By Brenda Chamberlain
A gorgeous and private account of the time spent by means of Brenda Chamberlain at the Greek Island of Ydra within the early 1960's. Sea and harbor, mountain and monastery, her friends and associates are unforgettably pictured; those have been the truth outdoor herself whereas inside there has been a clash of emotion and warring wants that's additionally vividly dropped at lifestyles. pleasure and woe are woven high quality during this checklist: the satisfaction of a mess 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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A half-moon lit the wood where we lay on a level space between the trees, each of us rolled in a blanket. The pines were cut and cupped for turpentine, and the smell of resin was overpowering. The air was cool, not cold, and there were neither winged nor crawling insects. In the rocks of the mountain behind us, all night long there was a sound of sheep-bells from the flock that had been let out at dusk from the monasteri sheepfold where the farmer’s wife had filled our water-bottle. Below us, from the sea outside Mandraki, came the sound of engines from the night-fishers’ boats.
A snake, not seen but sensed, crossed our path, while in the air, on high and glittering wires, hung arachne-spinners. Centipedes. Lizards. No sign as yet of scorpions. Praying mantids. A pale green caterpillar with blue-jewelled back. A cicada trying out its voice for summer. A giant saffron-green lizard so startled that it leapt high into the air, overbalanced and landed upside down in a bush on the path below. In the small whitewashed one-woman monastery with a pencil-sharp cypress tree against a contorted rock and a nimble woman-servant tending a black goat under the 13 pencil-tree, lives this young and beautiful nun who was rich but who gave money and possessions to the church because she had had an unfortunate love affair.
They were freshly caught from the night-fishing. A fat fish with a small pale eye. A broken-handled knife is the only one in the house with any edge to it, so with 10 this I struggled, and found the fish to be more full of muddy slime and guts even than a pollack. While this operation was being performed on the lower terrace, cats appeared from behind the fig tree and the prickly pear. Varvara wandered into the garden with her goat and was shocked to find me gutting the fish myself, and surprised that I had done it correctly.
A Rope of Vines: Journal From a Greek Island (Library of Wales) by Brenda Chamberlain