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Land Of The Golden Apple [Paperback]

Eve Makis
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21 April 2008

Life had lost its sweetness. Socrates felt as if he had eaten an accursed apple and was, like Adam, suddenly prone to emotions he had never before experienced - fear, loneliness and shame.

For Socrates, growing up in a small, Cypriot village isn't idyllic so much as frustrating. Summer is on the horizon and yet his parents, his teachers and his interfering neighbours seem intent on preventing Socrates and his friends from having any fun. But times are changing and the jasmine-scented breezes mingle with the threat of danger. Behind the facade of respectable island life lurk dark and menacing presences.

Land of the Golden Apple is a bewitching coming-of-age novel about the lives and loves, joys and despairs of a diverse yet tightly-knit community and about how those same ties that bind us can also constrict us...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (21 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552773255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552773256
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderfully atmospheric coming-of-age novel, with a memorable cast of characters, centring on an irrepressible young boy growing up in a Cypriot village.

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Spring has come to this Cypriot village, bringing with it an open invitation for Socrates to indulge in his favourite pastimes: setting off homemade fireworks, tormenting local pensioners, spying on his brother's girlfriends, and defying his beleaguered mother. An uneasy truce is reached after an unfortunate incident with a box of matches, and a lazy peace is restored.

But behind the scenes in this seemingly idyllic backwater, an abused wife plots revenge on her husband, a scheming miser falls in love and a dangerous predator stalks the innocent. Spring brings a rude awakening to all of the villagers and Socrates in particular. The jasmine scented air carries with it real menace that will shake this close knit community to its very core...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Golden Apple by Eve Makis 13 Mar 2009
The novel evokes the sights and sounds of life in an olden times village. The characters come to life in the captivating tale of the coming of age of a boy called Socrates, each one with their joys, sorrows and histories. The book is a touching study of a close-knit, old-fashioned community in a land where the sun always shines. Where, even though bad things can happen, hope and justice triumph in the end. Eve Makis' third novel is just as enjoyable as her first and second were. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the previous two books and to anyone who has an affection for Cyprus and her people.
Maria Sack, 13.3.09.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makis's best novel yet. 3 Aug 2008
This is a haunting and remarkable novel, sensitively dealing with several dark, emotional, secret lives. Charming, idyllic island life is patiently stripped back layer by layer as Makis reveals to us the increasingly desperate mother subject to intolerable levels of domestic abuse. The loss of innocence of a free wheeling adolescent and the prejudice and ugly underbelly of human nature thus revealed in a close knit community. The ambivalence and confusion of another emergent sensuality when its' natural course is irrevocably altered.
Forgive the slow start. The second half of this novel will not release you from it's grip and leaves you ultimately shaken, moved and enlightened.
Makis's best book yet. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Golden Apple 11 Sep 2013
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A very intriguing book, I was gripped from start to finish. Well done Eve! Will read your other books and will review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eve and the Apple 21 Aug 2013
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I am a huge fan of Eve Makis and this book is my personal favourite. In contrast to her other novels, "The Land of the Golden Apple" is set in Cyprus and really evokes memories of a time that was simple, idyllic and full of charm. The story is beautifully written with many colourful characters that we can all identify with, and a thrilling plot twist in the second half. A MUST read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by author Michael John Smedley 4 Mar 2012
After reading her earlier book, 'The Mother In Law' this novel took me by surprise. As a writer Eve Makis progresses by leaps and bounds. She has always portrayed characters as well-rounded individuals with a depth that brings them vividly to life but in 'The Land of the Golden Apple' she goes a stage further.
The story starts innocently enough but as it unfolds it gathers interest, pace and excitement. What will the boy, Socrates get up to next. There are familiar echoes of 'Just William' in his mischievous behavior but this boy takes mischief into areas it has never before ventured. His intentions are well-meant and innocent as far as they go but when he blows up a decrepit and disused public toilet his actions go a step too far. There are many threads to this story of life on Cyprus to hold the reader's attention. It is both a picture of family life and a thriller to grip you to the final page. I urge you not to miss it.
Michael J Smedley
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