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Publisher's Summary

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.
(P)1994 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"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
  • Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • 05-28-13

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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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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  • Ervin
  • United States
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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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  • Sam Roebuck
  • 08-04-16

Abridged and then some

Having recently visited North Cyprus, I was very keen to better understand better the complex historical context behind th 1974 Turkish invasion. A number of locals recomended this book, and as an avid audiobook listener, was pleased to find it on Audible. I noticed it was abridged, but really felt there would still be sufficient content to get at least something out of it. I was so disappointed when the narrative reached its premature end just as the history was starting to unfurl. There was the context behind Mr Durrel's relocation to Cyprus, and hardly anything else. It is really a fairly pointless offering, when the unabridged version is not available on Audible.

For balance, I will say that what little was in there was told entertainly and fluently by the author, with the different characters, although clearly exaggerated for literary effect, being portraited intelligently and sensitively. Also, Andrew Sachs, as narrator, was very much a safe pair of hands, and lent Mr Durrel just the right voice . . . .

. . . . but, please! This version was very, very severley abridged.

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