Falling For Icarus

Falling For Icarus On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village Rory MacLean fell to earth His mother had died a few months earlier and a single obsession had risen from his grief the notion to build a feathe
  • Title: Falling For Icarus
  • Author: Rory MacLean
  • ISBN: 9780141015941
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Falling For Icarus
    On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village, Rory MacLean fell to earth His mother had died a few months earlier and a single obsession had risen from his grief the notion to build a feather light flying machine And so, on the island where Daedalus and Icarus had made man s maiden flight, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and wiOn a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village, Rory MacLean fell to earth His mother had died a few months earlier and a single obsession had risen from his grief the notion to build a feather light flying machine And so, on the island where Daedalus and Icarus had made man s maiden flight, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and with the help of his Cretan neighbors and plenty of wine built a plane and tried to fly.Falling for Icarus is at once a meditation on love, a celebration of the passion for flight, and a hilarious, vivid portrait of a village Its generous and exhilarating characters restore MacLean s faith in life Through them, he tells a soaring, moving story about how a dream can transform sadness.
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  • Rory MacLean

    Canadian Rory MacLean is one of Britain s most expressive and adventurous travel writers His twelve books include the UK top tens Stalin s Nose and Under the Dragon as well as Berlin Imagine a City, a book of the year and the most extraordinary work of history I ve ever read according to the Washington Post He has won awards from the Canada Council and Arts Council of England and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize His works according to the late John Fowles are among those that marvellously explain why literature still lives A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he divides his time between the UK, Berlin and Toronto.

  • 487 Comments

  • One of the worst books I ve ever had the misfortune to read It deserves minus points.The book is essentially the true story of a middle aged man who suffered a nervous breakdown due to the death of his mother.After his mother died this man got the insane idea to give up everything he had back home and move with his wife in tow over to Cyprus where he would build a flying machine and fly it I should point out he s not a qualified flight engineer or pilot I felt very sorry for his wife and just fe [...]


  • His bemused enjoyment of the eccentricity of Cretan village life and Cretans is what gives this book its particular warmth Everything is a drama, larger than life in a curious mixture of the practical and dreamlike Time is relative, wealth than money, emotion important than cold logic I had worried that in my novel Love, Freedom or Death , set on WW2 Crete that I d overdone the recklessness which I have to the extent that things move too quickly to allow for savouring the everyday details it w [...]


  • I loved the writing in places, but the portraits of the people in the Greek village were interesting to me than the building of an aeroplane I somehow never connected enough to feel strongly about his quest, particularly towards the end Another annoyance was that his wife remained pretty much a blank, even though she was at his side throughout the story It s clearly a very personal story to do with the death of his mother and yet he doesn t delve deeply enough into that part But beautiful writi [...]


  • A beautifully written book tracing one man s catharsis as he comes to terms with the loss of his mother by building a flying machine, assisted and occasionally hindered by the richly drawn characters from the village in which Rory and his wife spent those few months in Crete A Real story about real people, laced with humour and revelations about Cretan village life.



  • This is a FANTASTIC book I read it in preparation for going to Crete in a few weeks The lyrical, somewhat surreal prose is reminiscent of Umberto Eco I love the story and the physical and emotional journey of the narrator author I m not so sure how much of it was made up and how much of it was real, but, as the book states, that doesn t matter if the story is good.


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