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John Manuel does fiction too!
on 23 August 2013
The View from Kleoboulos.
A Novel by John Manuel.
This first novel from John Manuel, author of four books about life and living in Greece, is a revelation.
A story mostly centred upon the lives of four main characters and the twists and turns that life is capable of throwing at all of us.
This book is a "must" for any Grecophile if only for the vivid descriptions of the journey of the book's main character, Allyson, throughout Greece to her final destination, settling in Lindos on the island of Rhodes.
As a resident of Rhodes himself John Manuel shows his love, affection and knowledge of this island in such a way that anyone who has ever visited can only be infected by his prose and detailed depictions of Lindos - both during the busy Summer months as well as the true beauty of this ancient village in the Winter time.
His book's secondary characters serve beautifully to enhance the book's main charm, which in my opinion, is encapsulated in the book's opening quote from Proverbs: 18:13... "To answer before listening - this is folly and shame."
To read this book and not see the beauty in the tragedy that so many people experience in the course of this life is... to answer before listening.
Having just read the other reviews of this book I would like to say to John: I want to know about Claire & Julia's subsequent lives!