100 days of solitude Paperback – 4 Mar 2015
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About the Author
Daphne Kapsali is a writer, reluctant yogi, pathological optimist and probably one of the luckiest people alive. In 2014, she gave up her life in London to spend the autumn and winter writing on a remote Greek island; the result is a book entitled 100 days of solitude – 100 separate and interconnected stories on claiming the time and space to live as your true self and do what you love – published in March 2015. She has since published another two books: a novel entitled you can't name an unfinished thing, also produced during her stint as a reclusive author, and This Reluctant Yogi: everyday adventures in the yoga world. All three are available on Amazon, and all three will be bestsellers.
Daphne is a big fan of the law of attraction, the universe, and all things positive, and hopes her story will keep inspiring others to overcome their fears and limiting beliefs, and live the life they want.
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Her chosen place of exile is Sifnos, a remote Greek island in the West Cyclandes and she will remain there long after the last summer tourist boards the last boat home.
A beautifully crafted and inspiring book, not just to the writer’s among us who understand her need to create, her desperate drive to be true to her authentic self. This is a also the story of one woman’s search for her soul, the need to separate herself from all distractions and lose herself in the beauty of an island that continues on season after season as it has done for centuries. She is humbled by the ordinary everyday Sifnos- the preserving of olives, chickpea cooking and picking basil and wild sage.
This book forced me to re-evaluate my own life, resonating with me on many levels.
A wonderful piece of writing, this is a journal to revisit and share
I found myself fascinated with all the distinctive nuances of the locals as they went about their daily business, while slowly accepting Daphne into their society and, finally, into their hearts.
The descriptions of the ever-changing landscape, the difficulties of maintaining a summer house in winter and the daily wonder of producing another eloquent and insightful essay will mean different things to different people, but they can all be appreciated as an important step on Daphne’s journey which explores the good and bad in equal measure.
During the 100 days, her writing style changes from chatty, diary-like entries of what she is observing around her to more perceptive descriptions of the landscape and the locals, developing her understanding of the psychology behind island life. Towards the end of her experience, she seems more at ease with who she is and accepts all the assorted characters which make up her personality in a way which leaves her free to pursue her passion for writing. I, for one, am very pleased about that and I believe that anyone who reads this book in a similar spirit will feel the same way.
During my last evening in Greece, with my writing schedule completed, I was listening to some music and felt the urge to dance, although the “British girl” inside me initially resisted that option. I suddenly recalled a passage of Daphne’s book where she danced with complete freedom and, taking her lead, I did exactly the same. So thank you, Daphne, for an unusual and inspiring read, but also for allowing me to feel the freedom to dance like an idiot and laugh about it afterwards. It’s an experience I won’t forget.
Daphne's often very frank description of her innermost feelings was a brave and often eye opening glimpse into her very soul, sometimes dark, but often funny in an endearing way. I would definitely recommend it to fellow loners and introverts, but even sociable extroverts might be more appreciative of loners and introverts if they are brave enough to read it!
Whilst the title suggests the author spends this time alone, she more toys with the idea of complete isolation and in the most part, enjoys her solitude but tinkers with bouts of company and socialising with the locals.
Thankfully, there is no summary of advice on life and lessons learned at the end, just the occasional morsels of advice scattered through, recognised by the occasional nod.
For want of a better adjective, a lovely book.