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Buy Running With The Bulls from Amazon.comRunning With The Bulls:
Fiestas, Corridas, Toreros and an American's Adventure in Pamplona

In Running with the Bulls, Gary Gray grabs hold of us and takes us on a grand and intimate tour of one of Spain's most passionate and historic cities. In 1926, Ernest Hemingway brought the frenetic charge of Pamplona's Festival of San Fermín to life in The Sun Also Rises. Today, that same energy still exists for the hundreds of thousands who descend upon the city every July.

At the center of the celebration is the famous encierro - the running of the bulls. In this traditional event thousands of thrill-seeking men and women race through the narrow streets of Pamplona just steps ahead of a half-a-dozen angry bulls, bred to kill and brandishing razor-sharp horns that can impale a victim in a split second. Gray, a professor at Penn State, has participated in the encierro every year for over two decades. He has befriended dozens of Pamplónicas, many of whom are closely tied to the inner circle of the Festival. From this unique perspective, he leads us on several crazed sprints to the Plaza de Toros. He explains the history and pageantry behind the corrida (the Spanish bullfight). We taste the richness of each meal and fullness of each glass of wine, as the wonders of Pamplona are revealed through his eyes.

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