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Maybe the best travel book I have ever read. Carrington is a very intelligent, educated and brave observer of every detail, present and past, in Corsica. I have never been there, and am SO happy I read this book ahead of any future visit to the island I know now that has fostered the first democratic movements in modern Europe. (!!) I just wish she could have been a bit more personal. Of her own feelings we get to know little. She is a professional traveller, with a humble, tolerant and very loving eye and heart. They even get away with murder in her eyes! Because, murder is part of our destiny since megalithic times. She manages to intervene values, beliefs, fears and fights for life into the culture of modern man. The story of Corsica, told this way, is the story of humanity, in its shadows, passions, corners and islands. The essence of something - everything ?....I feel like going there, meet her ghost in the ruins of Calvi, with Tao. I want to hear those songs she heard, the tangos, the way they talk and walk. I want to see those valleys and mountain spears, and swim in her coves and beaches. I want to drink eau-de-vie with her in a Sartenais cafe and observe the vendetta ridden teenagers as they cautiously pass us. And, I want to read it again and look up every word I did not understand, because her English is very rich and beautiful.