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ACT III: A Small Island in the Aegean [Kindle Edition]

Richard Romanus
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A Small Island in the Aegean

A biographical memoir full of humor and humanity.

A successful Hollywood couple decide that if life is structured like a movie, then why shouldn’t the last act be spent indulging themselves in leftover dreams?

So the couple sell their house, pack up all of their belongings in twenty-two boxes, and together with their large black standard poodle, Guido, start their last act by merrily going overseas to no place in particular until they find paradise.

Their first stop is the Greek island of Skiathos. What ensues is a comedy where these two Hollywood types are forced to deal with the Byzantine labyrinth of Greek bureaucracy, the peculiar Hellenic version of time, and a complete host of new challenges such as the neighbors’ goats who insist on eating their newly planted English roses.

In the process the couple learn to treasure the innocence and generosity of the people of this small island and discover things about themselves that they had long forgotten in the pace and glitz of Hollywood. Paradise indeed.

About Richard Romanus

Born and raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Richard Romanus (1943) attended Xavier
University and received a BS in Philosophy. He then attended the University of Connecticut Law School for a year, after which he left school to pursue a career as an actor. He studied at the famous Actors Studio with Lee Strassberg, and his first major role came as the character “Michael” in Martin Scorsese’s classic film Mean Streets. In the years that followed, Richard Romanus performed in numerous stage productions, films and television shows. In addition to his acting, Richard Romanus is credited with the composer on several films. Together with his wife, Anthea Sylbert, he also wrote and produced Giving Up the Ghost in 1998 and If You Believe in 1999, for which they were nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay.
 Since the end of 2001, after their retirement, Richard and Anthea have been living in Skiathos, Greece. This fictionalized autobiography is based on their adventures overseas.

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About the Author

Born in Vermont and raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Richard Romanus (1943) attended Xavier University and received a BS in Philosophy. He then attended the University of Connecticut Law School for a year, after which he left school to pursue a career as an actor. He studied at the famous Actor's Studio with Lee Strassberg and his first major role came as the character "Michael" in Martin Scorcese's classic film Mean Streets. In the years that followed Richard Romanus performed in numerous stage productions, films and television shows. In addition to his acting, Richard Romanus is credited as the composer on several films. Together with his wife, Anthea Sylbert, he also wrote and produced Giving Up the Ghost in 1998 and If You Believe in 1999, for which they were nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay. Since the end of 2001 Richard and Anthea have been living in Skiathos, Greece.

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  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Armida Publications & Aiora Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HQYD2I
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Hollywood! Hello Happiness! September 25, 2011
By Jana
Format:Paperback
I absolutely enjoyed this book. The story line sounds like a Hollywood script but the fact that two successful Hollywood personalities decide to leave everything behind to start a new life on a small Greek island makes it very enchanting. Romanus has a way of telling his story that captures the reader and enables him/her to relive every emotion that Romanus must have felt. This true story is inspiring and proof that there are more important things in life than money and fame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars act III September 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
i loved this book. greece and its people were described with wonderful imagery. the author's experiences with "the greek way" were absolutely hilarious and yet the book was so poignant, at times it made me cry. if you want to experience greece from a personal perspective (by an american actor who had lived most of his life in los angeles!) and in a thoroughly entertaining way, read this book. highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Under the Greecian Sun" September 14, 2011
By bunky
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book to be a pure delight. Combined memoir, travelogue, and phylosophical musings about changing expectations and values. The book chronicles the author's journey from high powered life in Los Angeles, to a simpler existance in the Grecian isles. Humourous, touching and poignant with a true spiritual underpining. A wonderful read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greece in her true colors... September 8, 2011
By Haris
Format:Kindle Edition
I had no idea what to expect when I first picked this book up. In all honesty, I finished it in one go! The book is funny, it's entertaining, and it's educational, but above all else, it is honest and delicately written in a style that is soothing, calming and beautifully descriptive. It certainly manages to paint Greece in her true colors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun & entertaining August 26, 2011
By isaac
Format:Kindle Edition
A lot of people have said that they would give anything to change their glamorous lifestyle for a simpler more easy-going living. Few have been true to their words. Richard Romanus set this goal and accomplished it. He left Hollywood for a little island in Greece.
I liked him for his honesty and his boldness. I appreciated his humor, he describes the people of the island like Aristophanes, balancing folklore and reality.
I just got the print edition. It's a very entertaining book and a good laugh!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent memoir August 17, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an interesting and funny account of a couple and their standard poodle, who retire to a Greek Island...Skiathos. The move presents many obstacles, which are hilarious and touching. How the couple manages to overcome those obstacles with help from the islanders, who become their neighbors and friends is a warm-hearted story. I loved this book.
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Richard Romanus (1943) attended Xavier
University and received a BS in Philosophy. He then attended the University of Connecticut Law School for a year, after which he left school to pursue a career as an actor. He studied at the famous Actors Studio with Lee Strassberg, and his first major role came as the character "Michael" in Martin Scorsese's classic film Mean Streets. In the years that followed, Richard Romanus performed in numerous stage productions, films and television shows. In addition to his acting, Richard Romanus is credited with the composer on several films. Together with his wife, Anthea Sylbert, he also wrote and produced Giving Up the Ghost in 1998 and If You Believe in 1999, for which they were nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay.
 Since the end of 2001, after their retirement, Richard and Anthea have been living in Skiathos, Greece. This fictionalized autobiography is based on their adventures overseas.

Recently his memoir, ACT III, was shortlisted for the 2012 Rubery International Book Award.


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