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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People in Bitter Lemons are always slipping off for a glass of the stuff on some terrace or another. But this is the s, and the entire island is about to erupt into chaos. My copy is just called “Bitter Lemons” not “of Cyprus” and was published in There are plenty of descriptions of the natural world that a quite beautiful, concise yet descriptive. The author set off to write another one of his wonderful if formulaic travel-literature books about a Greek island he settled and explored for a few years, surrounded by local Greeks and wandering Brits.

Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and bither novelist, poet, humorist, and travel lawrencf best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the oemons century. What is the significance of eurrell appearance of these two characters at the beginning of his book?

But by the end of Durrell’s stay in Cyprus, inthese old bonds between the two peoples were bittr broken — tragically and unnecessarily broken in Durrell’s opinion. Reading Bitter Lemons, we see Durrell as an artist of great erudition: Oct 19, Kris Kipling marked it as to-read. All began well – a sleepy, sunlit country, with oranges and pomegranate trees peeking over whitewashed village walls. I stood outside his home in Bellapais before reading this novel, and am now yearning to return.

A description of his time spent in Cyprus during “Enosis”, Greek Cypriots demand for union with mainland Greece, this made fascinating reading. If I grind my teeth while reading, it’s usually a bad sign lemona believe it or not. The book thus starts off as a mid-twentieth century version of Frances Mayes’s Under a Tuscan Sun, another British writer’s account of adapting to life in a different and more laid-back culture.


Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

The descriptions of nature are beautiful, but his views on Cypriots a bit biased. Be the first to ask a question about Bitter Lemons of Cyprus. Regardless, it is rare to read such a well-informed and balanced travel memoir, and thus, I would recommend Bitter Lemons of Cyprus highly.

I found the first half of the book more engaging than the second; whilst it was still of interest with regard to social history lswrence politics, the prose in the second half seemed to shift, becoming more matter-of-fact, and was without the customary beauty of the first part. The book is alternately comic and serious, charting Durrell’s experiences on Cyprus and the people he met and befriended, as well as charting the progress of the Cypriot ” Enosis ” union with Greece and freedom from British rule movement, which plunged the island into chaos and violence.

All three came to Cyprus with one purpose or objective, or idea, or goal, but destiny and the political need of rupture thwarted their designs.

In Durrell’s book is a Tree of Idleness in the center of the Square where men also go to forget and while away the hours. The inhabitants of the city were fighting for irredentistic reasons, and he discovered the book while the citizens were rioting after a bomb throwing. Durrell insisted that the Greeks were Europeans and hence merited being dealt with by the Foreign Office not the Bitterr Office.

The tone of Bitter Lemons of Cyprus certainly gets more serious as it goes on, as Durrell becomes more involved in life on the island, first as a teacher, and then in his governmental position. My having just visited Cyprus and having accompanied a good friend durtell to the occupied side for the very first time since the invasion of her village, was the catalyst for my wanting to read this book.

Feb 02, Kyriakos Sorokkou rated it really liked it. Still, I hung on to it, and I thought I’d give it another go. And from it pours scorn for the Cyprus the author chose to settle in. Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is Lawrence Durrell’s unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the s Enosis movement for freedom of the island from British colonial rule. When I read today about the Israeli army’s resort to killing and destruction in order to control the Palestinians, or our own efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, I recall Durrell’s acute observation that the goal of terrorism is to incur these very reprisals: Inas the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the world, the island of Cyprus bucks for independence.


Bitter Lemons Of Cyprus

Christians want to evangelize the third world. The style of his book bears his own unmistakable imprint, his intense sense of lyricism; the delicate handling of the prose rhythm pleases and charms the reader.

Liberals want to introduce Keynesian economics and democracy to the third world while communists seek to convince Asians and Africans that it is their duty to join in the fight against Imperialism. Caterina Cornaro Queen of Cyprus, London.

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He was praised by his contemporaries; for example T. Durell is best known as the author of the Alexandria Quartet, a series of sensuous, dream-like books about life just before World War II in that coastal Egyptian city. Israel’s posture in its conflict with the Palestinians calls to mind a book I just finished re-reading: Paperbackpages.

But the eyes of a true woman, not a phantom. The book was written inand many of the topical details that would be familiar to most people at the time ended up being over my head.

View all 8 comments. Even when Byzantium fell, her spiritual and political traditions lived on and their influence was felt, not only in those lands which had once been byzantine, like Cyprus, but beyond the frontiers of the Empire through a thick network of diplomatic relations, and trade, cultural and artistic exchanges.

I found it somewhat unsettling reading at this particular point in history, I have to say. This was a slow moving book until the endabout life on Cyprus in the mid s, during the struggle for independence.