Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

  • by Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by Andrew Sachs
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lawrence Durrell's evocative memoir of living in Cyprus, just before the Greek/Turkish partition. This is a touching and atmospheric account of a place, now changed, where the two races lived side by side.

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What the Critics Say

"Excellent Reader Andrew Sachs provides an assured account...The hostpitality of the local people, the quirky pace of life, and the beauty of the setting all come vividly to life." (The Scotsman)

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Interesting listening

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it covered a part of history I knew little about.


What other book might you compare Bitter Lemons of Cyprus to and why?

This book is not quite like a Year in Provence.


What about Andrew Sachs’s performance did you like?

Good reading voice


Do you think Bitter Lemons of Cyprus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

All the interesting bits of information which would have made this listening more enjoyable was left out in this abridged edition. At least I believe it was since it seemed to skim over the time spent in Cyprus until the tensions broke into fighting. Even then, it did not really go into what happened after the author left and for those of us who are uninformed, it felt like some kind of conclusion to the situation was needed as far as this story was concerned.


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- Peggyo

Durrell & Sachs are Marvelous

Durrell is one of the most under appreciated Writers of English prose in the twentieth century. This is a sweet place to start, if the Alexandria Quartet seems daunting. And Sachs' reading conveys the attentiveness, curiosity, and generosity of Durrell just exquisitely.
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- Rajeev A.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2007
  • Publisher: CSA Word