Golding describes a moment, a scene, on the island of Corfu, experienced during his own odyssey in search of Ithaka.  I like that he wants us to share that moment, as elsewhere he sends a note to the future.  

And if you were to describe a moment that you wish others could enjoy, such a feast of sights, sounds, scents and stimuli, what would it be?

If once in a lifetime you are privileged to drink wine and eat lobsters at the Café Zephiros, with the Odyssey open on the tablecloth beside you, and the bays and the causeway and the gardens of the Phaeacian land spread out before you, and the musky odours of juniper and myrtle coming down from  the steep mountain behind you, and the sheep-bells and goat-bells ringing all around you, and the sea hissing along the sands – if these things happen to you once in a lifetime, you are as lucky as anyone deserves to be. 


Source: Louis Golding, Good-bye to Ithaca (London: Hutchinson, 1955), p. 187-88

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