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Villa Ariadne

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Dilys Powell (1901-1995) was film critic for The Times and The Sunday Times, and was married to the archaeologist Humfry Payne. Her books about Greece include 'An Affair of the Heart'.

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HASH(0x96c9ad50) out of 5 stars The greatest work on Crete to date 26 Jun. 2001
By Paul Hochman - Published on
Powell's work is a must for any archaeological enthusiest. Written with extreme intelligence and backed with remarkable historical fact, the Villa comes alive within the pages of this brilliant piece of scholarship.
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HASH(0x972a7054) out of 5 stars An odd gem with many facets 3 Feb. 2014
By C Seher - Published on
An odd gem with many facets, all deftly symmetrized and absorbing. Superb language, narrative drive, erudition, insight, heart, and intelligence.

Ostensibly, the book is a partly autobiographical, partly scholarly art-and-archaeology history; and partly haunting WWII war stories and madcap/tragic real-life tales of adventure, including the General's abduction in 1944, all swirling around an improbable center: a building in Crete.

Just following the intertwining trajectories of Evans, Pendlebury, Kreipe, Moss, and Leigh Fermor would be rewarding by itself. But pulling them all together around the distinctive Villa is an inspired stroke. Wise and astute---and all over the place---a very different compact and filling book.
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