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  • 05/2012
  • 9780929701981
  • 314 pages
  • $25.00
The Isle of Kheria
Robert Cabot, author
Winner: 2013 Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) Silver Medal for Literary Fiction The Isle of Kheria might be read as an elegy to the 20th century, or as a paean to the confusions of youth and its aftermath. But, more directly, this novel is the portrayal of a conflicted and unresolved forty-year friendship between two men deeply wounded by the circumstances of their lives. Still grief-stricken over his wife's recent death, Joel Brewster leaves his Canadian farm when he learns of the death of his best friend, Aidan Allard. In what may have been suicide, Aidan drowned while swimming off the coast of Khería, an island in the Agean. Filled with dread, Joel journeys to Kheria, seeking answers to Aidan's death, while confronting longstanding feelings of guilt. The lives of these men make for compelling stories, spanning much of the twentieth century and beginning with childhoods in England and New England; then frontline soldiering in World War II; exile to Greece at the time of its civil war; and with subsequent rebellion and searching for alternatives in Italy, England, the US and Canada; as well as throughout their attempts at love with women, and with each other. Far off Kheria's rocky coast, looming over all, is the foreboding presence of Khímaera, an mythic islet, an illusory goal. The Isle of Khería is written in a haunting, poetic prose, a unique style acclaimed in Cabot's earlier novels, The Joshua Tree and That Sweetest Wine.
Reviews
Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader

Robert Cabot's masterful The Isle of Kheria 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 fi nally, 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.

Robert Fuller: Author of Somebodies and Nobodies


The Isle of Kheria transmutes the leaden horrors of the 20th century into elegiac gold dust. I'm left with that hushed fragile feeling that comes from stirring up rarely experienced emotions. A story crafted of myriad glimpses of an intimate world, poetic literary pointillism. A masterpiece.

Susan Cheever

In his enchanting, powerful book The Isle of Kheria Robert Cabot s passionate connection to the natural world animates gorgeous landscapes in Wales, in Greece, in Italy and in the American Northwest. This story of a life-long friendship between two men is alive with vibrant details and told in Cabot's extraordinary musical, sonorous, evocative voice. As Breughel did on canvas, Cabot puts his characters against a rich background of human striving and natural tumult. Yet the principal landscape in the book is the landscape of the human heart, and Cabot fearlessly shows how a loving man can be powerless to save his best friend, or anyone, from his own fatal search for a mystical answer to the soul's questions.

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 05/2012
  • 9780929701981
  • 314 pages
  • $25.00

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