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first book I have read on Cyprus from a humanitarian angle
on 13 June 2005
Forget the usual sub soviet mumbo jumbo and codified propaganda which we have become used to from the Greek and Turkish Cypriot political elites. Papadakis talks in depth to the ordinary Cypriots about the heartache and horror to which they have been through over the last 50 years.
This book is by a Cypriot who is not afraid to question his own preconceived ideas, and those of his compatriots from both sides. Papadakis lived with the "other side" for lengthy periods and this gives the book a depth that I have never encountered before on this subject. For once we have a book which is not obsessed by big power conspiracy theories and actually shines a light on the mistakes of both communities and indirectly suggests the obvious. Compromise can really only come from Cypriots themselves. If they have the courage and political will to see the other side as human beings and not merely ciphers and caricatures which each leadership has encouraged until recently then there is still hope.
This is a fascinating read, I couldn't put it down until the last page.