The book is different, in all respects, to all that has been written about the charismatic people of southern Spain. It looks at regularly overlooked corners of the culture and brings to life much that puzzles the northern visitors. The ease with which it can be read and the various layers of understanding help to absorb a difficult subject that academics tend to condense into facts and figures. Each chapter can be read in any order and each is self-sufficient in its potrayal, like a cameo with its own frame. Chapter headings are in Spanish and relate to the essence of the chapter, prompting the reader, where necessary, to find out what it means. If it is to be categorized, this book is an alternative and hard look at a surprisingly complex and highly cultured people who have gone unnoticed for too long.