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The Price of Paradise,
This review is from: Aegean Dream (Paperback)
An adventurous couple decide to leave frenetic California behind and go and live on the paradisiacal Greek island of Skopelos only to find, despite their planning and willingness to go native that Greece's state bureaucracy is quitessentially xenophobic. Not only that, it also happens to be allergic to business, entrepreneurialism, honesty, and efficiency. A true story, 'Aegean Dream' is an at times hilarious often genuinely lyrical recounting of their doomed attempts to survive and prosper in a beautiful and blissful location that also happens to be in thrall to a caustic nightmarish bureaucracy.
Greek warmth, food, landscape and culture are all described with lyrical cinematic imagination and flair, great humour, an unwavering insight and honesty, and much love. For those of a more political bent, there are a shed load of insights into why the Eurozone project might well fail and adversely affect many of us in the process. For fans of 'Mamma Mia' there are the occasional sightings and stories about the lovely Pierce Brosnan and some of the locations of the shoots. 'Aegean Dream' ends both sadly and with a lucky and timely escape, with heaven and hell as inseparable, often comic, companions.