Usually buying a new book about Crete we are wondering if the new purchase will be worth the price. Being on this island many times, actively conducting our website on certain issues, we have well-grounded views supported by our own experiences. For this reason, our requirements for books about Crete are probably higher than the requirements of the average reader. Unfortunately, not all publications about Crete that we have bought are worth recommending.
Was it then that Michał Obst Głombiowski's book Travel Charm met our expectations? Definitely yes. Her reading is like savoring a glass of well-known fine wine. Each subsequent page allowed us to rediscover many of the known flavors of Crete. Short chapters written in a very pictorial and beautiful language are full of apt observations that are served with the right dose of sense of humor. It is worth reading this book slowly, letting my words flow slowly. That's when the literary art of the author is appreciated. Images created by him appear in the head. You can even hear the clatter of a snail shell falling on the ground and see how Michalis skillfully creates the largest pitos.
"... they came for the whole winter and we do not know why; they say they're writing a book; do not go to coffee every day; they bypass village shops while shopping in Ierapetra; they came by their own car, and it was yellow; they ask strange questions and marry every day for the Old Bridge, maybe they are looking for tomatoes in our greenhouses; they do not look rich and they do not work; they buy bread every few days, what they eat; in the shop they mainly buy wine; they are quite nice and say "good morning" and order bread in Greek, but they do not understand anything more; Sometimes, however, they seem to understand something, so it's better to watch what is being said; And what's worse they are not from Holland "
What we think also deserves a lot of recognition is the way of collecting materials. In the flood of shallow books, blogs and travel channels, the approach of Michał Obsta Głombiowski arouses our respect. A six-year stay in Crete and visiting many places was an excellent basis for the creation of this book. It is thanks to this that it is full of real experiences and not another copy of other people's perceptions.
"Over fifty years ago, on the initiative of Ancela Keys," Seven Cuntries Study "was launched, to answer the question of how people living in Mediterranean countries almost do not have heart disease and live up to a hundred years."
According to the author's words, the pretext to write this book was to look for a contemporary reference to scientific research conducted by Ancel Keys. But does the way of life of the present Cretans and their diet keep mythical longevity? Finding the answer to this question does not turn out to be easy. The crumbs of life of the former inhabitants of Crete are concealed by an unidentified image created for the needs of mass tourism. For the purpose of this image, the diet of modern Cretans has also been simplified for tourists. Is the menu brought down to several flagship dishes described as the canon of Greek cuisine is its true image? And are fries added to most dishes actually Cretan and healthy?
This book is also a great way to get to know the unique image of Crete, where the pace of life decelerates after the end of the holiday season. This is the period in which, part of the inhabitants working in the tourism industry, returns to their "natural" activities. In the olive groves olives are harvested, which transform into one of the best olives in the world. In the vineyards are harvested vines, whose fruits are the basis for characteristic Cretan wines, and in the mountain villages is distilled crayfish.
It is worth adding that the book makes a rather inconspicuous impression, and its entry into the market was not preceded by any spectacular media promotion. It is a pity because in our opinion it is undoubtedly one of the most interesting books about Crete, which in recent years appeared in Polish bookshops. And do not let the average quality of paper and single-color printing fool you, it's only a clear signal that content is what constitutes the greatest value of the "Travel spell". It's a vain thing to look for big, colorful photographs of graphics sleeves.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to read the "Travel spell" then we strongly recommend you this item. With high probability we can also write that after reading this book you will want to return to Crete. Perhaps this time in this less known and less tourist part, which we strongly urge.
Anyone who is close to the topic of Greece certainly knows the name of Dionisios Sturis, who for a long time is trying to bring the problems of Ellada residents to the Poles. Many people associate him with the TOK FM radio, where he is a "duty" journalist dealing with the strike of Greece. Certainly not one radio listener wondered how it happened that the Greek speaks so beautifully in Polish and in general how he came to our country. "Bitter oranges" allow to unravel this puzzle and give you a chance to learn many interesting facts from the history of modern Greece. We, for our part, definitely recommend this book ... with the hope that in the future Dionisios Sturis will be tempted to write another equally interesting item.
Zorba 50 years later is in many respects a very thoughtful and extraordinary publication, which is very hard to qualify for a specific single category of books. Each time such an unambiguous declaration would be detrimental to the work of Tomasz Zaród. The handy format is definitely closer to the guide than to a typical photo album. On the other hand, the very way of presenting the content and velvet-like Arctic Volume Ivory paper means that you will still have the impression of being in contact with the album while holding this publication in your hands.
Escaping from the cold of northern Europe, two Czechs meet in a sleepy Loutro and take a peculiar journey into the history of one of them. This is how using the smallest possible number of words you can describe the content of the book Journey to the South. However, it will be a very dry and unjust description, which certainly will not encourage anyone to acquire this position. And in my humble opinion it is worth it. This is a book to which I will come back, and I will certainly be happy to travel to the south again in some time.