as their children collected the coloured pebbles on the beachEventually he found friendship with another outsider of sorts, a young man named Sebastian who happened to have a link with one of thepowerful women of the community the Grandmother Soon Lewis found himself offered hospitality at the local drinking establishment, where he came to learn many of the secrets and customs of the community He went out on fishing expeditions thus learning of the arduous work involved in this type of livelihood The most fascinating part of this piece for me was the rather rapid transformation of this town from that of remote fishing village to that of a fashionable tourist attraction With the arrival of an influential and likely shady businessman, Farol became the hot spot for French, German, Scandinavian and later English travelers seeking the beauty of a beach retreat The people of Farol found themselves no longer gaining sustenance from the always fluctuating fishing economy, but to earning a living from the influx of foreign currency Lewis seems to mourn the loss of the town s identity while at the same time perhaps recognizing that the people will now have areliable source of income Certainly I can understand both sides, and it is thanks to books like this that remind us of those irretrievable times gone by I ve rated this book 3.5 stars, mainly because I appreciated very much what I learned from it At times, it felt disjointed probably due to the author s back and forth travel to Farol When I m reading a travel narrative, I m looking for the lovely, descriptive prose that paints a picture of the landscape This better illustrated the people and the metamorphosis of an entire way of life which is fascinating in itself, but is a matter of expectations I suppose I didn t so much travel to Spain but to a place in history Keeping this in mind, anyone with an interest in such topics could easily enjoy this book I m going to try Naples 44 next, which is Lewis s masterpiece of sortsOne thing is certain Here we have always been, and here, whatever happens, we shall remain, listening to the voices of the old sea

  2. says:

    Judging by the scant number of reviews on Goodreads, Norman Lewis is virtually forgotten Yet he was one of the best travel writers of the 20th century Here he recounts three summer seasons spent in a fishing village on the Costa Brava just after World War II Artfully, he uses this device to show us first the poverty stricken and almost medieval lifestyle of the fishermen and their families During the second season a local crook cum businessman opens a hotel and begins the gradual transformat Judging by the scant number of reviews on Goodreads, Norman Lewis is virtually forgotten Yet he was one of the best travel writers of the 20th century Here he recounts three summer seasons spent in a fishing village on the Costa Brava just after World War II Artfully, he uses this device to show us first the poverty stricken and almost medieval lifestyle of the fishermen and their families During the second season a local crook cum businessman opens a hotel and begins the gradual transformation of the village into a tasteless tourist trap, amid much resentment and resistance the fishermen continue obstinately to fish the dwindling stocks even when it is pointed out that they can earn fartaking tourists on a single boat trip than in a whole season of fishing By the third season the rot has set in the fishermen s wives are working as chambermaids at the hotel, and even Lewis s friend Sebastian has had to quell his wanderlust and become a waiter Repressive Spanish laws now only apply to Spaniards foreign tourists can do as they like.I never knew the Spanish Mediterranean coast before it was covered from end to end with concrete The Costa Brava is inaccessible enough to be less spoilt than the rest, but there are no fishing villages like Farol any , and all the village sea fronts are lined with hotels Of course, the Spanish are materially far better off, and have farfreedom, than was the case 60 years ago, when near starvation and repression were the norm, but still, much has been lost

  3. says:

    In the late 1940s, English writer Norman Lewis travelled to the remote Spanish fishing village of Farol to experience and record the old ways of Spanish fisherman, and witness the passing of an old order that had lasted largely unchanged for centuries He spent a few months there each year for three years, and witnessed huge changes as the Spanish fishing culture gave way slowly to the onslaught of mass tourism The author described two villages rather than one, the village of the cat people by In the late 1940s, English writer Norman Lewis travelled to the remote Spanish fishing village of Farol to experience and record the old ways of Spanish fisherman, and witness the passing of an old order that had lasted largely unchanged for centuries He spent a few months there each year for three years, and witnessed huge changes as the Spanish fishing culture gave way slowly to the onslaught of mass tourism The author described two villages rather than one, the village of the cat people by the sea they keep cats to keep off the rats and finish off the bits of fish left over from their fishing , and the village of the dog people a few miles inland where the people hunt in the forest and grow crops The two villages need each other and trade together even though they don t like each other very much, but both villages will be equally affected by the changes that are coming.I like travel books, I like learning about different places and also about different times too This does both Some travel books can be quite dry though, full of beautiful description but somehow stagnant without narrative or movement This is not one of those The characters really come to life, and even though the story is told over only three years, such a lot happens and it is really interesting waiting to find out what will happen in the next year This is just one little story, in one small place, but you can really see how there would have been hundreds of other stories just like it up and down the Spanish coast.I read this book while on holiday in Spain not far from where the book is set Farol is a fictional name and no one knows exactly where the village was but it was in the Costa Brava region This really added something to the book for me I could see and feel the final result of the changes described in this book all around me I don t see it is either good or bad, but do feel a sadness for what was lost This was a really good book, and Norman Lewis is obviously an excellent writer, because as you read it, it makes you feel like you are there, experiencing that time and that place, getting a glimpse of a world that has gone and is never coming back It is all theremarkable because though it seems like eons away it really wasn t that long ago, within the lifetime of many people alive today A really good book, well worth reading

  4. says:

    Voices of the Old Sea is a humane and affectionate portrait of life in the obscure Catalonian fishing village of Farol shortly after the Second World War The tone and content reminded me rather of My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, as it reads with sympathetic amusement and both a simultaneous sense of solidarity and detachment Lewis is gradually accepted by the villagers over a period of years and goes fishing with them, whilst acknowledging that he will always be an outsider H Voices of the Old Sea is a humane and affectionate portrait of life in the obscure Catalonian fishing village of Farol shortly after the Second World War The tone and content reminded me rather of My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, as it reads with sympathetic amusement and both a simultaneous sense of solidarity and detachment Lewis is gradually accepted by the villagers over a period of years and goes fishing with them, whilst acknowledging that he will always be an outsider He documents the environmental disasters that damage the livelihoods of Farol and its inland neighbour Sort The villagers are often referred to, rather brilliantly, as the Cat People and the Dog People As the forests die and the fish prove elusive, a wealthy black marketeer moves in and tried to turn the area into a tourist resort The villagers affronted and confused responses are both funny and full of pathos The isolation of Farol cannot survive modern times, so Lewis portrait is a bittersweet one It is lovely to read, though, and like the best travel writing immerses you in a different world

  5. says:

    Could be one of the best travel writers I have read.

  6. says:

    Recommended by Linda, this is a fantastic book It fits in the same vein as another favorite book, Let It Come Down.

  7. says:

    Best travel writer of the 20th century.

  8. says:

    Lewis account of his stay over three seasons in a small Spanish Catalan fishing village in the immediate aftermath of WWII A lot of local color, and a somewhat bleak view of the rise of tourism in the region The Costa Brava Those readers who demand fidelity may be disappointed outside reading has indicated that the author leaves out some important points such as that his family lived there with him and the name of the village is a pseudonym.

  9. says:

    Classic travel novel superb

  10. says:

    Farol, north of Palamos on the Costa Brava, in the late 1940s, was a village of poor fishermen, wild mangy cats and entrenched traditions Into this isolated community arrives Norman Lewis Voices of the Old Sea is his account of three fishing seasons spent in the village, from the first sardines in March, the tunny in summer, to the last sardine shoals in October He witnesses the arrival of tourism and the disappearance of old traditions as the villagers first resist then submit to such overwh Farol, north of Palamos on the Costa Brava, in the late 1940s, was a village of poor fishermen, wild mangy cats and entrenched traditions Into this isolated community arrives Norman Lewis Voices of the Old Sea is his account of three fishing seasons spent in the village, from the first sardines in March, the tunny in summer, to the last sardine shoals in October He witnesses the arrival of tourism and the disappearance of old traditions as the villagers first resist then submit to such overwhelming modernities as a clean beach, new sea wall, hotel rooms with porcelain toilets, and incomprehensible French and German holidaymakers.The final sign of acceptance of change is when the fishermen s wives, formerly responsible for raising the village chickens, get dressed up in their finery for interviews as chambermaids at the new hotel So employed, they earnpesetas a day than their husbands.This is a gentle tale, lovingly told Moments of sadness and tragedy are mixed delicately with comic stories of the eccentric villagers, who come to accept Lewis with less suspicion It is a glimpse of a lost time but which still retains traces of modern Spain today Excellent.Forabout our life in Andaluc a, see www.notesonaspanishvalley.comReadabout my thoughts on books and writing at www.sandradanby.com

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