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Island Apart: Travels in Evia (Abacus travel)
Title:

Island Apart: Travels in Evia (Abacus travel)

Author:
Sara Wheeler
ISBN:
0349103461
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ePub book size:
1708 kb
PDF book size:
1541 kb
Other formats:
DJVU, CB7, AZF, PDF, iBOOKS
ISBN13
978-0349103464
Rating:
4.7 of 5
Votes:
391
Publisher:
Abacus (June 24, 1993)
Language:
English
Subcatergory:
Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
The seahorse-shaped island of Evia is the second largest in Greece - and most British visitors have never heard of it. Not so long ago the inhabitants were still walking to town to swap a goat for a pair of trousers, and the question of where a bus ends its journey is still largely contingent upon what takes the driver's fancy. Taking an idiosyncratic look at island life, this is an account of the author's five-month journey encompassing a goatherd's wedding with 250 revellers, Early Bronze Age excavations, sheep's heads in the sink, Coca-Cola and cold goat for breakfast, disastrous rendezvous with unlikely men, and theological persecution by Orthodox nuns bent on converting her. But it is a journey as much about time as place. The author's responsiveness to Evia's present is, on another level, a search for a way to preserve its rich history and rural traditions, as the island's fragile way of life is rendered increasingly precarious by Western culture.
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