Norman Douglas

Norman Douglas was a British writer, best known for his travel books and novels, including 'South Wind'. He was known for his witty and urbane writing style.


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  1. 1. South Wind

    Set on the fictional Mediterranean island of Nepenthe, the narrative unfolds as a diverse cast of eccentric expatriates and natives engage in philosophical discussions and indulge in the hedonistic pursuits characteristic of the island's culture. The central theme revolves around the clash between the island's permissive morals and the more conservative values of the outside world, with the plot meandering through various anecdotes and character studies rather than following a traditional linear progression. The novel is a satirical exploration of human nature, freedom, and the search for happiness, all set against the backdrop of a sun-drenched, idyllic landscape that seems to encourage both personal reflection and the shedding of societal constraints.

    The 2660th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Looking Back

    "Looking Back" is a memoir that provides a detailed account of the author's life, experiences, and travels. The author reflects on his encounters with various personalities, his explorations of different cultures, and his observations about the world. The book offers a unique perspective on life, relationships, and human nature, all delivered with a sharp wit and a keen eye for detail.

    The 2724th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Siren Land

    "Siren Land" is a travelogue that delves deeply into the rich cultural and historical landscape of southern Italy, particularly the region around the Bay of Naples. The author weaves personal experiences and observations with classical myths and local folklore, painting an evocative picture of the area's enchanting beauty and its enduring allure. The narrative is imbued with reflections on the region's Greek and Roman past, exploring the remnants of ancient civilizations and the seductive power of the land that has captivated travelers for centuries, much like the mythical sirens who once were said to lure sailors to their doom with their irresistible songs.

    The 5542nd Greatest Book of All Time