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The Greek for Love: A Memoir of Sorrow and Joy Paperback – International Edition, February 28, 2006


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“For anyone who’s fantasized about running off to live on a Greek isle or any other idyllic spot abroad, this is a lovely way to do it vicariously.”
Maclean’s

The Greek for Love is every bit as sumptuous as its setting. In Chatto, we have a tour guide of inimitable perception and style. As with the food he so warmly describes throughout the book, we cannot help
but devour his carefully constructed offering.”
Toronto Star

“Chatto does for Greece what Under the Tuscan Sun did for Italy or Chris Stewart’s Driving Over Lemons did for Spain…. An exquisite book that will appeal to anyone who ever thought of owning an olive tree.”
The Sun Times (Owen Sound)

About the Author

James Chatto’s award-winning writing on food, wine and travel appears frequently in leading magazines and newspapers in Canada, the U.S. and England. He is the author of four cookbooks and a contributor to many others. His nonfiction book, The Man Who Ate Toronto (1998), was nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award and won awards from Cuisine Canada and Heritage Toronto. In an earlier incarnation, Chatto was an actor, a singer and a saxophonist with a single that reached number two on the British Northern Soul charts.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679313141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679313144
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,597,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Charles on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book! But don't read it if you're tempted by the Greek Islands - it could rearrange your priorities! I heard the author, James Chatto, interviewed on CBC Radio and was intriqued by his understated charm. I took the book out of the library, which is my common practice, and read it over the course of a beautiful May weekend.
In their early twenties, James and Wendy visit the island of Corfu and fall in love with eachother and with the remote village where they rent a small house for a holiday. In this book, James Chatto looks back on that visit and recounts how it changed their lives forever. His story includes the expected descriptions of breaktaking scenery, the village lifestyle, its colourful inhabitants and the glorious food. I loved the way they transform the old, rundown house they eventually buy - complete with eleven olive trees - into a cozy home. Their work to restore the house and land to its original state is truly fascinating. And we settle down with them there to a satisfyingly simple life as they raise their two little boys. When tragedy strkes, James Chatto shares it honestly with the reader as he has the other details of their lives. I was touched and moved by their experience.
The copy I read has gone back to the library and my own copy now graces my bookshelf. I even think I'll select it for my Book Club's next season. And then maybe we'll plan that trip to Greece....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Darnell on October 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book and couldn't put it down. I have been swayed by the similarities between us in the property restoration part, we too have an old kafenion for restoration in Kefalonia, but the actual story was riveting as well as really amusing, soul feeding and deeply poignant with the loss of their beautiful son. It was well written, gave a real flavour of pre tourist Greece and came up to date without losing the special magic of the Ionian Islands beauty and mystery.
The Greek characters were captured to a T, infuriating, comical, kind and a little crazy all thrown into the mix! It is a seductive book with big chunks of real life bringing tugging at your heartstrings. I will no doubt re-read it on a grey day and dream of the photographic light of Corfu.
Detta Darnell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Sun on February 21, 2011
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This charming, poignant memoir is much better than I expected, given its almost clichéd storyline (young idealistic Canadian-British bohemians buy a ruined house in a small village on Corfu and fix it up, transforming their own lives and going a bit native in the process). There is a wonderful honesty to the story, which avoids overly romanticizing rural Greece while still reveling in all the wonderful (and maddening) aspects of Corfu and its people that bring the author and his family back to the island again and again. This is what travel writing is supposed to be like.
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Format: Paperback
I found this book very interesting from a cultural as well as a human point of view. James Chatto's description of events, scenery and food was so vivid that my mouth was watering for more. The book was able to capture my interest from the first to the last page. I would recommend it to everyone.
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By Jay15 on October 10, 2012
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Enjoyed it immensely..though it did drag out in some chapters. Over all, a wonderful book especially if you know Corfu.
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