(Granite Island Ú EBOOK) by Dorothy Carrington – dedelicate.com
(Granite Island Ú EBOOK) by Dorothy Carrington – dedelicate.com
To get a eal feel for the book itself or even while eading this eview take a listen sie to some Corsican chants It s like a Corsican bouillon cube for your earsDorothy Carrington first went to Corsica in 1948 in order to write a book about the island Six years later she moved to Corsica and made it her home This book came almost twenty years later so she had time for her to get to know her shit before this was published No outsider can eally be a Corsican but if anyone came close it was probably her She got to do some things that hadn t eally been done yetmuch like visit the megalithic site Filitosa it was partly because of her that archaeologists even went there and studied the statue menhirs The site wasn t handled as well as it should have statues were emoved moved broken in some cases put back in what they think were the ight places etc Still these megaliths predate the Easter Island statues or Stonehenge so the fact that they exist at all in any sort of placement on the island is incredibly impressiveThis is Carrington s magnum opus She loved the island She breathed the island It s evident on every page here and to a somewhat lesser degree in Dream Hunters of Corsica She makes me want to travel and write and immerse myself in a different culture to know their history and ultimately to become a part of their historyI m a couple weeks away from embarking on my third trip to Corsica and I couldn t be effing excited Though Carrington s book was published in 1971 I found a lot of similarities to things I saw heard or experienced in 2006 and again in 2008 I m excited to see if anything has changed in the last four years but imagine not there s not much interest in or eagerness to change much on the island The inhabitants are elatively happy with the way things are and those that are unhappy will move to the mainland anyway The island is a bit eclusive though people are hospitable if perhaps a bit wary of strangers In Bastia which is our home base when we visit we e practically oyalty because everyone knows my boyfriend s grandmother or one or of her siblings and it s eally all about who you know there It s truly a special place to visitReading this now just makes me want to throw everything into a suitcase and jump on a plane These next few weeks will be difficult though I m glad I ead this book in anticipation of our trip Gives me something to look forward to as if I needed anything and a few areas of history that will be worth talking to my boyfriend s grandmother about I ve already heard some of her stories but being a sucker for oral history I will never get sick of hearing of them Getting her to talk about some things however are ough as the memories are not pleasant to herI don t think one needs to have visited the island to have an appreciation of this book though having some experience does add a bit pizzazz to it This is exactly the sort of travel memoir I m interested in and this one will have a permanent place on our shelves. 'Get away from here before you're completely bewitched and enslaved' Dorothy Carrington was told while sitting in a fisherman's cafe at the magically uiet midday hour But enslaved sh.
For as far back as I can emember I had wanted to visit Corsica though I m not uite sure why Probably the limit of what I knew about it aside from being an island in the Mediterranean was via the formidable eputation of the Corsican peopleAs the sinister national flag implies Corsicans have long been egarded as the fiercest warriors in Europe Corsican nationalism is still occasionally manifested through violence aimed at the French authorities Visitors are told to be wary if venturing out into the interior of the island Organised crime in southern France notably Marseille is said to be un by the Corsican mafia and in the popular conscience vehicle number plates bearing the designation 2A or 2B these being the two French d partement numbers assigned to the island are a sign that you shouldn t mess around with the occupantsBut the sultry allure of Corsica is so strong that mainlanders flock to the island in summer French holidaymakers ueue for hours in their tens of thousands at the ferry terminals in Marseille and Nice Finally this year we decided to join them and visit Ajaccio the capital of the island about three uarters of the way down the west coast After a little bit of esearch Dorothy Carrington s Granite Island Portrait of Corsica unuestionably topped the list of euired eadingThe author first visited the island in 1948 in a uest to see some mysterious Neolithic statues that she had learned about near the coastal town of Propriano She ended up spending the entire summer of that year touring the island from Ajaccio across the Sartene egion and down to the south coast and Bonifacio She then ventured north along the west coast up to Bastia across to Calvi and then back to Ajaccio via Corte and the mountainous Niolo egion Along the way she met and stayed with Corsican families learning about their lives beliefs and culture The book was written in 1971 but it is largely an account of that summer in 1948 with the additional benefit of later visits that show the ways in which Corsica has changed and is still changing in the latter half of the 20th Century with the increase in tourism and the breakdown of traditional lifestylesAll in all Mrs Carrington paints a mesmerising picture of the vast natural beauty of the island and manages to get ight to the core of the Corsican people in a way that escapes any glossy tourist guide on the market Even in 1948 the vendetta system was waning dramatically but many Corsicans she met clung to century s old beliefs such as the concept of the extended family and the value of family honour Some villagers still lived in fear of the mezzari Dream hunters and the Eye the belief that certain people possessed the ability to cast a look that would portend death for the victim And everence was undiminished for the legendary Bandits of Honour who had within living memory escaped certain death via the vendetta system by living outside the law in the wild hills and forests of the islandEven if Corsica is now a wealthier. E was Granite Island much than a travel book grew out of years spent in Corsica and is an incomparably vivid and delightful portrait For the first time Corsica is brought to light as.
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Place largely tamed by trade tourism and mass popular culture the dark undertones and ancient traditions are still strong and the island etains the same unspoilt ugged beauty the population is still no than 330000 in 2018 much of it is unbridled wilderness You can still get utterly lost in the dense mauis wild forests and dramatic granite mountains With Dorothy Carrington as your guide it is worth knowing about all of this before you goThere is plenty of history contained within detailing the various occupations from the Barbarians of the middle ages to the Genoese who uled for 200 years and are largely esponsible for the look of many Corsican towns to the German forces in WWII Corsica was the first French d partement to be liberated a source of endless pride amongst its people You will also learn a little about some of Corsica s national heroes foremost amongst whom are Napolean Bonaparte and Pascal Paoli who has four towns in the USA named after him There is also a vivid eyewitness account of the U Catenacciu the sinister eligious procession featuring hooded penitents that takes place in the hill village of Sartene each EasterIf you enjoy knowing about the history and culture of your destination this book is the very best primer for your visit to Corsica and with the uality of its writing and insight absolutely worthy of Penguin Classic status This book was my companion on a ecent trip to Corsica and was everything I want from a travel guide that I can t get from a Google search eg on 10 best beaches near Calvi where to eat in Propriano etc and you don t need a book for that any Through history anecdotes and personal observations it gives a thorough context of the island and its people up to 1971 by a writer who spent decades living there from the mid 20th century Rather than ead from start to finish I dipped in and out using the excellent index and so was able to ead up on vendettas Napoleon British involvement prehistoric sites areas and towns we visited and Recommended I loved this book beautifully written to make even politics eadable I knew very about Corsica when I started out Rally location and something about Napoleon Now I want to know about how it has changed since the sixties presumably they suffer the same issues as the est of Europe Maybe not Have they etained their incredible sense of independence Loved it loved it loved it Slow going in some places the combination of travel journal and historical commentary needed attention than the average light eading but all the better for that the ultimate travel book gripping and inspiring The author s travels through Corsica at the time were treacherous dangerous and exciting and what she eveals to the eader are extraordinary I bought this book in a bookstore during a visit to Corsica the Mediterrean mountain island and devoured it For women eaders I think you will find this book and the author inspiring and wonderful Male eaders probably will also but women should not miss A vital element in Europe a highly individualistic island culture whose people have nurtured their love of freedom and political justice as well as their pride hospitality and poetr.
Frederica Dorothy Violet Carrington 6 June 1910 – 26 January 2002 was an expatriate British writer domiciled for over half her life in Corsica She was one of the twentieth century's leading scholars on the island's culture and history about which she wrote numerous books and articles