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Reflections on a Marine Venus book. In his hugely popular Prospero's Cell, Lawrence Durrell brought Corfu to life, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the island

Reflections on a Marine Venus book. In his hugely popular Prospero's Cell, Lawrence Durrell brought Corfu to life, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the island. With Reflections on a Marine Venus, he turns to Rhodes: ranging over its past and present, touching with wit and insights on the history and myth which the landscape embodies, and presenting some real and some imagined. With the same wit, t In his hugely popular Prospero's Cell, Lawrence Durrell brought Corfu to life, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the island.

The other books in this series are "Prospero's Cell", "Spirit of Place," "Bitter Lemons," and "Sicilian Carousel. Ultimately, these books defy the description &.

Reflections on a Marine Venus explores life on a magical and enchanting island (Rhodes) right after World War I.

Reflections on a Marine Venus explores life on a magical and enchanting island (Rhodes) right after World War II. It is about Greece when it was a demi-paradise. But it is also about the distillation of life and experience. Born in Jalandhar, British India, in 1912 to Indian-born British colonials, Lawrence 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.

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In his hugely popular Prospero's Cell, Lawrence Durrell brought Corfu to life, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the island.

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Reflections on a Marine Venus Durrell Lawrence Faber 9780571201709 Лоуренс Дюрелл: Размышления о морских Венерах : This work explores the Greek island of Rhodes, evoking the sunshine landscape a.

Reflections on a Marine Venus Durrell Lawrence Faber 9780571201709 Лоуренс Дюрелл: Размышления о морских Венерах : This work explores the Greek island of Rhodes, evoking the sunshine landscape .

This richly sensuous account of Durrell's years in the British civil service takes place after the end of World War II and just before the island of Rhodes is handed back to Greece. His evocative descriptions range from the scent of citrus groves and flowers of every form and color to the rhythm of the sea (alternately savage and soothing) and the play of light over the island as the sun moves across the sky. He intermingles these pleasant accounts with the grim reality of having to rebuild a nation and an island after Nazi cruelty has left it a shambles. "Penetrating description, intense imagery, high and persistent color...it is a presentation which sparkles with an intense brilliance and fire." -- Christian Science Monitor

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The `marine Venus' of the title is a statue which was found by sailors in their nets at the bottom of Rhodes harbor and which much appealed to Durrell, who thought of her as the 'presiding genius' of the place. He began this book while assigned to Rhodes as an information officer in 1945, and finally finished it in Belgrade in 1952 while working as a press attaché for the British Embassy. Before publication, it was chopped almost in half by his editor, Anne Ridler. She excised most of the passages dealing with the recent war, and "left the descriptions of the landscape and people....She oriented the book to sunlight, blue skies, and clear sea." [quoted from the introduction David Roessel].

War still clings like a gray film to the bright fabric of `Venus.' Durrell writes intense, brilliant descriptions of Mediterranean skies and dazzling Greek villages, but as in all of his works that I've read, there is also a submerged longing for past love, past history, past glory.

Some of his most beautiful passages, both in this book, in "Prospero's Cell," and in the books of "The Alexandria Quartet" take place under water. Here, the author goes for a midnight swim in the final chapter of "Reflections on a Marine Venus"---

"The [moon]light filters down a full fathom or more to where, on the dark blackboard of weed, broken here and there by dazzling areas of milk-white sand, the fish float as if dazed by their own violet shadows which follow them back and forth, sprawling across the sea's floor."

Bright surfaces. Submerged longings. There is even a ghost story floating just below the surface of a trip to the Island of Patmos. This chapter has some of the most powerful and eerie descriptions in the book. It brings together the storms of the `little summer of Saint Demetrius', a lost, lingering voice from the war, and an Abbot who presides over a monastery where St. John was said to have composed the Books of the Apocalypse.

"Reflections on a Marine Venus" is one of a series of travelogues that Durrell wrote about his pre- and post-war experiences in and around the Mediterranean. The other books in this series are "Prospero's Cell", "Spirit of Place," "Bitter Lemons," and "Sicilian Carousel."

Ultimately, these books defy the description `travelogue'. Durrell wrote about the peculiar genius of a place, not bound by any moment in time, but for all time.
GAZANIK
This book made me fall in love with Durrell. It is simply wonderful. Combining elements of old and new Greek travel writing, this paints a wonderful picture of like in Greece. He does his best to show the rich history of Rhodes, a city of mysticism for its colossus.
Akirg
Just...read it.
Malara
I am not an avid reader but this book changed my way of thinking about history. it gave such a vivid picture of the setting and challenges of post wwII greece I would recc this to anyone.
Kemath
Laurence Durrell's book is essentially a personal journal of his experiences while living on the island of Rhodes in the eastern Mediterranean Sea after World War Two. It is difficult to read because of his use of the names of places and things related to the British occupation of the Greek island after the war. He writes with a somewhat poetic flair and uses metaphors excessively and usually unnecessary for a smooth reading of the story in my opinion.
Dead Samurai
Wonderful evocative poetic prose. Durrell surpassed himself. Even now it still inspires one to visit and experience Rhodes, and Greece.
Malarad
Erudite, personal but not as good as the 'BITTER LEMONS OF CYPRUS' or the more complex,lengthy, and challenging 'ALEXANDRIA QUARTET'.
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Reflections Marin: Reflections on a Marine Venus download epub
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Author: Lawrence Durrell
ISBN: 0140046860
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (March 30, 1978)
Pages: 208 pages