It's All Greek to Me! A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina - and Real Greeks Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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A witty fun-filled book which recreates a rustic Greece now rarely found. -- The Greek-o-File
It is the humour of the author John Mole that lifts It's All Greek to Me! above the rest. -- Kathimerini, Greeces international English language newspaper
Its All Greek to Me! is a fabulous insight into Hellenic village life. -- Book of the Week, Daily Express
John Mole wirtes with clarity, honesty and humour ... this book offers an entertaining glimpse of life in rural Greece. -- Saga Travellers News
Moles affable style suits the subject ... anecdotes come thick and fast... his self-deprecatory tone is a bonus. -- The Good Book Guide
About the Author
John Mole is the author of three novels and two business books including the incredibly successful Mind Your Manners, also published by Nicholas Brealey. He was educated at Oxford University and INSEAD. He can be contacted through his website www johnmole.com
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Acquired is perhaps not the right word. What John actually bought - from a wily and moustachioed butcher called Ajax - was a view of an unspoilt landscape that took the breath away. The only trouble was that the house that went with the view had no roof, practically no floor and a twenty-year accretion of goat dung in which lurked some very undesirable wildlife. The fact that there was no mains water or electricity was almost incidental.
Fortunately, John's indomitable wife Arfa - so-called because, when offered wine, she would want "just half a glass" - was also captivated by the view; she was less enraptured by some of the other features of her new home including the huge snake that crawled from under the stone on which she sat down to eat her picnic lunch. Realising that he had made a bad mistake John set out to ask the vendor for his money back only to find that it had all been spent on a brand new cold-store for the butcher's shop. Too late. Nothing for it but to make the best of things and turn the house into what he would have liked it to be in the first place.
The rest of the book is about that. How the house took shape and with it the family's new life in Evia. Vividly- drawn characters populate this book: John and Arfa's four feisty children, the vampish Antigone who yearns to be a croupier on a cruise ship but ends up marrying a prosperous and middle-aged local builder and Alekos the taxi driver who spent years in Melbourne.Read more ›
Full to bursting with anecdotes of varying comic value, this book acts both as warning and temptation to the lover of Greece as Mole persevers in creating his Greek 'idyll'. Engagingly written and affectionately drawn, the efforts of both Brits (downing Ouzo at 10am) and Greeks (turfing a tiny, parched lawn)to behave like 'Europeans' provide an endearing and unfailingly entertaining read.
Perfect for the holidaymaker - particularly those who dream of finding a little Greek idyll of their own - but who may, after reading this book, decide to buy in their rooftiles...
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Fascinating read about buying a house in Greece. Worth the read even if you have no intention in doing the same. EntertainingPublished 14 months ago by Ms. Susan M. Crook
I don't know how one reviewer could liken this to a Peter Mayle book. I found it quite boring.Published 16 months ago by C. Vaudin
A delightful simple tale written in a style that kept your interests the time. A lovely outcome and ending to a story which seemed doomed at the outset.Published 17 months ago by Gary Wimbleton
Really enjoyed this. Could be a good holiday read. Really painted a full picture of life in this remote area of Greece. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alan Thwaites
Thank you ....loved it ...so funny ...Felt as though I was there , having Greek friends this book really captures everything . What a wonderful adventure.Published 18 months ago by Ann Sherred