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books that will transport you to the Greek islands

Old Jul 7th, 2002, 09:44 AM
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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.
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 10:27 AM
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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.

The Olive Grove, is also excellent.

There are a couple about Cyrus worth looking at if you're not being too purist.
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 12:06 PM
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Lawrence Durrell - Bitter Lemons
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 12:15 PM
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Bitter Lemons is one of the Cyprus books I referred toobliquely. Others would include Journey into Cyprus and Hitchens's Cyprus
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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"My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell.
An evocative look at the Corfu of the mid thirties - not modern - but a wonderful read with some fascinating characters.
Can't recommend it highly enough.
Enjoy Greece
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Maggie
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 12:27 PM
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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.
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 12:37 PM
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I cannot believe no one mentioned Captain Corelli's Mandolin??
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 02:45 PM
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The Collosus of Maroussi by Henry Miller, The King Must Die by Mary Renault
 
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 06:21 PM
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I sure fractured the spelling of Colossus.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 05:47 AM
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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...
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 06:22 AM
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May I cast you a few films?
Zorba, the greek, and Never on Sunday.

Maira, the Magus was made into a film, I can't remember if it starred Anthony Quinn. You can check with Facets.com
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 06:42 AM
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Thanks all.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 06:52 AM
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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.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 08:08 AM
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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.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 08:25 AM
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To add another "makes-you-want-to-go-to-Greece" film...there is "Shirley Valentine."
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 09:27 AM
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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.

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.

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
manouri, kaseri, or kefalograviera cheeses? or wines--Athiri or Agiorgitiko or Assyrtiko? Found these names on the web, but no opinions. J.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 10:09 AM
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JW, You can find the Symi books on Alibris.com. They specialize in out of print books and have a huge dealer network if they don't have them in stock.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 10:15 AM
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For information on traditional music see www.explorecrete.com.

Does nothing for me, but they write about it a lot there
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 10:27 AM
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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.
 
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 01:09 PM
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JW,

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.

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.

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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