Spanish Mountain Life
By Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Copyright 2011 by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, Copyright 2011 by Ash Tree Publishing, revised and updated
ISBN 978-1-888123-07-4 $16.95
Once again in Spanish Mountain Life Juliette de Bairacli Levy makes us her travel companions this time through the Sierra Nevada of Andalusia. This trip is far from her usual light-hearted one for on it both her son and she contact typhus, with Juliette facing death and her son becoming severely ill with the disease. To make matters worse during her time in the sierra young Luz, born that year in the Sierra Nevada becomes so sick it seems her death is an assured thing. Only Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s reliance on her instinct and herbal remedies as well as a dose of penicillin finally pulls the child through her illness.
Once again we are treated to new herbal remedies of the region as well as some of the older ones de Bairacli Levy has used successfully in past. We travel high into the Sierra’s with Juliette and her son Rafik and spend time around the fires and fiestas of the gypsies of the region.
Wherever de Bairacli Levy goes she finds the gypsy people answering a calling deep in her veins. Learning new skills from them and exchanging both tales and healing folklore.
Spanish Mountain Life is a valuable addition to any library, especially those dealing with herbals in general and with Juliette de Bairacli Levy in particular.