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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Although I obviously knew the outcome of the story and that Gage’s mother dies protecting her children, it’s still so compelling – I found myself concerned about all the secondary characters, and even dismissing the knowledge that Eleni was doomed, I was so drawn in.

Buy the selected items together This item: Eleni is a Greek mother residing in a mountainous village called Lia. It gave me an insight into some of the customs practiced by my grandparents, my US-born father to a lesser extentand our Greek Orthodox church community. Nicholas Gage born Nikolaos Gatzoyiannis; Greek: 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.

How could he avenge her death? An ode to public transit. I had the opportunity to read this book while on vacation in Greece and it kept me inside on the couch rather than outside exploring the village I was in.

Dec 15, Pages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mar 28, Jason rated it it was amazing Recommended to Jason by: People call her not only “Americana” but also refer to her as bourgeois, capitalist or imperialist. Researched and written by her son, an NYT journalist, he brings both their stories alive as he learns who is mother was and comes to grips with her losing her life in order to save the lives of her children.

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It covers lots of issues. Then gwge his narration, there are times that the boy Nikola is the one narrating to the reader directly shifting from third party to first party. It was writen by a journalist who aims to clear his mother’s name and find those who persecuted her during the war.

It isn’t an easy read, but truly an essential one.

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Mar 17, Alicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I have been meaning to read this book for years, knowing it would be a difficult story for me to absorb – one that would not be forgotten.

Not to give the book away, but it was extremely frustratin This book is great – but has some real lessons to take to nichklas, such as: Nov 11, Francie eeleni it liked it. Nicholas Gage born Nikolaos Gatzoyiannis ; Greek: To me, this book should be a must-read. I have only gotten into the first pages and am going crazy to find time to continue reading!

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Eleni, A most powerful story. At a first glance the book seems long I picked up this book in a small bookstore in Greece. This is not an easy balance for Eleni or for anyone else in her situation, for to be caught trying to protect others from the guerrillas is to be yourself exposed as a traitor to the cause.


The final catalyst for quitting his job to devote himself completely to the search was the discovering that one of the primary actors in his mother’s death was still alive. Now I need to go and talk to my parents to see what my dad remembers of those years, since he was a kid during that time.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It never ends, just look at what is happening in the middle east right now, and all the suffering the innocents have to endure!!

Nicholas will answer the question for you but I needed to fully understand for myself. I also find reading about WW2 from the Greek perspective interesting. Books by Nicholas Gage. Where the book could have elehi dry, his research and writing brings the characters alive and while you know Eleni’s fate early on, you could not help but continue to read the book and admire her resolve and dedication in saving her family.

He eventually confronts this lead communist leader, with the underlying desire to kill him. Tears on my pillow Aug 06, Niicholas rated it it was amazing. Tears on m Eleni, A most powerful story.