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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorougly engaging and insightful, September 27, 2011
This review is from: The Death of Pan (Paperback)
These stories grab your attention since the very first page of the book in that the author takes you, the reader, as his protagonist--the tales all narrated in second person. The nameless main character "you" becomes an everyman in different geographical and social settings and experiencing various situations with a heightened consciousness, mostly getting increasingly anxious as the veneers around the protected self peel one by one with the unfolding of the events in each story. Comparing the human sense, or spirit, of protection with the Greek god Pan, Petsinis subtly strips his readers of their illusion of the human being the advanced species--traditionally perceived as reflecting the image of god--with a touch of irony. Man's story starts out well, with hope and passion, but not for long. The illusion dies, as does Pan (the only Greek god who really dies, as the mythology goes), and what follows is beyond description--just the end of the story, as in Petsinis' tales.

The only thing that may bother the reader of "The Death of Pan" is the monotonous narration in second person. A voice, not yours, telling that you did this and went through that feels imposing at times. On the whole, however, Petsinis' stories are not to be missed. It is a literary treasure, timeless and invaluable.
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