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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is Lawrence Durrell’s unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the 1950s Enosis movement for freedom of the island from British colonial rule. Winner of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, it is a document at once personal, poetic and subtly political – a masterly combination of travelogue, memoir and treatise.
‘He writes as an artist, as well as a poet; he remembers colour and landscape and the nuances of peasant conversation . . . Eschewing politics, it says more about them than all our leading articles . . . In describing a political tragedy it often has great poetic beauty.’ Kingsley Martin, New Statesman
‘Durrell possesses exceptional qualifications. He speaks Greek fluently; he has a wide knowledge of modern Greek history, politics and literature; he has lived in continental Greece and has spent many years in other Greek islands . . . His account of this calamity is revelatory, moving and restrained. It is written in the sensitive and muscular prose of which he is so consummate a master.’ Harold Nicolson, Observer
Initially my reaction as an Hellenophile is one of sadness and sorrow at the short sighted-ness of the British Government at the time.
I shall think on this review for a while 😔
I am at rather a loss as to where to start with this review. I finished the book, which was in my opinion, superbly written, very poignant and at times witty, with tears in my eyes. Why, well as i have said above, I have a great love of anything Greek, as I think did Lawrence Durrell, and so I found the stupidity of mainly the British Government, unbelievably sad in that it negatively affected so many lives over the next 3 years, 20 years, 40 years, and some would say even to today in Cyprus. The loss of life (as ever such a waste), the resigned fate of the Cypriots, both Greek and Turkish, was heart rending, as even the most peaceful and English loving of them, could see no solution.
Some reviews have suggested that Lawrence Durrell was a racist and a bigot, and looked down upon the Cypriot “peasants” who he professed to be friends with. I didn’t see that at all, I was given a picture of a man who sympathised with, who loved spending time with and wished he could have done more to help the Cypriot people who were his friends, whether peasant of bar tender, carpenter or government worker. I saw a man who didn’t discriminate between Greek or Turkish Cypriot, who would happily help or just “chew the fat” with either. I saw a man who ultimately understood how stupid his government was being and tried to do what he could to help but to no avail, the wheels of British Government policy ground forward slowly but inexorably without seeing people or communities, just an island that was in a useful position, economically and militarily, in the Mediterranean.
I am aware what happened to Cyprus after Lawrence Durrell returned briefly to the UK (before living out the rest of his life in France) but I shall never know what happened to some of the Cypriot characters who helped and befriended him in the few years he called Cyprus home, and that to me is also sad.
Whilst this all happened 5 years or so before I was even born, what happened to those characters was of interest to me, as I see some of their traits, behaviours, spirit, friendliness, and generosity in the Greek (mostly Cretan) people that I have the honour to call my friends today.
I read this many years ago and loved it. Rereading it has just confirmed how brilliant Lawrence Durrell is. If you want to hear all about Cyprus, well this is the book for you. All said and done!
But then I love all of his works…
This is the first Lawrence Durrell book I have read and he is certainly a superb writer. A description of his time spent in Cyprus during “Enosis”, Greek Cypriots demand for union with mainland Greece, this made fascinating reading. I had spent a week in Cyprus in 2000 and his description of the people and places had me recalling a pleasant week time.
For all my enjoyment of this very fine read I suspect that like another author I admire, Patrick Leigh Fermor, I may not be in agreement with a few of his views. He writes early that he was not going to make political observations. Well he did; “As a conservative, I fully understand, namely; ‘If you have an Empire, you just can’t give away bits of it as soon as asked.'” he states at one point. He is clearly a colonialist of the higher order and yes he loved the locals but to me there was a fair bit of paternalism that could be at times condescending. At one point wrote that he thought the locals were cowards! And then “I knew at once that the Empire was all right by the animation of three African dignitaries”. Good grief.
In the end though it is a very good read, at times wonderfully descriptive and very interesting. It has also made me realise that I should read some Cypriot history as I had decided to do many years back but never had.
About Bitter Lemons of Cyprus Author
Lawrence George 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. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose first novel, Monsieur (1974), won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and whose third novel, Constance (1982), was nominated for the Booker Prize. He also penned the celebrated travel memoir Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (1957), which won the Duff Cooper Prize. Durrell corresponded with author Henry Miller for forty-five years, and Miller influenced much of his early work, including a provocative and controversial novel, The Black Book (1938). Durrell died in France in 1990.
The time Lawrence spent with his family, mother Louisa, siblings Leslie, Margaret Durrell, and Gerald Durrell, on the island of Corfu were the subject of Gerald’s memoirs and have been filmed numerous times for TV.