The Flight of Ikaros: Travels in Greece During a Civil War (Google eBoek)

Paul Dry Books, 1 mei 2010 - 262 pagina's
5 Recensies

 "One of the great and lasting books about Greece." —Patrick Leigh Fermor

In 1947, at the age of twenty-three, Kevin Andrews received a fellowship to study medieval fortresses in the Peloponnese. This opportunity to travel through areas little-frequented by foreigners—during and just after Greece's civil war, and before the advent of tourism, industrialization, or easy communications—brought him into immediate contact with village populations, shepherd clans, and the paramilitary vigilantes who kept their own kind of order in the provinces, as well as with the displaced peasants of the Athenian slums. His intense experience of Greek life and his embracing of the Greek people take shape in The Flight of Ikaros. Paul Dry Books is pleased to bring this modern travel classic back into print.

"Kevin Andrews experienced the dangers of the countryside during the civil war. The Flight of Ikaros, the book he produced from his travels, remains not only one of the greatest we have about postwar Greece—memorializing a village culture that has almost vanished—but also one of the most moving accounts I have ever read of people caught up in political turmoil. (It is richer than George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia because Andrews spent more time getting to know the people he wrote about.) Flight was first published in 1959 and last reprinted by Penguin in 1984. For too many years, this rare account has languished out of print." —Wall Street Journal

"An intense and compelling account of an educated, sensitive archeologist wandering the back country during the civil war. Half a century on, still one of the best books on Greece as it was before 'development.'" —Rough Guide to the Greek Islands

"He also is in love with the country . . . but he sees the other side of that dazzling medal or moon . . . If you want some truth about Greece, here it is." —Louis MacNeice in the Observer

"One of the best and most honest books about the modern Greeks." —E. R. Dodds


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LibraryThing Review

Gebruikersrecensie  - lxydis - LibraryThing

Even though it was written in the 50s, in the throes of the civil war, this is still one of the best and most insightful books about contemporary Greece, especially the culture of the countryside vs city and the travails of a developing country. Volledige recensie lezen

Review: The Flight of Ikaros: Travels in Greece During a Civil War

Gebruikersrecensie  - Chris - Goodreads

According to Dave Mason, the one book you should read if you want to understand modern Greece. I read about half of it before I left, though his descriptions (of the American School and places like ... Volledige recensie lezen

Geselecteerde pagina's


The Day of Returning
TaygetosThe Shadow
Lakonia 1948The Dark Rains
AthensThe Shortness of Hope
Unwritten Villages
Forest Shepherds of the IsthmusSpring
TaygetosSummer Lightning
The ShepherdsWinter
OlymposIkaros Rising
The Unharvested Sea

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Over de auteur (2010)

 Kevin Andrews (1924–1989) was a writer and archaelogist. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he attended Harvard University and then traveled to Greece on a Fulbright fellowship. In addition to The Flight of Ikaros, he wrote many other books about Greece, where he became a citizen in 1975.

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