Golden Island

Golden Island[BOOKS] ⚦ Golden Island Author Katherine Allfrey – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Published in Germany as Delphinensommer Translated from German Andrula shared a one room home with her widowed mother on the shore of Kalonysos, a small, distant island in the Aegean Sea One day, Andr Published in Germany as Delphinensommer Translated from German Andrula shared a one room home with her widowed mother on the shore of Kalonysos, a small, distant island in the Aegean Sea One day, Andrula wandered to a remote cove and sat hours by herself, gazing at the horizon There as though floating above the water and shining gold in the sunset was an island she d never seen before Nearby, a dolphin dove and leaped among the rocks In her loneliness, Andrula spoke to the dolphin, asking about this strange and beautiful islandThus began Andrula s joyous summer of new friendship and adventure, as day after day the dophin carried her across the sea to the island Hyria, where Nereids, fauns, even a centaur welcomed her to the free and happy life she craved Returning to her mother and their harsh existence was impossible for Andrula, until an unexpected visitor arrived on Kalonysos. This is the first book that comes to mind when I think of books of my childhood I always loved books about animals I can t think of a single one of my favourite childhood books that aren t about animals I also loved the setting in Greek The struggles of a poor, widowed mother in a village that doesn t think much of single mothers, and Andrula s ambiguity about this deeply touched me On the one hand, she saw how difficult it was for her mother, on the other hand, she wanted to be a carefree This is the first book that comes to mind when I think of books of my childhood I always loved books about animals I can t think of a single one of my favourite childhood books that aren t about animals I also loved the setting in Greek The struggles of a poor, widowed mother in a village that doesn t think much of single mothers, and Andrula s ambiguity about this deeply touched me On the one hand, she saw how difficult it was for her mother, on the other hand, she wanted to be a carefree girl I loved her curiosity, her drive for freedom, and her yearning The island where she eventually goes is, to this day, after almost fifty years, still the embodiment of magic in nature for me Having read that book enhanced my visit to Greece many years ago and will no doubt cast its beautiful light on my return there next year As a child, I always resented the Virgin Mary when she forbade the dolphin from taking Andrula to the magic island I always wished that Andrula could stay on the island forever instead of moving away with her new family.Now that I m older, I realize that if Andrula had stayed on the island, eventually she would have grown and changed, while everyone on the island stayed the same Either that, or she would have stopped growing and stayed a child forever, which would be even worse It still tears As a child, I always resented the Virgin Mary when she forbade the dolphin from taking Andrula to the magic island I always wished that Andrula could stay on the island forever instead of moving away with her new family.Now that I m older, I realize that if Andrula had stayed on the island, eventually she would have grown and changed, while everyone on the island stayed the same Either that, or she would have stopped growing and stayed a child forever, which would be even worse It still tears at my heart, though, when she has to give it up.The writing and storytelling were just as good as I remembered This is one truly magical book