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Falling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) Paperback – 31 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks; New edition (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848859562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848859562
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village, Rory MacLean fell to earth. His mother had died a few months earlier and a single obsession had risen from his grief: the notion to build a feather-light flying machine. And so, on the island where Daedalus and Icarus had made mankind's maiden flight, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and - with the help of his Cretan neighbours and plenty of wine - built a plane and tried to fly. "Falling for Icarus" is at once a meditation on love, a celebration of the passion for flight and an hilarious, vivid portrait of a village. Its generous and exhilarating characters - Yioryio, the irrepressible cafe owner, dreamy, dying Aphrodite and divine Apostoli, would-be pilot and Greek god in a golden flying suit - restore MacLean's faith in life. Through them, he tells a soaring, moving story about how a dream can transform sadness.


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