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Spirit of Place

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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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Guillermo Carvajal
Para muy fans. Contiene algunas cartas interesantes y una selección de primeros trabajos que no están disponibles en ningún otro sitio. Los ensayos de viaje finales son quizá, quien lo iba a decir, la parte más floja del libro.
Bülent Çetin
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Return to Corfu is the most interesting story where I could imagine the Durrell’s Corfu Year’s without reading.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like a breath of fresh Mediterranean air. Durell conveys a sense of calm with his soothing descriptions of the people and the places in Greece. His letters with T.S. Eliot were fascinating! I found the book to be very absorbing!
Michael Moseley
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
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I'd forgotten I had this. Brilliant book - review... ...more
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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

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