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Things Can Only Get Feta: Two journalists and their crazy dog living through the Greek crisis (The Peloponnese Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
"An honest view of life in Greece today, as seen through the refreshingly unblinkered eyes of a very gifted author. An engaging, humour-spiced book that entertains and informs." Peter Kerr, bestselling author of Snowball Oranges.
"Marjory tells a good story with a journalist's eye for mood and detail... With luck she will write a second volume as entertaining, good-hearted and moving as this." Alex Martin, Anglo-Hellenic Review, London.
"A book to relax into, a wonderful record of Greece's uniqueness, written with wonderment, admiration and wit, all in equal measure." Anne Zouroudi, award-winning author of the Greek Detective series of novels.
"I fell in love with this book. With her good nature, insight and sense of pathos, the author perfectly portrays my country and compatriots, especially those in the villages." Margarita Nikolopoulou, Athenian poet
"The best book of its kind I've ever read. It has it all: humour, interesting facts and a good measure of sentiment... Marjory is a truly talented author." Effrosyni Moschoudi, author of The Lady of the Pier trilogy
"Marjory is a talented storyteller. Many descriptions and events made me laugh out loud, a feat until now only achieved by Douglas Adams and PG Wodehouse." Dawn, Amazon reviewer
About the Author
In 2010, together with her partner Jim and famously crazy Jack Russell dog, Wallace, she set off on an adventure to the southern Peloponnese that lasted four years and became the basis for her three travel memoirs on Greece and her first novel, A Saint For The Summer.
She writes a blog with a Greek theme on the website bigfatgreekodyssey.com and she can be followed on Twitter twitter.com/fatgreekodyssey and Facebook facebook.com/ThingsCanOnlyGetFeta
She is currently based in East Sussex, England.
- ASIN : B00TER7G98
- Publisher : Pelagos Press; 2nd edition (February 9, 2015)
- Publication date : February 9, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1014 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,812 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On a remote hillside in rural Megali Mantineia looking to meet up with an estate agent they come across the lovable character Foteini and her donkey. This is their deciding factor for staying in this part of the Mani.
Intertwined with loads of quirky Greek characters, frustrations with the Greek language and vivid history of the area, Book 1 is a real treat. You will want to jump into "Homer's Where The Heart Is: Two journalists, one crazy dog and a love affair with Greece (The Peloponnese Series Book 2)"
In addition to the story, the author also has some very enjoyable lines of imagery such as: “. . . the elderly members looking demure and well pressed, like old roses kept for eternity in a heavy book.” Nice, right? Or as she voices her loud objection to being badgered to reveal the amount of rent she pays, “I said [it] in a loud shrill voice, like a buttoned-up librarian being groped unexpectedly in the back of the reference section.”
I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it whole-heartedly, though I might be a bit Greek-biased.
The author takes trouble to engage the reader in the annual cycle of village life and the vagaries that are part and parcel of settling into a strange place and culture. If you like dogs you will appreciate the experiences of having one in a foreign place.
If you want to enjoy remote rural Greece read this book.
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I also loved all the historical information and descriptions of the various places they visit. She has obviously done her research, which just makes me want to visit these wonderful places like the site of ancient Messene ( where dogs are not allowed !) I admit to laughing aloud at this chapter. There’s lots of humour as she makes mistakes with the language which amuses the villagers greatly. The antics of Wallace (Vassi) are hilarious at times, what a character he is. It’s a wonderful easy read, and one which I would highly recommend. I’m ready to read the next book in the series now.
What can I say about Wallace, the dog? The author recounts so many hilarious antics that it seems that a great part of the merit in this book is owed to this adorable pet alone. I laughed outloud to read about his infamous bathroom trick and also his obsession with eating chicken. I don’t think I’ll ever see a backpack again without thinking of chicken sandwiches!
Marjory McGinn has written a book that brims over with love for Greece and the Greek language. It is evident in so many ways, like the way she sides with the locals when the British expats attempt to trash them, the way she allows for the quirkiness of the Greeks, the respect with which she regards unfathomable local customs and acts, and last but not least, in the way she keeps quoting the equivalent Greek word, so often, quite needlessly. But she obviously does this not in an attempt to show off her rich Greek vocabulary. It is crystal clear that she does it only with love, extending to the reader an invitation to share in her affinity for the language itself. This particular point made me choke with appreciation. I found it so incredibly sweet. Also, I found all the examples of her mistakes in Greek terribly hilarious. It made me think how many Greek words can sound almost the same to the untrained, foreign ear. I cringed to think how embarrassing it must have been for her to be teased so much by the locals!
I’ve read numerous books by British authors who’ve recorded their experiences with fixing up the odd dilapidated house in various parts of Greece. All the accounts managed to irritate me, both with their arrogance and intolerance towards the Greek way of life, as well as with the many inaccuracies their stories included. Thankfully, this book was a breath of fresh air. It caused in me zero offence and zero annoyance. Being the competent, talented journalist that she is, Marjory McGinn sticks to the facts and gives objectively a delightful account of the locals and their antics without passing judgment or even implying that they are less civilized or knowledgable than herself.
But it wasn’t just life in the village that was a pleasure to read about. There were also numerous historical references that I found utterly interesting. Whichever part of Greece the author mentions traveling to with her husband and adorable pet, she offers a thorough account of the local history, myths or legends. Unlike all the other books of the sort that I’ve read, again, this book stands out for this fact too, showing that the author had to research heavily for the book. Her trouble to do that betrays her love for my country and its history, which again I found myself appreciating immensely.
All in all, this is the best book of its kind that I’ve ever read. It had it all: humour, wit, interesting facts, and a good measure of sentiment. Marjory McGinn is a truly talented author and I’m really looking forward to a sequel!