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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099570254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099570257
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A distinguished travel writer and novelist, Colin Thubron was named by the Times as one of the fifty greatest post-war writers. His books include Among the Russians, Behind the Wall, In Siberia and the New York Times bestseller Shadow of the Silk Road. He has won many awards.

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"Thubron writes very well indeed... He carries with him the talisman of erudition combined with intuition" (Sunday Times)

"Thubron knows the real Cypriots... He evinces a never unsympathetic observation and a respect for the incongruous that put him in the category of Kinglake and Edward Lear" (Daily Telegraph)

"Purchased by blistered and bleeding feet, this picture is extraordinarily detailed and vivid... An accomplished linguist and historian, his passionate concern for antiquity in all its aspects - mythological, architectural, conceptual - lends weight and warmth to every chapter" (Financial Times)

"Colin Thubron is in a class of his own" (Scotsman)

"Most memorable and full of insight" (Lawrence Durrell)

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'He is the most admirable of guides, deeply versed in the rich history and archaeology of the island, delighting in the legends' - Sunday Telegraph

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CN on 23 July 2012
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Colin Thubron's account of his walks through the beautiful island of Cyprus makes even the smells rise from the page. A must for anyone who has visited, or is planning to visit the island away from the tourist resorts
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Spires on 22 Nov. 2013
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Journey Into Cyprus by Colin Thubron is nothing less than essential reading for anyone with even the slightest interest in the island. Travel writing this may be, but the book does much more than merely traverse the landscape or pass by places of interest. Crucially, Journey Into Cyprus is not just a journey `through' Cyprus, since, by the end, the reader feels that the experience has provided more exposure than mere tourism, as if we ourselves have experienced these thoughts first hand.

Colin Thubron's journey was largely on foot. It wasn't unbroken, but it did traverse Cyprus from east to west and north to south. There are occasional trips by road, but overall the text itself communicates the slow pace of the author's progress via its attention to illuminating detail alongside observation and reflection. The text even seems to have periods of rest written in, so delightfully does it capture those moments when the author paused by the roadside to sit on a stone and muse, reflect or read, or was waylaid by local custom in a coffee shop.

Like all good travel writing, Journey Into Cyprus constantly communicates a sense of place. The landscape unfolds via succinct observations that paint the view. But, throughout, both the visitor's intrusion and the local's residence remain clear, their relative status unchallenged. These are foreigner's eyes, for sure, but they are opened at every turn by local invitation, information and hospitality.

But there is also history here. The name, Cyprus, itself derives from a word for copper, the metal whose mining formed the basis of the island's niche in the classical global economy. Colin Thubron's description of the copper mines - the relics and the still working - in the Troodos mountains are fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Stentiford on 8 Aug. 2014
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A description of a journey through Cyprus describing the places and the history from b.c. to 1973 as he goes. You see why Cyprus has been ruled over by several countries over the years, it's not just Greeks and Turks, and for a non-religious overview it can't be beaten. I read it whilst on holiday in Cyprus and it really brought the place alive. He's got an excellent turn of phrase (which I often quoted to my wife) and he quotes the Cypriot people he met very well without being in any way condescending. He really misses the undivided island and the hope that it will become so again really shows through.
I look forward to reading his other travel writing if I have the good fortune to visit the countries he writes about in the future.
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A real gem of a book. One cannot help admiring the way he tested his classical knowledge and his ability to take the reader with him as he travels on foot, mostly, and meets local people with who he has the ability to communicate at a significant level. Thubron is a master of observation and a refreshing writer way beyond the casual travel writer. His use of language is so masterful he deserves to occupy a high position among gifted language writers. Anyone with interest in literature should read this book
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Lawrence Durrel brought the quintessence of Cyprus to the eyeballs in teardrops. This Author gives the physical romance of a time that was - but is no longer there - later with quite a jolt into the present day. Enjoy!
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