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Bullfighting : Art, Technique and Spanish Society - John McCormick

Bullfighting

Art, Technique and Spanish Society

Paperback Published: 30th November 1999
ISBN: 9780765806574
Number Of Pages: 300

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Ernest Hemingway, is best-known to layman and aficionado alike for his fiction and related prose accounts of bullfighting (toreo) as a cross between romantic risk and a drunken party. He sees it as an elaborate substitute for war, ending in wounds or death. Although Hemingway's descriptions of the "beauty" in toreo are lyrical, they are short on imaginative creation of how such beauty, through technique and discipline, comes about. John McCormick sorts through the complexities of toreo, to suggest the aesthetic, social, and moral dimensions of an art that is geographically limited, but universal when seen in round.

While attracted to Hemingway's approach, McCormick knew that he was being seduced by elements that had little to do with toreo. To try to right Hemingway's distortions, he named the first edition of this book The Complete Aficionado, but then realized that the volume was directed at a wider readership. Bullfighting is written from the point of view of the toreo, as opposed to the usual spectator's impressions and enthusiasm. With the help of a retired matador de toros, Mario Sevilla Mascarenas, who taught McCormick the rudiments of toreo as well as the emotions and discipline essential to survival, the author rescues toreo from romantic cliches. He probes the anatomy of the matador's training and technique, provides a past-and-present survey of the traditions of the corrida, and furnishes dramatic portraits of such famous figures as Manolete, Joselito, Belmonte, and Ordonez. Here is an informed analysis and critique of the origins and myths of toreo and a survey of the literature it has inspired. Defending the faith in a lively as well as clear and discerning manner, thisvolume provides a committed and vivid approach to the rich history, ritual, and symbolism of the bullfight.

-[A]nyone who is the least bit curious about bullfighting should read this informative book.-

--Arts and Letters

-English is an expressive language, yet the word bullfighting fails to convey what is represented by toreo--which has to do with aristocratic bulls, brave men, the antiquity of Spain's national fiesta, the conflicting passions of the Spanish people over toreo, and their disposition toward a tragic perception of life, among other things. This latter quality is essential to McCormick's basic premise: that toreo is not sport, but art, even though every torero is not an artist, nor capable of being one. You do not see the high art of toreo every Sunday in the bullring, but when you do, you never forget it.-

--Richard O'Mara, Sewanee Review

-One of the best bullfight books of all time--in any language.-

--William Lyon, bullfight critic and author "[A]nyone who is the least bit curious about bullfighting should read this informative book."

--Arts and Letters

"English is an expressive language, yet the word bullfighting fails to convey what is represented by toreo--which has to do with aristocratic bulls, brave men, the antiquity of Spain's national fiesta, the conflicting passions of the Spanish people over toreo, and their disposition toward a tragic perception of life, among other things. This latter quality is essential to McCormick's basic premise: that toreo is not sport, but art, even though every torero is not an artist, nor capable of being one. You do not see the high art of toreo every Sunday in the bullring, but when you do, you never forget it."

--Richard O'Mara, Sewanee Review

"One of the best bullfight books of all time--in any language."

--William Lyon, bullfight critic and author "[A]nyone who is the least bit curious about bullfighting should read this informative book."

--Arts and Letters

"English is an expressive language, yet the word bullfighting fails to convey what is represented by toreo--which has to do with aristocratic bulls, brave men, the antiquity of Spain's national fiesta, the conflicting passions of the Spanish people over toreo, and their disposition toward a tragic perception of life, among other things. This latter quality is essential to McCormick's basic premise: that toreo is not sport, but art, even though every torero is not an artist, nor capable of being one. You do not see the high art of toreo every Sunday in the bullring, but when you do, you never forget it."

--Richard O'Mara, Sewanee Review

"One of the best bullfight books of all time--in any language."

--William Lyon, bullfight critic and author ."..anyone who is the least bit curious about bullfighting should read this informative book..."--"Arts and Letters"

"English is an expressive language, yet the word "bullfighting" fails to convey what is represented by toreo-which has to do with aristocratic bulls, brave men, the antiquity of Spain's national fiesta, the conflicting passions of the Spanish people over toreo, and their disposition toward a tragic perception of life, among other things. This latter quality is essential to McCormick's basic premise: that toreo is not sport, but art, even though every "torero" is not an artist, nor capable of being one. You do not see the high art of toreo every Sunday in the bullring, but when you do, you never forget it." ---Richard O'Mara, "Sewanee Review"

ISBN: 9780765806574
ISBN-10: 0765806576
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 30th November 1999
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.19  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition