Durrell identifies himself as a 'conservative'. Is he a colonialist? The book clearly sstates that the British should stay in Cyprus and use it as a base. He is sentimentally attached to the people but not to their rights of self-determination?
Yes - I have just read the book. I adore his beautiful descriptions but I was rather doubtful of his political position on the issue that occupies so much of his narrative. I also could not endorse his support for the death penalty which he quite clearly states. I think he was genuinely saddened by the violent course of action adopted by those struggling for self-determination - on that I do agree that the ends do not justify the means.