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Not what I thought it was going to be
on 6 September 2012
I took this book with me on my recent holiday to Greece, and while enjoyable it wasn't quite what I expected. It's a short read, telling the story of the Mole family buying a house in Greece and moving there, but rather than a tale of life in Greece it is more focused on the trials and tribulations of buying a ruined property and renovating it, so there is much talk of buying tiles, digging out basements, installing roof timbers, fitting septic tanks and so on. Personally I'd expected the book to have been about life in Greece, but in some ways it was more like a DIY manual!
I also found it a little disappointing that the book didn't feature any pictures aside from a few drawings - I would have loved to have seen some photos of the house, the village, and so on - plus at the end it is revealed that there is some fictionalization in the text, with names and character descriptions altered throughout and events being changed in places.
All in all it was a very short read, and as enjoyable as it was I'd have liked to have read more about life in Greece, rather than how to renovate a house.