Although some of this book is a little depressing in parts, nevertheless there is a lot of warmth,humour and hope in this book. It certainly explains the ludicrous situation of the Greek crisis and gives an interesting insight into how Greece has sabotaged itself economically. As a regular traveller to many different parts of Greece I have to say this book has only served to confirm some of my worst fears about the Greek desire to "milk" the tourist or foreigner.
However, obviously I understand that Greece is not the only country to behave in this way and it is a mark of human nature rather than any particular culture. I'm going to Skopelos later this year (already booked) and to be honest, as a result of this book I am a little wary. The author's pain and frustration is very well recorded and the book is immensely moving - especially as it conveys the strength of Dario's relationship and understanding with his wife. Very educational - Thank God they managed to get away.
UPDATE AFTER VISITING SKOPELOS (this review is now re-written) - I now completely understand why Dario and his wife wished to live there. I re-read the book whilst away and found it fascinating to see the places to which he refers. I think this is a wonderfully honest appraisal of Greece and despite the nightmare of absolutely stupid bureacracy, you can tell that they really adored their friends and the island. I think it is a triumph of their human spirits and would certainly recommend any traveller to Greece reads this book in order to get an extra dimension of understanding of Greece's economy & the people. I also now think the book is uplifting because both Dario and his wife, despite not being 21 anymore, managed to re-build a new life back home. Respect due guys ! Very interesting reading.