Prospero's Cell : A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu Paperback
Part of the Faber Library series
This work explores the Greek island of Corfu, evoking the sunshine landscape and blue skies of the Aegean.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, facsimiles, map
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/07/2000
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780571201655
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Review by linda.lappin
You become aware of islands, coming to meet you.... This travel memoir dedicated to Durrell's first experience in Greece, on the island of Corfu from 1935 -1939 is a sensuous banquet of luminous impressions. Durrell’s travel memoirs are mosaics of history, landscape, folklore, diaries of daily experience filtered through an artist's eye searching for the patterns and the myth below the surface. They are not so much explorations of the soul of place per se, but of the ways the soul of place expresses itself through himself and others, physically, mentally, emotionally, sexually. On this bitter cold February day with rain lashing the window panes, I dream of an escape to an island, to a little white house above the sea, like the one where Durrell once lived.<br/><br/> In keeping with Durrell's interest in multifaceted realities, I suggest reading this book together with Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi, about his visit to the Durrells at that time, and with Amateurs in Eden a biography of the mysterious N. by her daughter Joanna Hodgkin, who gives us her own side of the story.