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Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens Kindle Edition

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CathyGrace on October 2, 2012
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I wish I could write as well as Laurie Penny does so that I could give this book the review it deserves. I loved reading "Discordia". I found it engrossing, informative and easy to stick with. It gave me a lot of insight into a problem I knew little about. I wish I could make it required reading for the US Congress. The illustrations were beautiful and added a great deal to the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By justinjpogue on October 21, 2012
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DISCORDIA is a boots-on-the-ground fever-pitch hell-run through Athens during the Austerity Riots post "everything went to shit with the world economy day" (which day that was, you can pick yourself...it landed on different days in the US and in Europe, but it certainly did happen). Laurie Penny writes captivating prose, interviews the people affected within the Greek population, and raises proper concerns about the rise of the kind-of-almost-Police-State that is enforcing these Austerity limits upon the populace. Molly Crabapple livens up the prose with fantastic capture-the-moment sketches, giving flesh and weight to Penny's prose. This is writing of the highest water, notable, gripping, and ringing with authenticity. This is the writing that Hunter S. Thompson would have been doing if he were A) of this generation; and B) if drugs were not so good. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles on October 4, 2012
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Even though I have only just started reading this book, I had to stop and say something because I am just loving it so far. Laurie Penny's prose and Molly Crabapple's illustrations make me imagine a sort of contemporary Alice in Wonderland, told in a voice not unlike William Gibson, and drawn with an observational wit in the spirit of Tenniel. This would be reason enough to make it worth reading, but the fact that the characters, events and situations are real and current makes it important. The book is not, and does not claim to be "fair and impartial". Most contemporary news organizations brag that they are, but I am not aware of any that actually deliver on that boast. The alternative to the impossible ideal of "fair and impartial" is to share a tale based on the honest impressions on your eyes and heart, refracted by the biases and beliefs of the writer and artist, in addition to those of the reader. When a friend tells a story, you know that it is colored by their attitudes and beliefs. You accept it in that context, and apply your own filters of belief as well. I am finding it refreshing and informative to see what Laurie and Molly, whom I know just a bit from their social media presence, thought and felt about their travels through history as it happens. Ok enough gushing, back to the book. Thank you L+M!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SG on December 30, 2012
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Well worth the ridiculously low price. Penny's writing is smart, wry, lyrical. For activists around the world who rejoiced in Occupy Wall Street and Tahrir Square and are now wondering what happens next, here are the insights you need-- they are as dark as the situation, but always there is an undercurrent of hope. Crabapple's drawings are raw and real, drawing on the graffiti of Athens for inspiration. Read this, please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on October 18, 2012
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I didn't know very much about the current situation in Greece before I read this, but I knew a bit about both the authors, and I knew that I took what they said seriously. Now that I've read the book I can absolutely understand why the authors felt it was important to write it. All we hear about is the need to impose austerity if we're to keep Europe on an even keel. Having read this book I'm far more concerned with what austerity is doing to the fabric of Greek society, the kind of social upheavals it's creating, the mess it's making of their country. It's not just unfair that those who had least to do with the debt crisis are the ones who we're told have to suffer the most to fix it, it's actually dangerous. So many people have had their stake in society taken away that they're starting to do desperate (though predictable) things. The parallels with the rise of Fascism in pre-WWII Germany are spelled out and it does not seem in anyway an inappropriate analogy. Fascist gangs roaming the streets beating up foreigners and gay people without fear of police interference is something Europe has seen before.

The authors have made no attempt to keep the book dispassionate. It's a personal journey, something of a travelogue, full of opinions and character. That suited me very well and made this short book very easy to read. Ms. Penny's writing style is also one I find very competent and agreeable. If for some reason you don't like either the personalised writing style or the personality of the authors themselves then you may not like this book. But personally I think we need more like it. And I hope Laurie Penny in particular writes more like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrence A. Young on October 11, 2012
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When one reads about the Greek debt crisis in the news, it's usually swathed with talks of rioting, protesting, and violence - followed by statistics and a growing number of billions of euro the country owes. You hear about government officials attempting to enforce austerity on its population - phrases like 'complete economic meltdown' are thrown around constantly. All these detached stories fail to capture the soul and emotion of Greece's population.

Laurie and Molly, versed in capturing civil uprisings, bestow us with a work that is eye opening, visceral and gives us a picture of Greece from a more human perspective - a narrative of human spirit and triumph amongst a climate of fear and violence. We get stories from citizens in a hot Athens from all walks of life: journalists, mental health workers, anarchists and immigrants.

Laurie offers us a glimpse into the mind of a guerrilla journalist, called by some part of her self to tell the story no one else wants to, in prose that is emotive and clear. Facing arrest, violence and the crushing reality of a failing civilization, she endures and muses about the state of journalism and big media in the world.

Molly's illustrations are hauntingly beautiful and are described by her partner as 'neo-Victorian'. Each rendering tells a story which would otherwise be unnoticed as some of the places they went are secluded 'anarchist' zones and don't allow photos.

Gazing into these renderings, one can't help but notice their heliocentric aspects. It's as if Apollo is amidst each portrait, lurking as an anchor, holding the subject together in the composition.
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