WHILE I furrowed through the pages of this book, the image of a colleague came to my mind; one who used to spend a great portion of his earnings on books. That was how Jose Martinez Ruiz, better known in the intellectual world as Azorin, lived. Not a few times during those days when his resources were at a low ebb did he hesitate to browse in the bookstores for fear of winding up with the purchase of a book.
The book under review begins with four articles of the famed historian and journalist Guillermo Diaz-Plaja which were all published in March, 1967 in different publications in memory of Azorin's death. They are studded with a number of typographical errors. Speaking of the historian's language, however, it is indeed elegant and clear.