Howard Tomb is the author of the Wicked Travel books. He also writes for the Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times.
Wicked Greek for the Travelerby Howard Tomb
For two thousand years visitors have been touring the rugged glory of Greece. But with a differencewhen the early Romans went visiting, those wacky Greek gods were still holed up on Mount Olympus. Today they've come down, and they're driving taxis, tending bar, dancing and yelling and throwing plates around restaurants. All of which spells adventure for the
For two thousand years visitors have been touring the rugged glory of Greece. But with a differencewhen the early Romans went visiting, those wacky Greek gods were still holed up on Mount Olympus. Today they've come down, and they're driving taxis, tending bar, dancing and yelling and throwing plates around restaurants. All of which spells adventure for the unsuspecting tourist, and wonderful opportunity for Howard Tomb.From the sneakily successful series of travel books with over 1 million copies in print, Wicked Greek is the phrasebook that takes the chaos out of the land that invented it. Here are pithy comments on retsina: "My wine tastes like a handful of pine needles." Tips on consulting the Oracle of the Ferry Schedules, including the Mystery of the Next Departure to Patmos. More than you ever dreamed possible about olives-including black, green, purple, briny, cracked, and this-makes-the-retsina-taste-good. Trojan War stories. Zeno's Paradox, Aristotle's Boo-Boo, Plato's Cave, and other philosophical conundrums that put us in the fix we're in today. Motorbike survival tips. Ella, word of a thousand meanings. And how to pursue romance with the natives.
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- 4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.19(d)
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*he walks in the cabin and looks at a shrine. He wks over to the shine dedeicated to artemis. He gets on hs knees and rubs the rune off te back of his neck and puts it in the water of the shrine* for you...*he gets up and walks out of the cabin*
I agree with the last reviewer, it is very funny if you don't need to use it. The phrases are so silly and poke fun at Greek culture. It's great. However, I was hoping for more "bad" words that my Greek-school teacher didn't teach. Still, it's funny.
This witty little book does an excellent job of translating Greek phrases into English that will almost never be of use by the every day traveler. But the brilliance of it is in its insight: its ability to poke fun at the 'Greek way,' elevate the Greeks to the pinnacle of civilization, and relate every day American views to ancient or modern Greek custom. This is a must for any American who has been immersed in Greek culture. I TREASURE my copy.