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The Green Shore [Kindle Edition]

Natalie Bakopoulos
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Book Description

 IN HER MASTERFUL DEBUT NOVEL, The Green Shore, award-winning writer NatalieBakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal yet little-explored moment in Greek history: the 1967 military coup d’état, which ushered in a seven-year period of devastating brutality and repression.

Through lyrical prose of wisdom and sophistication, we follow the adventures of one family, whose stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period. Eleni, a widowed doctor, struggles with her lost sense of passion, both personal and political, in the face of this latest challenge to democracy. Her brother, Mihalis, an eccentric poet of some renown, finds himself keeping a low profile as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife. Eleni’s daughter Sophie, a student of French literature, gets swept up in the resistance alongside her privileged, left-leaning boyfriend, while her youngest child, pensive Anna, watches events unfold with increasing anxiety. As the years pass and the dictatorship’s oppressive rule continues unchallenged, their lives unfold in surprising ways, each seeking and finding love and fulfillment as they struggle to make their own peace with when to stay silent and when to act.

Set in Athens and Paris, The Green Shore is an ambitiously told and transporting literary tour de force that delves into a momentous episode in the history of a distant country. The stories of these unforgettable characters sear our hearts and make us understand not only this place, but also what it means to be human, in a new way.

Editorial Reviews


“Bakopoulos has an enormous heart, and she is a writer to watch." (The Chicago Tribune )

“Natalie Bakopoulos, in her sharp debut novel . . . [explores] the ways oppression clarifies and complicates desire, either binding our emotional and political selves or snapping them in two.” (Mark Athitakis Cleveland Plain Dealer )

The Green Shore is an extremely compelling, deeply personal tale . . . this searing literary accomplishment renders clear a monumental episode in our world history through the very intimate portrait of one family.” (Jenni Herrick Shepherd Express )

“Natalie Bakopoulos has that rare gift, the ability to imagine a traumatic historical event in the form of individual lives and ordinary details. The Green Shore is compelling, personal, and full of quietly real moments.” (Elizabeth Kostova author of The Historian )

"Must List" (Entertainment Weekly )

"The writing is lush, tinged with sexual longing and fear and with dreams that are interrupted." (Lansing City Pulse )

The Green Shore is an engrossing novel about political oppression, played out on an intimate family scale. Bakopoulos charts the subtle, gnawing pressures of life under the Greek junta—the steady drip of daily coercion—with an exacting empathy. In particular, her depiction of love under tyranny—by turns hesitant, furtive and liberating—is as astute as it is moving.” (Peter Ho Davies author of The Welsh Girl )

“The slow descent of political oppression and its invasion of private life—both these subjects are treated with insight and deep feeling in Natalie Bakopoulos's ambitious novel. Her characters are ‘on fire, exploding from the inside out,’ and they all reveal themselves memorably under the terrible (and sometimes ordinary) political and private circumstances in which they find themselves.” (Charles Baxter author of The Feast of Love )

“The family at the center of Natalie Bakopoulos’s gripping debut novel exists at the crossroads where the personal meets the political, as they indulge their idiosyncrasies and develop their destinies during Greece's military dictatorship of the late 60s and early 70s. There’s plenty of drama and catharsis, as befitting a Greek tragedy, but the book remains, at heart, a meditation on the constant pain of nostalgia for times and places we have lost, and an exploration of how we express love—of family, partner, and country—in times of oppression.” (Eleni N. Gage author of Other Waters )

“Warm, engaging characters and a richly authentic Greek setting make for an engaging read with commercial appeal...Bakopoulos’s juxtaposition of a historic conflict with the joys and trials of motherhood, the heedlessness of youth, and the durability of family ties is poignant and effective.” (Publishers Weekly )

About the Author

Natalie Bakopoulos holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Ninth Letter,,, The New York Times, and The New York Times Book Review, and has received an O. Henry Award, a Hopwood Award, and the Platsis Prize for Work in the Greek Legacy. She is a contributing editor for the online journal Fiction Writers Review. The Green Shore is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3990 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ANTLKMK
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064C4Y4Q
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read: philosophical and romantic June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished consuming this fascinating book, and now I'm savoring all that it stirs up: what is the right balance between private and public life, between loyalty to self and to family, or self and country, or self and ideal self? My philosophical side is sated, as is the romantic in me: warm, sultry greece and rainy, poignant paris, beautiful real characters, tingling sexual tension...aahhh. a good read.

(Mrs.) Macarthur McBurney
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Shore June 15, 2012
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The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos is a historical fiction novel that follows the effects of the military coup d'etat in 1967. While not a well-known historical movement, or at least one I didn't have knowledge of, it devastated much of Greece (mostly Athens) for many years. A coup d'etat is the sudden, illegal takeover of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment--typically the military--to depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civil or military. Bakopoulos's novel follows the lives of one family and how this movement shaped their future.

She paints a very vivid picture of Greece, far different from the one that springs forth in my mind from movies such as Mama Mia' or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Those deliver only romantic notions of this country with white washed buildings and beautiful seaside views. While these are still a part of the country, The Green Shore gives the reader a more intimate relationship with Greece, and by choices of the characters, Paris, France. The two countries are juxtaposed against one another to illuminate not only the struggles, but the triumphs of a turbulent political climate.

***Small plot spoilers***

Bakopoulous's family in the novel centers on the lives of four major characters, of which the reader loves and hates. Sophie, the first major character the reader connects with, is a strong willed activist in love with a very wealthy leftist boyfriend. This relationship fizzles when Sophie must suddenly flee the country and it is with her departure I feel we, as the reader, really get to know who she is without the plight and passions of Greece thrust upon her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
this book is a must read for anyone who enjoys family, love, coming-of-age stories set against a real and dramatic historical backdrop. this book is set primarily during the junta's rule over Greece in the late 60s and early 70s- the very brutal military dictatorship of Greece for 7 years. the author does a great job incorporating elements of Greece's past leading up to the dictatorship which is necessary and adds to the story. this is the author's first novel and I was very impressed with how she developed each character- and there are quite a few. the language is beautiful and you really can picture the scenes in Greece, Paris and elsewhere. it is obvious that this author did her research and that she cares to provide accurate statements and reflections of this difficult period for Greece even though the book is a work of fiction. Through the family and their extended circle, the author shows "history" happening but also how each person makes "history" and how relevant an everyday person's actions can be. I got the sense that this author has been waiting her entire life to write this book and the love for the characters and subject matter shows. you don't have to be greek to understand and admire the effort. this book should be read by all who are moved by the stories of families and individuals loving, living through, and reacting to political turmoil in both human and heroic ways.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars June 29, 2014
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It was well written and told the story what the people went through during the junta.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Deserving of Plaudits May 14, 2014
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This book is deserving of the plaudits it has received. Bakopoulos is clearly a master of the written word and she shows it through this "circle-of-life" book of a Greek family during a time of national crisis. The so-called "colonel's junta" of 1967 imposed a tyranical government on Greece -- particularly galling since the country is often regarded as the birthplace of democracy. The coup's tentacles reached deep into Greek society and few people were unaffected. In "The Green Shore" a family with strong passions, not the least of them political, passes through the vicissitudes of life in the shadow of the obscene coup, which colors everything. Bakopoulos's characters are multi-dimensional and she brings just the right amount of conflict into each life. The book describes the familial diaspora of children leaving home, love requitted or not, intrigue, nostalgia and a searing period in the modern history of rambunctious Greece. Bakopoulos is a sensible writer, not given to unrealistic plot turns or hyperbole. The book unfolds at just the right pace. At its heart, it is simply the story of a family, but under the author's crystal-clear microscope, it is family most memorable. You won't soon forget these people and the world they lived in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 15, 2013
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It describes the life of people in Athens during the junta with the most human way and with a great sense of tendency...since I am from Greece I have read a lot of books regarding this time of history and I have to say that it was very interesting to read a book with this theme from another point of view..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Read this only because I am Greek and interested in the period of the...
Did not engage me, poor character development and some of their actions did not make sense to me, I did not get what I was looking for in terms of better understanding the time... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Flora Schweid
5.0 out of 5 stars Noticed that Natalie Bakopoulos was a MI author.
This is a wonderful read of chaos in Greece.( pre 2nd War) The family dynamics are very interesing. I liked this book so much that I gave it as gifts.
Published 21 months ago by sue knarr
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new author
Enthralling story about a period of time many of us don't know about, featuring fascinating, well-rounded characters. A very enjoyable read by a new author.
Published 22 months ago by Lisariter
3.0 out of 5 stars The Green Shore
Very interesting novel and well written. I particularly liked the way she described the feelings of people living in countries where they are culturally different. Read more
Published 23 months ago by I. Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars very good reading
As an adult who at that period was about 10 years younger than the characters of the story and growing up in Athens, I was moved by the portrayal of the period. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by ismini
4.0 out of 5 stars We question: just what rights do we have as humans?
This is a book rich with the intricacies of daily life in and around Athens. The family of Eleni and Christos are thumbing their noses at things like military juntas, death, and... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Kathryn C. Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Green Shore
The Green Shore, by Natalie Bakopoulos, is the story of a family living through the Greek military junta of 1967-1974. While most of the country sleeps, Greece suddenly changes. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Ixachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good piece of historical fiction
I won this book as a Goodread's First Reader's giveaway & found it to be an enjoyable work of historical fiction set during the time of the Greek military dictatorship of the... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Teresam01
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