Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on A Mediterranean Island by Lawrence Durrell

By Lawrence Durrell

On a Mediterranean island divided, a guy reveals peace in a time of perilous unrest during this wonderful memoir

In 1953, because the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the realm, the island of Cyprus dollars for independence. a few cry for union with Athens, others for an association that may cut up the island down the center, giving part to the Greeks and the remaining to the Turks. for hundreds of years, the conflict for the Mediterranean has been fought in this tiny spit of land, and now Cyprus threatens to tear itself in half.

Into this escalating clash steps Lawrence Durrell—poet, novelist, and a former British executive respectable. After years serving the Crown within the Balkans, he yearns for a go back to the island way of life of his adolescence. With humor, grace, and satisfactory Greek, Durrell buys a home, secures a task, and settles in for quiet dwelling, satisfied to place up his ft till the natives start to contemplate wringing his neck. greater than a commute memoir, this is often a chic photograph of island existence in a altering world.

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Weeks after being canned from the paint crew, I was in Kentucky and in need of a job again. ” The sign didn’t necessarily call out to me. But, remembering Jack in the Box and how I’d enjoyed the dishes, it didn’t sound half bad. Fragile 29 I went in and filled out an application. When the manager asked if I could start the next day, I told her no. My buddy Phil—only one of two friends I still had from my teen years in San Francisco—would be passing through town that weekend. ,” she said. That weekend, Phil and I went on a bender.

He was so ambitious about working at a breakneck pace that he had us painting three different houses simultaneously—even though the whole crew totaled only him, me and my friend Tony. ” He held out to me the secret of his own speediness: a palmful of amphetamines. Pick-me-ups still put me off. I passed on the pills. Then, one day, I spent hours sitting on a roof with my transistor radio and my sandwiches while painting some A Date with the Dishes 27 eaves. That afternoon, Tony came over from the house he’d been painting.

He got so sick that the cook had to dunk his head under the faucet to sober him up. 52 Dishwasher The two described other dish jobs they’d had around the country. ” “Nope,” I said. ” Jeff asked. ” Ypsilanti? One of those thousands of places I’d dreamt of going to while studying my maps? I didn’t even know how to pronounce it let alone claim to have washed dishes there. Oh, how I would’ve loved to be able to answer Jeff, “Ypsilanti? Sure, I busted suds there” or to have told Brad, “Texas? ” But I couldn’t say that.

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