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This review is from: Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens (Paperback)
Written by a bright + interesting woman this book works on several levels. For me it presented a richly informative portrait of a culture that I was curious about. What grabbed me was the fact that it was the story of one woman's journey into making a life in Greece with her family told from her individual experience. Because of her background as an Anthropologist + her marriage to a Greek man this book goes way beyond the limits of domestic encounters with the natives.
Although the writing style seemed a little awkward at first I was quickly absorbed into the warm + often very funny observations of Greek life. Indeed, as a lone woman traveller I was very glad of her shared knowledge of the 'Kamakia' or "Harpoonists" (usually cafe-based gaggles of predatory men!) and many other Greek institutions + customs. The book goes on to offer a perceptive account of events in Greek history which have shaped both the people and the place. If like me, you have an aversion to dry or pompous history books + travel guides then try this wonderful book. I quickly began to understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of a people told in a very human way. Don't go to Athens without it !