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Matoula's Echo by [Romanus, Richard]
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  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Armida Publications (May 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K1B4AZE
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Richard Romanus has written a truly extraordinary novel. Matoula's Echo is a phenomenal achievement not only because it tackles the great themes -- war and civil war, heroism and sacrifice, love and loss, joy and misery, inner conflict, and the struggle merely to survive -- but because it handles them so adroitly. The reader does not see the author at work, carefully crafting the mechanisms of plot, character development, action and feeling, and hardly suspects that in the end a powerful transformation is about to occur. When it comes, the whole novel reveals itself in a new light. It is as if one suddenly understands everything, every twist and turn so incomprehensible in its seemingly random place in the course of events. It is magic in its finest sense. From what sleeve did Mr. Romanus pull such an epiphany?! The result is awe inspiring and fantastically satisfying. Matoula's Echo is not just a good read. It belongs on the short list of books one loves, and reads again and again. Do not wander off and think about it. I implore you to read it now!
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This is a gripping love story set against two wars--WWII and the Greek civil war. The pages are bathed in longing between the two protagonists as events conspire against their desire to be with each other. Meticulously crafted, this novel deserves some shelf space in every epic-lover's reading tablet.
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I am not going to go for superlatives, although I am very much tempted to do so.
My first encounter with this book, in “manuscript” form, was when I was asked to review its greek translation. Being a greek, and in particular with family origins from those rugged mountains of western Greece, I was immediately fascinated by the subject itself. The more I progressed though and the more I got involved in reading between the lines and exploring the fine and deeper meaning of the words, I became increasingly attracted by the style, the literary aptitude of the author; but, above all by the fact that a foreigner, a person who had nothing to do in his past with Greece and the country’s traditions, with the ordeals of occupation, with the horrors of war, was able to grasp the realities of his heroes and transform them into a real page turner.
Mr Romanus demonstrates a truly remarkable ability to captivate the most subtle emotions and express them with tenderness and affection. He loves his heroes and heroines! He identifies with each one of them and I guess this is his secret. By unlocking the soul of Maria Christina, a soul sealed like a clam due to the austerity prevailing in the society she lived in, the author lets us glimpse at the troubled sea tormenting her. Those conflicting emotions, however, eventually galvanize her will and her heroic stand in life, her moral values and her magnanimous heart.
All in all, Mr Romanus has managed to offer his readers a great gift and I for one am deeply grateful.
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Matoula’s Echo is a love story in which the enemy is guilt – finally vanquished. The novel follows the fortunes of a family from northern Greece, through the Nazi occupation and the subsequent civil war. In the late 1940s the story moves to New York where two characters try to come to terms with the tragedy in their own lives and in their homeland.

The narrative style is vivid. Villagers watch “. . . the ugly duckling, so strong yet so flimsy, scrub and beat her clothes as if she were settling scores.” When two emigrants change from their village clothes in preparation for the journey to America: “They felt as though they were wearing costumes, not clothing.” Sailing from Greece: “The sea was like a great blue and white meadow . . .”

The characterization is nuanced and perceptive. An old woman wastes her days “watching the snowflakes dance around the tiny fireplace window, waiting for the next anniversary of her brother’s death so she could wail with the other women.”

Romanus infuses his narrative with a powerful sense of purpose so that his characters – tossed on the wrecking wave of the violent twentieth century – confront their destiny armed with the conviction that every life has value and meaning. This is a story of fathers who fail to express their love for their children, of lovers who place obstacles in the way of their own love, of children who understand too late the sacrifices that have been made for them – but it ends on a life-affirming note that is surprising and immensely moving.

Matoula’s Echo is a novel about the agony of Greece in the middle of the last century, a multiple love story lovingly told, as resonant today as 70 years ago.
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Could not put it down until I was more than half way and then I made myself slow down to savor it. I didn't want it to end. It's about family, about fathers and daughters, it's about sisters, it's about courage and what we think we know about each other, it's about war and it's about love. It's about death and life and God and hope and faith. I loved this book. I loved the story and I fell in love with the people. A wonderful story.
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An epic novel. Truly enjoyed every page and am left desperately longing for a film version. This was my first read of Mr Romanus' and his talented ability to immerse the reader into the history of this saga was/is extraordinary. If you enjoy the detail of a John Michener historical novel, I highly recommend this.
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