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Prospero’s Cell

Lawrence Durrell

Lose yourself in this glorious memoir of the island jewel of Corfu by the king of travel writing and real-life family member of The Durrells in Corfu.

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£9.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571362387
Date Published
01.07.2021
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Summary

Lose yourself in this glorious memoir of the island jewel of Corfu by the king of travel writing and real-life family member of The Durrells in Corfu.

‘In its gem-like miniature quality, among the best books ever written.’ New York Times

In his youth, before he became a celebrated writer and poet, Lawrence Durrell spent four transformative years on the island jewel of Corfu, fascinated by the idyllic natural beauty and blood-stained ancient history within its rocky shores.

While his brother Gerald collected animals as a budding naturalist – later fictionalised in My Family and Other Animals and filmed as The Durrells in Corfu – Lawrence fished, drank and befriended the local villagers.

After World War II catapulted him back into a turmoiled world, Durrell never forgot the wonders of Corfu. Prospero’s Cell is his magical evocation of the blazing Aegean landscape, brimming with memories of the places and people that changed him forever.

‘Cannot be bettered … A classic … His words still evoke the magical qualities of the island.’ Telegraph

‘Some writers reinvent their language; others the world. Durrell did both.’ André Aciman

‘Invades the reader’s every sense … Remarkable.’ Victoria Hislop

‘These days I am admiring and re-admiring Lawrence Durrell.’ Elif Shafak

‘Our last great garlicky master of the vanishing Mediterranean.’ Richard Holmes

‘Corfu could not have found a fitter chronicler. Daily Telegraph

‘A charming idyll … Delightful.’ Sunday Times

Critic Reviews

In its gem-like miniature quality, among the best books ever written.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

Some writers reinvent their language; others the world. Durrell did both.

Critic Reviews

Invades the reader's every sense ... Remarkable.

Critic Reviews

Our last great garlicky master of the vanishing Mediterranean.

Critic Reviews

Like long letters from a civilized and very funny friend - the prose as luminous as the Mediterranean air he loves.

Time
Critic Reviews

Masterly ... Casts a spell.

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Lawrence Durrell was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Born in 1912 in India to British colonial parents, he was sent to school in England and later moved to Corfu with his family – a period which his brother Gerald fictionalised in My Family and Other Animals – later filmed as The Durrells in Corfu – and which…

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