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Thanos Vlekas: A Novel (Literature in Translation) Paperback – July 17, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
The comments of the Socialite Iapetos in one area had me in laughter: "Ethiopians and Eskimos love their own," ... "but only because they don't know the Iapetoses of this world."(80) This boasting comment describes the character of Iapetos well. On page 127 there should be a "the" inserted before the word "magistrate's", but other than that this work is error free.
This book was entertaining while still showing an accurate portrayal of life in Greece after Greek independence. The author Pavlos Kalligas when asked for permission to reprint this novel denied ever writing a novel.(xviii) From reading this work, this is doubtfully out of embarrasment.Read more ›
The story is told through the life of an honest farmer named Thanos Vlekas, whose brigand/man-on-the-make brother keeps sucking him into trouble. I won't go into the details of the story here, but it is highly melodramatic. There is a sappy love story, complete with lots of heart-wrenching farewells and terrible misunderstandings. 3/4 of the way through the book, the ending becomes predictable.
It's probably a good thing that Pavlos Kalligas stuck to politics and didn't write any more novels. So why four stars? Well, "Thanos Vlekas" should be read as a work of historical fiction or even history, rather a simple novel. The story leaves much to be desired, but the novel is an effective vehicle to illustrate social and economic conditions in mid-19th-century Greece, and the introduction/preface help with that illustration.