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Eve of DeCONstruction by [Manuel, John]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com; 2 edition (16 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TPKX1XO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well, what more can I say than what an excellent story, and the fact I have read it already, (2 sittings) says it is totally unput downable and engrossing, with great twists (don't want to give away anything to those of you who have not read it yet) to the story, and totally felt as if I was there watching the story unfold, and if it was made into a film, the characters and places involved would be as I imagined them in the story. All in all a gripping story line and yet another great novel.
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I also read this book in two sessions, and thoughrally enjoyed it! I've read all of John's books, and can't decide whether I like the fiction or non-fiction best. This story has enough twist and turns that, every time I thought to put it down and do some actual work, I got to a 'oh got to see what happens next' moment! Lively plot, likeable/believable characters and the fact that I'm now a regular Rhodes visitor, (which by the way came about after having read John's earlier books) I can imagine the little windy streets of the Greek village. If I had just one criticism it would be that in some places the narrative could be a little over descriptive, but that certainly didn't take away from my real enjoyment of this clever book!
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I was really surprised at how addictive this book was, and found that as the story progressed, everytime I had to put the book down I couldn't wait to pick it up again. The plot is split between the UK and Greece - if you love holidaying there you'll feel a real connection with this one. The twists and turns of the story line, combined with the mixture of emotions completely draws you in. This was my first read of anything by John Manuel, and I am currently enjoying another by him. Highly recommended.
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What this book, which other books set in Greece often fail to do, is to get inside the 'authentic' Greece. This is not easy to do, Greece is not all islands, sun, sea and ... It is also a rugged country where in the 1960s and 70s life was pretty basic and Manuel's understanding of the Greek character and the ordinary workaday life in remote village and provincial time is spot-on. The book begins with what is essentially an English love story in the West country; the author's excellent portrayal of character begins here but develops between the Greek villagers, simple farmers in the mid 20th century, adapting to modern life by the 21st, and the understanding of the principal female protagonist was masterful. I don't feel able to expand on the characters here without making a spoiler and this was such a page turner (certainly not an overused phrase here) that I am loathe to elaborate. I just loved the book, it described a country I recognise, not just a holiday destination!
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This is the first book I've read by this author and I've enjoyed it immensely. It is not often that a non-Greek author manages to capture the Greek psyche - as well as life in Greek villages - with such a great measure of authenticity and I was really impressed by that. The heroine, Eve, faces a huge shock to discover that she has ancestry in Greece she never knew of. As a reader I found myself following her eagerly and excitedly along her journey through uncharted territory, both in a mental and physical sense, to find the truth about who she is. I found the style of writing compelling, with just the right measure of descriptions, and it certainly motivated me to keep turning the pages. I highly recommend this book for its beautiful story, the delightful way in which old secrets are revealed, but most of all for the feeling it gave me of actually being there and witnessing it all first hand - a precious talent that this author surely possesses. I received a free copy of this book and chose voluntarily to review it.
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This novel wasn't only interesting for its storyline and plot twist...which kept me up half the night as it reached its climax - but it gives one a very important and insightful look at Greece's recent history, in a semi-fictional way.
I like novels of historical fiction - and this wove between past and present. It helped me to understand some of the reasons why Greece is the nation it is today.
My lightbulb moment came - and it wasn't obvious at all - very cleverly written. And excellent at envying emotions.
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This is the third novel by John Manuel and I found it just as good a read as the other two. I particularly liked the storyline of Eve of Deconstruction and the author's style of switching from one era to another and between places in order to provide historical background (both fictional and factual) to the tale. I found the book to be a light, what I think is described as holiday, read but nonetheless very enjoyable and would definitely recommend it for others. I look forward to this writer developing his style further and producing novel number four before too long!
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'Eve' sat on my bookshelf for about six weeks. By the title and the cover I really thought it would be a harrowing experience and needed to be in the mood to read such a novel. Nothing could be further from the truth!! Certainly the premise of the story hinges on a sad and difficult time, but following the 'English' Eve through her search for her Greek ancestry was amusing and compelling. I picked the book up at 10 a.m. and finally put it down at midnight. A brilliant read.
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