Eleni

Eleni

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by Nicholas Gage
     
 

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In 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist "camps" inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the escape of her three daughters and her son, Nicola. For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold

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In 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist "camps" inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the escape of her three daughters and her son, Nicola. For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold blood.

Nicholas Gage joined his father in Massachusetts at the age of nine and grew up to become a top New York Times investigative reporter, honing his skills with one thought in mind: to return to Greece and uncover the one story he cared about most: the story of his mother.

Eleni takes you into the heart a village destroyed in the name of ideals and into the soul of a truly heroic woman.

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From the Publisher
"A Story Assigned By Fate...Minutely Observed And Eloquently Rendered."

— The New York Times Book Review

"A Remarkable Work Of 'Faction'...I can think of no higher praise of this book than to say that it is fit to stand as a monument to Eleni Gatzoyiannis."

— The New Republic

"Remarkable...Brilliant... Unique...Eleni lives through this book. Her son has done her justice."

— USA Today

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ISBN-13:
9780345301222
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/12/1984

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Eleni 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gage does an outstanding job of bringing the remote village of his youth to life in a way that makes you understand the people and the culture of the time. The events that swept over that village changed it, and Grease, forever. The book is not political statement, but a personal quest for the truth that reveals the outstanding character of Gage and his mother. This book should be required reading in both History and Literature classes for its inspiring and revealing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A History book about Greece under 1942-1948, a story about people lived in the mountains at north of Greece, close to the border of Albania. It´s about Eline and her family and there life. I love the book!
LeapingLissy More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. The person who wrote the comment about the book basically being anti-communist propaganda was misguided. I think the book very clearly shows the different motivations that the people had -- guerrillas, villagers, etc. -- and it is not a condemnation of Communism as much as it a demonstration of humanity and the lengths that people will go to for survival.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the very first i've read to ever move me to tears. I will never forget how it touched me so much and how beautiful the story was told. A brave woman indeed and heroic mother to say the least. It's a book i'd love to read all over again. Highly recommended....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, I could really get into it. I loved it and it is one of my favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in college. I finished it and the next day picked it up and started reading it again. There is so much detail and history in this story. I think the author does a fantastic job making this book read like a novel. Can't recommend it strongly enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best and the worst of humanity was described in riveting detail in Nicholas Gage's biography of his mother Eleni. The worst was represented by the Communist guerrillas and their leader, Katis, who wrought death and destruction on the people of Lia. Also, the villagers were pitted against one another and turned against Eleni. The best was represented by Eleni, a courageous woman who refused to allow her children to be taken away, and by Nicholas Gage, who lovingly wrote her story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was still in junior high and I really loved it a lot. The tragedy of the event was described perfectly well that I couldn't help but be touched. It was as real as I could imagine. I think Mr. Gage did a wonderful job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book some 15 years ago as a high school student. I checked it out of the library. It was to be one of the most interesting book reports of my high school days. I have to say that I do not read a lot of books, but this is one that I find myself drawn back to years later. The story is very moving. I found it to be one of the most compelling books that I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put Eleni down the first time I read it and I still can't. This story really hits home with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible story of a mother's love.
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I read this book years ago. I bought it randomly at a library book sale. It is definitely one of the best books i have ever read. So full of history. Eleni was an incredibley, brave woman. I would definately reccommend this book to those who are fascinated with history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What you have here is a story about blood-thirsty communist guerillas who try to impose their vicious authority on a picturesque greek village. It's not history, of course; it's not aa document either. It resembles more the clear anti-communist propaganda, common during the Reagan presidency. I can assure you that Greek communists were rather the victims, having lost the war, forced to flee into exile in the eastern block or staying in Greece, where they were exiled, shot without trial (or after one), their heads being shown in all villages and their relatives persecuted for the next thirty years. All the people who organized the Greek Resistance and fought the Nazi occupation couldn't have grown fangs in practically no time at all: Greece was liberated on October 1944 (=heroes) and the Civil War started on December of the same year (=communist insurgents).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Good. Ive never had nook s.ex before and never will so...) He fell asleep with his hand around T's waist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You missrf the whole point of this story ,,,,,, unless ,,,
Harikleia More than 1 year ago
1) Even Gage admits that children transferred to the Eastern Bloc (to escape the napalm dropped by the Americans) were done so with parental approval, and were accompanied by doctors, nurses and teachers. 2) Even Gage admits that his mother was executed by ELAS as a traitor, and incidentally was hated by the other villagers. 3) There are at least two very erudite Greek books that show that Gage's approach is inherently dishonest - the issue was never anything but a moneyspinner for Gage and propaganda for the US. 4) The film had to be shot in Spain as it was banned from being made in Greece.