- 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)
The Greek For Love: Life, Love and Loss in Corfu Paperback – 29 Jun 2006
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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)
Part memoir, part love story, part wildly scenic travel piece, The Greek for Love is every bit as sumptuous as its settingSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The writing is truly excellent and very easy to read.
Thank you to the author for sharing the story.
If you are a Grecophile, you won't be disappointed by this book.
John Manuel (Author of Feta Compli! (Ramblings From Rhodes))
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book it is Greece allover. From ordering to receiving it it was only a few days .Published 18 days ago by widowontour
A really good read, took this book to Corfu where we holiday each year.excellent when you know the places the author write about,and it only cost 1 penny !!!!l 5 stars to you.Published 6 months ago by Geoffrey R. Ball