- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (1 August 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099422530
- ISBN-13: 978-0099422532
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A House In Corfu Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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"Tennant describes the spirit of enjoying another culture more gently, less aggressively than Mayle or even Mayes. She floats through it more dreamily, leaving an even greater desire for some other place."-Susan Salter Reynolds, "Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Exercise caution when reading this book-it's likely to induce a serious longing to hop on the next flight to Greece."-"Booklist" "A delightful memoir . . . [Tennant] eloquently renders the stark beauty of the landscape, the seductive, treacherous sea, the delicious cuisine."--"Publishers Weekly"
A delightful book in the tradition of Peter Mayle and Frances Mayes
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I liked it enough to buy this copy after having checked ...30 September 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
A unusual story...charming and very well written. I liked it enough to buy this copy after having checked it out of my library.
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A Botanical and Archeological View of Corfu8 February 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
I used to live on Corfu (and it's an island; therefore, it's "on" Corfu, not "in" Corfu!) and first stayed there about 2 years after the author first set foot on Corfu. I have been going back there ever since. This book is a terrible disappointment if one is looking for plot, character development, reader involvement, etc. However, it's wonderful if one is an architect, a civil engineer, and/or a horticulturist. This is the first book I have bought in a long time where I wanted my money back! I found myself skipping page after page after page, in sheer boredom. One can read about lovely flowers and sea only for so long. After that, it would be nice to know a little bit about the society, the politics, the people, etc., of which we get precious little in this book. A horrendous waste of time. And if I felt that way and know (and love!) the place well,...I can't imagine what a reader who has never been there would think. A great soporific. Please, don't waste your time.
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You won't miss anything if you don't read this1 June 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
I love travel books especially books that guide you through life in the Mediterranean - Greece, Italy, south of France. The last book I read on Greece was also my first introduction to the delights of armchair travels; the incomparable My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. At age 13, I wanted to move there immediately, never mind that both my parents were in the civil service in Singapore. Durrell's books became my yardstick for travel books ever since. And Tennant's, sorry to say, disappointed. It was boring, superficial and totally lacking in any insight into Corfoit customs, the people and island life. Not surprisingly as Tennant spent only a couple of months a year on that island while she made a life for herself and young family in London. She wrote as a tourist, not a Corfoit islander. However had she ghost-written a book with her parents who had moved to Rovinia to retire, I think it would have been a more interesting read. As it is, this paperback earns a "Read only if there's nothing left on your bookshelf" award.
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A not-so -great book on a Greek island3 October 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoy reading books on Greece so I buy a lot of them. This one was a disappointment. I have to agree with the reviewer (above) who says it is a waste of time. It is one of those books that lament the advent of mass tourism and infrastructure development, and I suppose these inevitable changes deserve lamenting in several senses, but other writers have done it so much better. Maybe the first and last chapters could be recommended but the rest is boring. None of the characters come alive and none of the real issues they face are made as clear as they should be. All the people (tourists and locals) seem to do is drive around looking at the mountains and eat... and they all eat too much.
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