Richard Clark, A Notebook of the Greek Islands

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Opening Richard Clark’s The Greek Islands – A Notebook, reading the first pages, a list with common Greek words that a tourist should know, descriptions of some food, etc, I thought this was going to be some sort of a tourist guide, and I felt disappointed, even more because I would have to criticize the author for this guide’s title as “A Notebook”. Perhaps this stuff should be put to the end of the book, because it tends to give an idea that has nothing to do with the “Notebook” that the book really is, starting from page 23 under the header

“Occasional journeys through Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and other islands,”

and the relieving remark that

“This book is not a travel guide. It is more a notebook recounting experiences I have had in a country that I have loved for more than half a lifetime. …

“If my recollections seem random, it is my hope that they contain an element of surprise, like a walk around the streets of a Cretan mountain village that reveals something new at every turn. They are snapshots taken from the time I lived in Crete and the innumerable visits I have since made to the islands. It is an attempt to capture that feeling of serendipity that the Greek islands engender when you embark upon any voyage of discovery there. ”

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