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Reflections on a Marine Venus

Lawrence Durrell

Lose yourself in this classic travelogue evoking the Greek island of Rhodes after World War II 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
9780571362394
Date Published
01.07.2021
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Summary

Lose yourself in this classic travelogue evoking the Greek island of Rhodes after World War II by the king of travel writing and real-life family member of The Durrells in Corfu.

‘A magician … Durrell enchants.’ The Times

‘A lovely book … Makes people feel happy … [So] pleasurable.’ Observer

‘A poet’s intoxication with landscape, a humanist’s appetite for history, and an eye for character worthy of a novelist … He excites a longing to leave for Rhodes at once.’ Sunday Times

World War II is finally over, and after four torturous years serving the Crown in Egypt, Lawerence Durrell seeks peace in the landscapes he has loved ever since his youth in Corfu: Mediterranean islands.

He is posted to the Greek island of Rhodes, and from his first dip in the dazzling blue Aegean – which jolts his soul awake for the first time in years – he immerses himself in the rhythms and moods of local life, befriending eccentric villagers and quaffing ouzo as through the war was a distant dream.

With his dazzling poet’s eye and passion for excavating ancient history, Durrell recaptures the mythic Rhodes of legend, of knights and crusades, that lies beneath its war-ravaged surface. It is a place that you will never forget.

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

‘Masterly … Casts a spell.’ Jan Morris

‘Incandescent.’ André Aciman

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

‘Like long letters from a civilized and very funny friend – the prose as luminous as the Mediterranean air he loves.’ Time

Critic Reviews

A poet’s intoxication with landscape ... Excites a longing to leave for Rhodes at once.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

A lovely book ... Makes people feel happy ... [So] pleasurable.

Observer
Critic Reviews

Our last great garlicky master of the vanishing Mediterranean.

Critic Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Masterly ... Casts a spell.

Critic Reviews

A magician ... Durrell enchants.

The Times
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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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