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Swimming to Ithaca by Simon Mawer

Swimming to Ithaca

by Simon Mawer

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Simon Mawer's work consists of great storytelling, great characters and a wonderful sense of location and time.
This story travels across several decades of the twentieth century and across Europe. A lovely book. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 1, 2014 |
another great read from Simon Mawer. A mother dies and her son comes across correspondence and photos which bring back memories of his early years in Cyprus where his father was stationed. Great read. ( )
  magentaflake | Dec 3, 2011 |
Following Dee Denham's death, her son Thomas tries to decipher her cryptic words that her illness is a punishment. The novel moves between Dee's life as a young married wife with the British forces in a Cyprus moving uneasily to independence and civil war, and Thomas' ungainly progress through life as a divorced academic, uneasily embarking on a new and complex relationship. Mawer moves between romance and intrigue, the difficulties of love mixed with class, race and age and takes the novel deftly to a resolution that surprises and satisfies.
  otterley | Dec 28, 2010 |
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This is a story of a family with a secret at its heart. Shortly before Dee dies, she tells her son, Thomas, that she thinks her death is a punishment. Thomas, whose own emotional life is complicated, tries to piece together his parents' lives in order to make sense of his mother's words.… (more)

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