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God, Put Out One of My Eyes: a Cyprus Memoir, 1962-1965. SIGNED by author

Jones, Arlene Swift

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ISBN 10: 0984341803 / ISBN 13: 9780984341801
Published by Antrim House, Simsbury CT, 2010
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: God, Put Out One of My Eyes: a Cyprus Memoir...

Publisher: Antrim House, Simsbury CT

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this memoir depicting her days as the wife of an undercover CIA agent on Cyprus just before and during the bloody civil war between Cypriot Greeks and Turks, Arlene Swift Jones has written a page-turner. It describes the beauty and barbarity of landscape, customs, and ethnic duality on an island that has long been regarded as the Jewel of the Mediterranean but descends into a paradise lost when hostilities begin in 1963. One is reminded all too forcefully of present-day conflicts in the Balkans, the Holy Land, and the Near East. And yet in the courage of the author, who fights to keep her family together; in the innocence of her children; and in the primitive but pristine passion of traditional island ceremonies, there is the hope that the human spirit is capable of rising above the horrors so vividly described in God, Put Out One of My Eyes.

About the Author:

Arlene Swift Jones grew up on an Iowa farm where she "read books and rode horses." The most important constant in her life has been her writing, which she continued to pursue after marrying Frank Jones and entering the hectic life of a CIA wife and mother of three children. In that role, she was often obliged to pick up and move her households and children from one country to another. Finding schools was frequently a major problem, which she solved while living in Poland by founding a school, now called The American School of Warsaw. In all of the countries where she has lived, Arlene has taught at some level, from first grade to the university lecture hall. She taught literature at the International School in Geneva and eventually became Assistant Academic Dean at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. Always her aim has been "trying to make young people more aware of the world, its history, art, geography, and politics." Her cultural, artistic and literary interests also led to her involvement in the building and operation of a new library in New Hartford, Connecticut, where she and her husband lived with their three daughters for many years. Arlene Jones' first full-length poetry collection (Deenewood, A Sequence) was winner of the Tales Prize from Turning Point Press in 2004. A second book of poems, Pomegranate Wine, was published in 2005, having been a finalist for four of the country's most prestigious literary contests. Jones' poetry has often been anthologized and has been published in many journals, including Prairie Schooner, Kansas Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, and Cimarron Review. She has won several awards for her writing and has received fellowships from the McDowell and Ragdale Foundations. Her current project is a multi-generational work depicting the lives of Norwegian Quaker immigrants to Iowa, from whom she is descended.

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