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The Greek Islands Hardcover – 22 Nov 1978


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st Book Club Associates edition (22 Nov 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571112463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571112463
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India. He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St Edmund's School, Canterbury. His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in 1938. His first collection of poems, A Private Country, was published in 1943, followed by the three Island books: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, about Rhodes, and Bitter Lemons, his account of life in Cyprus. Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to his masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet, which he completed in southern France where he settled permanently in 1957. Between the Quartet and The Avignon Quintet he wrote the two-decker Tunc and Nunquam. His oeuvre includes plays, a book of criticism, translations, travel writing, and humorous stories about the diplomatic corps. Caesar's Vast Ghost, his reflections on the history and culture of Provence, including a late flowering of poems, appeared a few days before his death in Sommières in 1990. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. P. Hornby on 24 May 2012
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I have read this book several times - just to get into a different world, of not so long ago. Worth reading alongside his brother's book "My family and other animals" - the same characters appear in both. A master of description both of people and landscape and what lies beneath and links them. There is a slightly melancholy feel to it all, as if Durrell is looking back to a better time before Hitler intervened in the affairs of the island and cut short his stay there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver on 27 April 2013
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I adore this book as you can lose yourself in Lawrence Durrell's vision of the Greek Islands a beautiful creative work.
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The book went into great detail about the history of the islands, mostly about Greek myth which was interesting but a little to much for my liking, other wise it would have got a 5 star rating. Everything else in the book was very enjoyable.
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This book may be out of date from the tourists' point of view but still well worth reading for Durrell's splendid account of the history and mythology of the islands.
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