montefrio last stop
By Lawrence Bohme
Poet and translator Lawrence Bohme reminisces in five essays on the summer of 1960 and his discovery of the Montefrio which became his home. In the last three essays Laurence returns to Montefrio in 1985, this time to live in the idealic 'Cortijo de los Siete Olivos'.
I. Montefrio, Last Stop - Poet and translator Lawrence Bohme reminisces on the summer of 1960 and his discovery of the Andalusian town which became his home.
II. The House at the Corner of Jesus - A tale which explains the reason for coming to Granada and the first impact with rural life in Andalucía.
III. The Butcher Who Sang Like a Bird - An account of a great Montefrio character, Manolo the butcher.
IV. Flamenco Summer - Lorenzo's tale of life in Montefrio during the summer of 1961.
V. The Englishman Goes Away - An account of the last summer spent in Spain during 1962, another 20 years would pass before Lorenzo returned to Montefrio.
VI. Visitor From the Past - 20 years later Lorenzo, now a 40 year old man, tells of his return to Montefrio.
VII. The Boat Leaves from Denia - Lorenzo's journey to Ibiza to visit an old friend, only to discover on arrival that the friend had died a few days earlier.
VIII. El Cortijo de los Siete Olivos - A fascinating insight into the history of Lorenzo's finca, the "Farm of the Seven Olive Trees".
and other pieces by Lawrence Bohme relating to Andalucian Culture
Lawrence Bohme, born in Kingston. Surrey - "under Hitler's rockets" - to an English mother and a German refugee, emigrated with his family after the war to West Vancouver. After his parents' separated in 1956, he set off with his mother - whose dream it was to become a painter - to four years of roaming in Mexico City, pre-independence Jamaica and Greenwich Village. Also known as "Lorenzo" to his Spanish friends, he first came to Madrid as a university student in 1960 "fresh from New York, with an almost-worthless American high school diploma and a baby-blue drip-dry suit". Soon after came Granada, where he fell in love with the ancient city of the Moors and their palace the Alhambra, and also with a whitewashed village in the nearby hills, Montefrio.
Discovering Don Lorenzo - an epilogue to Montefrio last Stop and other stories by Chris Chaplow