Eleni [Nicholas Gage] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Like New!!!. In , as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist “camps” inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one. In Nicholas Gage’s memoir Eleni, a Communist guerrilla captain also announced that the residents of the small Greek village of Lia would be.
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Minutely Observed And Eloquently Rendered. I can think of no higher praise of this book than to say that it is fit to stand as a monument to Eleni Gatzoyiannis. Eleni lives through this book. Her son has done her justice. Inas civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist “camps” inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the gsge of her three daughters and her son, Nicola.
For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold blood. Elemi Gage joined his father in Wleni at the age of nine and grew up to become a top New York Times investigative reporter, elenl his skills with one thought in mind: Eleni takes you into the heart a village destroyed in the name of ideals and into the soul of a truly heroic woman.
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Read reviews that mention civil war nicholas gage years ago greek civil read this book ever read true story must read many years greek american well written books i have ever decades later tortured and murdered eleni gatzoyiannis man inhumanity best book beautifully written life and death written well. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.
Please try again later. Very intimate and engaging story agge leaves no room for anything short of applause. Where the book could have been dry, his research and writing brings the characters alive and while you know Eleni’s fate early on, you could not help but continue to read the book and admire her resolve and dedication in saving her family. Unlike many seemingly similar immigrant stories, Gage makes the story accessible to all.
You are not at all required to understand Greek culture to enjoy this book, although you may be inclined to afterwards.
He provides the appropriate historical context and touches on universal topics as he tells his mother’s story–family first, human perseverance, unfairness, loss and acceptance. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
I have been meaning to read this book for years, knowing it would be a difficult story for me to absorb – one that would not be forgotten. Read this book, and you will suffer with the Gatzoyiannis family. It gave me an insight into some of elenl customs practiced by my grandparents, my US-born father to a lesser extentand our Greek Orthodox church community. This story of Greek against Greek Communists versus Nationalistswhich continued to rage after WWII was over, is horrifying to those of us proud of our heritage.
Nick Gage born Nikoloas Gatzoyiannis painstakingly reconstructed the history and events leading up to his escape from the Communist-occupied town of Lia, along with his sisters, as well as the execution of his mother who instigated their escape to safety.
It is a wrenching story of hage, unfathomable hardship, and betrayal.
Read this book many years ago and it was a heart rending story. Nicholas did a wonderful job in showing the world just what an amazing person his mother, Eleni was. It never ends, just look at what is happening in the middle east right now, and all the suffering the innocents have to endure!!
But this is and will be a neverending story, it is unfortunately, human beings. One person found this helpful. This book is written for the most ordinary person and by the most extraordinary man. It is a compelling story presented in a way that resonates with a broad audience.
Above all else it is story telling at it’s finest. Be prepared to be convicted in a way that challenges your assumptions about how we often make our decisions and form our opinions. This book is informative as any historical accounting should be but it really makes one look at the human spirit and sense of mission and duty. The topic of genocide does not interest a lot of people but as presented here it should. An Ordinary Man is a cautionary tale and it reminds me of how important it is to live consciously.
It portrays people in the ugliest way but through this author it validates the strength and beauty of the human spirit. This book is so powerful! I have only gotten into the first pages and am going crazy to find time to continue reading! The history is very accurate.
This had me on edge from the moment I picked up this book. What a story of life and the pursuit of justice. An extremely detailed, lengthy report of the life and death struggles of the author’s mother and villagers in a small, communist occupied Greek mountain town. While a tremendous credit to his mother, I nearly set it aside. The last pages made it all leeni. I actually bought this for a friend of mine.
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