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on 30 March 2013
I live in Greece on an island near Rhodes, where author John Manuel has made his home for many years now, and I found this collection of writings about life in Greece completely entertaining and full of useful and interesting information on cultural nuances and everything from cheap and simple ways to keep pests off your fruit trees to a poignant assessment of the true cost of cheap all-inclusive holidays for both the locals and the consumer. You gain an insight into the very rewarding life he and his half-Greek wife have built in a quiet part of Rhodes, yet each of the short chapters works as a stand-alone piece. I found the final quarter of the book an ideal way to pass the late-night ferry journey from Rhodes to Tilos last night! I managed to buy my Kindle copy for the price of a coffee, so you can't say fairer than that. I'll certainly be buying other books in the series.
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on 13 October 2013
Unlike Feta and Moussaka, this book is more about odd bits from the past and not a tale of current life, but that in no way detracts from either the humour or the interest. I enjoyed it, and will read the rest of his books.
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on 17 August 2014
I was sorry to finish this book which is the last of the three. Being a huge fan of Rhodes and particularly the south of the island I was transported right back there for a few hours and although not a substitute for a holiday there it will keep me going for a while.
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on 9 July 2014
Despite what others say about this series, it does give an insight on the life of ordinary people living in Greece. And if you have read the previous parts it makes sense and this book is by far the better read.
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on 1 June 2013
I enjoyed reading this before,during and after (too much to do!) our trip to a greek island. It did make me laugh out loud at various times and was set at just the right tone. A good holiday read.
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on 7 June 2013
i have always loved Greece and dreamt of living there but it'll never happen. never mind, enjoyed reading of his exploits with the neighbours and his travels to other parts of Greece as well
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on 22 February 2014
More adventures and enjoyable reminiscences of places we have visited too!Plus an insight into the pros and cons of living in Greece!
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on 5 December 2014
I have lived my dreams and escaped to a Greek island through the Manuels! Well written and at times, very thought provoking.
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on 12 February 2013
Having been in Greece many times before, everything John talks about in the book is exactly true, even the way of life there. (I am in Greece at the moment).
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on 2 July 2012
Brilliant.

Anyone who has been to Greece in years gone by will relate to just about every situation that arises in this book. It had me laughing and reminiscing over past visits to numerous Greek islands. The subtitle (Ramblings from Rhodes) is a bit misleading, I'm halfway through and Rhodes is't mentioned yet. Not that this should deter anyone, it's very funny.
Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Poli Kala. Yammas!
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