Greek Walls: An Odyssey in Corfu by John Waller

Greek Walls: An Odyssey in Corfu

byJohn Waller

Kobo ebook | January 7, 2014

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In 1966, John Waller and his Danish wife visit the island of Corfu in Greece. In the days before charter flights and package tours, Corfu is 'heaven on earth'. Taken under the wing of George Manessis, a member of an influential local family, they explore an island, which has few proper roads and no development. In 1971 they buy a plot of land above undiscovered Agios Gordis on the west coast. The building of their own modest summerhouse parallels the construction of George's own large hotel. Both parties discover the sometimes high financial and emotional cost of possessing 'Greek Walls'.

From 1967-74, Greece was under the rule of the 'Colonels'. John's friends included a supporter of the junta, his engineer Petros Kardakis, a founder member of PASOK, the socialist party, and a communist. His commentary of the times is a valuable insight into a military dictatorship.

Greek Walls follows the development of the island as tourism brings wealth and work but also mixed construction. The beauty of the island, with its 3 million olive trees, spectacular views, incredible wild flowers in the Spring and secluded beaches, survives the summer invasion from the north. The individual Greek is still the friendly laid-back host to the visitors. The gem of the island is the World Heritage Site of Corfu Town.

John's battle with his neighbour, who pumps sewage on his land, almost drives him away from Corfu, but George's passion for weekend walks and long windsurfing expeditions strengthens his love for the island.

The Corfiot, the local English magazine, likened Greek Walls to Mayle's 'A Year in Provence' but adds: 'Not one, but 26 years in Corfu ... Often funny, always informative'.
Title:Greek Walls: An Odyssey in CorfuFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Yiannis BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1783013095

ISBN - 13:9781783013098

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