The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir

The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir

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Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Stone¿s love story of running a Greek Taverna over the course of one summer is a gem. Rarely have I read a book that has engulfed me in its essence and put me in the middle of the narrative. I particularly took to the book because reading Stone¿s words I became completely engrossed with the many similarities I myself have encountered when spending my summers in Greece. Stone¿s lush descriptions of the island of Patmos allow you to travel there instantly, him supplying you with the sights, sounds, and the smell of each moment in time. Paragraphs such as ¿There are places that seem to be waiting for you out there somewhere, like unmet lovers, and when (and if) you come upon them, you know, instantly and unquestioningly, that they are the ones. It is as if, far back in time, there had been an intimate connection to that very spot or person. So it was with Livadi. Even from as far away as the deck of the Mimeka, it had been love at first sight. I knew that there I would find not simply a house to rent but a place to belong to. Like Odysseus, I felt as if I were coming home to Ithaca after a long voyage through the troubled waters of foreign lands (including my birthplace) whose languages I had never really understood. [...] And it still amazes me to think that at that very moment, on another part of Patmos, in a little house on a cove that I had passed on the road to Livadi, the future mother of my children was sittting on her terrace pondering, as I was, what she was really going to do with her life now that she had finally gotten here.¿ Words like these are simply candy for the eyes and the heart. It allows you to be captured by the warmth, and the true essence of the author¿s passion for life. Sending chills down my spine I could picture Stone¿s arrival at that place, identifying many instances where I myself had the same feelings, be it Santorini or Egypt. Tom Stone¿s journey to Greece started out quite ¿harmless¿ as an incentive to finish a novel he¿d been writing for some time but just needed a place with the appropriate inspiration to fire off his last few chapters. Secluding himself like a monk for a month, he actually finished his novel, achieving what he came to Patmos for to do. As fate would have it, within weeks, another novel, his first, got sold. With his new-found ¿wealth¿ he thought ¿Why not stay for another month?¿ and another, and another... resulting in Tom Stone spending some 20 years in Greece. Patmos served as the stage for his life¿s play where he met his wife, and experienced his kids¿ growing up. In the 20 years, one of his most memorable experiences was running a Greek Taverna, The Beautiful Helen, for one summer, which, besides serving the traditonal Greek fare, he supplied with unique dishes he¿s concocted himself. For cooking afiocionadoes, Stone supplies you with detailed recipes of each of the dishes served at The Beautiful Helen that summer. I could sense that even though Theologos (Stone¿s restaurant partner) royally cheated Stone over, he has not lost his love for Greece. Being Greek myself, it is good to know that by way of Stone¿s writing, deep in his heart he knows that not every Greek is a Theologos. There still are Greeks who hold honor and integrity very dear. Still, Stone¿s take on the life and culture of Greeks is as close as anyone¿s ever written. The book¿s masterfully written with great wit and humor, full of adventure and comical situations, and a great way to experience Greece from home. You¿ll undoubtedly feel like you¿re at The Beautiful Helen and an integral part of the action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In telling this entertaining story of a young American who takes over a restaurant for the summer in the islands off the coast of Greece, Tom Stone displays a natural gift for character and storytelling that makes this delightful memoir a joy to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terrific book! I was planning on reading it on the way to Hawaii for my vacation, but started the night before and ended up finishing it the next morning. It's a great story, and I really enjoyed it. I'm sure it's going to sell very well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Paul Theroux, for here is a travel book of such graceful prose and heartfelt joy, love, and delight that it's destined to be a classic!!