By Brenda Chamberlain
A stunning and private account of the time spent via Brenda Chamberlain at the Greek Island of Ydra within the early 1960's. Sea and harbor, mountain and monastery, her friends and acquaintances 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 delivered to lifestyles. pleasure and woe are woven wonderful during this checklist: the satisfaction of a large number of clean stories thronging to the senses, the struggling with which she emerges with new realizing of herself and human lifestyles.
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Extra resources for A Rope of Vines: Journal From a Greek Island (Library of Wales)
She would be more surprised if she knew how many fish I have gutted in my life. A little later, the baker’s boy with a small donkey laden under panniers of fresh bread came by, and I chose a flat round loaf crusted with seeds. My favourite among these vendors is the old man who shelters from the sun. He is old and wrinkled and almost hidden by a straw hat, from under the brim of which his eyes glance up fearfully at the cruel sky. In my ignorance I had dreamed of a classical Greece, but in fact, this is already the East, another world than that of Western Europe.
To show off her pet, to make a circus-turn out of her dog’s pleasure in being released, she jumped up and down in the heatstricken yard. The more the dog disregarded her, the wilder became her cries and gestures. At last, bravo! he barked, and she was convulsed at his intelligence. She pushed me forward into the room that smelt of decay and despair, touched by the outside world of politics and war. Photographs and sacred pictures covered the walls. Here was her son killed in Egypt, there was a bridal group.
The shaly track twisted and turned between thistles and gorse. We passed a ruined house at the skirt of a wood. A peasant girl came striding out from among the trees, and I wondered whether I would ever have the courage to walk alone on these austere heights. Coming to the monasteri perched on the edge of a slope, we plunged down a steep flight of steps to an outer yard where the donkeyman, who had gone up the 7 mountain before us, was seated under the shelter of a tree. We shared with him the food we had, a cucumber, an apple, biscuits, and he went into the monasteri for a pitcher of water from the nuns’ well.