I happened to see this coverage yesterday — replete with the Ricky Gervais reaction. Yes, it made me very sad and sick.
But, I was also curious as to whether bulls actually cry tears of pain and sorrow. If they did, I would be even more distressed. I guess we can’t know for sure, for sure.
They do have eye secretion to lubricate their eyes and help them flush out dust and dirt. But, there is no conclusive evidence that bulls (or other mammals) actually cry because of pain or emotions.
All that said BLOODY bullfighting!
Yes, yes, yes, I understand the historic and cultural significance. But, the Romans had gladiatorial circuses too — and we don’t have them now.
When I think about it it amazes me that bullfighting has not been banned as yet.
The EU of all people. Cruelty to animals.
This is not right.
We have to put an end to bullfighting. Period. End of discussion.
James Michener’s “Miracle In Seville” — A Marian Miracle, A Treatise On Bullfighting & Probably Autobiographical.
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An intriguing book. Unlike anything else I have read from the great and incomparable James A. Michener. For a start it is absurdly short for a Michener book. My version, with lots of full-page illustrations, and somewhat large print, only runs to 122-pages. But, one heck of a yarn — though those that are extremely averse to Marian worship and/or bullfighting probably will not get very far with it.
I pick up any and all Michener books I see being given away — the incredible, free ‘Swap Shop‘ at our local dump (a.k.a. recycling center) a favorite and lucrative source. If it is a duplicate, and most of them are, as I now have nearly all of his important works, I give them away. I must have picked this up at the ‘Swap Shop’. It has been in my ‘Michener Corner’ for a fairly long time. (See Below) Earlier this week I wanted a quick read while awaiting a paperback copy of Michener’s “The Covenant“. I have multiple copies of it in hardback, but those are too heavy and unwieldy to read, especially in bed.
I have never attended a bullfight and don’t know much about it other than the obvious basic. This book was encyclopedic in it treatment of that subject — which is the backdrop for the story.
It is about an improbable Marian miracle, As such it does get tedious in parts …
I think it is autobiographical. I know he spent much time in Spain researching for his blockbuster “Iberia“. The level of detail re. bullfighting is quite amazing — and with all the Spanish lingo.
The illustrations, by John Fulton, an American bullfighter, who was living in Spain, are quite impressive — though a tad short on great.
If you get a chance you should have a look at this book.