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    Lawrence Durrell's evocative memoir of living in Cyprus, just before the Greek/Turkish partition. This is a touching and atmospheric account of a place, now changed, where the two races lived side by side.
    ©1994 CSA Telltapes Ltd. (P)1994 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

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    "Excellent Reader Andrew Sachs provides an assured account...The hostpitality of the local people, the quirky pace of life, and the beauty of the setting all come vividly to life." ( The Scotsman)

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    • Peggyo
    • 28/05/2013

    Interesting listening

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it covered a part of history I knew little about.

    What other book might you compare Bitter Lemons of Cyprus to and why?

    This book is not quite like a Year in Provence.

    What about Andrew Sachs’s performance did you like?

    Good reading voice

    Do you think Bitter Lemons of Cyprus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    All the interesting bits of information which would have made this listening more enjoyable was left out in this abridged edition. At least I believe it was since it seemed to skim over the time spent in Cyprus until the tensions broke into fighting. Even then, it did not really go into what happened after the author left and for those of us who are uninformed, it felt like some kind of conclusion to the situation was needed as far as this story was concerned.

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    • Ellen-A
    • 25/12/2018

    Wished for more

    Five stars for Durrell’s elegant writing and loving evocation of the beauty of Cyprus, the character and personalities of its Greek and Turkish residents, and his great pleasures during his three years living there (1953–1956). He leaves, sad and dismayed, as a result of the Greek rebellion against British rule.
    Four stars for the story, which was too short. I wanted more!
    Audio narrator perfect; he could not have been better.

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    • Rajeev A.
    • 19/04/2016

    Durrell & Sachs are Marvelous

    Durrell is one of the most under appreciated Writers of English prose in the twentieth century. This is a sweet place to start, if the Alexandria Quartet seems daunting. And Sachs' reading conveys the attentiveness, curiosity, and generosity of Durrell just exquisitely.

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    • Wild Horses Flying
    • 27/06/2021

    So abridged it wrecks it

    Lawrence Durrell is/was an excellent writer. This abridged version includes only the parts where the character is interacting with people. These are for sure entertaining and insightful windows into Greek culture and those times but there are long contemplative - meditative sections where the character is alone, just being in the uniquely harsh yet fecund nature of the land. The book is hollow and superficial without these parts -- completely misses the point of its writing -- the title, for heaven's sake!, is BITTER LEMONS -- a fruit of tangy pleasure with a bitter rind. Some years ago when I read this book from paper with my eyes it was a deeply satisfying immersion into nature and the eloquence of Durrell's rendering of the harsh beautiful climate of the Greek Islands, specifically, Cyprus. If I were Durell and alive I might sue whoever did this abridging of my book.

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    • Iso
    • 10/03/2019

    Autobiographical and Travel book

    I loved it. It is not easy to listen, but is an essential book if you want to know more about Cyprus or Cypriots.

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    • Bruce C. Mitchell
    • 17/03/2020

    The emergence of irreconcilable differences

    I did not know Durrell fancied himself a Tory. His understanding of the situation entailed both defense of the British Empire and more than empathy for the people: affection and appreciation tempered by imperial entertainment at the spectacle of their lives, followed by his own good intentions smashed by the dynamics of the world he sought to preserve.

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    • ines de vedia
    • 29/04/2020

    Excellent

    Es un libro maravilloso.
    Excelente escrito.Uno vive la historia como si estuviera en el lugar viviéndola.
    La narración es también excelente y llena de matices.
    Vale mucho la pena.
    Lo disfruté muchísimo.

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    • Ervin
    • 12/12/2011

    very good, but does not fully cover the book

    What did you love best about Bitter Lemons of Cyprus?

    besides the

    Which scene was your favorite?

    the story around (incl. the reconstruction of the house) the tree of idleness

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I have read the book earlier.

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    • Kelly
    • 28/04/2019

    Disappointed by the rampant racism.

    I picked up this audiobook because I was specifically looking for something set in Cyprus in which I could learn something about Cypriots... their culture, history and politics. Unfortunately this book is blatantly a view of Cyprus by a British man working there during the period of time when Cyprus was fighting for their autonomy from the Empire. At times it was racist, and it was almost always at least slightly negative about the native people of Cyprus.

    This quote (taken from the book British Cyprus by William Hepworth Dixon) is reprehensible and it wasn't the only place I saw prejudice.

    "What they are they were; and what they were they are - [Cypriots are] an indolent [νωχελικός] careless & mimetic people, but without a spark of Turkish fire, without a touch of Grecian taste. With neither beauty of body nor sense of beauty in mind, with neither personal restlessness[ανησυχία] nor pride of origin. They live on a limpid[διαυγές] state, like creatures of lower types clinging[που προσκολλούνται] to life. Holding on by simple animal tenacity [ζωικό πείσμα] through which have wrecked the nobler [ευγενέστερες] races of mankind.

    I will be looking for another book set in Cyprus.

    I would give this one star, but there were some beautiful descriptions of the place that kept me hoping for more.

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