There has never been a book about bullfighting anything like this.
In Bulls of Parral the authoress of The Sun is My Undoing returns to the setting she so brilliantly described in Matador: to Spain—its bull-rings and the studs where the fighting bulls are bred.
Against this exotic and exciting background she unfolds a story of human conflict, immensely moving in the telling and in its outcome tragic. Aracea, daughter of the house of Parral, born and brought up on the ranch, found herself the centre of a terrible rivalry, between Ildefonso, the herdsman’s son, and Paco, her husband, the son of a prosperous ex-matador.
This rivalry comes to its climax in a colourful country, peopled by the other members of the house of Parral, by mothers, sisters, wives and mistresses of bull-fighters. The huge canvas of this novel contains pictures of an entire family dedicated to the bullfight and the raising of bulls. And a whole cross-section of Spanish society is portrayed in this big, tumultuous, exciting novel.
Praise for Marguerite Steen
‘Miss Steen is a superb manipulator of scene, and she makes her places as alive as her people’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Rich and enjoyable’ – The Observer
‘Fine scenes and piquant portraits’ – The Sunday Times
‘A vivid narrative’ – Manchester Guardian
‘Full of colour and character’ – John o’ London’s Weekly
‘Rich, lavish, violent, passionate’ – Evening News