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Aug 17, Athan Tolis rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 01, Juliana rated it really liked it Lwmons Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century.

It was simply that the sight of me pained them. His description of the dissenting Cypriot Greeks was interesting: Mark he notes the remarks of a fellow-passenger from Bologna about Venice: The eyes of one who was not narrow enough, or self-seeking enough to trespass on the domain of politics without losing at the game.

Every Cypriot should read this book despite the very British approach to the writing it talks of the beautiful island that I know and love so lemonx that it honestly made me emotional at times. Oct 19, Kris Kipling marked it as to-read. Durrell insisted that the Greeks were Europeans and hence merited being dealt with by the Foreign Office not the Colonial Office.

Durrell is politically conservative, and a supporter of the British Empire — an empire still largely intact indespite the recent loss of India.


Nov 09, Passive Apathetic added it. Jan 24, globulon rated it really liked it Shelves: My family experienced a similar immersion when we spent a week, without a car, on the island of Crete in the s. Sep 21, Laerence rated it it was ok Shelves: The reader need not agree or even like the point of views depicted therein.

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But write with a lovely command of locale, sentiment and atmosphere. The book is alternately comic and serious, charting Durrell’s experiences on Cyprus and the people he met and befriended, as well as charting the progress of the Cypriot ” Enosis ” union with Greece and freedom from British rule movement, which plunged the island into chaos and violence.

Bitter Lemons is an lawrennce of Durrell’s life on Cyprus in the early ‘s, while the Mediterranean island was still a British crown colony. His heroic acts were rendered futile by the fact that the rescuing fleet never arrived. When Egypt and Syria were of first-rate value to the West, Cyprus was of first-rate value to the West.

But despite the fact that Durrell lived there for a few years, as a teacher and then as an employee of the British government, I never got the sense that he attempted to become part of the community – the seeming lack of connection and the sometimes detached writing felt heavy and “ploddy”. Fortunately there is more to this classic of travel writing than irritating portraits of the locals.

And so the rest of the book apparently goes, giving Durrell’s unabashedly nationalistic sketch of the war of independence in Cyprus. How often does one read a memoir, written by biter poet, set in a tumultuous period among a beautiful backdrop of landscape and people?

Bitter Lemons Of Cyprus

He is clearly a colonialist of the higher order and yes he loved the locals but to me there was a fair bit of paternalism that could be at times condescending.


In describing a political tragedy it often has great poetic beauty.

Sabri died only inapparently gunned down. And, that was the better part of the book. However, visitors from abroad, family, or the wealthy idler collecting cultural curios for a proposed island home are all esteemed as equals.

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But this is the s, and the entire island is about to erupt into chaos. His early chapter about buying a house in Cyprus is easily one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

Venice at dawn, seen from the deck of a ship which is to carry me down through the islands to Cyprus; a Venice wobbling in a durrepl fresh-water reflections… Eurrell of history… Mentally I held it all, softly as an abstract painting, cradling it in my thoughts — the whole encampment of cathedrals and palaces… the vaporetto on the Grand Canal beats too, softly as a human pulse… The glass palaces of the Doges are being pounded in a crystal mortar, strained through butter prism.

All of them were disappointed figures in the history of Cyprus. I felt [ it] was a sort of omen. Christians want to evangelize the third world. Durrell lenons in the village of Bellapais purposely spelt “Bellapaix” by Durrell to evoke the old name Paixwhich is now part of the Turkish-controlled north. But something more than this.