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The Water and the Wine

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It is the 1960s and a group of young writers and artists gather on the Greek island of Hydra. Leonard Cohen is at the start of his career and in love with Marianne, who is also muse to her ex-husband, Axel. Australian authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift write, drink and fight. It is a hedonistic time of love, sex and new ideas. As the island hums with excitement, Ja ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Hookline Books
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Marsha Thalin
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I understand that a good deal of this story is based on fact because I googled it. Having been in Greece in the early '70's as a young adult I recognized the atmosphere, although the junta was still ruling which made parts of the trip a bit harrowing.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A soulful tale

A gentle book with a nostalgic sense of times gone by. When life was less complicated and love was more pure. This book sang to my soul. I loved it and after the last word, I was left feeling nostalgic
Harriet Body
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Beautifully written capturing an era of simplicity and free love. A moving love story between Leonard Cohan and Marianne in the idyllic setting of Hydros, a Greek island in the Mediterranean.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very vivid

This book opened up A beautiful, magical world that i submerged myself into. It will stay with me forever. Artists are so powerful!
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I have never been obsessed with Leonard Cohen. I obviously knew who he was, in fact, he was one of the first Western artists I was aware of, thanks to my aunt, who introduced me to his songs when I was a child. All I could enjoy then was the music and his gravelly voice, as I spoke no English and didn’t understand the lyrics. Now, it’s lyrics that matter the most to me: is there a better, more succinct description of social injustice and inequality than Everybody Knows? (No, there is not). I hav ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book but gave up after a few chapters as the author’s over use of colons and semicolons was too distracting.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘On an island, eventually, you are bound to meet yourself’

Israeli born British author Tamar Hodes blends reality with fiction in this quintessential 1960s flavored novel of art and relationship changes. Tamar was born in Israel, lived in Greece and South Africa, and settled in the UK where she read English and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has been teaching English in schools, universities and prisons while writing for Radio 4 and others in anthologies including Salt's The Best B
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There will be few keen readers who have not heard of Leonard Cohen and his infamous muses, but I confess that I knew very little of the artistic community on Hydra in 1960s beyond this. I have always been fascinated by the likes of Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury set, so the premise and promise of this novel immediately had appeal for me. Whilst reading the novel, I have also done some background reading of the many articles available describing the actual artistic community and the island of Hydra ...more
Linda Hepworth
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In this fictionalised account of the lives of a group of young artists, musicians and actors who lived on the Greek island of Hydra during the 1960s, Tamar Hodes very skilfully uses a fictional couple, Jack and Frieda Silver, to tell the story of some of these real-life characters, who include a young Leonard Cohen, Marianne, the woman who becomes his muse, and authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift. Jack and Frieda, accompanied by their two young children, join this lively, creative communi
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was happily, an unexpected read for me. While I’m not quite savvy in art and music history, I feel like I glimpsed a snippet of history of some very famous figures. I was drawn into the story and found myself researching the biographies of Leonard Cohen and his muse, Marianne Ihlen, as well as George Johnston and Charmian Clift. I even hoped some of the fictional characters were real. Perhaps they are based on real people?

While the shifting of POV (Point of View)—sometimes multiple times wi
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is about lots of creative people living in an artists' community on island of Hydra. And by artists I mean painters, writers, musicians etc, people from all areas of the arts. There are lots of characters to get your head around, some based on real people. It did take me a while to feel I knew who was who, especially since who was with who seemed to change one regular basis!

The author has created an evocative picture of the beautiful surroundings, the boats on the sea, the flowers, the
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Valiant but unconvincing fan fiction by an unquestionable Cohen enthusiast, this novel attempts to portray the day-to-day life of Leonard Cohen and the ex-pat bohemian artist community on the Greek isle of Hydra in the 60’s. The plot is very thin and the dialogue is particularly cringe-worthy, however, I give credit to the author for the effort. I faithfully read anything about Leonard Cohen that comes to my attention, although this is the first fiction I have come across. Strictly for die-hard ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice description of Greek atmosphere but, in principle, I don’t like books where a writer invents what a real person might have thought or said or how they acted. I assume that living among the artists in Hydra she might recall some conversations, even though she was quite young at the time. Still pleasant reading, keeping in mind to treat the characters as fictional, not who they were.
Vivien Baptiste
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I sat on a beach on a small Greek island reading this. I love Leonard Cohen and never knew the story of Marianne from the song of the same name. Couldn't put the book down(kindle). Captures an era and is moving. Made me nostalgic for the Sixties. I then googled Marianne. A love story.
Janet Ellis
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably best described as factual-fiction. This was an emotive story which stayed with me for days after I had read the final pages.
Pip Kirby
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Was a freebie from Kindle, but not worth finishing. Quite evocative of the Hydra and Spetse I knew well in the 1960s/70s, but not well written and not much of a story, more like a boring autobiog.
Colin Dickinson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coming or Cohen?

Pictures in every line. Beautifully crafted. I enjoyed the beauty of the mundane elevated into something special. More, more, encoure
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