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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year"Full of insights, marvelously entertaining . . . haunting and beautifully written." --The New York Review of Books"I lived in Athens, at the intersection of a prostitute and a saint."  So begins Patricia Storace's astonishing memoir of her year in Greece. Mixing affection with detachment, rapture with clarity, this American poet perfectly evokes a country delicately balanced between East and West.Whether she is interpreting Hellenic dream books, pop songs, and soap operas, describing breathtakingly beautiful beaches and archaic villages, or braving the crush at a saint's tomb, Storace, winner of the Whiting Award, rewards the reader with informed and sensual insights into Greece's soul. She sees how the country's pride in its past coexists with profound doubts about its place in the modern world. She discovers a world in which past and present engage in a passionate dialogue. Stylish, funny, and erudite, Dinner with Persephone is travel writing elevated to a fine art--and the best book of its kind since Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi."Splendid. Storace's account of a year in Greece combines past and present, legend and fact, in an unusual and delightful whole. " --Atlantic MonthlyFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on Oct 8, 1996
ISBN: 9780307765338
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This was recommended reading for an upcoming trip to Greece. It was an interesting glimpse into Greek culture; some chapters, like the beginning and the one about the children's book author, were more compelling than others.read more
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This is one of the most insightful books that I have read about modern Greece and its conflicted relationship to the past. Storace is sensitive to the complicated gender roles of Greece and the continuing evolution of Orthodoxy as Greece attempts to assert itself in the West. Though Storace lived in Athens in the '90s, her book continues to be relevant and offers some perspective on the current political and economic turmoil in Greece. If you are planning on visiting Greece or are simply looking for a beautifully written travelogue of an intriguing place (Storace is a poet and it shows in her prose), then I would definitely recommend this book.read more
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This was recommended reading for an upcoming trip to Greece. It was an interesting glimpse into Greek culture; some chapters, like the beginning and the one about the children's book author, were more compelling than others.
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This is one of the most insightful books that I have read about modern Greece and its conflicted relationship to the past. Storace is sensitive to the complicated gender roles of Greece and the continuing evolution of Orthodoxy as Greece attempts to assert itself in the West. Though Storace lived in Athens in the '90s, her book continues to be relevant and offers some perspective on the current political and economic turmoil in Greece. If you are planning on visiting Greece or are simply looking for a beautifully written travelogue of an intriguing place (Storace is a poet and it shows in her prose), then I would definitely recommend this book.
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