6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
why has this book not been made into a mini series,
This review is from: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (Mass Market Paperback)
Other reviewers are being a bit pedantic over the title of this superb book. Yes it was first published as bitter lemons, but I think the new title gives it more gravitas.
Firstly, if you know nothing about the troubles that has plagued the beautiful island of Cyprus,then this may give you an inkling and a desire to explore more about the history.
Lawrence Durrell, brother of Gerald, writes with humour and warmth about his short stay on the Island, and gives his viewpoint on how the troubles there got steadily worse!
To begin with his adventure there is interwoven with colourful characters, that many of us would recognise from our short trips to the mediterranean area, and that we can readily relate to and sympathise with.
There are moments of sublime hilarity, the saga of buying his house made me laugh out loud, and also of great sadness as the troubles slowly tear the heart out of the community.
Read and be enchanted and saddened, his prose is so poetic, and he paints pictures with his words so well.
And then, if you haven't already, go to Cyprus follow in his footsteps and experience The tree of idleness for yourself!!! !! !(but not the taverna of the same name!!! !! !)Bitter Lemons of Cyprus