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Thoroughly enjoyed it. Almost made me want to move to Europe but I'm too lazy so I'll just carry on reading other people's experiences. I love burying my nose for hours in his humor and daily life in Greece. His characters are soooo funny.
I need to read more of these two English folk in their new home in Greece. Putting up with local customs and new neighbors can always become cumbersome ..but throw in not really knowing the language and you've got yourself a really uphill battle .
These folks do an admirable job overcoming strange customs and trying to distance themselves from a boorish compatriot who believes himself superior to any of the locals.
It started off slow but picked up speed and humour along the way . I was not ready for the ending and was sad the trip was over...for now. If you have ever wanted to live overseas ...read this book..then think again.
I enjoyed reading these books - I like his quirky sense of humour, I like how you're not quite sure if the story is 100% true or well-embellished!! I love the characters he meets, plus you also get to know his family and extended family. I enjoyed this first book so much I then bought all volumes (1-4) and will be buying volume 5 when it comes out. Thank you Victor!!
They are not perfect, not by a longshot. Victor could use the help of a grammarian. There are typographical errors. In most books, I'd have become so put off that I'd have put the book down and forgotten any subsequent volumes. But Victor manages to imbue his stories with such personality! He lets you in on the funny conversations that ensue when there are struggles in a foreign language. His character descriptions are apt. The pleasure he takes in describing the life, and the landscape, in his mountain aerie on the Greek peninsula is apparent in his prose. It is beautifully descriptive without becoming twee. A couple of other expat memoirs that I have read recently were little more than dry exposition, records of what happened, told after the fact. I didn't always finish reading them. Victor puts you in the story, seeing the crazy as it takes place, and having a laugh - or a fright! - with him. The tales he tells may occasionally stretch to hyperbole, yet they remain believable. I can see them as a perfect subject for a BBC comedy, already picturing some of my favorite actors in the various roles. It would be a riot!
I have BOUGHT all ten volumes to make sure I always have them. I'm considering buying the paperbacks. as well, since they are more comfortable to use for bedtime reading. Every book has now been read twice, and I'm looking forward to volume 11.
The books that make up this series really add up to about one full length book, but they are enjoyable and easy to read. Some of the stories are rather hard to believe, such as an elderly Greek widow, mother of local priest going swimming in a neighbor's pool in a borrowed bikini. Still entertaining and fun to read.
It's really hard to find something that gets me out of pandemic isolation depression but this series is it. It's hilarious, atmospheric about Greece, and I'm so THRILLED it's a series because there can't be too many of these. I normally don't like stuff this farcical but it's so well done it's enthralling, perfect, and lighthearted. Thanks to the author!
Poor Victor s persuaded by his wife to relocate to a small Greek village for their retirement. They purchase a small house and have it renovated b y a nice local contractor, assisted by his brother -in-law. Victor , while intelligent and likeable , is worthless with tools of any sort.
I normally read non fiction and hate the disappointing move abroad books but needed some covid relief and was pleasantly surprised at this series- well done!(exclamation point) only suggestion--a little too much Greek in the last bk 9