Buy Bitter Lemons of Cyprus Main by Lawrence Durrell (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is Lawrence Durrell’s unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the s Enosis movement for freedom of the. On a Mediterranean island divided, a man finds peace in a time of perilous unrest in this stunning memoirIn , as the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the.
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I managed to thump through it, mostly for the sake of Cyprus which didn’t fail to charm Durrell, much to his credit I must say.
The characters of the figures Durrell depicts have no relevance beyond their symbolic identities.
Durell is best known as the author of the Alexandria Quartet, a series of sensuous, dream-like books about life just before World War II in that coastal Egyptian city. This is a British author writing about an uprising in the British colony of Cyprus in the s.
Oct 15, Laurel rated it it was ok Shelves: Sometimes his emotions are not expressed in words, but in facts. Western powers feared she le,ons prove too weak to hold the island in the face of Turkish and other threats. I thought that would b I bought this because I enjoyed his little brother’s account of life in Greece very much.
At the very beginning of Bitter Bitteer, for example, he reports how he found a book about Cyprus inin the Italian city of Trieste. Today I would not because his position is politically incorrect. But the eyes of a true woman, not a phantom. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Memorable enough to be eulogized in the New York Times, of all places.
With all the tough times in Cyprus’s economy at the moment this is a hopeful message to give about Cypriot resilience! Dec 24, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: But even this gets topped in my eyes at least when the author does not see the irony in the fact that his friend Antonis is grateful that his son will be off to get educated in England, rather than join the insurrection against the British.
Durrell served as an official of the Cyprus Government during his time there; of this, he writes: The style of his book bears his own unmistakable imprint, his intense sense of lyricism; the delicate handling of the prose rhythm pleases and charms the reader.
I have never seen Pentadactylos’ castles as Gothic before reading this book. I will return to these unfortunate figures at the conclusion of my paper. Very nicely written though sad account of an idyllic place and its descent to becoming a war zone. I thus have very mixed feelings about Bitter Lemons. He makes appeals directly to Greeks to honour their tradition of hospitality, then he hires a Turkish man whom he describes as a reptile to dissemble and shout at Greeks until they sell him a home with some magical balcony for practically nothing.
Bitter Lemons Of Cyprus
Lawrence Durrell loved Western Civilization with a passion and believed fervently that the great Greek genius of classical era was still alive in the 20 th century. He is lawrnce memorable character. The eyes of one who was not narrow enough, or self-seeking enough to trespass on the domain of politics without losing at the game. His initial impressions of the glorious Italian city unfold thus: His heroic acts were rendered futile by the fact that the rescuing fleet never arrived.
But then I love all of udrrell works He ultimately becomes the colonial government’s Press Adviser, as the demands for Enosis become more violent and the rest of the world watches with increased concern.
Eventually, Durrell packs his bags and leaves. Liberals want to introduce Keynesian economics and democracy to the third world while communists seek to convince Asians lemonns Africans that it is their duty to join in the fight against Imperialism. U of Missouri P, Oct 19, Kris Kipling marked it as to-read. View all 8 comments. He loves classical Greek thought, and certain modern iterations, such as a reverence for the poems of Seferis and Cavafy.
There are plenty of descriptions of the natural world that a quite beautiful, concise yet descriptive. He tried to settle in Cyprus. The strategic position of Cyprus and political events of the time caused the rupture of its aims. Durrell says this of the book I paraphrase:. It was simply that the sight of me pained them.
Bitter Lemons Of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell – Canongate Books
Durrell was of the opinion that the jurisdiction of the Colonial Office should have been restricted to Asian and African countries which in his view had backward civilizations. Did it crossed his mind that Cypriots were not beautiful because they were slaves of races for centuries and centuries, did he realise that Cypriots were indolent because they were illiterate thanks to the dozens of masters they had above them and worst of all the Franks yes, not the Ottoman Turks; you are surprised, yes, if you read the History of Cyprus you’ll realised that Cyprus suffered worse hardships under the Christian Franks and Venetians and less under the Muslim Ottoman Turks?
Although Durrell must have experienced personal difficulties—his wife, Eve, was undergoing treatment for mental illness and had left him in charge of his young daughter, Sappho born  — the book does not mention these people or incidents, aside from a few oblique references to his daughter.