on 23 December 2013
Simply the best book about Greece/Athens, I can't praise it enough. One of those books I really couldn't put down. The book is filled with cultural references and words that Greeks use that you won't learn anywhere else! Using these and understanding their true meaning (sometimes different to what you think) will make you seem like a native in no time. The descriptions of all the Athenian suburbs will also make you feel much more comfortable when you are actually there.
The story is also very interesting, I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, being true makes it even better. It helps that Sofka is a naturally brilliant writer, her descriptions of Athens and Greece will make you feel like you are there with her. I can't wait to read some of her fiction, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this little gem of a book :)
If you're interested in Greece/Athens and its everyday culture and people, this is the book for you.
on 15 May 2010
I lived in Athens over 25 years ago and I bought this book to take with me on my holiday to Corfu. From the first page it took me on a revivial of my days in Athens;how I loved and sometimes loathed that city, the fun I had in my youth, the friends I made and the things that made me smile then made me smile again. Above all the joy of understanding the fierce pride that is "greekness". It made me realise how much I have missed the Greek way of life and how superior it is to that in the UK.
I recommend this book so highly to anyone planning to travel to Greece to understand the Greek culture and mentality.
It is written with style, with humour and with passion and is one of the best books I have read in years.