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BRIGHT DAFFODIL YELLOW

October 20, 2014

BRIGHT DAFFODIL YELLOW

FiVE STAR REVIEW by Robert Egby: Bright Daffodil Yellow opens with aging former airline pilot Gerald Duncan posing as a Greek Cypriot innkeeper named Stephanos in the delightful romantic harbor town of Kyrenia of the early 1970s. Colonial Cyprus has long gone and the Turkish forces have not yet arrived while Gerald is lusting after a young English girl named Maeve. From the very start the reader knows Duncan is in trouble, pursued by relatives of former loves and indeed a marriage. As the Turks invade, Duncan flees the Island and in the turmoil adopts another identity in England. One feels like laughing at this hopeless creature as he earnestly seeks the freedom of obscurity only to survive an Underground railway disaster and be thrust into the exposing spotlight of national television. Duncan’s great ambition is be a loving parent for the two sons he fathered by two different women — and stay free. It’s a wonderful but fascinating and taunting story, well written and seemingly reminiscent of Lawrence Durrell who also lived on Cyprus in another age, frequented Kyrenia (Bitter Lemons) and wrote of the loves and agonies of men and women in The Alexandria Quartet. The author’s knowledge of Cyprus and the English Lake District is highly evident, plus she has the ability to portray characters with deep meaningful words. This along with the peculiar, unpredictable and pathetic exploits of a freedom seeker keeps one turning the pages to discover this Romeo’s fate. Incidentally, his encounter with a Harley Street plastic surgeon is classic. A truly delightful saga.

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