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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good unbiased story
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.
Published on 21 April 2012 by cyprustraveler

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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 1974 during the Turkish intervention/invasion of the island.

The autobiographical remembrances also include a general outline of events leading up to the partition of the island and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Line - a must read for anyone visiting Cyprus, 5 May 2012
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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. Short and to the point, I couldn't put it down once I had started reading. The writer tells of his experiences of what happened in Cyprus; what happened to him and his family, when as a boy, he was on holiday from England, visiting extended family during the summer of 1974.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The unkindest cut, 8 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Green Line: Holiday in a Warzone - Cyprus, 1974 (Paperback)
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 1974 during the Turkish intervention/invasion of the island.

The autobiographical remembrances also include a general outline of events leading up to the partition of the island and comments about the relative harmony between the two communities in past decades and centuries. None of these are particularly insightful or perceptive but the kind of routine historical background one might expect to find in a guide book on the island.

In many ways eight year-old Sonar in the biography is typically Turkish and his description of his brothers and friends with their gang fights and pretend wars are often stereotypical and brutal. His father who loathed Western pop music and long hair was very blokey. His childhood both in south London and during visits to his family village racketed between extremes of Muslim repression, faux piety and laddish sometimes violent delinquency.

The substance of the book is Sonar's account of events he witnessed during the war and includes reported atrocities by both Greeks and Turks. The visit was made so that Sonar and his two younger brothers could be circumcised in a hospital in Nicosia, a fact not shared with the child patients. In the event this happened during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and was carried out on the oldest child without anaesthetic.

Sonar had seen a new-born baby burned to death in an oil drum in London and he witnessed other crimes and atrocities during his "holiday" in Cyprus. When besieged in their rural village Sonar saw his grandfather come into the house carrying a bulky plastic bag. He put it in the freezer and his cousin told the boy Sonar that it contained the head of a Greek soldier the old man had found just outside the village. It was, he claimed, a trick the old man was playing on his wife. Later the old woman opened the freezer, saw the bag, and began screaming in horror. The bag actually contained the head of a pig - polluting to a Muslim household. This macabre tale is related as "a prank" which says rather too much about the Turkish sense of humour.

Not however entirely without merit, this is a reminder of the bitterness of the events leading up to the division of the island and a corrective to the holidaying tourists' view. The uninvolved reader will find little to recommend this collection of reminiscences spiced with pieties about intercommunity harmony. TRNC residents have praised the book and recommended it to visitors to Cyprus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bygone cyprus, 6 May 2013
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Interesting , poignant if somewhat slightly biased. One could speak to a thousand Cypriots each of whom has a different opinion of the troubles. Such a lovely Island , if perhaps they had oil reserves I doubt very much this problem would still exist.
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