6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very well written, touching and moving, much like most of Hemingway's books,
This review is from: Bitter Lemons (Paperback)
In the very first sentence of his book in the preface, Durrell starts out writing "This is not a political book, but simply a somewhat impressionistic study of the moods and atmospheres of Cyprus during the troubled years 1953-1956". In short, this is not a book one would want to read to obtain an idea of the geopolitical dimensions or counter-insurgency or even the domestic politics of Cyprus during this time. The strength of the book is the author's writing style and the "impressionistic" emotions surrounding his fictional trip to Cyprus. Most of the emotions stem not from major geopolitical events but in day to day encounters he has with the population and his various interactions with them. Nearly all of this are very basic but convey, like Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea, the "feel" and emotions surrounding these interactions and the author's observations. They are as quite moving and touching. The book definitely deserves its reputation.