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In the Dolphin's Wake: Cocktails, Calamities and Caiques in the Greek Islands

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Anamusing and erudite account of Harry Bucknall's 183-dayjourney through the Greek islands from Venice, in the West, to Istanbul, in the East

In the summer of 2006, Harry Bucknall traveled from Venice to Istanbul—a journey across the Aegean ofmore than5,500 miles that included the glories of Mount Athos, 36 islands, and every island chain in the Greek Archipelago. It also i
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Bene Factum Publishing (first published July 1st 2011)
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John
Jul 09, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, audiobook, audible
Had I read the print book, I might've come away thinking it "not bad" probably, though somewhat slight. The audio production, however, is a mess. I had an inkling of that from the sample, but figured, "Well, I really like travel narratives, so how bad can it be?" Bad enough.
To start, there was obviously no editing whatsoever - on occasion, Bucknall starts a sentence, loses his track, and then just ... tries again, like hearing an echo. Secondarily, he gives Americans rather cartoonish accents -
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Charlesgreen00
A good travelogue of the islands, although I thought some island chains were skirted over quickly, like the Sporades. I would have also liked a better intro, as to why the author was undertaking the journey and what his plan was.

When it wrapped I'd warmed to the book much more, especially for the insights into certain islands like Chios and into Mt Athos.
Roger Neilson
Aug 15, 2011 Roger Neilson rated it it was ok
I struggled to finish this one. There are some nice descriptions in there, and some pleasant moments but its very 'bitty' and could have done with some overall narrative. Disappointing.
Sam Ann
Nov 11, 2016 Sam Ann rated it it was amazing
I actually cannot remember how many times I have read this book. It is my go to when I need something to read or listen to as I fall asleep, I have it on audible, a digital version, and am hanging out for a physical copy. I love Greece, and I love reading, this book is easily one of my favourite books I've ever read.
Ernie Apostolos
Jun 08, 2012 Ernie Apostolos rated it really liked it

There are many books written by travellers to the Greek Islands and as this one was subtitled “Cocktails Calamities and Caiques in the Greek Islands”, I assumed that this would be another patronisingly written tome in the just relate lots of situations in which the Greeks and their customs appear eccentric, stupid, lazy and they lack the Western European skills in organisation and timekeeping, style. However what made Bucknall’s account more interesting for me, was the economical way in which he
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Natalie Hinman
Feb 27, 2014 Natalie Hinman rated it really liked it
What glorious escape! I absolutely romped through it, albeit conversely didn't want it to end, for I was so enjoying basking in the warmth of the Greek Islands, alongside Harry.
I wished myself there for so much of his journey... And anyone that is familiar with Greece will recognise parallels with characters and experiences, I'm sure!
There is a lot to enjoy as he provides a taster of all the island groups. It is rare to find a decent modern travelogue which includes a tour of all the islands (s
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Marjory McGinn
Mar 10, 2014 Marjory McGinn rated it it was amazing
Harry Bucknall's odyssey around the Greek islands is incredibly entertaining, informative and full of fun. With a lightness of touch, he has brought to life many lesser known islands, local characters and made the often-complex history of Greece very readable. His trip to the 'men-only' monasteries of Mount Athos, that few people ever attempt, is magical indeed. This is a wonderful read!
Paula Curtis
Jan 06, 2012 Paula Curtis rated it really liked it
enjoyable wander through some of the islands that we have visited. Amused in that most of the characters mentioned we have seen or met whilest traveling around Greece are all there in black and white. The Greek characters are the most funny, sad, compelling and friendly people you could met as long as you've willing to pay.
Simon
Nov 11, 2011 Simon rated it it was amazing
Charming, engaging and informative. A must read for anyone who has visited or plans to travel to the Greek Islands
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Aug 16, 2013 Ekaterina Botziou rated it really liked it
A highly informative, beautifully descriptive account of Harry Bucknall's Greek Island hopping adventures. Harry writes with wit and charm and the book is engaging and entertaining.
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Harry Bucknall was born in 1965 and brought up in Dorset. After 12 years service in the British Army, he worked in the oil and mining industries and as a consultant in the Middle East. He has also produced theatre on the London Fringe, sat on the Olivier Awards Panel and reviewed theatre for Arts Council, London. As a freelance travel writer he has contributed to the international and national ...more
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