It's All Greek to Me

It's All Greek to Me

A Tale of A Mad Dog and An Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

Book - 2004
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After falling in love with an incredible view John Mole found himself owning a pile of stones and 20 years of goat dung. With no water, electricity or even a road his family were unamused. This is the warm and funny story of the Mole family's dream of making a home in a whitewashed island house with a blue door near a beach and a taverna, and ending up in a tumbledown ruin in a near deserted village. A vision of the simple life in a timeless, idyllic Greece flounders on the blank incomprehension of the Greek villagers. His infatuation with the idea of Greece comes up against the harsh reality of making a home. Want to put up a traditional ceiling? First cut your reeds in a snake-ridden marsh. Invite the neighbours round for a barbecue? cultural and linguistic confusions there is charm and humour on each page. There is plenty of Greek sun and sunstroke, sea and sickness, golden sand - and gravelly cement. Anyone who has been to Greece, if only on a package holiday, will have met in one guise or another the warm, generous and garrulous characters that cram the pages. This charming comedy has something to say about people learning to live, laugh and drink Ouzo (and decent whisky) together.
Publisher: London : Nicholas Brealey Pub., c2004.
ISBN: 9781857883435
1857883438
Characteristics: viii, 342 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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mybibliothike Jul 31, 2010

Another Brit, this time doing up a ruin on an island in Greece. Entertaining & humorous.

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