Prospero'S Cell (Faber Library 4), Paperback Book
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A guide to the landscape and manners of the island of Corfu.'One of Lawrence Durrell's best books - indeed, in its gem-like miniature quality, among the best books ever written.' Freya Stark'This charming idyll depicts the country life and cosmopolitan society of Corfu in the years immediately before the war . . . The matter of it is as sound as the story is delightful.' Sunday Times'Corfu, that Ionian island whose idyllic yet blood-stained history goes back the best part of a thousand years, could not have found a fitter chronicler than Mr Durrell.

For he is a poet, with all a poet's sensibility, and a humanist to boot, with a keen eye for character and a scholar's reverence for antiquity.' Daily Telegraph


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780571201655

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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.

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