A book that made me want to sit out in the sun, watching the sea and drinking my coffee in complete peace and satisfaction.
Well, too bad that while reading it I was in the middle of a move from a temporarily very grey and rainy middle European country to…well, another temporarily very grey and rainy European country. And unfortunately, as I was very busy, I had to read this book taking small parts at a time, over more than a week. I have to admit that it didn’t help a lot with completely enjoying the story… I still found it very interesting, atmospheric, and I found myself drawn in again and again – and that probably means a lot.
Let’s see what ‘The Greek Persuasion’ is about!
I got this book from She Writes Press via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
This beautiful cover immediately grabbed my attention on NetGalley! The story sounded interesting, too, so obviously, I wanted to read it. (And, of course, I wanted to immediately travel to Greece, too. This second one wouldn’t have been that easy and cheap, though, so I stuck to the first choice: reading the book.)
As I said above, it took me a while again and again to get into this story, but that’s probably because of my own conditions and not the book’s fault. Truth is, I never really wanted to put it down, but unfortunately, life happened and I had to. When reading I loved it, though.
This is a very complex story, yet it’s not very hard to follow. There are several timelines and POVs, but it doesn’t get confusing at all, and every change in time or person has a meaning. Everything’s about the evolution of the main character, her development regarding love, sexuality, mother-daughter(-grandmother) and other family relationships, and also relation to (different) people in general. It’s so much about the protagonist’s development that it strongly reminds me of young adult literary fiction, yet it gives off a completely different, way more adult and serious vibe. (Of course, the MC is in her thirties.) Though Thair (the MC) did sometimes seem to me a bit immature for her age, everything about her screamed kind of a peace and patience that no 16-20 year-old would ever feel or show. What I want to say is that though this story is about life crisis, and finding the way, and learning about one’s self, it’s not overly dramatic and it’s all appropriate for a main character in her thirties.
What I felt a bit lacking is the stories of the mother and grandmother. I understand that this story is, after all, about Thair’s journey, and her ancestors’ stories are just pieces of that, but I was very invested in those little stories in the story (especially the grandma’s), and I would’ve loved to learn more about them! Not everything can be fit in one book. I get that.
The writing is very nice, and I did care for the characters the protagonist (and narrator) cared about.
One more little note: I loved Thair’s musical taste! It’s so similar to mine, I was always happy when she mentioned a song.
Let’s Give It A Grade!
- Story: 5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Style: 4/5
- The Subjective Factor: 4/5
- GPA: 4.25
So many things happen in this book, both actually and emotionally, we get to follow Thair on her journey regarding several aspects of her life, yet it never for a moment gets too much, overwhelming or confusing. The writer handles all events and psychological changes and reactions very well. Everything’s on a human scale.
Readers interested in a journey of finding one’s self and place in the world.
Iced coffee. But only if you drink it out in the sunshine 😉
This is a standalone book, but I would read other books written by this author!
What do you think of these “late coming of age” stories? Do you like them?
Let’s discuss! 😉