By Brenda Chamberlain
A gorgeous and private account of the time spent by way of Brenda Chamberlain at the Greek Island of Ydra within the early 1960's. Sea and harbor, mountain and monastery, her friends and pals are unforgettably pictured; those have been the truth open air herself whereas inside there has been a clash of emotion and warring wishes that is additionally vividly dropped at lifestyles. pleasure and woe are woven advantageous during this checklist: the satisfaction of a mess of clean reviews thronging to the senses, the struggling with which she emerges with new figuring out of herself and human lifestyles.
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One couple was unlike the run of 36 Ydriots, a tall man and his tall wife, singularly similar in face and figure, both iron-haired and noble-faced, smiling with serenity as they sat at a table drinking lemonade. On its arrival, the ship seemed to be already full, but the eager candle-bearers streamed endlessly aboard, shrieking and exhorting. In the crush, Popi was carried away from us, pale and petal-faced under a straw hat. Those left behind on the quayside backed into the footwide shadow cast by the tourist shops, raising their arms to the sky in complaint against the heat.
Gardenia Popi flits moth-like from flame to flame with cries of excitement to encourage the fires. Just now, a short way above the port, I came upon Zozo, the daughter of Evangelos Limmiotis, an old boatman, sitting on the wall of the Kala Pigadhia, resting with her shopping, a huge dark-green melon. She looked almost cross-eyed with passion for her sharp-featured young donkeyman. I met him near Loulou’s, and told him that Zozo was resting further up the street. His features became even sharper.
Would she, not God, tend to control a life so close-knit with hers? 5 Opposite my house, at the other side of the wells, lives an English family. They have two children, a boy and a little girl 15 of six with straight bleached hair. The children attached themselves to me, and we went for a walk together up the steps past the weavers’ house onto the mountain, looking for snakes and ruins. The boy is intimidated by the strangeness of this environment, but the girl is part of the tough context in which she finds herself.