The Cretan - Elisabeth AyrtonLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Personal book plate to the pastedown. Pages lightly age-tanned. Leans slightly.
From the cover: “Arkas the Cretan is a man between two worlds. As a boy he worked on the site of Minoan Knossos with Sir Arthur Evans. During the war his eardrums were burst by an explosion, and he is stone deaf. Doubly crippled, by his physical disability and his patchwork education, he is no longer a peasant, yet cannot be anything else. Guilt-ridden and revengeful, he engages in the illicit digging of archaeological treasure-trove — and in doing so courts dramatic disaster.
Mrs Ayrton has written a rich, exciting and superbly original novel. The harsh yet romantic background of Crete — its mountains and olive-trees, its burning contrasts of light and shade — makes a memorable setting for her story. At one level The Cretan is a fast-moving narrative of suspense and adventure; at another, a portrait in depth of a most complex, spiky, yet sympathetic hero. In a Minoan tomb or pursued by his enemies through the Cretan hills, Arkas dominates this novel. He is an unforgettable character, as are the donkey, Pasiphae, Koryne, the ‘Crow Girl’, and the child, Spiro.”
Jacket designed by Michael Ayrton. Size: 8" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages.