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By Lawrence Durrell

A couple of lectures from one of many 20th century’s so much spell binding speakers
Lawrence Durrell used to be in his early twenties while, uninterested in the stiffness of London lifestyles, he took his relatives to reside in Corfu. Interwar Greece, whose difficult beds and mosquito swarms Durrell documented so tenderly in Prospero’s cellphone, was once not more. within the first of this pair of lectures, given in the course of a Seventies stopover at to California, Durrell remembers these days, conversing of kinfolk, poetry, and the enjoyment of the islands as no different author can. whilst warfare got here to the Mediterranean, Durrell was once swept into diplomatic carrier, an experience he recounts in his moment lecture. notwithstanding a diplomat of the fashionable international, he served below males whose adventure stretched again to the times prior to the phone, while ideas for crises needed to be devised by means of the ambassador, and never phoned in from London. those lectures on long-vanished worlds are a sublime demonstration of the evocative energy of Durrell’s unequalled storytelling.

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