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Moussaka to My Ears (Ramblings From Rhodes Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

John Manuel
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John and his half-Greek wife Yvonne-Maria moved from the UK to Rhodes in 2005, the account of which was told in his first book, FETA COMPLI! MOUSSAKA takes up where FETA COMPLI! leaves off, with Yvonne and John settling into life on Rhodes and coming into contact with some great characters who live around them out there. Plus, there's another helping of reminiscences from past years and other parts of Greece and Europe in general; like the time when Yvonne was Miss August on a calendar that graced the walls of innumerable offices all across Germany after meeting a German businessman on a beach in Corfu. Then there's Manolis, the "Six Million Drachma Man," who climbs olive trees even though he only has one and a half legs! The "Lonely Goatherd" comes by, as does Kostas, the local who shows them which weeds are great to eat. Yvonne helps Greco-Turkish relations during an evening out on Samos and John reluctantly become the elephant man for a while.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Manuel has lived on Rhodes since 2005. His Greek experience began after a chance meeting with a half-Greek girl in a bar in his home town of Bath, UK during the 1970's. What began as an antipathy developed into a tolerance and finally blossomed into a love for his mother-in-law's country. His visits to Greece [prior to moving there] have been myriad during the almost four decades of marriage, many having been made as family visits rather than as a tourist. This perspective gives him an understanding of the Greek psyche that shines through his insightful and frequently funny accounts about such visits, most of which feature in the first volume of his "Ramblings From Rhodes", FETA COMPLI!

John was a graphic designer in the UK for most of his career, his wife latterly becoming his partner in their business. His contributions to "GREECE" magazine in the UK were popular, but that excellent and much-missed publication met its end when the financial crash of 2008 led to a drying up of its main source of advertising income, Greek Real Estate Agents.

The four "Ramblings From Rhodes" books are personal, episodic accounts of all kinds of people, places and things that he's encountered and experienced in every corner of his adopted country, although the last two, "Tzatziki For You to Say" and "A Plethora of Posts" are mainly about daily life year-round on Rhodes. John's popular blog all about life on Rhodes is here:

Regarding his "memoir" books he says:
"I do not profess to be a literary genius. I don't have any delusions about creating a literary classic in travel writing. My books are snapshots. They're intended to give the reader a series of moments, glimpses perhaps, of the Greek experience from someone who's come to this country from a typical English background; someone who was fortunate enough to have met and married a girl whose heritage goes back to 1940s Athens, whose relatives even now enthrall and fascinate her inexperienced husband.

My books could well be described as photo albums in words: a day spent in an olive grove during December, becoming acquainted not simply with the brutality of the work that is the olive harvest, but with the mind of a Greek man who is of the land and of the fabric of rural Greece; an evening passed at a taverna under a sparkling Greek night sky with fascinating company, perhaps you get the picture.

I don't largely tell a chronological story, I give my reader a brief vacation. He or she will hopefully be both spurred to think about going to the place they've just read about, or to feel uplifted by a short tale of one person's experience of a culture and country that once was totally unknown to him, foreign in the essential sense of the word and yet has become as familiar as that favourite old cardigan, jacket or pair of slippers.

Don't read my work, my "Ramblings", expecting a thriller, a storyline, a novel or a moral. Read them to perhaps have a chuckle, or a glimpse into something and somewhere that broadens your own view of a country with a history and outlook on life that is quite unique on this diverse planet of ours.

Some travel books are crammed with dry history and facts about places. They read more like reference books and perhaps, if viewed as such, have their merits. I prefer my travel reading to connect to living people, to impart feelings and interaction among human beings as they encounter one another, often unexpectedly, yet the result being a new friendship formed, a new thing learned, a new experience gained.

I may never become a household name. Yet judging from most of the feedback which I receive from my readers the world over, I am connecting to something within them.

There can be no greater feeling of satisfaction for a writer."

John has also written three works of fiction, "The View From Keloboulos", "A Brief Moment of Sunshine" and new in 2015 "Eve of Deconstruction."

He also runs a reading group on Facebook for all lovers of things Greek, it's called "A Good Greek Read".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 28 Feb. 2015
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I enjoyed this book, read whilst on holiday, always a good time to read travel books in my opinion. I found it witty and informative, highlighting the advantages of relocating to the island of Rhodes but also the pitfalls. Being a Grecophile myself I could identify with some of the authors more general accounts of Greece. Manuel is a good conversational story teller, a bit cynical at times for my liking , but I would still recommend this book especially to those who love Greece as much as I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moussaka to My Ears 23 Sept. 2012
By Emma
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Bought this and 'Tsaziki for you to Say'. Unlike many other books written by ex-pats these books not only extol the upside of living abroad but also (especially in the third book - Tsaziki) makes you stop and think about what it would actually be like to live on a Greek island. Whether the style of writing is to your taste or not I'd recommend them to anyone seriously thinking about relocating to Greece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transported to sunny climes! 11 Aug. 2014
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What another great book by John Manuel. His beautiful way of writing transports you to the places in Greece that he has visited and lived. He brings all the characters he has met to life on the pages. Can't wait to get reading Tsasiki for you to say!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More adventures in Greece 22 Feb. 2014
By Susan H
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I would recommend all three books in the series for people who love Greece and who may consider living there. A good insight into living the Greek way of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feta first, then moussaka! 10 Oct. 2013
By Janie S
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Another great, feel-good book which I thoroughly enjoyed, particularly the "Kosmos" episode, a laugh-out-loud moment among many funny stories. I'm looking forward to the tzatziki!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book for a nostalgic Grecophile 14 July 2013
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I have been an ardent Grecophile since my first trip when I was 19 years old ( a while ago now)
This book capture the mood and feeling of being on a Greek island with the chaos and warm feelings that you get when spending any time in Greece
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this as well 14 Jun. 2013
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I was a bit confused ( easily done) when reading this I couldn`t decide if he had bought a house or rented or built. Not that that would stop you enjoying this book which is as good as the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 7 Jun. 2013
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as with the other books by this author, this book was a good read as well (helps that he's Welsh) LOL
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