The Isle of Khería
- Author: Cabot, Robert
- Binding: Clothbound, sewn, jacketed
- Pages: 320
- Size: 5 x 8
- Pub. Year: 2012
- ISBN: 978-0-929701-98-1
- In Stock: Yes
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Obsessed, crazed with sadness at the loss of his wife, Joel Brewster, now living a reclusive life on a farm commune in Canada, learns of the death of his oldest friend, Aidan Allard. Compelled to journey to the Greek island, Khería, from which Aidan swam off into a storm and drowned, Joel seeks to quell his doubts about their friendship: haunted by the possible motivations of Aidan's death, he yearns for release from grief and guilt by this pilgrimmage of atonement.
The Isle of Kheria traces their lives in Joel’s dream-world encounters with spirits from his past. Hovering above all is the taunting, inaccessible islet, Khímaera, Aidan’s destination when he drowned—a fateful monster of myth, a chimeric illusion.
The intertwined though often ambivalent lives of these two friends race through much of the twentieth century, from childhoods in England and New England to frontline soldiering in World War II; from living in Greece during its civil war to years in futile US government service; and ultimately into rebellion while seeking new lives in Italy, England, the US and Canada. Most poignant are their abject failures in their ability to love—until, in the end, finding its profound reward.
These are fateful, Odyssean stories, and their resolutions evolve from a despairing dream-world into a reality rediscovered. They are written in Cabot's unique prose style, which was acclaimed in his earlier novels, The Joshua Tree and That Sweetest WIne.
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"Robert Cabot’s masterful The Isle of Khería interrogates the past, that mysterious land, which always beckons in the distance. Can we ever really know it, or the people who come in and out of our lives? Is it only after we lose someone that we finally, perhaps too late, consider that person's character and story? Reminiscent of Fowles' The Magus, Davies' The Manticore, and Kazantzakis' Zorba, Cabot weaves narratives of Greece’s past and present with the gossamer threads of his prose. His descriptions of the natural world are spellbinding—the piping of the goatherd, the spittle bugs on the golden rod—and one of the joys of reading this book."
-- —Eric Utne, Founder, Utne Reader
A veteran of many of the campaigns of World War II, Robert Cabot received degrees from Harvard and Yale Law School, served for ten years with the Marshall Plan and foreign aid programs in Italy, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Washington, D.C., and resigned the foreign service in protest over...