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Best travel writer of the 20th century. 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. @DOWNLOAD EPUB à Voices of the Old Sea ñ 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 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 Prosperous Northern Europe, And The Tourist Tide That Ensued Flowed Inexorably Over The Old Ways Of The Town And Its Inhabitants 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 the remarkable 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. 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 earn pesetas 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.For about our life in Andaluc a, see www.notesonaspanishvalley.comRead about my thoughts on books and writing at www.sandradanby.com O zmianie, kt ra sprawi a, e znikn y bezdomne koty i tylko widok w stron morza pozosta taki sam. Could be one of the best travel writers I have read. Recommended by Linda, this is a fantastic book It fits in the same vein as another favorite book, Let It Come Down. 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 far taking 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 far freedom, than was the case 60 years ago, when near starvation and repression were the norm, but still, much has been lost. Voices of the Old Sea by Norman Lewis is an account of his time in village of Farol on the Costa Brava in Spain during the 1950s Lewis is the author of many travel books and was particularly fascinated by primitive cultures in the modern world He wrote on Indonesia, tribes in India, and the effect of missionary work in Latin America Lewis spends three summers in Farol and documents his time there Usually it is fiction that requires you to suspend your disbelief here it is non fiction The reader almost feels like he or she is in a Spanish version of Tortilla Flat or Cannery Row Farol is a town that struggles to make a living by fishing Superstition abounds in the town No leather was allowed anywhere the fishing fleet, which in itself is barely functional Motorized boats have been cannibalized to the point that the few boats that run barely do The boats are named with pagan references that government officials make the fishermen cover up and rename Farol is a single commodity town and fishing in itself is at subsistence level So important is the fishing that locals turn to a magician who can smell out the tuna Animals are not killed unless there is good reason A man shooting rats because they might carry the plague is told to stop and told once there is plague then the rats could be killed Killing them for no reason would not be tolerated, but sending a message is different though When dolphins are snagged in fishing nets, they are not killed they are wounded and released to show the other dolphins what would happen to them if they decided to get snagged in the fisher s nets Cats have the run of Farol, and it is know as the cat village Sort is an adjoining town, known as the dog town Sort is on its own hard times with the decline of the cork industry and relies on subsistence agriculture The two villages have their own feud Life is further complicated by Muga who want to bring tourism to the Farol Villagers fear that the foreigners staring out at the water from the shore would ruin the fishing Voices of the Old Sea is a fun read It reads like fiction with nearly unbelievable events and characters so colorful that they seem they could they could only come from the authors imagination Lewis growing attachment to the village and the process of his acceptance makes for an interesting read A very good book for all.