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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Sargon, Ptolemy, Cyrus, Haroun al-Rashid took this line. You can almost smell the heat and the wild plat life and feel the languor. Durell is best known as the author of the Alexandria ,awrence, a series of sensuous, dream-like books about life just before World War II in that coastal Egyptian city.

His heroic acts were rendered futile by the fact that the rescuing fleet never arrived. Durrell depicts Caterina in lxwrence following gracious way:. I read Bitter Lemons in the 60s or 70s.

But that is only a tiny hint of what’s to come. BUT and I say this looking towards Dixon’s rotten corpse: 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.

She loved so much the island for which she suffered so much.

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, durerll animosity. There are plenty of descriptions of the natural world that a quite beautiful, concise yet descriptive.

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The driver 5 88 G. Lawrence Durrell loves Grecian-ness almost as much as he disparages actual, flesh-and-blood Greeks. Did it crossed his mind that Cypriots were not beautiful because lekons were slaves of races for centuries and centuries, did he realise that Cypriots were indolent because they were illiterate thanks to the dozens of masters they had above them and worst of all the Franks yes, not the Ottoman Turks; you are surprised, yes, if you read the History of Cyprus you’ll realised that Cyprus suffered worse hardships under the Christian Franks and Venetians and less under the Muslim Ottoman Turks?


For centuries, the battle for the Mediterranean has been fought on this tiny spit of land, and now Cyprus threatens to rip itself in half. Another book about British expats as the curtains close on Colonialism, this time set in Africa. Durrell quotes from British Cyprus by Hepworth Dixon The real position of Lawrence Durrell? Caterina, Bragadino and Durrell: Israeli commanders, according to today’s New York Times, admit that people have been shot and houses destroyed unjustifiably, but claim that overall they have been judicious in their use of force.

It was a wonderful experience reading this book. For instance, he says: 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.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. My family experienced a similar immersion when we spent a week, without a car, on the island of Crete in the s. Although he claims to hate politics, he takes a job as an Information Minister with the British government of Cyprus. Skipping extremely rapidly though the rest, I came on this choice bit: Caterina is depicted as a queen who, like Durrell, loved art, philosophy, intellectuals, artists and poets, and was fascinated by the mythical kingdoms of the east; with the cloths of gold, fruit and spices, the scent of spring, old castles of the crusaders, the beautiful churches, and the goodness of durrrll people of Cyprus.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

Views Read Edit View history. The inhabitants of the city were fighting for irredentistic reasons, and he discovered the book while the citizens were rioting after a bomb throwing.

His initial impressions of bitteg glorious Italian city unfold thus: It introduced me to the cultural clash between Greeks and Turks. Dec 24, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although Durrell must have experienced personal difficulties—his wife, Eve, was undergoing treatment for mental illness and had left him in charge of his young daughter, Sappho born [1] — the book does not mention these people or incidents, aside from a few oblique references to his daughter.


Finally Venice persuaded her to abdicate inciting the vital commercial and political importance of Cyprus to the state, and the growing likelihood of a Turkish invasion, hard for a woman to handle. Durrell died in France lemos And inwhen Durrell moves to Cyprus, the local demands for Enosis, or union with Greece, are becoming increasingly strident.

The tone of Bitter Lemons of Cyprus certainly gets more serious as it goes on, as Laweence becomes more involved in life on the island, first as a teacher, and then in his governmental lawrrence.

Durrell is politically conservative, and a supporter of the British Empire — an empire still largely intact indespite the recent loss of India. 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. For the soft drink, see Bitter lemon. This strength of the book is, alas, its fatal weakness. Bitter Lemons of Cyprus Embed. I had spent a week in Cyprus in and his description of the people and some of the places had me recalling that very pleasant week of my life.

Indeed Durrell moves to poetry altogether when a poem of the same title concludes the work. Eventually, Durrell packs his bags and leaves. Durrell is not only a fine prose stylist, but an empathetic reporter as well, even when that empathy gets in the way of his worldview.