Last Sunday, we attended the last corrida of the "Féria des vendanges" in Nîmes. I was a bit apprehensive about the whole thing. Tony Todd (The Connexion, June 2008 - read full article here or below) describes exactly my feelings:
"To this uninitiated first-timer the corrida experience was astonishing, surreal and full of paradoxes. The atmosphere was intense, the action was exciting and in many ways the event was exquisitely beautiful. And then you remember that this is a ritualised slaughter, and that if one thing is always guaranteed, it’s that the bull is going to be killed, every time (it is not uncommon for matadors to get gored, sometimes to death). Not wanting to be partisan, and being fascinated by a culture that actually allows this kind of thing to happen, I nevertheless want to see a corrida where the bulls can satisfy the crowd; to see if it is possible to feel that the bull has actually “honoured” himself and the ring by putting up a better fight. Maybe that is why corrida is enduring, insidious and dangerous: it’s made me want to go again."
For more about corridas, read Tony Todd's full article.