House in Corfu

House in Corfu

A Family's Sojourn in Greece

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Henry Holt : 2002
ISBN: 9780805068979
080506897X
Branch Call Number: 914.955 T255h
Characteristics: 207p illus

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

Inspired by a beloved home in Corfu built by the author’s parents as a summer retreat which then became their permanent home, this gem of a story shimmers with blue skies, seas, myth, cuisine and languid living.

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