Books: Adrift on a Wine-Dark Sea

PROSPERO'S CELL (142 pp.) AND REFLECTIONS ON A MARINE VENUS (198 pp.) —Lawrence Durrell—Dutton ($5).

Lawrence Durrell is an islomane. A friend of his coined the word for those who find islands irresistible, especially Aegean islands. In this publishing duet, the author of The Alexandria Quartet writes of two isles in the wine-dark sea.

Corfu (Prospero's Cell) and Rhodes (Reflections on a Marine Venus). First published in England in 1945 and 1952, the two short books confirm Durrell's superlative gifts as a travel writer. As with Hemingway, part of his strength lies in using scenery to intensify personal states of feeling. His credo...

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