Barcelona The Great Enchantress by Robert Hughes

By Robert Hughes

Starting with a brilliant description of his marriage ceremony within the greatest medieval ceremonial chamber in Barcelona's urban corridor, Hughes launches right into a vigorous account of the historical past, paintings, and structure of the storied urban. He tells of architectural treasures abounding in 14th-century Barcelona, developing it as considered one of Europe's nice Gothic towns, whereas Madrid used to be not often greater than a cluster of huts. the town spawned such nice artists as Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Casals. Hughes's deep wisdom of the town is evident--but it's his own reflections of what Barcelona, its humans, and its storied heritage and tradition have intended to him over the a long time that units Barcelona the nice Enchantress except all others' books.

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Since it was s o dark I just kept my eyes open and whis pered: “Satan that is in hell, I’m ready to switch from God to you. I know God has been very m ean to you. You guys got into a fight and He beat you. Because you lost, you got sent to live in hell. That’s not fair. Maybe you w ant to change and be good. I think G od should forgive you. I would like to work with you if you give me some pow ers. And maybe, if you want to go back to heaven, I can talk to God for you, but only if you want me to— I’ll work for you.

I could n’t think of a more per fect thing than an after noon of TV and food. I could either eat a ham burger or egg s—or go totally crazy and eat both. My choices worked on the saf ety-in-numbers principle: on our mini- farm, we had our own cows and chick ens. With 500 pounds of beef in the freezer and s ix dozen eggs gathered every day, what was a few pounds of hamburger or a flat of eggs here or there? Still, I figured both would be too much; I chose the eggs. I pulled out Mom’s large black skil let, a big mix ing bowl, two blocks of cheese, a jug of milk, and but ter.

Bennett’s, a p ond where my dad had fished as a kid. We’d caught about thirty bass by this point, but had gone almost an hour with out a bite. ” I did n’t expect to catch any thing over there. It just felt good to move around and stare at dif ferent water. How ever, no more than three minutes later I had my first bite—and it felt big. It flopped out onto the bank. It was dark—a cat fish. Bummer. The church said we couldn’t eat a fish unless it had both scales and gills. Cat fish had gills but no scales, mak ing them unclean.

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