Saturday, August 9

Prospero’s Cell - Lawrence Durrell (1945)


"... It was October, the perfect time to arrive clasping a much-read copy of his Prospero’s Cell, a glimpse of Corfu as it once was, overlaid with all the poetic imagination of the writer-traveller as a young man. With his expansive, all-encompassing opening line, Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu the blue really begins, Durrell takes us out of ourselves and along with him as he crosses into Greek waters from the heel of Italy and into a new life of light and heat. Reading it on a gloomy winter afternoon in the northern hemisphere is like injecting the grey sky with vivid blues and emeralds. The book purports to be an evocative diary in which he is a serious young writer living blissfully in the sun, deeply in love both with his new wife and the freedom that Greece represents in the 1930s. The idea of escape – from political and economic uncertainty; there are plenty of parallels with our times -  is a strong undertow."
Songs of Blue and Gold: Lawrence Durrell’s Island of Corfu
Prospero's Cell - Lawrence Durrell: A Review
white house, green water
Days of heaven: The story of a marriage on the island of Corfu
amazon: Prospero's Cell
YouTube: Visit Kalami in Corfu, Greece, Journey on the way to Corfu Greece Storm at Sea

2011 December: The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durrell, 2013 September: Villa that inspired Lawrence Durrell faces demolition, as Egypt allows heritage to crumble.

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