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Author Durrell, Lawrence.

Title Bitter lemons.

Imprint New York, Dutton [©1957]


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  956.4 DURRELL    Check Shelf
Edition [1st American ed.].
Description 256 pages illustrations 22 cm
Series A Dutton paperback
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 253) and index.
Contents Towards an eastern landfill -- A geography lesson -- Voices at the tavern door -- How to buy a house -- The tree of idleness -- The swallows gather -- A telling of omens -- The winds of promise -- The satrap -- Point of no return -- The feast of unreason -- The vanishing landmarks -- A pocketful of sand -- 'Bitter lemons'.
Summary With the publication of Justine Lawrence Durrell became, almost overnight, one of the most talked about, widely acclaimed novelists of the decade. Now, in Bitter Lemons, his focus has shifted from the world of his imagination to life itself. Writing in the exquisite poetic prose that critics have hailed as unequalled in contemporary literature, he tells the perceptive, often humorous story of his experiences on the island of Cyprus -- first as a visitor, then as a householder and teacher and finally as Press Advisor to a government on the verge of revolution. Partly because of his ability to speak fluent Greek, but mainly because of his rare understanding of the people of Cyprus, Durrell found a ready welcome in the little village where he chose to settle. His portrayal of the warm, friendly people among whom he made his home is but one of this book's many delights. There are vivid pictures of the villages on their ways of life, the ancient edifices, the flowers, mountains and sea, the sunlight that gave the island its unique, peaceful quality. There are, too, hilarious descriptions of the problems of buying a house and teaching English in the local high school, where all the girls fell in love with Durrell and showered him with presents of roses, poems and even a special kind of meatball. Gradually, however, life on the sunny island was darkened by political turmoil which exploded into a revolution when Cypriots, crying for union with Greece, rose up against the British. Durrell movingly recounts the slow deterioration of the political situation and the part he tried to play in helping both sides to understand each other. Finally forced to admit defeat, he resigned from the post he had held for two years as Press Officer and left the island.
Subject Durrell, Lawrence -- Travel -- Cyprus.
Cyprus -- Description and travel.
Cyprus -- Social life and customs.
Durrell, Lawrence. (OCoLC)fst00037734
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Cyprus. (OCoLC)fst01205213
Genre/Form Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
ISBN 0525470441
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