I think you have the wrong book there, The one about the man obsessed with Icarus was called something like 'Flying with Icarus'
1 Some are purely factual, like the history and travel books mentioned.
2 Some tell a story. The story might be based on fact and may vary from sticking closely to real events to being mainly fiction set around some event.
3 Some appear to tell a story but really the story is just a contrivance on which to hang anecdotes about life in a foreign country.
I would put the Winds of Crete in the last category. The story is about someone who is obsessed with the legend of Icarus and wants to emulate him, apart from the ending, by building his own plane and flying it on Crete. Obviously that leads him into interactions with many locals and describing those is the real purpose of the book. As such the story is rather contrived and not very compelling and the interactions are similar to those we have all experienced. It fits into the same category as Peter Mayle's, "A Year in Provence" and sequels, Chris Stewart's, "Driving Over Lemons", set in Spain, Annie Hawes', "Extra Virgin" and sequel set in Italy and Stavros Allanopolis' "Step into the Mani with Stavros". All have a very weak story line and are really about social interactions and cultural differences.
Peter W wrote:...I couldn't agree more Warwick, except to say that I would not recommend anything which fell into category 2 and 3 and that you should perhaps have added a category 4 - Great works of literature under which I would include the Kazantzakis novel...
I never had the questionable pleasure of meeting the author but I remember feeling I''d like to smack him ....
margarita wrote:Oh, I do wish you had been with us the day that we met him, Clio.Clio wrote:I never had the questionable pleasure of meeting the author but I remember feeling I''d like to smack him ....
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