Falling for Icarus

Falling for Icarus

A Journey Among the Cretans

eBook - 2012
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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 café 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.

Publisher: London : Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2012
Edition: New pbk ed
ISBN: 9780857720764
0857720767
1848859562
9781848859562
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 337 pages) : illustrations, map

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