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Feasts of Memory: Stories of a Greek Family

by Elias N. Kulukundis

Publisher: Randall, Peter E. Publisher
Pages: 240
Paperback
ISBN: 9781931807111






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Overview of Feasts of Memory: Stories of a Greek Family

The famous Greek shipping family of Kulukundis is the source of inspiration for a clever combination of travel book, Kulukundis' autobiography, and a collection of the family's stories. These stories are imbued with the sophistication and wit of a Greek expatriate, but at the same time they delve deep into the motivating passions of the Aegean Islands.

Synopsis of Feasts of Memory: Stories of a Greek Family

The famous Greek shipping family of Kulukundis is the source of inspiration for a clever combination of travel book, Kulukundis' autobiography, and a collection of the family's stories. These stories are imbued with the sophistication and wit of a Greek expatriate, but at the same time they delve deep into the motivating passions of the Aegean Islands.

The Feasts of Memory by Elias Kulukundis is a rich literary banquet. It's a fascinating travel memoir that echoes the writings on Greece of Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, a revealing family chronicle of one of the great Greek shipping dynasties, and a sharply etched portrait of Aegean island life as it was lived for centuries but is now rapidly fading away.

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The Feasts of Memory by Elias Kulukundis is a rich literary banquet. It's a fascinating travel memoir that echoes the writings on Greece of Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, a revealing family chronicle of one of the great Greek shipping dynasties, and a sharply etched portrait of Aegean island life as it was lived for centuries but is now rapidly fading away.

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In this homecoming narrative-first published by Holt in the late 1960s-Kulukundis, grandson of two Kasiot sea captains and son of a Kasiot shipowner, celebrates Greek life bound up with the sea and shares his thoughts on the tradition of an Aegean island people. Although Kulukundis never lived in Greece (he was born in London and spent his childhood in Rye, NY), he traveled to Greece as a young man to visit family members and run a shipping business. This revised edition brings this long-out-of-print classic back with a new chapter that gives more details about the family's shipping business. If Kulukundis simply wrote the facts of his voyage and his island's stories, this would be a good read-after all, there are no myths quite like Greek myths. But it is more than that. Kulukundis seems to know that the art of myth is not in the facts but in the telling. Vendetta, arranged marriages, the fates, and the haunting idea of a bunch of bananas all thread their way through this subtle family chronicle. It is a perfectly measured parade that unfolds across the Mediterranean like the white Aegean islands to a passing ship. Highly recommended for public libraries and Greek/Mediterranean collections in academic libraries.-Travis McDade, Ohio State Univ., Columbus Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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