Cyprus, 1953. As the island fights for independence from British colonial rule, ancient conflicts between Turkish and Greek Cypriots trouble the glittering Mediterranean waters. Into the gathering political storm enters Lawrence Durrell, yearning for the idyllic island lifestyle of his youth in Corfu.
He settles into a dilapidated villa and with his poet’s eye for beauty – and passable Greek – vividly captures the moods and atmospheres of island life in a changing world. Whether collecting folklore or wild flowers, describing the brewing revolution or eccentric local characters, Durrell is a magician with word – and the result is not only a classic travel memoir, but an intimate portrait of a community lost forever.