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The Rose Cafe

Love and War in Corsica

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January 9, 2007 | Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.25, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781593760953
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“A natural story teller.” —Boston Globe

In 1962, while he was a student in Paris, John Hanson Mitchell spent a luminous six months on the Mediterranean island of Corsica at the Rose Café, in Ile Rousse. Twenty-two, Mitchell spent his idyll hours there observing the lives of the people who frequented the place. These included a group of local card players (some with possible underworld connections) who visited each night as well as colorful continental types and a younger crowd at play—all spellbound by the lush charms of the island.

In the polished prose that has made his other books so distinctive and well-loved, Mitchell captures the rhythms and intrigues of a life lived elsewhere, bringing us an insider’s portrait of the light and dark shadows that loomed over postwar Corsica. He reveals in the process the island’s magic at work on his own life-how it cultivated the bloom of his writing talent and shaped his sense of place.

About John H. Mitchell

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL, winner of the 1994 John Burroughs Essay Award, is the author of many books, including Following the Sun: A Bicycle Pilgrimage from Andalusia to the Hebrides and The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness. He is also the editor of Sanctuary, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and a recipient of the New England Booksellers’ Award in 2000 for his body of work. He lives in Littleton, Massachusetts.


“A natural story teller.” —Boston Globe

“With an acute sense of character and precise flair for dramatic detail, Mitchell’s picaresque memoir renders this seductively vaporous world in crystalline prose.” —Booklist

“The juxtaposition of the beautiful island’s vitality and the horrors it so recently survived are captured well in Mitchell’s precise and evocative prose, making this well worth reading for fans of memoirs, Old World European culture and WWII narratives.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of our finest guides… He shows us how we can cease our wanderings and come to know a place.” —American Book Review

“John Hanson Mitchell is a unique, delightful, and absolutely essential voice.” —Richard Nelson, author of The Island Within

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