BOOKS TO READ ON YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAYS!
It’s summertime, and that means it’s time to get away and recharge your batteries.
Greece is always a popular destination for a summer vacation and is ideal for both, couples and families. After you choose your summer destination, start packing and do not forget to include a good book to read by the pool or the beach.
Below you will find 5 books with greek related themes that will accompany you in your next summer escape.
5 GREEK RELATED BOOKS THAT WILL TRAVEL YOU
1.ZORBA THE GREEK (1964) – NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS
Of course we can’t not mention this classic book by Kazantzakis. This book is a hymn to life!
In it, the young narrator, who lives his life with his nose in a book, decides to make a change and travel to Crete together with Zorba, a 60 year old with no inhibitions. Zorba’s way of living is the epitome of Greekness; he lives to enjoy all the good things in life.
Written in 1964 and set in 1918, it is nevertheless as current a story now as it ever was. The message is the same: look up, look around, and go live, celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest.
2. ODYSSEY – HOMER
The Greek island of Lefkada is considered by Dorpfeld archeologist to be the Homeric Ithaka. So, we couldn’t not recommend this famous poem that reaches out to every human soul. The famous story of a man that after a war is yearning for his home and family. In his effort to get back home, he faces many difficulties.
This is a story that has such a great effect to people because we often lose our path in life and focus to our goals. Odysseus is teaching us not to give up in order to reach our goals.
In this fresh English translation, the stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic comes alive, in an entirely new way.
The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; And finally, about travellers, hospitality and the yearning for home.
3. CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN (1994) – LOUIS DE BERNIERES
You’ve probably seen the film, but as we all know, the book is always better.
Set on the island of Kefalonia during the Italian and German occupation, this historical novel is mostly centered around the romance between the Greek Pelagia and the Italian Captain Corelli. Nevertheless, the book works on many levels, as a war story , as a love story and as a book with a lot of historical references.
The conflict of falling in love with the enemy and the duty to your own country is one of the main issues of this book. Personal affaires are influenced from politics and war and the lines of friendship, tolerance of the enemy and humanity are blurred.
This book will make you fall in love with Ionian Islands and Kefalonia in specific. So, if you are having your summer vacation in Lefkada, you could easily make a daily cruise to Kefalonia island or just pay a visit with the ferry. It is only 1.30-2 hours away and you will be amazed.
4. THE ISLAND (2007) – VICTORIA HISLOP
When 25-year-old Alexis travels to the seaside village of Plaka, on Crete, to learn about her family history, the rich, colourful, yet painful story she discovers is more than she could have imagined. Victoria Hislop’s bestseller The Island tells the story of the people living in the village, as well as on the tiny island of Spinalonga across the bay, which, as Alexis finds out, was used as a leper colony in the 20th century.
5. THE SISTERHOOD OF TRAVELLING PANTS – ANN BRASHARES
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.
But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.
Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye.
And then the journey of the pants and the most memorable summer vacation of their lives, begins.
This book is ideal to read by the beach as it is easy to read and is very touching. The book deals with topics such as family, friendship, love and loss.