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Falling for Icarus: A Journey among the Cretans
by Rory MacLean
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"On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village surrounded by mountains, 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 man'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 a portrait of a village. Its characters - Yioryio, the irrepressible cafe owner; dreamy, dying Aphrodite and Apostoli, would-be pilot and Greek god in a golden flying suit - restore MacLean's faith in life. Through them, he tells a story about how a dream can transform sadness."--BOOK JACKET.
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