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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 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

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Granite Island'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 remember 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 reputation of the Corsican peopleAs the sinister national flag implies Corsicans have 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 département 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 research Dorothy Carrington’s ‘Granite Island Portrait of Corsica’ unuestionably topped the list of reuired readingThe 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 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 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 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 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 reverence 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 place 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 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 ruled for 200 years and are largely responsible for the look of many Corsican towns to the German forces in WWII Corsica was the first French département 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 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

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kindle Ø Granite Island Ó Paperback ↠ johnscyclingdiary ✓ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Granite Island By Dorothy Carrington – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk '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 uE 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 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 level A studious reader could use Carringtin's itinerary to build a modern itinerary and I think a comparison of her Corsuca to the Corsuca of today would be a spectacular read I started reading this book while in Corsica but left off when I left The area I saw was only the first 3 chapters of the book Finishing it once I got home my desire to return is stronger than ever I hope yo be the person who recreates her itinerary