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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Gage and his wife, Joan, live in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

None of the Gatzoyannis children would ever forget their first sight of women in pants. 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. If the story is more relevant to you like it was for me such as if you are Greek, you definitely need to buy and read it.

She was one of thevictims of the Greek Civil War. It covers lots of issues.

Hicholas Guide to Volunteering In Istanbul. The maps are pretty good – but I do not understand why they put in maps and do not bother to write in ALL the cities that come up in the text! This was my companion book during my two-week visit in Shenzhen, China. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book is really about her plight, not her demise. Eleni takes you into the heart a village destroyed in the name of ideals and into the soul of a truly heroic woman.

An extremely detailed, lengthy report of the life and death struggles of the author’s mother and villagers in a small, communist occupied Greek mountain town. Of the survivors nearlyhad been exiled behind the Iron Curtain, some niicholas choice, many by force. Then in his narration, there are times that the boy Nikola is the njcholas narrating to the elenj directly shifting from third party to first party.


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. To view it, click here. I think that would be have been better served in the beginning, elsni it would give some context for how the conversations could be written about.

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Like the mulberry tree in our yard, which still stands after the house has fallen into ruins, that love has taken root in us, her children, and spread to her grandchildren as well. The author offers a stage by stage synopsis of the political and physica 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.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Not to give the book away, but it was extremely frustratin This book is great – but has some real lessons to take to heart, such as: Gagd 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.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Dayla Rogers is a contributor to Yabangee. Feb 09, Chrissie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her crime had been to help her children elenj from the communist guerrillas who occupied their village. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Nicholas Gage is the author of several books, including the award-winning Eleni. In later years her young son Nicholws returnes to Greece as an adult to piece together the events leading to Eleni’s death.

Nicholas Gage joined his father in Massachusetts at the age of nine and grew up to become a top New York Times investigative reporter, honing his skills with one thought in mind: I also was struck by the lives of the women in this account.


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He eventually confronts this lead communist leader, with the underlying desire to kill him. Hatred and guilt and culpability, how do they play out as time passes, after the horrible events are over.

Inas civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist “camps” inside the Iron Curtain. He was a writer for the New York Times who left the paper in and traveled back to Greece to unravel the story of his mother, the woman who secured his freedom. By the end of more than 28, Greek children had been taken away from their parents to camps throughout the Communist block. Eleni lives through this book.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? History is grippingly told. The book starts out with Gage, now grown and a journalist, trying to piece together information about his mother’s death. It is a tradition in Greece to be with your parents if there is no one to take care of them.

For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold blood. The experiences of the villages during that period were nothing like I could imagine. Lists with This Book. Dec 15, Pages Buy. It is disheartening, also, to discover how many times Eleni misses an opportunity to escape her predicament.

I don’t think it should be read at the end, but when the reader feels he needs to know. You see this repeatedly; the strength of women is evident in many of the books I have recently read.