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jw Jul 7th, 2002 08:44 AM

books that will transport you to the Greek islands
I've rec'd so many wonderful book suggestions by eavesdropping on the posts of others, perhaps you can suggest a couple of wonderful novels or travel memoires that I can give someone who dreams about visiting the Greek islands. He is very well read, so I'm not looking for The Moonspinners (which I confess to adoring when I was in highschool). But maybe there's something newer Kazantzakis? Thanks in advance. J.

Sheila Jul 7th, 2002 09:27 AM

They've been mentioned on here before, but Dinner with persephone is about an Australian girl spendinga year in Greece to find her eroots, and is very good.<BR><BR>The Olive Grove, is also excellent.<BR><BR>There are a couple about Cyrus worth looking at if you're not being too purist.

Marilyn Jul 7th, 2002 11:06 AM

Lawrence Durrell - Bitter Lemons

Sheila Jul 7th, 2002 11:15 AM

Bitter Lemons is one of the Cyprus books I referred toobliquely. Others would include Journey into Cyprus and Hitchens's Cyprus

Maggie Jul 7th, 2002 11:25 AM

"My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell.<BR>An evocative look at the Corfu of the mid thirties - not modern - but a wonderful read with some fascinating characters.<BR>Can't recommend it highly enough.<BR>Enjoy Greece<BR>Regards<BR>Maggie

Maira Jul 7th, 2002 11:27 AM

If your friend is well read then he probably already read "The Magus" by John Fowles. If not, be forewarned this is kind of a strange story about a young Englishman who takes on a teaching assignment on a remote Greek island and befriends a wealthy local, who turns out to be a very disturbing type. The book would make a great Stanley Kubrick's movie.

flygirl Jul 7th, 2002 11:37 AM

I cannot believe no one mentioned Captain Corelli's Mandolin??

Sue Jul 7th, 2002 01:45 PM

The Collosus of Maroussi by Henry Miller, The King Must Die by Mary Renault

Sue Jul 7th, 2002 05:21 PM

I sure fractured the spelling of Colossus.

tripster Jul 8th, 2002 04:47 AM

Captain Corelli's Mandolin is one. But why not try a Greek classic?? Some of the ancient stuff would certainly be a fulfilling change than a novel...

mimi taylor Jul 8th, 2002 05:22 AM

May I cast you a few films?<BR>Zorba, the greek, and Never on Sunday.<BR><BR>Maira, the Magus was made into a film, I can't remember if it starred Anthony Quinn. You can check with

jw Jul 8th, 2002 05:42 AM

Thanks all.

jw Jul 8th, 2002 05:52 AM

I've decided to make it a theme present: Can you recommend the best cd of traditional Greek music? Or the best book of Greek recipes? Thanks again. J.

Peter Jul 8th, 2002 07:08 AM

There are 3 books about Symi called Island in Greece, Bus Stop Symi and Interval on Symi. All three describe liver of Brits on the tiny Greek island before it became the summer residence of English vacationers.

Leslie Jul 8th, 2002 07:25 AM

To add another "makes-you-want-to-go-to-Greece" film...there is "Shirley Valentine."

jw Jul 8th, 2002 08:27 AM

I loved that movie! And I'm still trying to track down the Symi books, maybe my library will have them as Amazon says out of print. <BR><BR>No ideas for cds? That's probably a difficult one unless you are Greek. I'm not interested in top 40 or good-grief not Yanni, more traditional melodies. <BR><BR>I'm enthused about putting together this wish-we-were-in-Greece b'day present. I've got a lead on where to buy products locally. Care to share opinions re<BR>manouri, kaseri, or kefalograviera cheeses? or wines--Athiri or Agiorgitiko or Assyrtiko? Found these names on the web, but no opinions. J.

Peter Jul 8th, 2002 09:09 AM

JW, You can find the Symi books on They specialize in out of print books and have a huge dealer network if they don't have them in stock.

Sheila Jul 8th, 2002 09:15 AM

For information on traditional music see<BR><BR>Does nothing for me, but they write about it a lot there

Matt Jul 8th, 2002 09:27 AM

<BR>Maggie already mentioned Gerald Durrell's "My Faily and other Animals" and I also completely recommend his follow-up called " Birds, Beasts and Relatives " as well as "Fillets of Plaice", all of which recount the map-cap adventures of his wonderfully eccentric family and their friends in 1930's Corfu. I first read them in my early teens while living in Africa, and dreamt of rushing to Greece after that.

Rita Jul 8th, 2002 12:09 PM

JW,<BR><BR>for music you might want to see if you can find a CD by either Yannis Parios or Harris Alexiou (I'm translating into english so the spelling might be a bit off). Both are well known greek singers. You might want to try a greek grocery store for the music.<BR><BR>A book that always makes me want to head to Greece is called . . . One Room In a Castle, by Karen Connelly. It is a mixture of short stories, poetry and letters from her stay on Lesbos. Her style of writing gives a good insite into the greek way of life.<BR><BR>If you're going for the whole "greek" package be sure to include a small bottle of ouzo and some greek honey!

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