- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 13684 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 Oct. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009HVQ1JW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Her style is casual yet articulate and in places comic, as much as the subject allows, it is a sad story of a nation declining while the rest of us are busy with our own worries, it is a picture of where we could be going if we don't wake up.
The illustrations also added to the whole in a way that simple photos would not have managed.
If you are interested in politics an are in any way doubtful that we are on the right course this is worth reading.
The theme throughout is how the people of Greece are suffering and adjusting from the aggressive austerity measures. They are very real stories of immigrants, artists and journalists and others, set to the background of the rise of the violent far right.
The illustrations bring the stories to life in a very personal way that would likely not be achieved through photography.
Why only 4 stars.
In the middle of the essay the story becomes slightly self-obsessed, which felt to me at odds with the rest of the writing. The second reason is there could have been a little more analysis as to the rise of the right. Indeed it would have been interesting to have heard the views of the right wing activists as well as the sympathisers.
However while written through the left-wing eyes of Laura Penny that should not put you off if you politics don't match, sometimes it is good to step out of the echo chamber.
Laura Penny has been involved with and an observer of the rise of the Occupy movement. A book in the same style, with a little more analysis would be a great book indeed.
It's an eye-opening look at a country many of us wouldn't hesitate to go to on our summer holidays. Perhaps it is a little one-sided but it's a side we don't really get to hear about. My heart goes out the people of Greece whose lives have been ruined by economics and the innocent who are blamed in the backlash. It's also quite critical of traditional press, both in Greece and at home, looking at the natural evolution of reporting in the digital age but Laurie also explains how it's hard making a living as an independent journalist. Sometimes she is not welcomed on either side of the picket line.
Of course, what sets Discordia apart from other pieces of journalism is Molly's wonderful illustrations. The ink and pencil drawings are the perfect medium for ebooks, something that the eInk renders well. I will admit to reading it on my iPad for the subtleties of colour but really, they don't need to be seen in colour to be appreciated. They are a mix of sketches on ruled notebooks, made on the spot, and more considered drawings done from photos and memories. Laurie's text and Molly's drawings were done independently of each other but they fit together seamlessly, drawn from the same experiences.
I didn't read the Kindle version but there appeared to be some duplication of the illustrations. This could be on purpose, but the illustrations are placed at relevant points in the text, and where the duplicates appeared they just didn't seem to correspond.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought I'd try & see if I could put my utter contempt for this band wagon jumping, careerist an cap in left clothing aside. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2014 by Paul Jarvis
In Discordia we have both a vibrant snap shot of two young women in the midst of history (the juxtaposition of ancient and modern Greece in ruins), and a warning about the decent... Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by booky
stunning, truthful account of whats really going down in europe.
these two ladies will go far.
recommended to everyone but tories
Discordia lived with me for days after reading it. Not the specific details, the intricacies of Greek politics or the way its press has been neutered in a way which makes Britain... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by james_swyer
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