Good fiction book set in Greece

Jun 7th, 2000, 01:44 PM
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I liked DECISION AT DELPHI so much that I read every book Helen McInnes wrote, and it was one of the best.
Jun 7th, 2000, 02:17 PM
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Seeing "Moonspinners" mentioned brought back lots of memories! When I was young, I was a big Hayley Mills fan and I loved the movie. Loved the book also. I think it was reading the book that made me want to visit Greece - several years later, I actually went to Greece on my first trip away from Canada and the trip certainly lived up to all my expectations. I'm going back to Greece this summer (after 24 years) and I'm very excited about it. I wonder if I can dig up a copy of that book somewhere?
Jun 7th, 2000, 02:19 PM
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If you liked the Moonspinners (also one of my favourites and the movie was a huge disappointment), try This Rough Magic, also Mary Stewart, set in Corfu. It too is quite dated but she does a beautiful job of weaving suspense, romance and The Tempest together to create a terrific plot.
Jun 7th, 2000, 05:21 PM
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Dear Mikki,
Like several others I fell in love with the idea of Greece after reading Mary Stewart's The Moonspinners. I also agree that the movie was nothing like it. Mary Stewart has also written This Rough Magic set in Corfu which was great and my favourite is My Brother Michael, set in Delphi. Corfu came alive for me years ago after reading My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell who was a naturalist and his family spent several years on Corfu when he was a child. It is hilarious and very interesting.
Jun 8th, 2000, 05:16 AM
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thanks so much for the recommendation of This Rough Magic, especially since I went to Corfu and loved it.
Re The Moonspinners, Amazon will do a search for out of print copies, you needn't accept it if the price is too high
It would be pretty funny if Amazon got several requests for this rather obscure book at once, maybe we should persuade the publisher to re-issue!
Jun 8th, 2000, 07:23 AM
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You're welcome; it's nice to know there are still a few mushy romantics around. I also second Rosemary's suggestion of My Brother Michael. I've actually been able to find most of Mary Stewart's books at second-hand stores. I'm on the lookout for The Gabriel Hounds - can't find it and haven't read it in years. It's set in Lebanon I think (oops, wrong forum). Regards
Jun 15th, 2000, 04:11 AM
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Two must-reads: The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller, and Prospero's Cell by Lawrence Durrell. The latter is about Corfu.

When I was reading Colossus of Maroussi, I was regularly riding public transportation. Strangers would come up to me and say how much they loved the book. To me that's one of the best reviews.

Hope I haven't missed your departure date.
Jun 15th, 2000, 05:28 AM
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I also second My Brother Michael as the best of the Mary Stewart books dealing with Greece. I read it while in Greece and it did really add to the trip
Jul 20th, 2000, 12:52 PM
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You are probably gone and back by now but I strongly agree with Corelli's Mandolin, also one of the best books about anything I have ever read.

But I REALLY recomend Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller that was also suggested. It is not fiction but the way he writes will make you wish you were going to Greece. The fact that you are, makes it really enjoyable. His description of the area around Epidauros is magical! If you get the chance to go there, by the way, especially to see a play, by all means do it.

Finally, the recomendation of My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell is outstanding. I read it while on Corfu, and went by the place where his family lived and it really made the experience even more enjoyable than it already was.

Have a great trip!
Jul 20th, 2000, 03:31 PM
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Thanks to everyone who reccommended Corelli's Mandolin...I'm about 2/3's of the way through it and am enjoying it very much. I didn't have as much reading time on my trip as I had anticipated.

Nov 26th, 2000, 05:06 AM
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Travel Readers Recs!
Nov 27th, 2000, 12:55 PM
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I came across this site a few days ago and bookmarked it. In the style of Enid Blyton, it's called 'Five in search of Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. Check it out at:-

Nov 28th, 2000, 10:55 AM
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If you like a twist on Greek mythology, "Till We Have Faces : A Myth Retold" by C.S. Lewis is wonderful.
Nov 25th, 2001, 05:18 AM
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for Gina.
Nov 25th, 2001, 12:19 PM
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Nikos Kazantzakis is a superb author and many of his books are set in Greece but not all. His descriptions of Crete are extraordinary.
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Rick just sent me an email (I'd hate to think he spent the last 2 /12 years looking, but) to say that

"Just a quick note on the location of moonspiners,if your still interested. The old church used in the film was The byzantine church of Kera near Kritsa,Also I been told that the Hotel used is near Ierapetra in the village of Ferma.The hotel was Known as"Ferma Beach Hotel"" Can anyone help him find it?

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Going back to the original book question, I loved "Nights of Rain and Stars" by Maeve Binchy.
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Another fine book by Mary Stewart that's set in Greece is my favorite: "This Rough Magic."
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