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The Green Line: Holiday in a Warzone - Cyprus 1974 [Paperback]

Soner Kioufi
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Eyya Publishing (1 Mar 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0957173903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957173903
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,479,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soner Kioufi was born in East Ham, London, 1965. Worked in many fields including the Photographic and Travel industry, as well as The Home Office in the IND Communications Department as a web developer. His most exciting experience to date was being invited to a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street with former Prime Minister Tony Blair's web team. Soner has had a web design, development and printing business since 2000. In 2010 he had set up the Northern Cyprus Business and Telephone Directory called KIBKOM, which has over 100,000 entries on its database. Soner visits Cyprus frequently, both North and South - and hopes that one day the issues concerning the divide will one day be resolved amicably.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good unbiased story 21 April 2012
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This is a riveting read read, containing an unbiased view of what actually occured during the Summer of 1974 through the eyes of a child, a must have item if you are visiting Northern Cyprus to gain an insight of present situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Child's view 27 Mar 2012
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This book shows the 1974 war in Cyprus from a child's viewpoint. It is an easy read, but disturbing as well. The 'Cyprus Problem' seems to be unsolvable nearly 40 years on.
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I'm glad the accounts of the weeks before and after the 1974 conflict were not as violent as I have read elsewhere. What is heart warming is the life-affirming attitude of the protagonist and of his mother. Moreover, being from the 'other' ethnic group, and of the same age in years, my heart empathises with his fears or with those tormented souls such as his sweet grandma. I was only a child myself yet I was sensitive enough to realise from a young age that some how Turkish Cypriots were treated as 2nd class citizens by a vocal minority in the pre 1974 conflict. Such were the times, blind with hatred from some of us, blind from ignorance or pride to the point where we could not see the divine in the eyes of our neighbour- and hence the collective curse of war (crimes) that we have brought upon our heads. Everything in this account is narrated as it was back then and I can relate to it. Amongst the chaos of Hell that was unleashed in 1974, the voice of this little Turkish cypriot manages to find a glimse of heaven in a smile and in the care free activities of childhood. If only Cyprus was left to the children , as adults definitely have yet to cultivate the depth of spirituality that can embrace 'the other side', in themselves and all humanity in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Green Line 11 Sep 2013
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It was really interesting reading this, Being a greek cypriot myself, and having lived in the North of Cyprus at the time of the 1974 invasion, it was good to see what Soner exprienced in the war, a good eye opener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The stories that matter 2 May 2013
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Thanks Soner. I lived in Cyprus as a child (a British Forces child), actually on the dividing line in Limassol. Here, I first experienced discrimination...against the Turkish people. So saying, I feel there has been such tragedy for both Greek and Turkish Cypriots and to really under stand what has happened we need to hear the true stories and listen to the impact that false nationalism has on the people that get caught up in the battle. Please read this story of one family's experience. You will laugh and you will cry,
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book 23 Nov 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book, but it was let down by the poor binding, which meant that the pages started to come apart during reading. a shame
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 5 Sep 2012
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Purchased this book earlier this year. I am addicted to the history of the island of Cyprus having been lucky enough to live out there for over 10 years.

Those long hot summer days of 1974 are captured perfectly by Soner... A holiday which turned into both a nightmare and an adventure. The coup followed by the Turkish peace operation are all seen from a child's
eyes. The memory of my time on the island came flooding back.

The book does not take sides, it is simply a child's view of what was happening at that moment in time.

The book was so good I managed to read it all the way thro on a recent 4 hr flight to Cyprus.

In summary a great read .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story
I live in North Cyprus so found Soner's account of the '74 conflict very interesting. Very easy to read and difficult to put down! I read the whole tale in one sitting.
Published 9 days ago by Lynda
3.0 out of 5 stars Bygone cyprus
Interesting , poignant if somewhat slightly biased. One could speak to a thousand Cypriots each of whom has a different opinion of the troubles. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Daniel ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars The unkindest cut
A Turkish Cypriot, long resident in London but who has sustained connections with his homeland, Soner Kioufi has written a memoir of his childhood with particular attention paid to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by kindlefan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I think this is a fantastic book, once I started reading I found it very hard to put down. Highly recommended reading.
Published 24 months ago by Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars A holiday to remember...
A fascinating account, told from a child's viewpoint, of the events immediately prior to, and following the 'Turkish Intervention' in Cyprus. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read
I am so happy that this book was recommended to me. It was a marvellous read, absolutely unputdownable, I devoured this book in one sitting. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by suehowlittle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Line - a must read for anyone visiting Cyprus
I really enjoyed this book, I found it both moving and witty. It made me smile and also brought me to tears. Even so, it was a must read for me as a frequent visitor to Cyprus. Read more
Published on 5 May 2012 by jfoggy
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