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Falling for Icarus: A Journey among the Cretans Paperback – 28 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015941
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,670,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A book that mixes lyricism with humour and compassion. MacLean's writing is at once whimsical and serious, funny and painful...' -- Sunday Times

'A marvellously compelling story by any standards... destined to become a classic.' -- The Scotsman

'The heart-warming evocation of one man's loving obsession: lyrical, funny, compassionate' -- Colin Thubron


On a windy afternoon in early spring Rory MacLean fell to earth in Anissari, a village surrounded by white mountains in an ancient corner of Crete. MacLean's mother had died only a few months earlier and he had been engulfed by grief. But an old desire had also taken hold to build and fly an aeroplane. And so he set off to the land where Daedalus and Icarus had made their maiden flight and settled in to days of eating lamb and drinking wine with his Cretan neighbours and, with their help, attempting to build a Woodhopper from scratch and make it fly.

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