In Quest of Spanish Eyes


This week, the APOL tour hit historic Granada, seat of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain and site of the magnificent palace complex known as the Alhambra. Originally built as a fortress on Roman foundations, it was rebuilt and expanded into a palace by the Emir of Granada. In 1492 the Emirate fell to Ferdinand and Isabella, who expelled the Moors and made the Alhambra their Royal Court. It was there that Columbus came to secure their consent to his crazy idea of sailing west to get to the East.

Granada has long been a source of inspiration for writers, from Washington Irving (Tales of the Alhambra) to Salman Rushdie (The Moor’s Last Sigh). Perhaps by taking its tour to Granada APOL was hoping to inspire (or distract) its own author, after news of the pending publication of Thompson’s new novel Poplar Lake was trumpeted on the internet. APOL is known to be jealous of the attention Thompson has given his follow-up to A Person of Letters.

This is not the only thing APOL resents about its author. “Just why, WHY, does he insist on referring to himself in the third person?” it complained to the regulars in a Sacromonte taberna (who in a very short time had become fast friends). “That’s just nuts.”

“You wanna talk nuts?” Thompson reacted angrily when reached for comment. “What about a book that goes on tour by itself? That’s just—” But he stopped himself before completing the thought.

Note: “APOL” is the anthropomorphic version of my satirical novel A Person of Letters, which has gone on tour without me (with a wink and a nod to magical realism). Follow APOL’s quixotic world tour here or on my Facebook Author Page, and read about all of APOL’s (mis)adventures in sequence on this tour archive.  For information about the book, go to Martin Scribler Media.

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