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A standard travel guide, with a few gems. I've been to Barcelona a few times and absolutely love the city, and was hoping to read a bit more about what it feels like to live there, and about places off the beaten path. Alas, most of the book is dedicated to the most conventional places, the "must-visit" ones, if you will. I guess it's to be expected from an "encounter" guide, but still, I wish they would have explored the locals' contributions a bit more.
The book does offer an interesting section at the end, called "Background", which helps understand the city a little better. And the selection of shops and drinking places seems okay, even if a little limited.