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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Panverse Publishing (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983731306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983731306
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dario Ciriello (born 1952 in London, England) is a professional author and editor.

Dario's nonfiction book "Aegean Dream", the tragi-comic memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skopelos (the actual "Mamma Mia!" island), was #1 nonfiction book on Greece on Amazon UK for 14 weeks, and has recently been published in Poland.

His first novel, "Sutherland's Rules", a crime caper/thriller, was published in February 2013. A collection of Dario's short Science Fiction works, "Free Verse and other stories", was released in June 2014. He is currently working on his second nove.

Dario has also edited several novels as well as three critically-acclaimed anthologies for Panverse Publishing LLC (www.panversepublishing.com), of which he is the Executive Editor.

You can read an interview with Dario at www.greekislandbooks.com, and find him on Facebook and Goodreads.

Dario lives with his wife in the Los Angeles Area.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rotfang's Hermione Fan Club on 8 Sept. 2011
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An adventurous couple decide to leave frenetic California behind and go and live on the paradisiacal Greek island of Skopelos only to find, despite their planning and willingness to go native that Greece's state bureaucracy is quitessentially xenophobic. Not only that, it also happens to be allergic to business, entrepreneurialism, honesty, and efficiency. A true story, 'Aegean Dream' is an at times hilarious often genuinely lyrical recounting of their doomed attempts to survive and prosper in a beautiful and blissful location that also happens to be in thrall to a caustic nightmarish bureaucracy.

Greek warmth, food, landscape and culture are all described with lyrical cinematic imagination and flair, great humour, an unwavering insight and honesty, and much love. For those of a more political bent, there are a shed load of insights into why the Eurozone project might well fail and adversely affect many of us in the process. For fans of 'Mamma Mia' there are the occasional sightings and stories about the lovely Pierce Brosnan and some of the locations of the shoots. 'Aegean Dream' ends both sadly and with a lucky and timely escape, with heaven and hell as inseparable, often comic, companions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BOOK RAVEN on 7 May 2012
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Although some of this book is a little depressing in parts, nevertheless there is a lot of warmth,humour and hope in this book. It certainly explains the ludicrous situation of the Greek crisis and gives an interesting insight into how Greece has sabotaged itself economically. As a regular traveller to many different parts of Greece I have to say this book has only served to confirm some of my worst fears about the Greek desire to "milk" the tourist or foreigner.

However, obviously I understand that Greece is not the only country to behave in this way and it is a mark of human nature rather than any particular culture. I'm going to Skopelos later this year (already booked) and to be honest, as a result of this book I am a little wary. The author's pain and frustration is very well recorded and the book is immensely moving - especially as it conveys the strength of Dario's relationship and understanding with his wife. Very educational - Thank God they managed to get away.

UPDATE AFTER VISITING SKOPELOS (this review is now re-written) - I now completely understand why Dario and his wife wished to live there. I re-read the book whilst away and found it fascinating to see the places to which he refers. I think this is a wonderfully honest appraisal of Greece and despite the nightmare of absolutely stupid bureacracy, you can tell that they really adored their friends and the island. I think it is a triumph of their human spirits and would certainly recommend any traveller to Greece reads this book in order to get an extra dimension of understanding of Greece's economy & the people. I also now think the book is uplifting because both Dario and his wife, despite not being 21 anymore, managed to re-build a new life back home. Respect due guys ! Very interesting reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Je Bootherstone on 2 Oct. 2012
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This book was an object lesson on why Greece are now in such a mess. The petty rules and laws and the thousands of public servants needed to oversee them show how not to run a country.
I love to visit Greece and have witnessed some of the bureaucracy (verging on corruption) at first hand.
Dario and Linda did as much preparation as they could but the ups and downs of dealing with life there got the better of them.
I loved this book and almost shed a tear at the end. This is not a sad book but an honest portrayal of how difficult it is to fit in with a different culture. The high spots of their life there are lovingly told and I felt as frustrated as they were when the low spots hit. I found it uplifting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greek Girl on 23 Aug. 2012
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Excellent book - and puts so well the difficulty of living on a more "remote"Greek Island. I could add more to the book (e.g. problems with water - or lack of it - and problems with receiving (and paying) electricity bills. We've lived in Greece for 5 years and try to explain to people that it's often not "idyllic" but can be hard work. And nothing like being on holiday, no matter how many holidays you've spent in Greece. This book really should be read by anyone considering a move to this crazy country. Also a thoroughly enjoyable read, a good "travelogue" too. Descriptive and cheerful most of the time, but I felt sad when they decided to leave. We've thought about leaving Greece, too, but doubt that we will however we know just what this couple have been through. Many marvellous days and some oh so annoying days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T J Laurence on 20 Aug. 2012
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Aegean Nightmare might have been the title of this book, as the author describes a slow and painful descent from the fantasy of sun-kissed, friendly-native, retsina-quaffing paradise to a living hell of ghastly petty officials demanding more payment and endless forms. A worthwhile read to counterbalance the avalanche of post Year in Provence offerings where the horrors of modern city life in the North are exchanged for southern sun. The writer and his wife do all they can to learn the language and love the Greek way of life, but in the end are worn down by the endless game that is played with them.
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