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Spirit of Place
From one of the century's greatest storytellers comes a collection of essays that capture the "spirit of place." Lawrence Durrell's articles about Mediterranean and Aegean islands along with passages from his letters were first published in 1969. This edition, edited by Durrell's friend and bibliographer Alan C. Thomas, comprises letters spanning thirty years, excerpts fro ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published April 13th 1997 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1969)
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This book starts as a collection of letters from different periods of Lawrence’s life when he lived in Crete pre war and southern France post war. I was supposed to read this book prior to going on holiday in lancdoc on the canal de Midi. The language of the writing made you reach for the dictionary and I think I have looked up and possible learned more words reading this than any other book for a long time. Durrell was a cosmopolitan wonder who travelled and wrote about his experience. He seeme ...more
It was as though Mr. Durrell was living my life right now. Just exchange one place for another, one nationality (or maybe 2 in his case) and you have it. Life in the Foreign Service. This is a man who truly enjoyed wherever he landed (mostly) and writes well about Greece and about France. I really enjoyed it.
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
“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. 'I am watching you -- are you watching yourself in me?' Most travelers hurry too much...the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly -- but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling...you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you'll be there.”More quotes…