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Carved in Stone : The Greek Heritage Paperback – July 23, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Five and Dot Corp (July 23, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967059313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967059310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,689,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carved in Stone the Greek Heritage won the Best Book for 1999/2000 as well as six other awards -- Sacramento Publishers Association

Governor Grey Davis issues a commendation "Carved in Stone captures the esence on Greek immigration in the 1900's" -- California Governor's office

About the Author

Publisher's comments. Mr Douros spent the first years of his life in the ethnic neighborhoods of Boston, absorbing the culture. and listening to stories of the past In later years he was a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, consultant, consultant and the father of four sons. He is in the process of revising "These Are The Things Papoo Told Me, a collection of translated parables and short stories.." His next work now in progresss is "The Barretts of Shelburne, Ship Builders of Vermont. of Vermont.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By heather tyler on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
You'd have to be carved out of stone not to be touched by Basil Douros's heartfelt story of his family's migration from Greece to America almost a century ago. The Odyssey of the Douropoulos family comprises passion, drama, bloodshed, high sea adventures, courage, endurance and humour in equal measures. Douros writes vividly of the tumultuous transition from the old world to the new, of how despite the economic advantages of America, his relatives still longed in their hearts to smell the wild herbs crushed beneath their footsteps as they climbed the stony mountains of their war-ravaged birthplace. Migrants built America and they built Australia too. The Douros story is universal. I've been a migrant twice in my life and I just loved this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
While Douros's fine effort will have special meaning for members of the Greek Diaspora and their offspring in the U.S., this story of his family's history, emigration and assimilation will resonate with anyone whose family members came to the U.S. to seek their fortune and to breath free. While my family went through this process coming from Asia Minor under somewhat different circumstances than Douros's family, and wound up in New York City rather than in Douros's Boston, all of the characters and situations have a very familiar ring as the Greek culture and religion barely miss a beat crossing the Atlantic and landing in America, where the village ways reluctantly begin to loosen their grip, at first to the bolder members of the clan and then, over time, to the others. The book is richly written and an easy, fast read. Really very well done. Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
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Carved in Stone holds deep significance as a story of ideas. The ideas were different in those days. They were thrust on each generation by the one before. Simple prejudices and tastes could almost not be helped. This book's voice rings in our ears in a way to give us insight into the world of decades past. It is a mystery that we have survived at all without knowing our stories, yet many people today have done so. Carved in Stone gives us the opportunity to live vicariously through it's characters to long to know our own ancestors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
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This is a well-written story of one man's Greek heritage and the struggles and heartaches of emigrating to the U.S. This was obviously a labor of love and respect, and the characters are skillfully brought to life. I had a hard time putting it down and would recommend it highly.
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