The Olive Route

The Olive Route

A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean

Book - 2006
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Publisher: London : Orion Books, 2006
Branch Call Number: 910.91822 D781or
Characteristics: 328 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 07, 2013

This book chronicles the first half (eastern portion; see The Olive Tree for western itinerary) of CD's journey round the Mediterranean basin in search of the historical roots of olive tree culture. It's a rather exhausting compendium of dense detail, akin to reading a stenographer's transcription of a traveler's freely associated visual observations 24/7. Nonetheless, the encounters with inhabitants along the way are quite enlightening as regards the feudal state of everyday life, wherein the powers that be profit by making sure peasants remain just that ... peasants. Unexpectedly, it was an off-topic return to a southern fishing village in Crete (Matala) to recaprture, more than 30 years later, an experience from Carol's bohemian summer of '72 that a truism of life forcefully manifests itself, a core aspect of our being. This I will let the reader identify and acknowledge. All in all, an edifying tome.

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