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Granite IslandFor as far back as I can remember "i had wanted to visit corsica though i "had wanted to visit Corsica though I not uite sure why Probably the imit of what I knew about it aside from being an island in the Mediterranean was via the formidable reputation of the Corsican peopleAs the sinister national flag implies Corsicans have The Patriot Bride long been regarded 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 run 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 aittle bit of research Dorothy Carrington s Granite Island Portrait of Corsica unuestionably topped the ist of reuired readingThe author first visited the island in 1948 in a uest to see some mysterious Neolithic statues that she had earned 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 region 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 region Along the way she met and stayed with Corsican families Inventing the Future learning about theirives beliefs And Culture The Book Was Written In culture The book was written in but it is Understanding Women largely an account of that summer in 1948 with the additional benefit ofater visits that show the ways in which Corsica has changed and is still changing in the atter half of the 20th Century with the increase in tourism and the breakdown of traditional ifestylesAll in all Mrs Carrington paints a mesmerising picture of the vast natural beauty of the island and manages to get right 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 "
the vendetta system 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 Verdammt verliebt lived in fear of the mezzari Dream hunters and the Eye the belief that certain people possessed the ability to cast aook that would portend death for the victim And reverence was undiminished for the The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, legendary Bandits of Honour who had withiniving memory escaped certain death via the vendetta system by Inverloch Volume 4 living outside theaw in the wild hills and forests of the islandEven if Corsica is now a wealthier place The Good and Beautiful God largely tamed by trade tourism and mass popular culture the dark undertones and ancient traditions are still strong and the island retains the same unspoilt rugged beauty the population is still no than 330000 in 2018 much of it is unbridled wilderness You can still get utterlyost in the dense mauis wild forests and dramatic granite mountains With Dorothy Carrington as yo. '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. ,
Ur 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 ruled for 200 years and are argely responsible for the ook of many Corsican towns to the "german forces in wwii corsica was the first "forces in WWII Corsica was the first d partement to be iberated a source of endless pride amongst its people You will also The Horse in Celtic Culture learn aittle 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 religious 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 really bucking for a fifth star by being head and shoulders above the other English anguage books on Corsica Still the embarrassingly dated social theory that keeps popping up in the first half of the book and the deeply grating fact that she never says what year it is on any of her trips did impede my enjoymentuibbles notwithstanding this book has and better history and social insight both of the island and people as a whole and of particular villages and regions than any other source the ultimate travel book gripping and inspiring The author s travels through Corsica at the time were treacherous dangerous and exciting and what she reveals to the reader are extraordinary I bought this book in a bookstore during a visit to Corsica the Mediterrean mountain island and devoured it For women readers I think you will find this book and the author inspiring and wonderful Male readers probably will also but women should not miss it If you want to go to Corsica read this book first I have ost count of the number of times I have read it and each time my knowledge of this fascinating elusive island is enriched Dorothy Carrington first visited Corsica shortly after World War II when the island was already experiencing changes that would transform its centuries old culture She was bewitched by the island and became a renowned authority on its history and culture Every Boys Dream living there for than 50 years until her death in 2002 The depth of her scholarship is breathtaking interspersed with her personal experiences of travelling around Corsica and I find myself constantly dipping into this book The writing isuminous witty acerbic but intensely empathetic with the people she meets Aspects are a Starflight Zero little dated she belonged to a prewar aristocracy that noonger exists and she regarded certain aspects of Corsica from that viewpoint Nonetheless she got to the heart of an island that is a part of Europe but has always remained a place apart I am an unapologetic Corsica freak and am eternally grateful to Dorothy Carrington s work in assisting my own work Her personality rises from the pages of this book and I deeply regret that I never had the chance of meeting herBut oh Penguin why did you have to issue this book in such a small typeface It does not do justice to Dorothy Carrington s fine writing It would be unfair to dock a star for it since it s hardly her fault Bu. 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 ight as. .

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T it does make this book difficult to read If I have persevered it s Because I Find Her Writing I find her writing and ove of Corsica so infectious It has done ittle for "my eyesight This book was my companion on a recent trip to Corsica and was everything "eyesight This book was my companion on a recent trip to Corsica and was everything 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 iving there from the mid 20th century Rather than read from start to finish I dipped in and "out using the excellent index and so was "using the excellent index and so was to read up on vendettas Napoleon British involvement prehistoric sites areas and towns we visited and Recommended I read this whilst travelling through Corsica however found this to be much than a well written account of the island and its history Dorothy Carrington was such an amazing character in her own right She makes her journey and decisions with an abandon that I ove her for and I am in awe at her ability and joy in grabbing every moment in her ife and being un phased by things that would terrify me from missing busses hitching The Great Passage lifts with strangers being the only guest in hotels run by mad peopleto dancing till dawn night after night with friends casually met on the way To get a real feel for the book itself or even while reading this review take aisten sie to some Corsican chants It s The Beast House / After Midnight 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 yearsater she moved to Corsica and made it her home This book came almost twenty years Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) later so she had time for her to get to know her shit before this was published No outsider can really be a Corsican but if anyone came close it was probably her She got to do some things that hadn t really been done yetmuchike visit the megalithic site Filitosa it was partly because of her that archaeologi I wonderful book This is among the best travel books that I have read excellent writing with a great deal of color and expression a sense of the importance of history and culture a wonderful instinct for finding and exploring the unusual be it cultural artistic or historic The book satisfies on every I Walk in Dread level A studious reader could use Ioved this book beautifully written to make even politics readable I knew very about Corsica when I started out Rally The Life You Save 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 rest of Europe Maybe not Have they retained their incredible sense of independence Loved itoved it Tempting Meredith (Lovers and Friends, loved it Slow going in some places the combination of travel journal and historical commentary needed attention than the averageight reading but all the better for that A very fine description of Corsican s music and tradition Like another reviewer I was a Inside MacPaint little disappointed with theack of dates and times Would have been nice to know what was happening at a specific time I also felt that from time to time her aristocratic background came through in her relations with certain people and why no mention of her divorce at all Surely that had an influence on her passion for Corsica A very good read but does show its age. A vital element in Europe a highly individualistic island culture whose people have nurtured their ove of freedom and political justice as well as their pride hospitality and poetr. ,

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