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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (English Edition) di [Durrell, Lawrence]
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Lunghezza: 292 pagine Word Wise: Abilitato Lingua: Inglese

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Lawrence Durrell's Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is a beautiful, funny and moving account of his time in Cyprus during its struggle against colonialism.


Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is Lawrence Durrell's unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the 1950s Enosis movement for freedom of the island from British colonial rule. Winner of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, it is a document at once personal, poetic and subtly political - a masterly combination of travelogue, memoir and treatise.

'He writes as an artist, as well as a poet; he remembers colour and landscape and the nuances of peasant conversation . . . Eschewing politics, it says more about them than all our leading articles . . . In describing a political tragedy it often has great poetic beauty.' Kingsley Martin, New Statesman

'Durrell possesses exceptional qualifications. He speaks Greek fluently; he has a wide knowledge of modern Greek history, politics and literature; he has lived in continental Greece and has spent many years in other Greek islands . . . His account of this calamity is revelatory, moving and restrained. It is written in the sensitive and muscular prose of which he is so consummate a master.' Harold Nicolson, Observer

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 618 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 292
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0571201555
  • Editore: Faber & Faber; Main edizione (15 dicembre 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0072314G2
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  • Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle 1 recensione cliente
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Beautifully written, it's a true insight to Cyprus's British period. The people and places are so realistically described you feel you are there. It's really sad to know what troubles lay ahead for these people.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Cyprus Beauty, Calm and Revolution 24 agosto 2013
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Yes, Durrell's writing as this book begins is overblown, flowery, as some others have said. It starts off as a paean to village life in Cyprus. ( Durrell is caught up in the life of the "noble savage", the Cypriot villagers who live much as they did eons ago. He even buys ,and settles into, a home in an obscure village.) But, then this memoir morphs into a sad look at the push for Cypriot self-determination in the 1950s.

The author changes from an optimistic lover of all things Cyprus to a man who is just not sure where his allegiances lie between the English, Greeks and Turks. To give Durrell credit, he is open-minded on the issues---wants to avoid the problems or postpone them. But, this is not to be. Conflict comes. War comes. He's been hired by the British government. He ultimately is a colonial power.

Durrell's voice is gentle and seems to be of the past--which it is. As a side note, he gives an interesting take on how ordinary villagers become partisans--revolutionaries. This is still applicable today, I think.
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5.0 su 5 stelle WHERE THE MOON'S COOL FEVERS BURN 28 febbraio 2013
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During WWII Durrell served as a press attache to the British Embassy. After a life spent in various locales, he moved to Cypress as a private individual, settling in the Greek village of Bellapaix. He wrote this memoir as a tribute to the Cypriot peasantry and the island landscape.

Durrell got to know the people of the island by working in many different jobs, eventually serving as an official of the Cyprus government the last two years he was there. The home he chose to make livable was a portion of the ruined monastery of Bellapaix, a Gothic remnant "with huge carved doors made for some forgotten race of giants and their oxen."

This is the third in a trilogy of island books, earlier ones about Corfu and Rhodes. In this last one, Durrell set out to describe the moods and atmospheres on Cyprus during the unfolding of the tragedy (1953-6) when English and Greek governments brought military forces to Cypress to fight for the domination of the island. In a poem to Cypress Durrell wrote, "In an island of bitter lemons, where moon's cool fevers burn ... Beauty, darkness, vehemence ... and the Greek sea's curly head keep its calms like tears unshed."
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5.0 su 5 stelle Durrell shows us Cyprus.... 31 agosto 2015
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I'm a great fan of Durrell, and this book fulfills my highest expectations. A story of what happened to the people and culture of Cyprus (what great human hearts these people had!) in the mid-1950's, with powerful, compassionate analysis that sheds light on the situation in Syria, Iran, Greece, etc., today,. ....our attention is especially drawn to what was lacking in Cyprus that the Cypriots' minds supplied by idealizing others (the Greeks) ..... along with the influence of ancient Byzantium -- an influence Western minds apparently can't wrap themselves around. Thanks to Amazon for making this book readily available.
4.0 su 5 stelle A good listen, recommend this 11 giugno 2017
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Interesting experiences and fascinating information on the events and attitudes that led up to the divided Cyprus we have today.
This island is VERY popular with tourists from all over Britain and Europe and we would love to visit one day.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Durrell's Lemons of Cyprus not so Bitter 9 dicembre 2016
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Having lived in Cyprus during this same time period, albeit a lot younger than Lawrence, I found this book very reminiscent to my own recollections and personal stories from my parents. Durrell always writes wonderful prose and poignant literature. I love everything he has written, particularly the Alexandria Quartet and Esprit de Corps/Stiff Upper Lip. He writes humor equally well as pathos.
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