"All good books have one thing in common; they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you've read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and then it belongs to you forever: the happiness and unhappiness, good and evil, ecstasy and sorrow, the food, wine, beds, people and the weather. If you can give that to your readers, then you're a writer. That's what I was trying to give them in For Whom the Bell Tolls."
— Ernest Hemingway (quoted in Papa Hemingway  by A. E. Hotchner)
Now I would say the old hem hit home with this one. It is certainly how I feel about some of Durrell's books, especially the island books. For me Corfu is Prospero's Cell  and when I went there in 1985 it was as the book said. That was the "dark crystal" through which I saw the island. So next year I hit Cyprus and Rhodes through the lenses of Bitter Lemons  and Reflections on a Marine Venus , then onto Sicily and Sicilian Carousel , book in hand. Then we fetch up in Provence with Caesar's Vast Ghost . I'll be taking pictures and writing stuff along the way. RW, see you on Milos?
an afternoon at Kelly's I think