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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  18 reviews
As every reader of Durrell knows, his writing is steeped in the living experience of the Mediterranean, and especially the islands of Greece. This captivating and highly unusual text, originally conceived as a picture book and now reset in paperback format, weaves together evocative descriptions, history and myth with Durrell's personal reminiscences. No traveller to Greec ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published September 25th 1978 by Penguin Putnam
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Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Durrell nasceu em 1912 na Índia. Aos 11 anos foi estudar para a Inglaterra, onde começou a escrever poesia. Em 1935 casou-se e mudou-se com a mulher para a ilha grega de Corfu, no mar Jónico, entre a Grécia e a Itália, onde viveu até à invasão da Grécia pela Itália fascista em 1940. Em 1945 regressou a Rodes com uma segunda mulher, onde residiu mais dois anos. Durante esses anos fez várias viagens pelas ilhas gregas, que mais tarde serviram de matéria para a escrita d'As Ilhas Gregas, q ...more
Milan Trpkovic
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sjajna knjiga da u mislima obiđete Grčka ostrva, sve dok se ne pripremite za jednu veliku avanturu i redom ih obilazite :)
Danielle Aleixo
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro que atinge o fim proposto: um tour escrito bem humorado, poético e cultural pelas ilhas gregas. Escrito por Lawrence Durrell, escritor inglês aclamado por seu famoso livro "Quarteto de Alexandria", este livro é um ótimo guia, mesmo nos dias de hoje, para quem ruma em direção a este fantástico país que é a Grécia.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
things i learned from this book:
1. women are only good for holding up men's pants.
2. archaeologists distort the truth.
3. peasants are ignoramuses.
4. lawrence durrell and i would not be friends.
Robert Zoltan
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful travelogue that will have you imagining you are actually there, or wishing you were.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written with fine description throughout of landscape, people and culture. He comprehensively covers the surprisingly wide variety of the islands and the breadth of history, ancient and modern, that permeates the archipelagos from the Ionian Sea to the mouth of the Dardanelles. Durrell brings his personal knowledge to nearly every corner and links his stories and description together in a magical tapestry while remaining surprisingly down to earth and honest in his appraisals. Have a ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: places-travel
I know it must be beautifully written, it's Durrell after all. But when I open this oversized paperback (sort of the love child of a coffee table book and a regular Penguin), my eyes are caught by the photos, and there I go drifting away, unable to read a thing.

Although this is terrifically dated by now, Durrell lived in Greece in the 1939s and 40s I think, it's also completely undated because it's about ruins, landscapes, hills, graveyards, olive trees, and elderly people who still do things t
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
An engaging read with perspectives on the Greek Islands from a writer/sailor point of view. Written in the 1970s after Durrell's many years in the Mediterranean, the book has a bit of nostalgia even then and is, of course, totally out of date today. It is, however, a travel guide I'd take along if I were lucky enough to be setting out on a tour of the Greek Islands.
Simone Maletta
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this book as a Greek-Maniac.
Very interesting at start, but Durrell became boring after 5 chapter.
When he leaves his remembrance and he starts talking as a travel guide what make you starts sleepling!
Everything you loved in Prospero's cell is absent here.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb. I bring it with me on each excursion I make to the isles.
João Duarte
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando um livro de viagens que é escrito no final da década de 1970, e com algumas referências a viagens ocorridas 30 anos antes, continua atual em 2018, algo está muito bem.

De facto, é de supor que em alguns pormenores "práticos" este livro de Lawrence Durrell sobre as ilhas gregas possa já não estar plenamente atual.

Mas o que importa isso, quando o autor consegue captar toda a essência dos locais e, para mais, o transpõe para o papel numa escrita muito elegante, mas ao mesmo tempo clara e bem
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lawrence Durrell saw the islands in the '30's and 40's which must have been incredible. He has a profound love and knowledge of them and the people but even when this book was written (1976) he was dated at times in his writing and interests.That being said, if you read it for pleasure rather than information or take it as listening to him chat over a glass of ouzo , then he can be a good companion. It does fall off a bit about three quarters through but I did enjoy it.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais que um guia sobre a Grécia estamos perante um livros sobre como alguém sente a Grécia.
Entre espaços físicos e memórias, Durrel vai revelando a sua Grécia cheia de histórias e sensações.
É assim, mais que pontos de viagem, uma crónica sobre a viagem real e espiritual aonde o leitor viajante vai-se encontrando com o autor e acrescentando a sua experiência.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone visiting Greece!
Fun escapism, dreaming back to our Cyprus holiday. Travel notes interspersed with anecdotes and history of the greek isles from antique times to Durells experiences as a WW2 refugee and correspondent, and again travelling the islands in the 1970s. I especially love the stories he collected of local characters, and local legends. The mythologies of each place.
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
I spent some time in Greece before I read this book and would turn twice more. if you need a good guide to Greece, Laurence Durrell is your guide. loquent, witty and full of stories that will make you to want to head to the Greek isles.
Lynne King
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brilliant travel book. Review to do...
Tiene momentos buenos, pero en su afán por ser una obra especial y poética a veces resulta un poco pedante.
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Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose ...more