- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 833 KB
- Print Length: 233 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1496100913
- Publisher: Bill Kitson (11 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008KNXH3Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 January 2014
The short glowing reviews about this well paced novel don't seem to pick up that this is a book as much about the workings of a tour operator as a Greek village. As a retired founder of a specialist Greek tour operator I was amused at the amount of resources and cash thrown at this small decaying fishing village. I agree that the major tour operators do/did swoop into remote seaside villages and create vast resorts, or they did in the period between the 1970s-1990s but in these days of austerity they are more circumspect and for a specialist small tour operator as portrayed in The Last Resort to be quite so generous is questionable. Although there are/were a couple of sensitive tour operators to Greece who would 'develop' remote areas I do question whether they would be quite so generous with their time and money! But perhaps that is by the by for as a holiday read, an essay on the Greek character, culture and scenery this is a good read. Again knowing the subject as well as I do, I cannot help being a little bit skeptical whether the amusing anecdotes and characters were fiction or gathered throughout the authors numerous holidays in the Greek islands and probably in the resorts of the sensitive tour operators who were our colleagues. Nonetheless the fact that the book comes over as plausible is to the author's credit!
1 August 2013
To those who have come up against Greek bureaucracy, the idea that the conversion of a village into a tourist resort would take only a few months is so wrong as to be ridiculous, so the time-frame of this story must be extended by a couple of years at least. However, having said that, I found some of the situations very funny and the episode of the death of Klassic, the farting donkey, was laugh-out-loud hilarious! An enjoyable book to read by the pool.
15 August 2014
I didn't enjoy this at all though I read it to the end just hoping it might get better. Not much dialogue but continuous description of chronological events. I can't believe that any holiday resort would be constructed so methodically! I always imagined holiday resorts to have grown slowly over time and years, not in a matter of months!
8 March 2017
The story got of to a good start and an interesting idea. However, after reading about half the book it all became a little tedious and predictable. I did complete reading the book and was disappointed because the story line became too cosy.
15 May 2015
Funny, and very typical greek village humour, this reminded me of the first greek holiday we had many years ago! Sadly,the island became too overbuilt, and lost much of it's original charm .I am looking forward to the next book! Maureen keeton,Derbys.
1 March 2013
Sometimes you find a book that is a simple tale. It doesn't try to be an epic, just a book that flows along and whose characters take on a life of their own and welcome you into their world . this is such a book. A delight
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8 May 2013
I could not put this book down. It was brilliantly written and brought back many happy memories for me. I lived for a number of years in Greece so I could relate to certain situations which gave me a good laugh. I was delighted with this read, which I may add was sent to my Nexus 7. Fantastic.
29 June 2014
An amusing collection of tales from a Greek island but not always building a cohesive picture of village life on the island. The tales tend to jump about in time and are not always well linked together but a delightful read nevertheless.