Ah, the running of the bulls. It’s an event that captures the imagination, that draws travelers from around the world.
Of course, we’re not all going to make it to Pamplona next year, or even the year after that. And even if we could all go, we don’t all have the temperament to play tag with 6000 pounds worth of angry bulls. (I know I could never do it!)
For those of us who may never make the famous run, here are some alternative armchair thrills: a few good reads about the running of the bulls.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway’s first major novel helped entrench the running of the bulls in the popular consciousness. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the Spanish festival.
Pamplona: Running the Bulls, Bars and Barrios in Fiesta de San Fermin by Ray Mouton
Ray Mouton’s book emphasizes the sensory experience of attending Pamplona’s famous fiesta, with lush descriptions and more than 100 glossy photos. It also explores the history of the event, and how the American fascination with it has affected the tradition.
Run To The Sun – Pamplona’s Fiesta de San Fermin by Jim Hollander
Finally, if you’re a fan of the coffee table book, then this is the one for you. Hollander spent 25 years snapping the photos in this book, so it captures not only the experience of the fiesta in any given year, but also its progression over time. It’s a labor of love, and quite simply, a work of art.
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Eva Holland is a freelance writer, Senior Editor of World Hum and a longtime contributor to the Matador community. She lives in Canada’s Yukon Territory and blogs about Alaska and Yukon travel at Travelers North.
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