Eleni [Nicholas Gage] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Like New!!!. In , as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist “camps” inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one. In Nicholas Gage’s memoir Eleni, a Communist guerrilla captain also announced that the residents of the small Greek village of Lia would be.

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Where is the limit? WW2 is raging, and at the same time the seeds for the civil war that will follow in its wake are being sown.

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Her son has done her justice. I actually bought this for a friend of mine. Many families lost connections with their children. Refresh and try again. This book makes Captain Corelli’s Mandolin look like a joke!

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Eleni has 4 daughters: His own reaction to learning the details of what his mother did for him and his siblings was conveyed transparently to the reader. No the book has actually three parts – you learn history in a way that you will never forget. The experiences of the villages during that period were nothing like I could imagine.

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Eleni was a very smart and strong Greek lady. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I just added a new folder here on my profile in Goodreads: A tragic story, the book is brilliant for the range and depth of its topics — the obvious ones of war, culture, love and human spirit — but also those of soul searching, revenge, perseverance, sense of belonging and the immigrant dream.

But this is and will be a neverending story, it is unfortunately, human beings. According to the announcement this decision was made in order to protect the children in the war zones from cruelties perpetuated by the attacking fascist soldiers: This was the slowest part of the book for me, but then the book starts reconstructing Eleni’s life in Lia in the 30’s’s, and the growing threat of Communism after World War 2.


All these years later, I remember how I felt as I read nichoolas story. Buy the selected items together This item: This book was written by the son of the main character. I had the opportunity to read this book while on vacation in Greece and it kept me inside on the couch nicgolas than outside exploring the village I was in.

The King of Taksim Square, Portrait of a […]. The author’s gruff grandfather, well I will not quote him, but what he says and what he does portray him as being a wise man. There can be no more personal of a story than one shadowed by grief shedding light on the truth; of painful heartbreak being replaced with loving joy, or of a battle between the inner demons of cold justice and bloody revenge.

And at last, the most important lesson for her son’s life, peace and happiness, would finally come with the realization of what was, not only a sacred and heroic act in this family’s loss, but also a spirit that was blessedly gained; it’s the endearing memory of Eleni Gatzoyiannis, her voice forever crying out through those remote Greek mountains, echoing with her final words, “My children!

My first time to see something like this. Eleni, an intensely moving and compelling book, is the fruit of his search for the gave.

If the story is more relevant to you Honestly, one of my favorite books because it is so relevant to the history of my family. However, the story was so stark and tragic, I’ll never forget the heroics of this mother and other Greek families and what they suffrered. Preview — Eleni by Nicholas Gage. It sucked in Iranit sucked in Afghanistanit sucked big time in Sierra Leoneand in this book we learn just how much it sucked in Greece.


View all 46 comments. The book is sleni about her plight, not her demise. This opening scene leaves readers feeling devastated along with the author and yearning to revisit the scene of the crime to try to make sense of it. None of the Gatzoyannis children would ever forget their first sight of women in pants.

After learning the horrors enacted by the Communists in Gxge, in the ‘s he was mortified to learn that in that the Communist party was legalized, and war crimes forgiven.

Life under Occupation: A Review of Eleni by Nicholas Gage

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. When he was nine, he and his sisters moved to the US where his father had lived for many years making only brief visits to their tiny mountain village.

Nichooas kept painstaking notes, and slowly the pieces began to fit. Just to bring communism to the country. I don’t think it should be read at the end, but when the reader feels he needs to know.

Without that feeling of national unity that would otherwise pervade a conflict against a foreign entity, civil war fleni nothing more than a vehicle nichllas senseless killing. I learned so much from this book, I love a book that can inform and educate you and this book gave me so much information on the Greek Civil War, Greek culture and traditions.

Nov 30, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: My friend Connie loaned me this amazing book. Intimate details such as these are painstakingly interwoven into the bigger events.