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Lucky In Cyprus: A True Story About A Teacher, A Boy, An Earthquake, Some Terrorists, And The Cia Paperback – 6 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Allan Cole is a best selling author, Hollywood screen writer and former newsman. The son of a CIA operative, he was raised in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. His books include the landmark SF series, Sten, the Timura Trilogy, and the Vietnam classic, A Reckoning For Kings. He has sold more than 150 hours of television, ranging from Quincy, to Magnum, P.I. to Walker, Texas Ranger.
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But he also falls under the influence of an exceptional private tutor who introduces him to world history and an open mind with a decidedly Cypriot slant, two lovely young girls with whom he falls in love, and the revelation that good people are all around him, whether Greek or Turkish, Orthodox or Muslim or Anglican. He comes to Cyprus a child and leaves a young man.
This is a memoir, but so personal to the author that he needed to write it in the third person to fully express his emotions. While dramatic and touching and sometimes sad, it is also full of episodes that have you laughing out loud, including a kerosene-addicted toddler, adventures with young British soldiers, meeting Cypriot artisans who claim direct lineage with some of Greek history's greatest thinkers, haggling with a Turkish camel driver. Most central to the story is his relationship with Jim, the college-educated, politically involved bicycle shop owner who tutors Lucky, but also mentors him as his family can't, in gaining a wider world view.
Allan Cole, who is a novelist, screenwriter and former reporter really knows how to tell a story to keep a reader emotionally involved. This memoir reads like a novel is many ways. By stepping back into third person, he creates a slight distance that allows the reader to join him in understanding his growth as a person, and yet be entertained thoroughly.
The only flaw in this wonderful book is the formatting caused the loss of a word here and there, but that is not the author's fault. I highly recommend you buy and read this book. Whether you can read it nonstop or in bits and pieces, you will fall in love with Lucky through his journey.
First, let me say as an army brat I've always felt I was well-traveled. Next to Allan Cole's life on Cyprus, I'm a babe in the woods. He invites us in to his life for the time he lived in Cyprus. As I read the book, I actually walked the streets of Cyprus with him. I tasted and smelled the food, the city, the mountains he climbed, and crushed nettles beneath his feet. I hurt for him when he attended the English school and was betrayed by a friend.
Yet through it all, Lucky loves life, has never met a stranger, and is filled with insatiable curiosity. I laughed with him and cried with him. I envied his life on Cyprus and loved his teacher Jim. Through Lucky, Jim's quiet wisdom also taught me a number of things. This book is one of those rare reads that I will return to annually and experience something new with each reading. And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to go to Cyprus myself.