Things Can Only Get Feta: Two Journalists and Their Crazy Dog Living Through the Greek CrisisPaperback
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- Paperback $14.89
- Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 200mm x 26mm | 360g
- Publication date: 1 May 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1909657085
- ISBN 13: 9781909657083
- Illustrations note: maps
- Sales rank: 83,791
Two journalists embarking on a year's adventure in Greece just as the country faces economic collapse seems foolhardy--but it's their decision to bring their crazy Jack Russell to a crisis-weary country with zero dog tolerance that tips the plan into actual madnessAfter an Arctic winter, a recession, and a downturn in the newspaper industry, two journalists and their dog embark on an adventure in the wild and beautiful southern Peloponnese. A perfect plan, except for one thing--Greece is deep in economic crisis. And if fiscal failure can't overturn the couple's escapade in rural Greece, perhaps macabre local customs, a scorpion invasion, zero dog-tolerance, health scares, and touchy expats will. This is a humorous and insightful journey through one of the last unspoiled regions of Greece. It is full of encounters with warm-hearted, often eccentric, Greeks who show that this troubled country still has heroes, if not euros. In a hillside village in the Mani, the locals share their lives, their laughter, and their stories, and help chart the couple's own passage back to happiness. They even find a place in their hearts for their Greek nemesis--the local pungent goat cheese. Things really can only get feta.
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By Sharon Kay 01 Aug 2013
This utterly lovely book catapulted me back through the decades to my own too-brief Greek adventure not long after the end of military rule. It seemed then that every Greek wanted to share with visiting foreigners a collective national optimism about the future and a determination to return to doing what Greeks do best - enjoy their lives. Marjory McGinn's mountain village recalls perfectly those I visited that summer, where generous locals rewarded even the most cack-handed attempts to speak Greek with delighted laughter and plates of ripe figs for which they always declined payment. In the crowded "ex-pat travel diary" genre, this book is a stand-out, as much for McGinn's gentle, assured writing as for the tales told. And running through it all - literally - is Wallace, a most exceptional dog, of whom I long to hear more. I hope McGinn is nearly finished the next instalment of his (and his owners') adventures, because I can hardly wait to know what happens next.
"An honest view of 'away-from-it-all' life in Greece today . . . entertains and informs in equal measure. Highly recommended." --Peter Kerr, author, "Snowball Oranges"