BOOK REVIEW * VIVA * Volume #1

"The VIVA Spain book series by Karla Darocas has recently launched with Volume I, and it brings delightful news. This volume offers a captivating collection of stories about Spain, encompassing its rich culture, splendid art, awe-inspiring architecture, and the wonders of nature.

What sets these essays apart is the enthralling information carefully woven into each narrative. Even if you think you've experienced it all before, Karla manages to surprise you with intricate details and background insights that encourage a deeper exploration of the subject. An excellent example is the mesmerizing account of the visit to the Santiago de Ucl├ęs Monastery.

Through her writing, Karla takes you on a fascinating art history journey through various regions of Spain, akin to soaring in a helicopter, piquing your curiosity, and urging you to land and delve into these captivating locales.

Each story's tone is thoughtfully tailored to match its content. From the cheerful enthusiasm when discussing lemons in 'When Life in Spain Gives You Lemons' to the eloquent choice of words in the tale of Jusepe de Ribera and the painting of the Lady with the Beard, the stories effortlessly engage and captivate the reader.

Reading this book is an absolute pleasure, and it becomes a cherished companion to take along on your explorations to museums and places of interest, igniting the desire for action. Let's Go!"

- Trudi van Dorp, History teacher (Benitachell)