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A House in Corfu: A Family's Sojourn in Greece

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The story of an unspoiled island and an English family making a home by the Aegean Sea.

In the early 1960s Emma Tennant's parents, on a cruise, spotted a magical bay and decided to build a house there.

This book is the story of that house, Rovinia, set above the bay in Corfu where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of the couple who have been at Rovinia since the feast in the grove that followed the roof-raising-Maria, a miraculous cook and the presiding spirit of the house, and her husband, Thodoros-and of the inhabitants of the local village, high on the hill above the bay.

Tennant offers us the delights of quotidian adventures-salt water in the well, roads to nowhere, collapsing walls-all hilariously presented. That the house is still lived in and loved, with new generations coming to understand the delights of Corfu, is a tribute to the people and a special landscape which is distinctly Greek. Full of color and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the Tennants' arrival, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive, and sea.

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Celebrating the joy of belonging to a timeless world--the world of vine, olive, and sea--"A House in Corfu" is the story of an unspoiled island and an English family making a home by the Aegean sea. 12 illustrations. Map.

Synopsis:

This book is the story of Emma Tennant's parent's house, Rovinia, set above the bay in Corfu where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of people like Maria, a miraculous cook and the presiding spirit of the house, and her husband, Thodoros, and of the inhabitants of the local village, high on the hill above the bay.

Full of color and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the Tennants' arrival, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive, and sea.

About the Author

Emma Tennant's previous books include Sylvia and Ted (0-8050-6675-6), The Bad Sister, Two Women of London, Faustine, Strangers: A Family Romance, Burnt Diaries, and Pemberley, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805068979
Subtitle:
A Family's Sojourn in Greece
Author:
Tennant, Emma
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Corfu Island
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
107-122
Publication Date:
20020201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 5 bandw illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.51 in

Related Subjects

Travel » Travel Writing » Europe
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 256 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805068979 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Celebrating the joy of belonging to a timeless world--the world of vine, olive, and sea--"A House in Corfu" is the story of an unspoiled island and an English family making a home by the Aegean sea. 12 illustrations. Map.
"Synopsis" by ,
This book is the story of Emma Tennant's parent's house, Rovinia, set above the bay in Corfu where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of people like Maria, a miraculous cook and the presiding spirit of the house, and her husband, Thodoros, and of the inhabitants of the local village, high on the hill above the bay.

Full of color and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the Tennants' arrival, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive, and sea.

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