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While Gerald is the Durrell who will always have my heart, Wednesday was spent in literary pilgrimage to Lawrence; swimming in his footprints at the inspiration for Prospero's Cell, and watching the White House of Kalami with my mind full of Henry Miller 
#corfu #durrelliana #lawrencedurrell #prosperoscell #StArseniusShrine #literarypilgrimage #kalami
Born in colonial India in the foothills of the Himalayas but sent to boarding school in England, Lawrence Durrell hated the buttoned-up lifestyle of the north. When his father died he saw an opportunity to escape.

Somehow, by some incredible art of persuasion, he convinced his mother to pack up their entire family—four children, of whom he was the eldest—and move them all to the Greek island of Corfu.

They lived a crazy island life with eccentric locals and writers dropping by—people like Freya Stark and Henry Miller—and during all those years Durrell plugged away in a little stone house on the side of a mountain and taught himself to write.

Prospero’s Cell is the story of those years.

When you’ve finished this, read Reflections on a Marine Venus and Bitter Lemons, Durrell’s other island books.

And then read everything else he’s written. Everything.

Durrell wrote about the spirit of place, and how everyone has a personal landscape, a landscape that resonates with them on some deep tuning fork level. That’s where your thoughts are most lucid, and for a writer, it’s where you do your best work.

Reading these three books inspired me to drop everything in 2011 and move to the Mediterranean, to a country I'd never been to.

For several years I led a secluded life in small villages on the island of Malta.

It was my attempt to bring Lawrence Durrell’s vision to reality in my life. This story is told in my next book.

It didn't go the way I expected, or the way I had hoped. But that's the curious thing about an island. It can isolate you, and turn you into something else.

#ryanmurdock #roadwisdom #durrell #lawrencedurrell #prosperoscell #corfu #reflectionsonamarinevenus #rhodes #bitterlemons #cyprus #spiritofplace #thedurrells #greece #mediterraneanlife #mediterraneanlifestyle 
#islomania #travellit #travelwriting #travelliterature #travelreads #armchairtraveller #bookish #bookstagram #amreading #goodreads #bookworm #alwaysreading #lovetoread
Born in colonial India in the foothills of the Himalayas but sent to boarding school in England, Lawrence Durrell hated the buttoned-up lifestyle of the north. When his father died he saw an opportunity to escape. Somehow, by some incredible art of persuasion, he convinced his mother to pack up their entire family—four children, of whom he was the eldest—and move them all to the Greek island of Corfu. They lived a crazy island life with eccentric locals and writers dropping by—people like Freya Stark and Henry Miller—and during all those years Durrell plugged away in a little stone house on the side of a mountain and taught himself to write. Prospero’s Cell is the story of those years. When you’ve finished this, read Reflections on a Marine Venus and Bitter Lemons, Durrell’s other island books. And then read everything else he’s written. Everything. Durrell wrote about the spirit of place, and how everyone has a personal landscape, a landscape that resonates with them on some deep tuning fork level. That’s where your thoughts are most lucid, and for a writer, it’s where you do your best work. Reading these three books inspired me to drop everything in 2011 and move to the Mediterranean, to a country I'd never been to. For several years I led a secluded life in small villages on the island of Malta. It was my attempt to bring Lawrence Durrell’s vision to reality in my life. This story is told in my next book. It didn't go the way I expected, or the way I had hoped. But that's the curious thing about an island. It can isolate you, and turn you into something else. #ryanmurdock  #roadwisdom  #durrell  #lawrencedurrell  #prosperoscell  #corfu  #reflectionsonamarinevenus  #rhodes  #bitterlemons  #cyprus  #spiritofplace  #thedurrells  #greece  #mediterraneanlife  #mediterraneanlifestyle  #islomania  #travellit  #travelwriting  #travelliterature  #travelreads  #armchairtraveller  #bookish  #bookstagram  #amreading  #goodreads  #bookworm  #alwaysreading  #lovetoread 
On a calm day I kayaked a couple of kms round to Prospero's Cell, a tiny chapel perched on the rocks near Agni Bay. #corfu #seakayaking
#agnibay #nissaki #sevylorkayak #sevylorreef
#thedurrells #prosperoscell #travelphotography #theglobalnomad
#photooftheday #greece #greekislands
Also featured in Episode 1 of "The Durrells" tv series!
Sitting still finally... staying at the Lawrence Durrell White House in Kalami for one more night.  Babs-style literary nerd-fest. #prosperoscell #durrellania #corfu #stressfree #nature
Making me want to go and live on an island. #prosperoscell #lawrencedurell #bookstagram #booksofinstagram
"A White House set like a dice on a rock already venerable with the scars of wind and water. The hill runs clear up into the sky behind it, so that the cypresses and olives overhang this room in which I sit and write"#laurencedurrell #prosperoscell #kalamibeach #cypresstrees #greenandblue #whitehouse
Prospero's Cell is Lawrence Durrell's small masterpiece. It purports to be a notebook from his days living in Corfu with his first wife, Nancy, though it was crafted years later in wartime Egypt. The photo on the cover of Ian MacNiven's biography shows the young writer on Corfiot rocks.
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I can't improve on what Freya Stark admired in Prospero's Cell: 'There is evoked what is rarely transmitted in any generation and almost never in our own -- an atmosphere of happiness as radiant and all-embracing as the Ionian air. It is not described, but grown inevitably out of the "little eternities" of the island life and the untroubled charm of characters detached from any fictional demand for drama. Corfu is the island. An unclouded summer season was spent there before World War II, and the episode is lifted by the brilliant craftsmanship into the realm of art.'
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The glory is in the lyrical detail, where observations hover between a list in a notebook and poetry: "The bowl of wild roses. The English knives and forks. Greek cigarettes. The battered and sea-stained notebook in which I rough out my poems. The rope and oar lying under the tree. The spilth of the olive press which will be gathered for fuel. The pile of rough stone for the building of a garden wall. A bucket and an axe. The peasant crossing the orchard in her white headdress. the restless cough of the goat in the barn. All these take shape and substance round this little yellow cone of flame in which N. Is cutting the cheese and washing the grapes. A single candle burning upon a table between our happy selves."
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#bookstagramfeature #thedurrells #prosperoscell #lawrencedurrell #corfu #greece #wanderlust #travelreads #igreads #lovereading #instabook
Prospero's Cell is Lawrence Durrell's small masterpiece. It purports to be a notebook from his days living in Corfu with his first wife, Nancy, though it was crafted years later in wartime Egypt. The photo on the cover of Ian MacNiven's biography shows the young writer on Corfiot rocks. . I can't improve on what Freya Stark admired in Prospero's Cell: 'There is evoked what is rarely transmitted in any generation and almost never in our own -- an atmosphere of happiness as radiant and all-embracing as the Ionian air. It is not described, but grown inevitably out of the "little eternities" of the island life and the untroubled charm of characters detached from any fictional demand for drama. Corfu is the island. An unclouded summer season was spent there before World War II, and the episode is lifted by the brilliant craftsmanship into the realm of art.' . The glory is in the lyrical detail, where observations hover between a list in a notebook and poetry: "The bowl of wild roses. The English knives and forks. Greek cigarettes. The battered and sea-stained notebook in which I rough out my poems. The rope and oar lying under the tree. The spilth of the olive press which will be gathered for fuel. The pile of rough stone for the building of a garden wall. A bucket and an axe. The peasant crossing the orchard in her white headdress. the restless cough of the goat in the barn. All these take shape and substance round this little yellow cone of flame in which N. Is cutting the cheese and washing the grapes. A single candle burning upon a table between our happy selves." . #bookstagramfeature  #thedurrells  #prosperoscell  #lawrencedurrell  #corfu  #greece  #wanderlust  #travelreads  #igreads  #lovereading  #instabook 
The shrine of St Arsenius, near Agni, Corfu. The deep narrow pool below the fishermen's shrine was where Nancy Durrell famously dived for cherries, and Lawrence wrote his breakthrough novel, The Black Book, inspired by his new friend Henry Miller. Years later, he recalled the time in beautiful lyric prose in Prospero's Cell. (See previous post for background.)
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#bookish #thedurrells #lawrencedurrell #alwaysreading #corfu #greece #wanderlust #travelblogger #travelreading #cypress #shrine #biography #igreads #thefinchbook #bookclub #bookworm #bibliophile #sea #instabook #bookstagram #alwaysreading #goodreads #prosperoscell #myfamilyandotheranimals #bookstagramfeature
The shrine of St Arsenius, near Agni, Corfu. The deep narrow pool below the fishermen's shrine was where Nancy Durrell famously dived for cherries, and Lawrence wrote his breakthrough novel, The Black Book, inspired by his new friend Henry Miller. Years later, he recalled the time in beautiful lyric prose in Prospero's Cell. (See previous post for background.) . #bookish  #thedurrells  #lawrencedurrell  #alwaysreading  #corfu  #greece  #wanderlust  #travelblogger  #travelreading  #cypress  #shrine  #biography  #igreads  #thefinchbook  #bookclub  #bookworm  #bibliophile  #sea  #instabook  #bookstagram  #alwaysreading  #goodreads  #prosperoscell  #myfamilyandotheranimals  #bookstagramfeature 
A great article in the @irish_examiner about #Corfu 
It describes Corfu as 'A gem of tranquility all year round' 😍 #GreeceForAllSeasons
#KittyKittyJonesCorfu 📌 #KittyKittyJonesGreece 🇬🇷
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/travel/greeces-corfu-island-is-postcard-perfect-440164.html

They mention the 13th century #Village of #OldPeritheia
Here is a #ThrowBack of me reading my favourite #Book in #OldPeritheia 🏝#AbandonedVillage #KerkyraMou ⛱ #ProsperosCell by L. #Durrell
A great article in the @irish_examiner about #Corfu  It describes Corfu as 'A gem of tranquility all year round' 😍 #GreeceForAllSeasons  #KittyKittyJonesCorfu  📌 #KittyKittyJonesGreece  🇬🇷 http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/travel/greeces-corfu-island-is-postcard-perfect-440164.html They mention the 13th century #Village  of #OldPeritheia  Here is a #ThrowBack  of me reading my favourite #Book  in #OldPeritheia  🏝#AbandonedVillage  #KerkyraMou  ⛱ #ProsperosCell  by L. #Durrell 
Next time you're on the island, come and check out Prospero's Cell!
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Come enter #ProsperosCell (yep, we know, the sign is ironic 😂). #thetempest #rsctempest #intel @intel #prosperosislandProspero's Cell and #ConductTheStorm. #thetempest #rsctempest #intel @intel #prosperosisland
Step inside #Prospero's mind in our new installation #ProsperosCell - in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Paccar Room (Level 2). #RSCTempest #thetempest #exhibition #rsc #theatre #flyingobject
Come enter #ProsperosCell (yep, we know, the sign is ironic 😂). We've taken you on a tour of our new installations - Prospero's Cell and #ConductTheStorm. See our Stories for more 👍🏻 #thetempest #rsctempest #intel @intel #prosperosisland
Koyun sonunda sagdaki beyaz ev, İngiliz yazar Lawrence Durrell'in 1930 larda Kalami de yaşadığı ev. Yazar, 'Prospero's Cell' adlı kitabında, İngiltere den, Korfu ya gelişini ve buradaki hayatını anlatıyor ....
Koyun sonunda sagdaki beyaz ev, İngiliz yazar Lawrence Durrell'in 1930 larda Kalami de yaşadığı ev. Yazar, 'Prospero's Cell' adlı kitabında, İngiltere den, Korfu ya gelişini ve buradaki hayatını anlatıyor ....
Post cliff jump WOOOOOOO 😎😎😎 #prosperoscell #corfu
"Then as the candle draws breath and steadies everything hardens slowly back into an image of a world in water, so that Theodore can point into the water at our feet and show us the Pleiades burning." #lawrencedurrell #prosperoscell (1945) #kalami #corfu #kerkIra #kerkyra #ig_greece #greecetagram #durrellhouse #thewhitehousekalami #ionian #ioniansea #instagreece
"All morning we lie under the shrine of St. Arsenius, dropping cherries into the pool - clear down where they loom like drops of blood. Nancy has been going in for them like an otter and bringing them up in her lips." #lawrencedurrell #prosperoscell (1945) #kalami #corfu #kerkira #kerkyra #greece #greecetagram #ig_greece #ionian #ioniansea #instagreece
My daughter made this little boat out of a wood chip she found in a neighbor's yard. We took it home and stepped a mast. She cut a blue sail. Would have made my late friend Bob Tiedemann proud.
#maker #miniature #woodenboats #kidart #art #vision #imagine #dream #gleam #northernlight 
#prosperoscell #durrell #seascopenewport #sea  #captainbob #tiedemann #inspiration #ocean #sailboat #sloop #sailing #kidsplay #craft #sail  #design  #swallowsandamazons #sailing #maker #sailboat #childsimagination #nautical #shipsahoy
My daughter made this little boat out of a wood chip she found in a neighbor's yard. We took it home and stepped a mast. She cut a blue sail. Would have made my late friend Bob Tiedemann proud. #maker  #miniature  #woodenboats  #kidart  #art  #vision  #imagine  #dream  #gleam  #northernlight  #prosperoscell  #durrell  #seascopenewport  #sea  #captainbob  #tiedemann  #inspiration  #ocean  #sailboat  #sloop  #sailing  #kidsplay  #craft  #sail  #design  #swallowsandamazons  #sailing  #maker  #sailboat  #childsimagination  #nautical  #shipsahoy 
Olive grove above the sea between Kalami and Agni, the nets to catch the olives at harvest time wound around the trunks like sea snakes. #lawrencedurrell #corfu #greece #olivegrove #ionian #thewritinglife #prosperoscell #behindthebook #booksettings #wanderlust #travelblogger
A tiny glimpse into my serious Lawrence Durrell obsession. @bookreveries @booksnature the snaps were taken one late October in Kalami and Agni when I stayed at The White House. Hardly anyone around so there was more of a 1930s atmosphere and went on a fabulous book trail looking for Durrell's deus loci on Corfu. #lawrencedurrell #prosperoscell #bibliophile #booksetting #behindthebook #bookish #bookstagramfeature #bookclubcollective #igreads #amreading #oldedition #bookclub #underratedbookclub #corfu #greece #booksaboutgreece #kalami #agni #wanderlust #travelblogger
A tiny glimpse into my serious Lawrence Durrell obsession. @bookreveries @booksnature the snaps were taken one late October in Kalami and Agni when I stayed at The White House. Hardly anyone around so there was more of a 1930s atmosphere and went on a fabulous book trail looking for Durrell's deus loci on Corfu. #lawrencedurrell  #prosperoscell  #bibliophile  #booksetting  #behindthebook  #bookish  #bookstagramfeature  #bookclubcollective  #igreads  #amreading  #oldedition  #bookclub  #underratedbookclub  #corfu  #greece  #booksaboutgreece  #kalami  #agni  #wanderlust  #travelblogger 
Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu, the blue really begins 🌊 #prosperoscell #lawrencedurrell
I know it's not Monday or anything, but I really love this.
I know it's not Monday or anything, but I really love this.
#LawrenceDurrell immortalized my #birthday 76 years ago. #Lucky me :-) #ProsperosCell #literature #books