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Spanish Mountain Life

 

Paperback by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. 114 pp.
This jewel-like memoir by noted herbalist and traveler Juliette de Bairacli Levy details her personal struggle against typhus fever, during which she gave birth to her second child, Luz, who had to be suckled by a nanny goat.  As ever we are embraced by Juliette’s love of nature and animals, and welcomed onlookers as she relates with people whose lives are far different from ours.

Gypsies dance and sing their way through this book, adding their picturesque – and sometime threatening – energy to an exquisitely detailed story that is always intriguing, and sometimes suspenseful.  

Juliette shares with us the herbal lore she learned and used in the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains.  You’ll find herbs to combat vermin, counter burns, keep your skin beautiful, and many more.  

Author Bio:  Juliette de Bairacli Levy (1911-2009) is honored as the grandmother of modern American herbalism.  She has devoted her life to the health and well being of domesticated animals, especially dogs.  Her herbals and memoirs have been in print, and in use, for over fifty years.

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User Reviews For Spanish Mountain Life


A Vivid Read

"Freshly back from jungle Peru in 2011, I compare my reading of Juliette's time in Spain to my time in Peru. Both hearken to the connectedness of plant, animal, water, the earth, and the symbiosis of people and nature, given the opportunity. As I read her work, written in such a way that the pictures of the events popped out in resplendent color and aroma, I enjoyed it more and more throughout the book. I especially appreciated the contrasts between personalities of people, including pleasant and not so pleasant, along with descriptions of pollution of water and flies, and how she dealt with these events."

Isara - Ventura, CA
12/31/1969

   Average Score: 5 / 5
 

Spanish Mountain Life

"Pregnant, with her two-year old son and baskets in tow, Juliette arrives in the rosemary-scented mountain village of Lanjaron in the Sierra Nevada of Spain. Settling in to her humble quarters in a watermill, she details the life of the mountainside -- its people and their religious processions, its trees, crops, flowers, fruits, foods -- in vivid and melodic prose. Abruptly laid low with life-threatening typhus from bathing in polluted waters, suffering delirium, and at the mercy of her surroundings, Juliette resolutely survives the ordeal ("I was robbed of three weeks of my life"), as does Rafik. Unable to nurse her newborn daughter Luz, the baby is sustained by a young Gypsy mother's milk and later, straight from the goat, goatmilk. Juliette shares with us the remedies, the disciplines, the Gypsy wisdom, the faith that guided and sustained her through her travails and her healing. Travel with her on this rocky mountain path to a time and place captured in the descriptive precision of this well-told tale. "

BeGrace - AZ
12/31/1969

 

Join Juliette de Bairacli Levy in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

"This book brought me to the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain range through Juliette de Bairacli Levy's eyes. She shares herbal lore, her battle with Thyphus Fever, the many Gypsies who care for her, and some of the most beautiful descriptions of a place I may never visit. At once, I was drawn in and captured by Juliette's words. Though I did not have the chance to meet Juliette in person, her stories and herbal knowledge are being passed on to me through her books. "

Cathy - Maine
12/31/1969

 

Spanish Mountain Life

"Through her wonderful way of storytelling, Juliette tells us of healings, omens, remedies, events, and many things she learned from the experience of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is an indispensable addition to every herbalist’s library."

Daniela Sales - Avokado Studio
12/31/1969

 

A Living Herbal

"It was so refreshing to read such a beautiful memoir by a beautiful women who did so much to open our eyes to the power of the natural life. I love all the practical applications of herbal and folk medicine use. I feel like I just took the trip along with Juliette and her children. My favorite remedy which she shared was when she was scalded and the medicine woman treated her with a vinegar wash and several applications of honey. "

Misslinney - Lyons, CO
12/31/1969

 

Highly recommend!

"Juliette’s intricate tapestry of herbal wisdom is interwoven with joyful memories of her life among the gypsies and peasants of the Spanish Sierra Nevada - herdsmen, basket-weavers, mothers, and children living close to nature. Her belief in herbs is interspersed throughout her account of mountain life: interpersonal drama of living in a small town, tales of suffering and survival, and joys of simple living."

Diane - AL
12/31/1969

 

Spanish Mountain Life

"Her descriptive detail of life in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is captivating as we are told about the people, animals and landscape of her experiences there. I was impressed by her ability to appreciate the beauty around her, despite major trials involving the health of both her and her children. I found her strength, optimism, and love of nature to be inspiring. As well, her instinctive understanding of her need for nature, gave me a lot to think about. ...Teresa : AR :"

Teresa - Van Buren, AR
12/31/1969

 

A beautiful book!

"This is a delicious and so well written book by Juliette. Her words paint a story and you can see her world by just closing your eyes. Loaded with herbal lore, but written like an easy to read story. Everyone is going to love this book. "

Yellow - the Ozarks, Missoui
12/31/1969

 

A great read!

"Juliette's written words captivated me so much, that I didn't want to put the book down. Her writing details everything so well....you feel like you are there experiencing her life on the Spanish Mountain. Snakes stealing baby's milk, typhus fever, a lot of flies, Gypsies, herbs, flowers, religion, goats, the Milky Way, foraging for food all await anyone who reads this wonderful book. "

Vicki - Millbrook, NY
12/31/1969

 

Beautiful storytelling

"A wonderful book about trusting yourself and the world around you. Levy weaves a story that draws the reader into her world, as if you are standing there with her during her experiences. This is a magnificent read, and a testament to the determined strength of a mother. Storytelling is where Levy is a master. The tapestry of her words covered me and brought a deeper understanding of wellness. This is just another masterpiece in the world of Juliette de Bairacli Levy! "

Kim Upton - Shepherdsville, KY
12/31/1969

 

Incredible story teller!

"Juliette de Bairacli Levy brings us with her to the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain range, where she struggles with problems that would make most of us buckle, but she makes it through, solving problems in ways that are truly inspiring. I highly recommend this book! "

Allie - CT
12/31/1969

 

A wonderful description of lives connected passionately to the world! Beautiful!

"This book is just saturated with burgeoning life. Justine’s way of relating her experiences doesn’t just imprint a strong image of her surroundings and her experiences into the reader’s mind – they deliver a wealth of knowledge in a real world way. So at the end of the book, you’ll know a great deal more about the application of various natural remedies and healing techniques than at the beginning; then, you’ll want to pick the volume up and start reading all over again!"

Jay (Violet Scribe) - Mankato, MN
12/31/1969

 

Spanish Mountain brings alive life and lives in Andalusia

"Opening Levy's book draws one into the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. Truly through her remarkably crafted words, you can smell the lavender and sweet mint of the Andalusian countryside; and even hear the bells of the goats, sheep and cows as they wander by her home in the water-mill; as well as shudder from the lack of sanitation and flies common in the region and her fierce struggle to heal herself and her family from ills encountered as a result."

Olivia Thomas - Colton, Oregon
12/31/1969

 

A Vivid Read

"Freshly back from jungle Peru in 2011, I compare my reading of Juliette's time in Spain to my time in Peru. Both hearken to the connectedness of plant, animal, water, the earth, and the symbiosis of people and nature, given the opportunity. As I read her work, written in such a way that the pictures of the events popped out in resplendent color and aroma, I enjoyed it more and more throughout the book. I especially appreciated the contrasts between personalities of people, including pleasant and not so pleasant, along with descriptions of pollution of water and flies, and how she dealt with these events."

Isara - Ventura, CA
12/31/1969

 
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