Saturday, August 09, 2014

Hav by Jan Morris















I have just finished reading Hav by Jan Morris.

It is a work of fiction, but so realistic in style that it is completely convincing as a travelogue.

The peninsula of Hav is a combination of every left-over society you can think of - Hong Kong, Cyprus, Lebanon, Smyrna, Crimea, Aden.

The planned city of New Hav resembles Portmerion.

"...they had been oppressed for so long that they had lost their national characteristics and become subdued and inhibited."

"...our real quarrel with our rulers is part aesthetic, part ideological, part doctrinal, part liturgical."

"...age creeps up on all of us.  Prosperity too."

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