First and foremost Durrell was a great poet. When he writes, this leads to a wonderfully descripitive use of words.The language embraces the subject matter and what flows from his pen is nothing short of poetic imagery. You get the feeling of being there with him, drinking Raki with the locals, driving along the coastal roads, stopping at an ancient ruin and listening to it speak of its glorious past.
As the country shakes off the colonial shackles and fights for its freedom, Durrell caught in the middle, shares the pain of the locals and struggles with the inept British administration he has become a part of.
Durrell loved Cyprus and its people, as he did the Greeks and their lands in general. Reading this book will transform you into his and their lives and you will be enriched by the experience.Bitter Lemons of Cyprus