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Eurydice Street: A Place In Athens [Anglais] [Broché]

Sofka Zinovieff
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Eurydice Street Sofka Zinovieff had fallen in love with Greece as a student, but little suspected that years later she would return for good with an expatriate Greek husband and two young daughters. This book is a fresh, funny and inquiring account of her first year as an Athenian. Full description

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  • Broché: 288 pages
  • Editeur : Granta Books; Édition : New edition (2 mai 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1862077509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862077508
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,7 x 13 x 2 cm
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pleasant read for Greek lovers 2 mai 2011
This is a wonderful account of the author's first months as an "immigrant" in Athens. As the wife of a Greek citizen, her integration was made easy yet settling there with her family required effort, adaptability and enthusiasm.Her love for her new country shines through when she describes the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of the inhabitants. It was written before the crisis and the tone is rather optimistic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Moving to Athens 16 février 2005
Par Alekos - Publié sur
This charming book was written by a British lady who goes to live in Athens with her Greek-born husband and pre-adolescent daughters. The fact that she is an anthropologist gives her analysis of the city and the Greeks a depth and completeness they would not otherwise have. She loves the Greeks and their ways of living and their values, but she is not therefore blinded to the way they sometimes take moral shortcuts and fail to live up to who and what they claim to be. Her overriding goal is to fit in and be accepted as a Greek wife and mother and citizen. She is delighted when her daughters rapidly learn the language. She relishes her new Greek friendships. She is saddened by the fast pace of urbanization and bemoans the way it combines all the country's worst traits: corruption, money-madness, rejection of traditional values. She knows Greeks have no monopoly on these traits but she hates to see them in a country she loves so thoroughly. The author has quite a sound sense of history and is keenly aware of all the historical and ethnic elements that make up modern Greece. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully written account of daily life in today's Athens 6 novembre 2004
Par Lisane - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
In my search for books that would give me a sense of what it's like to live in contemporary Greece, I found Eurydice Street, a book by an anthropologist who is married to a former expatriate Greek. The author and her husband decided in 2001 to move to Greece to live, and raise their two young daughters as Greeks. They find a house in Athens on Eurydice Street, and begin their first year living in Athens as Greek citizens. This book is the story of that year. I have read several books about modern Greece, but Eurydice Street is one of only two (the other being Dinner with Persephone) that I consider outstanding. By "outstanding", I mean that not only is the book well written, but it goes beneath the surface to convey not just customs, practices and descriptions of landscape, but the psychological and feeling aspects of life in the Greek culture. I came away feeling that I understand something about the way Greek people experience life.

Ms. Zinovieff writes extremely well, and she brings her anthropologist's eye for cultural norms and folkways to her account. The book takes us through the year, starting in the dead heat of August, and each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of Greek culture -- the festival of Panaigia, Oxi Day, November 17, the Greek way of celebrating Christmas, which is to celebrate the New Year instead, and of course, Easter. Even though the chapters each focus on a particular event in Greek life, they flow naturally because the author experiences these events as part of her family's daily life.

By the time you've finished the book, you feel that if you went to Greece to live for a period of time, you would be going to a familiar place that you understand. This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it highly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Informed, Balanced and Entertaining. 27 août 2006
Par Benjamin Rossen - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Greece is a country of extremes and exaggerated characters. So, it is not surprising that many non-Greek writers describing their experience of Greece and the Greek people have little difficulty telling picturesque anecdotes. Gerald Durrell's books and essays amuse the reader, thought Durrell's writing has a tendency to mock the Greeks from a position of presumed British cultural superiority; and in somewhat the same tradition we have John Mole's account (It's All Greek to Me). Lawrence Durrell (Prospero's Cell) just does not get it quite right; two and a half years and layers of literary pretensions are, respectively, too little and too much to do Corfu justice. Henry Miller (The Colossus of Maroussi) was overwhelmed by his experience, and the gushing metaphorical excess of his account tells us more about his emotional state then it does about the country. Greece seems to draw this kind of awe-struck reaction from Anglo-American travelers.

It is a refreshing change to encounter this book by Sofka Zinovieff who is enough of a foreigner to see things with a fresh eye, and yet enough of an insider to really understand what she sees. Her academic training enables her to penetrate the appearances of things, and to draw out the truths behind the Greeks' popular myths and definitions of themselves. To this she brings a wealth of anthropological, historical, sociological and political insight without converting this lovely light hearted and entertaining book into a studious tome. It is a wonderful account and strongly recommended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly boring and haughty 15 mars 2008
Par KC - Publié sur
An expat in Athens myself, I eagerly devour any accounts written by others in hopes I might find a kindred soul or nuggets of wisdom I've somehow overlooked. I did not find either in this book.

Consulting with other expats whose opinions I value, they concurred that this book was boring and the author used every opportunity to name drop or prove how connected she is, so I was shocked to find so many glowing reviews here. Everyone I know tried in vain to get through a chapter at a time, nodded off, then put this book down for good. That's what I did. The only person I met who liked this book is a trailing spouse of a wealthy Greek with children, much like the author who comes from a well-to-do family and is married to a diplomat. This is not how the majority of real people live in Athens or anywhere in Greece; this is an account of a privileged life in which the bureaucracy and infrastructure so ingrained in Greek society have been removed. People who believe this is a charming "slice of everyday life in Athens" or "spot on" are either people visiting Greece once a year or living in Greece as Greeks and/or rich.

I know how difficult it is to write a book and really wanted to like it, and I'm sure people will vote 'no' on whether this review was helpful to punish me, but I believe in being honest nevertheless. This was not a page turner and was sold, since I had no intention of ever picking it up again. Sorry!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful Read into Modern Greece 2 janvier 2011
Par Pauline Hager - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Eurydice Street is a beautifully written account of a British woman of Greek and Russian ancestry, who moves to Greece with her expatriate Greek husband and their two young daughters. As a trained anthropologist and a journalist, she reflects on her observations of present-day Greece. The family rents a maisonette on Eurydice Street in Vouliagmeni, a suburb of Athens. Written in first person, author Sofka Zinovieff transports her reader to Athens, vividly detailing the country's culture, her morals, religious holidays, ancient wars, Greek war of independence from the Ottoman Empire, World War 11, the communist civil war, among other topics, perhaps more than a reader cares to read. However, it's a serendipitous way of learning the history and culture of a country that has been ravaged by wars and foreign invaders. Eurydice Street is more than a one woman's travelogue but a search into a country's psyche. This book is informational, at times amusing, and insightful; not a boring book, as one reviewer claimed. He was in the wrong genre. I recommend this book to any one who cares to learn about Greece, why the country is what it is today, and simply looking for a good read.

Pauline Hager, author
Memoirs of an American Housewife in Japan
Giorgi's Greek Tragedy
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