Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox

Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox

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by Wynn Parks
     
 

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Sailing aboard Pandora, from Crete to Athens, Andy Alytis spots Mina, an astonishing blond with "eyes like stars", and decides to tag along with her group of seven back-packers, all of whom are on their way to climb Mt. Olympus.
Mid-course, the ferry is forced to take refuge on Yria, an obscure island where Santorini's fulminating volcano lights up the southern

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Sailing aboard Pandora, from Crete to Athens, Andy Alytis spots Mina, an astonishing blond with "eyes like stars", and decides to tag along with her group of seven back-packers, all of whom are on their way to climb Mt. Olympus.
Mid-course, the ferry is forced to take refuge on Yria, an obscure island where Santorini's fulminating volcano lights up the southern horizon.
Determined to reach Olympus "by full moon", the seven travelers venture ashore by day, scouting Yria for alternate ways to the mainland. By night they carouse fitfully in the ferry's close quarters. Hoping to hook up with Mina, Andy introduces the group to his onshore discovery: Dinosaki's cafenion! There, he has met Sophia; a gouty expatriate, ex-astrology columnist, who, for a consideration, consents to divine the travelers' fortunes.
Every evening, in the cafenion, one of the group plays a song on the ancient jukebox in the corner. Sophia translates the Greek lyrics, reminding them that she is just "channeling for the jukebox" but warranting that each tale will contain a truth recognized by the player only.
Thus, is spun out of Sophia's interpretations, seven quirky, dark "songs", redolent with sardonic humor; haunted by ghosts of Dionysian Greece.
During the day, the travelers puzzle at the meanings of their songs. Andy pursues Mina, and every evening, through the cafenion window, sees that Santorini inflames more and more of the horizon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044521131
Publisher:
Wynn Parks
Publication date:
05/04/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
421 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Wynn Parks was born in the southern U.S., and raised on Air Force Bases scattered from the Philippines to Turkey. Growing up as a "military brat" bred into him the love of travel that has motivated so many of his life choices, and piqued his fascination with with such famous travelers as Odysseus, Ibn Battuta, and Burton. The author put himself through college at South Dakota's Black Hills State University, and later the Iowas Writers' Workshop by working summers as Driller's Helper in the eastern Wyoming coal fields. After six months as a Dobey-Paisano Fellow at the University of Texas, he spent a winter in an Alaskan bush camp as an exploration geologist. There he managed to save enough for traveling expenses to get him to the Greek island of Paros, where he contracted to teach Creative Writing at The Aegean School of Fine Arts. Having lived in the Aegean as a boy, going to Paros felt like a homecoming. Though he forayed off-island to Europe, North Africa,and Iran,it was Paros that was his haven from the middle Seventies through the mid-Eighties. In 2010, Parks was awarded a fellowship at the Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat, south of Edinburgh, Scotland. Two of the offerings published on Smashwords, originated at the Hawthornden Castle. Several of the stories featured on Smashwords are excerpted from the author's "arabesque" novel, "Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox". "Jukebox" grew out of the author's years in Greece and, earlier, Turkey, and his life-long sense of connection with the Aegean. The author currently lives in the United States in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.

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