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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And the book ends with a poem.

Bitter Lemons Of Cyprus

There are plenty of descriptions of the natural world that a quite beautiful, concise yet descriptive. And from it pours scorn for the Cyprus the author chose to settle in. The characters of the figures Durrell depicts have no relevance beyond their symbolic identities. Jun 15, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a British author writing about an uprising in the British colony of Cyprus in the s.

In the end though it is a very fine read, at times wonderfully descriptive and very interesting. The only thing missing is an epilogue telling of his return to Cyprus – but after some searching I have found more evidence that he never returned, and none suggesting he did. He writes early that he was not going to make political observations. Durrell is politically conservative, and a supporter of the British Empire — an empire still largely intact indespite the recent loss of India.

View all 4 comments. Lawrence Durrell, A British perspective of the ‘s in Cyprus I’ve chosen to write in English, because English is a window to the world, like it or not. The government to this day has no control over the Turkish area. I let myself be drawn slowly but surely towards the little mosque, which glittered before me as if carved from rock-salt, but veined by the winter damps in a dozen tones of grey and yellow.

The whole thing formula for big brew of disaster.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell

Walking, using public transportation, eating and shopping along side the natives gives one a very different perspective than blasting through on a bus, boat, train or plane full of fellow tourists sipping prepared experiences, meals and tours of a locality. Venice will never be far from me in Cyprus — for the lion of St. For the soft drink, see Bitter lemon. Regardless, it is rare to read such a well-informed and balanced travel memoir, and thus, I would recommend Bitter Lemons of Cyprus highly.


Lawrnece tone of Bitter Lemons of Cyprus certainly gets more serious as it goes on, as Durrell becomes more involved in life on the island, leons as a teacher, and then in his governmental position. The passenger from Bologna bears the same message in a more straightforward and explicit way.

In Cyprus during the nationalist violence – a move to become part of Greece – he ended up leaving the island after becoming a target of assassination attempts as political upheaval continued in his wake.

This is how you read the political situation at the Mediterranean or at any place? We share dignity, dreams, love and folly. They all represented occupying powers, and they were all aliens, strangers to Cyprus, even if durerll a later time they came to love her.

He views the increasingly violent campaign for Enosis from a different perspective, perhaps, than would most Americans today.

I absolutely loved reading it and enjoyed the language and descriptions. Lovely stuff, similar raisiny flavor profile to a PX sherry, but less syrupy and cloying–you can drink this without fear of developing type-2 diabetes. The following is a particularly odious comment spurred by some poor soul not lucky enough to have been born among the elect: Durrell insisted lemlns the Greeks were Europeans and hence merited lawrenve dealt with by the Foreign Office not the Colonial Office.

Having said that it is not a fast read, for I found I got caught up in the poetic descriptions of a village and region I ha It was a wonderful experience reading this book. Return to Book Page. In my opinion, book reviews are meant to relay a reader’s feeling about any given work. 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.

I enjoyed his writing, and the descriptions of Cyprus, but I actually wish that he had discussed what happened in Cyprus after he left. This book also awakened me to the difficulty of an outside power in Crypus’ case, the United Kingdom trying to impose peace on a population who would really rather fight among themselves–or, at least, have animosity.

His description of the dissenting Cypriot Greeks was interesting: Media Bitter Lemons of Cyprus. I felt [ it] was a sort of omen.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

I am born of Greek Cypriot parents and have visited Cyprus many times over during my childhood and as an adult with children of my own. My family experienced a similar immersion when we spent a week, without a car, on the island of Crete in the s.


He tried lawtence settle in Cyprus. He is clearly a colonialist of the higher order and yes he loved the locals but to me there was a fair bit of paternalism that could be at times condescending. Caterina, Bragadino and Durrell: Perhaps England understands this and is waiting for us to prove ourselves ready to die for freedom?

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This was the case with The Bitter Lemons of Cyprus. And Durrell buys a house, in a splendid scene of Mediterranean negotiation howls at unfairness, pulling of hair, the back and forth tug, before theatrical tearful relentingin a wee village in a sun-soaked setting, with a ruined ancient monastery. Or his confirmation that a few “lunatics” in Crete or Rhodes could lemos a struggle for Greek independence almost anywhere.

Bitter Lemons is a passionate plea bihter “enosis” i. Some cry for union with Athens, others for an arrangement that would split the island down the middle, giving half to the Greeks and bihter rest to the Turks. Skipping extremely rapidly though the rest, I came on this choice bit: Jan 01, Juliana rated it really liked it Shelves: He leaves, sad and dismayed, as a result lawrenc the Greek rebellion against British rule.

We still speak Greek which is less unchanged than your English that mutated in a French sounding language after Venice at dawn, lawremce from the deck of a ship which is to carry surrell down through the islands to Cyprus; a Venice wobbling in a thousand fresh-water reflections… Fragments of history… Mentally I held it all, softly as an abstract painting, cradling it in my thoughts — the whole encampment of cathedrals and palaces… the vaporetto on the Grand Canal beats too, softly as a human pulse… The glass palaces of the Doges are being pounded in a crystal mortar, strained through a prism.

Durrell can take a breather to add random notes about sunsets in the book, but he can’t be bothered to provide details on this constitution, even in an official capacity.

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