I read this whilst travelling through Corsica however found this to be much than a well written account of the island and its history Dorothy Carrington was such an amazing character in her own right She makes her ourney and decisions with an abandon that
i love her for and i am in love her for and I am in at her ability and oy in grabbing every moment in her life and being un phased by things that would terrify me from missing busses hitching lifts with strangers
the only guest in run by mad peopleto dancing till dawn night after night with friends casually met on the way This book was my companion on a recent trip to Corsica and was everything I want from a travel guide that I can t get from a Google search eg on 10 best beaches near Calvi where to eat in Propriano etc and you don t need a book for that any Through history anecdotes and personal observations it gives a thorough context of the island and its people up to 1971 by a writer who spent decades living there from the mid 20th century Rather than read from start to finish I dipped in and out using the excellent index and so was able to read up on vendettas Napoleon British involvement prehistoric sites areas and towns we visited and Recommended If you want to go to Corsica read this book first I have lost count of the number of times I have read it and each time my knowledge of this fascinating elusive island is enriched Dorothy Carrington first visited Corsica shortly after World War II when the island was already experiencing changes that would transform its centuries old culture She was bewitched by the island and became a renowned authority on its history and culture living there for than 50 years until her death in 2002 The depth of her scholarship is breathtaking interspersed with her personal experiences of travelling around Corsica and I find myself constantly dipping into this book The writing is luminous witty acerbic but intensely empathetic with the people she meets Aspects are a little dated she belonged to a prewar aristocracy that no longer exists and she regarded certain aspects of Corsica from that viewpoint Nonetheless she got to the heart of an island that is a part of Europe but has always remained a place apart I am an unapologetic Corsica freak and am eternally grateful to Dorothy Carrington s work in assisting my own work Her personality rises from the pages of this book and I deeply regret that I never had the chance of meeting herBut oh Penguin why did you have to issue this book in such a small typeface It does not do ustice to Dorothy Carrington s fine writing It would be unfair to dock a star for it since it s hardly her fault But it does make this book difficult to read If I have persevered it s because I find her writing scholarship and love of Corsica so infectious It has done little for my eyesight. A vital element in Europe a highly individualistic island culture whose people have nurtured their love of freedom and political ustice as well as their pride hospitality and poetr. Thy Carrington first went to Corsica in 1948
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order to write book about the island Six years later she moved to Corsica and made it her This book came almost twenty years later so she had time for her to get to know her shit before this wasIn Order Write
published no outsider can really be a corsicanNo outsider can really be a Corsican if anyone came close it was probably her She got to do some things that hadn t really been done yetmuch like visit the megalithic site Filitosa it was partly because of her that archaeologists even went there and studied the statue menhirs The site wasn t handled as well as it should have statues were removed moved broken in some cases put back in what they think were the right places etc Still these megaliths predate the Easter Island statues or Stonehenge so the fact that they exist at all in any sort of placement on the island is incredibly impressiveThis is Carrington s magnum opus She loved the island She breathed the island It s evident on every page here and to a somewhat lesser degree in Dream Hunters of Corsica She makes me want to travel and write and immerse myself in a different culture to know their history and ultimately to become a part of their historyI m a couple weeks away from embarking on my third trip to Corsica and I couldn t be effing excited Though Carrington s book was published in 1971 I found a lot of similarities to things I saw heard or experienced in 2006 and again in 2008 I m excited to see if anything has changed in the last four years but imagine not there s not much interest in or eagerness to change much on the island The inhabitants are relatively happy with the way things are and those that are unhappy will move to the mainland anyway The island is a bit reclusive though people are hospitable if perhaps a bit wary of strangers In Bastia which is our home base when we visit we re practically royalty because everyone knows my boyfriend s grandmother or one or of her siblings and it s really all about who you know there It s truly a special place to visitReading this now ust makes me want to throw everything into a suitcase and ump on a plane These next few weeks will be difficult though I m glad I read this book in anticipation of our trip Gives me something to look forward to as if I needed anything and a few areas of history that will be worth talking to my boyfriend s grandmother about I ve already heard some of her stories but being a sucker for oral history I will never get sick of hearing of them Getting her to talk about some things however are rough as the memories are not pleasant to herI don t think one needs to have visited the island to have an appreciation of this book though having some experience does add a bit pizzazz to it This is exactly the sort of travel memoir I m interested in and this one will have a permanent place on our shelves. E was Granite Island much than a travel book grew out of years spent in Corsica and is an incomparably vivid and delightful portrait For the first time Corsica is brought to light as. .
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The ultimate travel book gripping and inspiring The author s travels through Corsica at the time were treacherous dangerous and exciting and what she reveals to the reader are extraordinary I bought this book in a bookstore during a visit to
Corsica The Mediterrean Mountain Island And Devouredthe Mediterrean mountain island and devoured For women readers I think you will find this book and the author inspiring and wonderful Male readers probably will also but women should not miss it This book was really bucking for a fifth star by being head and shoulders above the other English language books on Corsica Still the embarrassingly dated social theory that keeps popping up in the first half of the book and the deeply grating fact that she never says what year it is on any of her trips did impede my enjoymentuibbles notwithstanding this book has and better history and social insight both of the island and people as a whole and of particular villages and regions than any other source For as far back as I can remember I had wanted to visit Corsica though I m not uite sure why Probably the limit of what A very fine description of Corsican s music and tradition Like another reviewer I was a little disappointed with the lack of dates and times Would have been nice to know what was happening at a specific time I also felt that from time to time her aristocratic background came through in her relations with certain people and why no mention of her divorce at all Surely that had an influence on her passion for Corsica A very good read but does show its age I loved this book beautifully written to make even politics readable I knew very about Corsica when I started out Rally location and something about Napoleon Now I want to know about how it has changed since the sixties presumably they suffer the same issues as the rest of Europe Maybe not Have they retained their incredible sense of independence Loved it loved it loved it Slow going in some places the combination of travel ournal and historical commentary needed attention than the average light reading but all the better for that I wonderful book This is among the best travel books that I have read excellent writing with a great deal of color and expression a sense of the importance of history and culture a wonderful instinct for
finding and exploring the unusual be it cultural artistic or historic The book satisfies on every leveland exploring the unusual be it cultural artistic or historic The book satisfies on every level studious reader could use Carringtin s itinerary to build a modern itinerary and I think a comparison of her Corsuca to the Corsuca of today would be a spectacular read I started reading this book while in Corsica but left off when I left The area I saw was only the first 3 chapters To get a real feel for the book itself or even while reading this review take a listen sie to some Corsican chants It s like a Corsican bouillon cube for your earsDoro. 'Get away from here before you're completely bewitched and enslaved' Dorothy Carrington was told while sitting in a fisherman's cafe at the magically uiet midday hour But enslaved sh.