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Tales of the Alhambra

Washington Irving

One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned "Rip Van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow," wrote Tales of the Alhambra during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the thirteenth century, filled with fantastic Arabic architecture (ornate plasterwork, ceramic tiles, sculpted marble fountains, and archways) and plenty of room for imagining the days of its former greatness, which Irving brings to life most memorably. Even though Tales of the Alhambra is over 170 years old, it seems as if it was written yesterday. There are tales of princes, genies, lost and found loves, enchanted treasures, battles, hellish headless horses, and commentary on the Spanish landscape and nature of the Spaniards that he lives with. Full of bewitching music, the smell of roses and exotic perfumes, fiery sunsets, and the ghosts of the past, Tales of the Alhambra is a sensory treat as well.

One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned "Rip Van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow," wrote Tales of the Alhambra during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the thirteenth century, filled with fantastic Arabic architecture (ornate plasterwork, ceramic tiles, sculpted marble fountains, and archways) and plenty of room for imagining the days of its former greatness, which Irving brings to life most memorably. Even though Tales of the Alhambra is over 170 years old, it seems as if it was written yesterday. There are tales of princes, genies, lost and found loves, enchanted treasures, battles, hellish headless horses, and commentary on the Spanish landscape and nature of the Spaniards that he lives with. Full of bewitching music, the smell of roses and exotic perfumes, fiery sunsets, and the ghosts of the past, Tales of the Alhambra is a sensory treat as well.
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One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence. Irving, who also penned "Rip Van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow," wrote Tales of the Alhambra during a stay at the legendary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a combination fort, palace, and gardens dating from the thirteenth century, filled with fantastic Arabic architecture (ornate plasterwork, ceramic tiles, sculpted marble fountains, and archways) and plenty of room for imagining the days of its former greatness, which Irving brings to life most memorably. Even though Tales of the Alhambra is over 170 years old, it seems as if it was written yesterday. There are tales of princes, genies, lost and found loves, enchanted treasures, battles, hellish headless horses, and commentary on the Spanish landscape and nature of the Spaniards that he lives with. Full of bewitching music, the smell of roses and exotic perfumes, fiery sunsets, and the ghosts of the past, Tales of the Alhambra is a sensory treat as well.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin Foley

Length:

13h 23m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:09


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:09:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

43:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:11:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

45:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

51:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

34:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

38:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

40:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

26:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:12