The essential incongruity of an Englishman in the ring makes this book an engrossing introduction to bullfighting
He [Fiske-Harrison] develops a taste for the gruesome spectacle, but what makes the book work is that he never loses his disgust for it...what I really enjoyed about <i>Into the Arena</i> is that after nearly 300 pages I still couldn't quite decide whether bullfighting should be banned or allowed to flourish
<i>Into the Arena</i> begins by brilliantly capturing a fascinating, intoxicating culture ... Provides an intriguing introduction to Spain's "great feast of art and danger"
Entertaining ... bears comparison with Kenneth Tynan's outstanding book <i>Bull Fever</i>
Whatever you think of Alexander Fiske-Harrison's account of his quest to become a bullfighter, you have to admire his guts ... His descriptions of the fights are compelling and lyrical, and his explanation of different uses of the matador's capes is illuminating ... This complex and ambitious book examines not only life in the bullring but also Spain's cultural identity and modern ideas of masculinity
Transposes the spectacle into words with great success
A really, really good read
Fantastic... it's a fascinating insight into a world we know little about but are quick to judge