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Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing Paperback – 10 Oct 2013
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About the Author
With a father hailing from Greece and a mother with roots as mixed as a tequila sunrise, Ekaterina Botziou grew up with a very confused identity. Born in Leigh-on-Sea, England, she spent her formative years learning that every word comes from the Greek language. After studying Law at University College London, she signed with an acting agency and worked on several films and television productions, donning dodgy wigs and smelly costumes while moonlighting as a PA. Now living in Wimbledon, Ekaterina also writes for various London and foreign publications and is the founder of The Greek Wives Club; a place for all the wives / girlfriends / partners / friends of Greek men, who may not even be Greek themselves, to come together and share their experiences of life with a Spartan ape. www.ekaterinabotziou.com
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I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book in a goodreads.com first reads giveaway. What a treat it was to read. The author's bubbly personality shows through the writing. There was even humour in the inside cover page eg. where it normally says 'This book is fictional, any resemblance etc.....' -in this one it says 'This book is FACT. Names, characters and events are all true. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locale is NOT a coincidence' -well this had me laughing before I had even started the book! Chapter headings are ingenious, this really adds to the whole package for me; This Is A Greek Man's World, If I Were A Greek Man, Forever and Ever, hints at songs, theming the book, it all adds up to a very polished and well presented book. This isn't a novel or a memoir but it is light-hearted look at life in a Greek family living in England and their various traditions and quirks. Funny and informative, it is quite wonderful. It's quite a short book, 200 pages, but Ekaterina manages to say so much in so few words and there's so many funny anecdotes. My absolute favourite chapter was the one where she described their annual holidays in Greece. A fabulous chapter, the book is great for this chapter alone. Here are experiences, jokey observations, poems, stories and recipes. Even the titles for the chapters are well thought out and this all adds up to a great presentation. Highly accurate too. Congratulations on an excellent book.
So much of what Ekaterina Botziou says about Greek customs, Greek men and Greek families, I have experienced first hand and her observations are spot on. It is quite a talent to point out all the faults a foreigner is likely to encounter on marrying a Greek yet at the same time let your profound love for the country shine through. Like all good satires, the book is based on truth but it is done in such a good-natured way.
If you are looking for a humorous, light-hearted read, want to find out more about Greek culture or are thinking of visiting Greece, this is a must-read. However, if you are planning on getting married to a Greek then proceed with caution. You may not feel quite the same again after reading this book!
To summarise, read it, it is amusing but a little repetitive,
I liked this book a lot. Although not involved with a Greek man, I live in Greece and laughed out loud at the accurately portrayed examples of life with the Greek man and his extended family.
Botziou manages to turn a potential headache situation into something manageable. Great humour, right up my street.
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