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The Greek For Love: Life, Love and Loss in Corfu Paperback – 29 Jun 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719568625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719568626
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This memoir will have you dreaming of idyllic beaches.' (Closer Magazine / July)

'The Greek for Love is a voluptuous, sensual dive into Corfu - food, drink, the appeal of exile, and the story of a ripening love affair. There is a strand of melancholy within this memoir, as there must be in writing that rings so resoundingly true. But this book leaves one, in the end, grinning like an idiot and envious of the descriptive skills of its author. A lovely book, and the finest sort of travel writing.' (Kevin Patterson, author of COUNTRY OF COLD)

'James Chatto is a master storyteller . . . He navigates the subject of his own life with wit, grace and enough frankness to soften the heart of any sceptic . . . In Chatto we have a tour guide of inimitable perception and style. As with the food he so warmly describes throughout the book, we cannot help but devour his carefully constructed offering.' (Toronto Star)

'A searing journal of grief and healing . . . a return journey to numbingly terrible events that began in love and ended in love.' (Toronto Globe and Mail)

'Engrossing . . . Combines sensual detail with an engaging, down-to-earth account . . . For anyone who's fantasized about running off to live on a Greek isle or any other idyllic spot abroad, this is a lovely way to do it vicariously.' (Maclean's (Canada))

'Chatto has a keen awareness of the sensual . . . Chatto's prose exults in the sensory overload of life in Loutses . . . there is an optimistic sense of growth and regeneration' (Quill & Quire)

'Inspiring' (Greece magazine)

'This memoir will have you dreaming of idyllic beaches' (Closer Magazine)

'Despite the tragedy, this is an optimistic book, the narrative skipping between past and present, and Chatto writing unsentimentally and lyrically about both Corfu and his relationship with his family' (Clover Stroud, Good Book Guide)

'This sensual love story about two young people and Corfu, which became their home, is my book of the year . . . It is a book that will touch the hearts of all who read it' (Daily Mail 'Books for Christmas', Christopher Matthew)

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Part memoir, part love story, part wildly scenic travel piece, The Greek for Love is every bit as sumptuous as its setting

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A very moving story. I have visited Corfu many times in the past (mainly around the time this book was written) so the descriptions of local characters and events. At imes you may feel frustrated by things that are said, but this is part of the quality of this book - it makes you think instead of just robotically ploughing through.

The end part of the book is so sad. We all have tragedies in our lives, but how many of us could tell them in the same way that shows the feelings and loss but does not wallow in over-indulgent self-pity.

An excellent read whether you want to read about living in a foreign land, the story of people's lives or both.
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I visit Greece at least twice a year and spend the rest of the year searching books to read about Greece while I'm there. I've read some awful stuff. Fortunately this is up with the best. I'd never heard of James Chatto before reading this book but his writing style is beautiful, conjuring up images of Greece you can really see in your head.

Their story is a wonderful one although touched with the awful sadness of the shocking turn of events midway through the book. His description of their tragic loss is heartfelt, honest and moved me few passages I've ever read.

Whether you're a Grecophile or not, this is a must-read.
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The story is beautifully written capturing the feel of the island of Corfu; the growing love of the island by the writer and the growing love for his wife and children. extremely moving in places, so much so that I wasn't sure i could continue reading, but I'm glad I did as it leaves you feeling both happy for the final outcome and sad for the painful path they trod to get there.
The writing is truly excellent and very easy to read.
Thank you to the author for sharing the story.
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Having been fortunate enough to have worked within the tourism industry, in Greece for six seasons, I bought this book for pure escapism - to store within my suitcase. It was to indulge in, during the next visit, somewhere in this wonderful country, but also to learn more of the possible challenges and rituals, that may have to be endured, if I am ever fortunate enough to do the same. It didn't make it, inside the suitcase. My last season of work in Greece was in the North of Corfu and it rekindled many happy memories of my time there, in 2000. What this book gave me, was the appreciation of what I've experienced, made me value who I am today and to realise and convey, that if anyone is thinking of doing the same, but concerned about 'what if's', then go for it, no one knows what life has instore, but no matter what happens, your life experience will be richer for the opportunity and I'm sure the author and his family, wouldn't disagree. I celebrated their endeavours, rejoiced in the characters and mourned their cruel loss, but am at peace that their sadness will always be surrounded by the beautiful setting, that will never forget their existence.
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Crying on the London tube in the morning - not normally recommended for a man on his way into work in the city. However, this book is so well written that when the tragedy happens, it is so movingly described by the author that I defy anyone not to be moved. We're off to Greece this summer and I'm reading several books in the build up to the holiday - this is one I won't forget.
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As with many of the reviewers, Greece is a special place for holidays so, to that end, you can smell the cooking, the thyme, the motor bike exhausts, the cigarette smoke and relate to the characters and the Greek way of life and dealing with things. Rather like an MR James novel however, there comes a moment in time where you realise that something shocking is going happen but you don't quite know when or where, even in this perfect setting. When the shock comes, it hits you, big time and stays with you for a long time. Time, as they say, is a great healer though. I recommend this book very highly, but not simply as a travel book.
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Just finished it and I think it's excellent. If you're a Grecophile it's a must-read. The author evokes all those feelings which you want to savour from the best things about a Greek Island. He takes one back to the days before mass tourism changed certain "resorts" on the island of Corfu and draws the reader through some warming and deeply human experiences as he and his young wife inter-act with the people among whom they chose to make a home.

If you are a Grecophile, you won't be disappointed by this book.

John Manuel (Author of Feta Compli! (Ramblings From Rhodes))
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This was an amazing story,told from the heart,it had me laughing and crying at the same time.......and when i finished it i felt a sense of loss as i had read it so quickly(couldn't put it down)..highly recommended...
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