- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book about a WWII story that is not well known in my experience. The telling is very stark in character with the lives of the people and the difficulties of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kim E. Ferraro
I wad apprehensive about this at first. I don't normally like historical fiction, but I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maria C. Foster
I've read so many book set in WWII but never from such a small countrys point of view. It was a great story and I wanted more at the end. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Aud
Matoula's Echo is an epic novel. Richard Romanus always writes such heartfelt and beautiful stories. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lynda Hofmann
I thought it was an excellent account of the times in Greece during WWII and after, during the struggle to create "again" a republic/democracy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book really engaged you to want to know what was going to happen to the family unit.Published 24 months ago by Yvonne
Historical fiction at its best. Anyone who wants to understand and vicariously experience the effects of World War II in Italy on Italian civilians and witness their unexpected... Read morePublished on July 27, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A lot of violence and sad turns, but well crafted. My interest is mainly vicariously living as a Greek. I would read more by Romanus if it is about Greek life.Published on July 7, 2014 by Phil
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