Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Review - The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos

One cool thing about being a bibliophile is that I will make the time to attend a book signing that interests me, no matter the length of the trip. I recently traveled to Oxford, MS to attend a book signing at Square Books for what seemed to be an interesting novel as well as author. I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie Bakopoulos, author of the novel The Green Shore, a book that I think everyone should read. The backdrop is Athens, Greece during the 1967 military coup d'etat, with special attention to one particular family: Eleni, a widowed physician, her brother Mihalis who is an eccentric poet and Eleni's children Anna, the youngest, Sophie, the eldest and her son Taki. Each member of the family responds to the unfolding events in their own way and yet each action overlaps with everyone else, thereby creating a story that is rich with history, love, betrayal and awareness. Mrs. Bakopoulos writes with such a delicate flair that I could smell the fresh oranges being squeezed for juice, see the pamphlets calling the people to action and hear the sounds of Greeks weeping and laughing all at once. This is a novel of family and of choices and I savoured every word with an intense desire to not only know more about the characters but to also read about such a period in Greece's history. In short, read this novel. You will not regret it.

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