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: 426
  • 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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    Falling for Icarus A Journey Among the Cretans Tauris 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. Falling For Icarus by Rory MacLean Falling For Icarus book Read reviews from the world s largest community for readers On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village, Rory MacL Falling For Icarus Rory MacLean Falling for Icarus is at once a meditation on love, a celebration of the passion for flight and a portrait of the Cretans These remarkable people including villagers Apostoli, a bat eared Greek god in a golden flying suit, dreamy, dying Aphrodite, Yioryio the irrepressible caf owner and Nikos the Winged Priest with his tall stories of life as an air steward became my friends. Falling for Icarus A Journey Among the Cretans MacLean Mar , Falling for Icarus A Journey Among the Cretans MacLean, Rory on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Falling for Icarus A Journey Among the Cretans Falling for Icarus Chapter and Verse Falling for Icarus He wasn t like the others His words brushed my mouth light as feathers, long slender fingers whispered over my skin I wasn t to know that he d up and fly, that he d lit himself a dream like a hot red flame I said to him, Haven t we got the sun here in our arms Falling for Icarus YouTube Provided to YouTube by The state Conspiracy Falling for Icarus Brona McVittie Isan Myles Cochran The Man in the Mountain Company of Corkbots R The Tragic Story of the Fall of Icarus GreekReporter Apr , Icarus has become better known as the flyer who fell from the sky when the wax that joined his wings was melted by the heat of the sun The legend of the mythological Icarus is closely related to a number of other narrations centered on Crete, the place where Dedalus worked as a craftsman and built a maze to keep the feared Minotaurunder control.

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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.

  • 557 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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