Mojacar is a town constantly blessed with artists, poets, painters, playwrights and performers. Recently the town’s focus has been the recent publications by Struan Robertson, murder mystery novels themed in Mojacar and Keville Davies, visionary and novelist, local folk.
Hot off the press is the latest directly concerning Mojacar, and the author’s adventures that emanated from living here entitled ‘A year in Andalucia’ by American Bud Suiter. Oh how the area has yearned for just such a piece of scholarship and first hand guide to Andalucia.
Let the almond petals drop ever so lightly in the path of this talented writer who has pulled together a kaleidoscope of variants and made them whole, readable and informative.
Since the days of Columbus the only known figure to have penned something directly about our area was Hispanicist Gerald Brenan, whose masterful classic South from Granada touches upon major sociological themes and hinted archaeological guesses.
Suiter’s book is just what our corner of enchantment needs to bring the spotlight where it is truly so well deserved. After all, Mojacar’s important contributions to Europe’s civilisations can be found all around the area within the shadow of the Indalo.
Having lived here so many years I presumed I knew it all or had heard about it. But Suiter’s scholarship is so expert he has lots of important new insights. And striking so close to home makes it pertinent. Many of our local village and beach friends are mentioned in the book too.
It arrives as a breath of fresh air blowing out old musky and stale scents that have remained too long. No innuendos here, Bud has come up with facts and they will surprise you.
Fly along with Suiter when he discusses the very heart of authentic Spain (mostly omitted from Michener’s Iberia). Bud’s easy scripted style greets you as an old friend and drinking buddy just sharing a unique and pleasurable journey through romantic Andalucia.
His history chapter puts almost all universities to shame from their stilted and dogmatic history carved in stone and totally unchanged disregarding the massive and continuous new discoveries Suiter includes.
Excitement and exploration lurk around every page to celebrate and contemplate. His colourful expose does much for Spain as he allows the country to represent itself. The many curious characters he meets en route grace his story with a homely and familiar countenance.
Yet, it is Suiter himself that fills your wine glass with over flowing graciousness that is so much like the Spanish. Truly required reading for those that ponder a trip to Europe’s most enigmatic and enjoyable country, in which all doors remain open and welcoming.
All these important authors can be found on Amazon where their books can be purchased. Do so now and miss the Christmas rush.