I loved the book. I want to (among other things) applaud the author’s insistence to always use the (ancient or modern) Greek names of gods and heroes, instead of their latinate versions. And, then, she decides to make an exception with... Hecuba -- the sound of which is, to modern Greeks, like something emanating from deepest Africa. But Norris loves the sound so much that she... makes it no less than twenty times!
There couldn’t have been any other culmination of this book than the “meeting” of the author with Patrick Leigh Fermor. She knocks at the door of his house in Kardamyli:
"I had stood outside a closed door and felt frustrated: if you can’t open a door, it might as well not exist. But a door that opens, as this one now did, framing Elpida, is an invitation to a whole world that had previously been denied."
Elpida is Leigh Fermor’s housekeeper -- but, kind reader, please note that it is also the Greek word for Hope...
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Text Publishing (2 April 2019)
- ISBN-10: 1922268240
- ISBN-13: 978-1922268242
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.9 x 20.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
35,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #861 in Travel Writing Reference