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Falling for Icarus Rory MacLean

Falling for Icarus By Rory MacLean

Falling for Icarus by Rory MacLean


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Summary

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, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and built a plane and tried to fly.

Falling for Icarus Summary

Falling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans by Rory MacLean

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 mankind's maiden flight, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and - with the help of his Cretan neighbours 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 an hilarious, vivid portrait of a village. Its generous and exhilarating characters - Yioryio, the irrepressible cafe owner, dreamy, dying Aphrodite and divine Apostoli, would-be pilot and Greek god in a golden flying suit - restore MacLean's faith in life. Through them, he tells a soaring, moving story about how a dream can transform sadness.

Falling for Icarus Reviews

"Rory MacLean is one of the most strikingly original and talented travel writers of our generation." (Katie Hickman)"

About Rory MacLean

Rory MacLean is a writer, broadcaster, blogger and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His eight books, including UK best-sellers 'Stalin's Nose' and 'Under the Dragon', have challenged and invigorated travel writing, and - according to the late John Fowles - are among works that 'marvellously explain why literature still lives'. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize. He has written and presented over 50 BBC radio programmes and worked on movies with Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie. Born in Canada and resident for many years in Britain, Rory now divides his time between London and Berlin.

Additional information

GOR004150794
9781848859562
1848859562
Falling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans by Rory MacLean
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2011-10-30
352
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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