Eleni

  • Title: Eleni
  • Author: Nicholas Gage
  • ISBN: 9780345410436
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eleni In as civil war ravaged Greece children were abducted and sent to communist camps inside the Iron Curtain Eleni Gatzoyiannis forty one defied the traditions of her small village and the terro
    In 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist camps inside the Iron Curtain Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty one, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the escape of her three daughters and her son, Nicola For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold bloodn 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist camps inside the Iron Curtain Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty one, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the escape of her three daughters and her son, Nicola For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold blood.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 to return to Greece and uncover the one story he cared about most the story of his mother.Eleni takes you into the heart a village destroyed in the name of ideals and into the soul of a truly heroic woman.

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    About Nicholas Gage


    1. Nicholas Gage born Nikolaos Gatzoyiannis Greek is a Greek American author and investigative journalist Gage started out as an investigative reporter for the New York Times, and later wrote for the Wall Street Journal His experiences as a reporter were the basis for the television show The Andros Targets He is most famous for two autobiographical memoirs, the best selling Eleni translated into 32 languages, and adapted into film and A Place for Us.


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    1. Although there is no shortage of books that describe the personal and familial turmoil that results from civil war, Eleni has to be among the most devastating accounts ever written. Civil war is the nastiest kind of war, a war in which one’s own brethren becomes his enemies. The disjointed sense of loyalty associated with these internal struggles only fuels the chaos. Without that feeling of national unity that would otherwise pervade a conflict against a foreign entity, civil war becomes noth [...]

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    2. Διάβασα αυτό το βιβλίο στα έντεκα μου χρόνια περίπου, και σήμερα απορώ πως σε τέτοια τρυφερή ηλικία μπόρεσα να συλλάβω τα τόσο σοβαρά και δύσκολα μηνύματα του. Η ιστορία της θυσίας της Ελένης για τα παιδιά της χαράκτηκε για πάντα στην μνήμη μου, και με ευαισθητοποίησε από μι [...]

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    3. Finished: Emotionally, this is a very difficult book to read. So don't read it when you want something light and fluffy! It covers lots of issues. The history of the Greek Civil War is clearly and intimately depicted. Cultural issues such as the role of women versus men in Greek society, religious practices and mystical beliefs/customs are revealed. Abuse - there are many kinds. Is it harder to allow abuse to your own body or to abuse your own child in an effort to prevent someone else from abus [...]

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    4. Every now and again a book comes along that shakes you up and makes you thank god for the life you have lived and trust me this is just one of those books.I have to admit I have a bad habit of judging a book by its cover and not liking the cover of this book I left it in my bookcase for quite awhile but once I read the blurb on this book(and member Chrissie's wonderful review) I knew this was going to be a difficult and harrowing read and yet a deeply inspiring story.“In 1948 in a Greek mount [...]

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    5. I picked up this book in a small bookstore in Greece. I was on my honeymoon and I had finished all the books I brought with me, so I stumbled onto Eleni by accident. I honestly think I picked it up because I kept making the joke that the actor Nicolas Cage had written it in the bookstore (store owner didn't think it was as funny as I did). I am so glad I found this book, because I couldn't put it down and I learned so much about a period in Greece's history. At a first glance the book seems long [...]

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    6. I just added a new folder here on my profile in : "Unforgettable".This was my companion book during my two-week visit in Shenzhen, China. The waiting time at the airport prior to the ferry departure and the long delay of the airplane takeoff going back to Manila both helped for me to finish this 470-page memoir. This harrowing work is a creative non-fiction with emphasis be creative or to be exact, very creative.This is the story of Eleni Gatzoyiannis and how she sacrificed herself for the sake [...]

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    7. My friend Connie loaned me this amazing book. I was forewarned that it would be heavy.This is a true story that takes place in Greece during and after World War II.Nicholas Gage’s mother died to save the lives of her children. 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. Prior to that moment, Nicholas had never seen his father. Gage is a journalist who wanted to understand what had happen [...]

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    8. I read Eleni after reading another book by Nicholas gage, 'A Place for Us.' I knew it would be a hard read, but am very glad I did. I'd heard bits and pieces of stories about the Greek Civil War from my family - about my grandfather walking home to the eastern Peleponnesos from the area around the Albanian border (it's not close at all - at least 250 miles with lots of mountains), about the actions of Communinists and others in the villages. But what I read was incredible, on many levels.The exp [...]

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    9. This truly is one of the most heart-rending, brilliantly written stories to come out of the dawning of the Cold War. The setting is Greece on the heels of World War II and the beginnings of Communism's hold in Eastern Europe. A movement that the villagers initially embraced, but which ultimately drove them to ruin and many to their deaths. The story follows the author's mother who bore the brunt of her family's hardships to ensure their survival and who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their salv [...]

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    10. Honestly, one of my favorite books because it is so relevant to the history of my family. It combines a stellar journalist's account of World War II and the subsequent Greek Civil War with the emotional story of the struggle of his family and his fellow Greeks. An awesome, well-written book that I'm proud to say is one of the few books I've read more than once and plan to read over and over again. If you know nothing about contemporary Greek history, buy it. If the story is more relevant to you [...]

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    11. This book makes Captain Corelli's Mandolin look like a joke! This is the real deal.

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    12. A powerful, vivid and well-researched masterpiece that threads together the historical, cultural and deeply personal story of Eleni Gatzoyiannis, who during the Greek civil war of the late 1940s, was captured, tortured and executed in the village of Lia for attempting to save her children from the grips of communist guerrillas. Eleni’s son Nicola – and the author of this book – who was only nine years old at the time of her death, and three of his sisters did escape and joined their father [...]

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    13. To me, this book should be a must-read. It's not the best written, although it is well written; and at times it was difficult to keep the secondary players straight, although the author did an excellent job of reminding you who was who.But the story of Eleni, a woman executed by her own Greek countrymen during the Civil War right after WWII, is both fascinating and eye opening. Researched and written by her son, an NYT journalist, he brings both their stories alive as he learns who is mother was [...]

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    14. 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. It was writen by a journalist who aims to clear his mother's name and find those who persecuted her during the war. What he finds out is far from pretty: villagers pitted against eachother, war, famine, death, and torture (at times, nausiatingly descriptive and unbiased). The author offers a stage by stage synopsis of the political and physica [...]

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    15. This book is great - but has some real lessons to take to heart, such as:1. Once you're married, don't allow family to guilt you in to staying with them, rather than your husband.2. Don't make life altering decisions based on whether or not you think the town will gossip about you.3. When you have the money and you're in a dangerous situation, prioritize. Safety first!4. Material goods will never be worth more than your safety or freedom.Not to give the book away, but it was extremely frustratin [...]

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    16. Communist insurgents battled to topple the government of Greece. 1948. People beyond Greece scarcely took note of the struggle at the time and all of it nearly is forgotten today. May, "Eleni," never be forgot. This singular book is so beautiful and so terrifying it must be ranked among the finest writings of the 20th Century in America. Nicholas Gage's tribute to his mother - Eleni - his recounting of the fighting and suffering which attended civil war in Greece needs to have attention called t [...]

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    17. Eleni, A most powerful story. This one will pull at you, no it will yank. That's not right either it will throw you to the ground and beat you till you scream outwhy?I put the book down a little more than half way through. I carried it everywhere I went but couldn't open it. You see I was searching for my own truth. It took three and half years for me to get back and finish this sobering story. Nicholas will answer the question for you but I needed to fully understand for myself.Tears on my pill [...]

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    18. I read this book quite a few years ago and was deeply moved by the story. I learned about the civil war in Greece right after WWII and was exposed to the way nobody is safe in a war zone. The mom in this story deserved this tribute written by her son, who returned to Greece to research what happened there and share it with us. His own reaction to learning the details of what his mother did for him and his siblings was conveyed transparently to the reader. All these years later, I remember how I [...]

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    19. This book was written by the son of the main character. What a tribute to his mother, because she was the mother we all hope to be. Also, very informative. I did not know much of the situation in Greece at the time of the war.

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    20. "In 1980 I was forty-one years old, the same age my mother had been when she was killed. My son was nine, as I was on the day I had learned she was dead. My older daughter, growing out of babyhood, resembled my mother more every day. Seeing my children grow had taught me a lesson that made my mother’s story easier to confront.” — Eleni by Nicholas Gage In one of the most profound stories of a mother's bravery and sacrifice, determination, and steadfast love for her children, is the saga of [...]

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    21. I wish I'd had more time to read this book quickly, so I could have remembered all the Greek names. However, the story was so stark and tragic, I'll never forget the heroics of this mother and other Greek families and what they suffrered. In later years her young son Nicholas returnes to Greece as an adult to piece together the events leading to Eleni's death. Gage's training as an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for the New York Times was put to the test in every way, as he tra [...]

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    22. Between 1939 and 1949, one of the every 10 greek was killed. 450,000 people were killed during WW2 and 150,000 were killed during civil war. Greeks killed other Greeks after extremely harsh tortures. Why? Just to bring communism to the country. Around 100,000 greeks either were forced into exile or they volunteerily went to Russia or other communist countries. Many families lost connections with their children. Extremely sad.Eleni was a very smart and strong Greek lady. She didn't have any other [...]

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    23. I found myself unable to stop reading this book, even when I felt bogged down in the many, many details of village life, as well as Greece during WWII and the civil war that immediately followed. I think I would have enjoyed a less thorough retelling of this story, but I appreciate that this was, in many ways, the author's life's work and as such I would hate to criticize his significant attention to detail.

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    24. The Greek Civil War, and its connection to the larger Cold War, is not a subject most Americans know about, unlike the conflicts in Vietnam or Korea. In addition to being very informative about this period in global history, Eleni is absolutely heartbreaking even though you know how it will end right from the start. Anyone who puts ideology before humanity--on the left or the right--should be required to read this book.

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    25. I know very little about my Greek heritage, with the exception of being fairly well-versed in Greek food, drinking ouzo and dancing in circles. So, this book is important to me because it taught me about Greece during WWII and the subsequent civil war, about which I had previously known nothing. However, Gage's comprehensive historical depiction is overshadowed by his incredibly moving and haunting biography of/homage to his mother. I will never forget the stories in this book.

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    26. A son's search for revenge which changes his life. The author's courageous mother arranges for her childrens escape from communist guerrillas during the Greek Civil War. She ultimately sacrifices her own life. Excellent story.

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    27. I really enjoyed this book, at the same time it really disturbed me. This should be required reading. It really illistrates the evils of communism, something that we should never forget.

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    28. Amazing. Gives great social history of Greece during War with a heart-beaking story.

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    29. This is a harrowing story of a mother determined to protect her children from the ravages of the Greek Civil War. Eleni was brutally tortured and murdered by her own people.There has been some criticism levelled at the author (Eleni’s son) along the lines of personal bias and an anti communist perspective offering a skewed impression of the War. However, what cannot be denied is the huge amount of research needed to recreate Eleni’s life. The story is told partially as a 3rd person account, [...]

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    30. إيلانى يتناول هذا الكتاب قصة حقيقية حدثت فى أثناء الحرب العالمية الثانية ومابعدها لأم يونانية ضحت بحياتها لانقاذ اطفالها من عبثية الحرب ، حيث يروى لنا نيكولاسغاتزويانيس مراسل النيويورك تايمزِ مأساة أمه (إيلاينى) ، ففى أثناء الحرب الأهلية اليونانية مابين( 1946 - 1949 ) بين الجيش [...]

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