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  • ISBN: 0786194782
  • Author: Lloyd James,Tom Stone
  • Genre: Travel
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (August 1, 2002)
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Tom Stone (Author), Lloyd James (Narrator). You laugh and then you cry when you read this bittersweet memoir.

Tom Stone (Author), Lloyd James (Narrator). The Summer of my Greek Taverna is a funny, poignant saga of a naive American, whose Greek friend, Theologos, offers him a "summer partnership" in The Beautiful Helen Taverna, located on the small Aegean Island of Patmos. Although his wife and Greek friends caution him to be aware of "Greeks bearing gifts," Stone jumps at the offer.

Tom Stone went to Greece one summer to write a novel - and stayed twenty-two years. The tavérna closed for the tourists at 3 . and opened for the fishermen at 7; work sometimes seemed little more than a battle to stay awake. On Patmos, the tiny island where St. John received the apocalyptic visions recorded in the Book of Revelations, he fell in love with Danielle, a beautiful French painter. His novel completed and sold, he decided to stay a little longer. Spurring him on were the enormous profits that Theológos had assured him would materialize in August. On Patmos, he fell in love with Danielle, a beautiful French painter. Seven idyllic years later, they left Patmos for Crete. When a Patmian friend Theológos ca The story of a man in love with a place, a woman, and a dream. Featuring Stone's recipes, including his own Chicken Retsina and the ultimate moussaka, The Summer of My Greek Tavérna is as much a love story as it is the grand, humorous, and sometimes bittersweet adventures of an American pursuing his dreams in a foreign land, a modern-day innocent abroad.

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Tom Stone, Lloyd James. Tom Stone went to Greece one summer to write a novel-and stayed twenty-two years. On the tiny idyllic island of Patmos, he fell in love with a beautiful French painter, married, and had two children

Tom Stone, Lloyd James. On the tiny idyllic island of Patmos, he fell in love with a beautiful French painter, married, and had two children. Seven years later, he moved his family to Crete for a teaching job, but his heart was still in Patmos; so when a Patmian friend offered him a summer partnership at his taverna, he jumped at the chance. But his wife warned him not to forget the old adage about Greeks bearing gifts

The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir. When a Greek friend offered him a summer partnership in his beach tavrna, Tom Stone jumped at the chance.

The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir. But his wife cautioned him not to forget the old adage about Greeks bearing gifts. This is the grand, humorous, and sometimes bittersweet adventure of a modern-day innocent pursuing his dreams in a foreign land.

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Reader Lloyd James also seems confused by the ambiguous tone, for at times his performance drags, only to spike into almost manic glee and enthusiasm without provocation. The audiobook is ultimately rewarding, but the listener must be patient.

Tom Stone went to Greece one summer to write a novel--and stayed twenty-two years. On the tiny idyllic island of Patmos, he fell in love with a beautiful French painter, married, and had two children. Seven years later, he moved his family to Crete for a teaching job, but his heart was still in Patmos; so when a Patmian friend offered him a summer partnership at his taverna, he jumped at the chance. But his wife warned him not to forget the old adage about Greeks bearing gifts. At The Beautiful Helen, hard work and very long hours were tempered by Stone's growing reputation as a cook and the promise of enormous profits in August. But his illusions were shattered with the realization that his partner had been cheating him out of thousands of dollars. Featuring Stone's recipes, The Summer of My Greek Taverna is a grand, humorous, and sometimes bittersweet adventure of a modern-day innocent pursuing his dreams in a foreign land.
Comments: (7)
Duzshura
You laugh and then you cry when you read this bittersweet memoir. The Summer of my Greek Taverna is a funny, poignant saga of a naive American, whose Greek friend, Theologos, offers him a "summer partnership" in The Beautiful Helen Taverna, located on the small Aegean Island of Patmos. Although his wife and Greek friends caution him to be aware of "Greeks bearing gifts," Stone jumps at the offer. His life is never the same, arriving home at night, at three or four in the morning, completely spent, with no time for sex or even a cuddle, and up at dawn to start another day at the restaurant, only to have his partner swindle him of the profits.

Stone captures the essense of the Greek people and writes lovingly of them, the good ones and the not-so-good ones. My Taverna is reminiscent of many excellent books of American expatriates living in foreign countries, all with their own unique experiences. Memoirs of an American Housewife in Japan is one of many. In spite of his trials and tribulations, Tom Stone survives his ordeal and returns to the states. He opens his own successful restaurant in Southern California. At the end the book, Stone lists "The Menu of the Beautiful Helen," with 20 recipes of his favorite Greek dishes in full detail. If the story doesn't stimulate you, the recipes will. A good read, bon appetit. Yassou.
Mightdragon
I read this book because I'm very interested in Greece and Greeks (and I'm really not sure why - a friend who was Greek introduced me to Greece and I've just really gravitated to it). The book was the story of one man's summer running a Greek taverna on the beach of one of the many, many little Greek islands. The story was interesting and was very well told - the writing was almost effortless - you could imagine yourself there. As a result of reading this book, I bought two other books by Tom Stone and I've started one and can't comment on them yet. I was pleasantly surprised even tho I had expected this to be a good book.
olgasmile
Like other books of this genre---rich-enough-upper/middle classer eschews conformist corporate lifestyle for simple labor-intensive technologically sparse villa/farm lifestyle in foreign settin---the pure escapist notion of removing oneself from the rat race of traffic jams, cell phones, voice mail and other so-called conveniences of 21st century life somehow acts as a welcome tranquilizer for my overactive and overextended braincells.
Rather than choosing Provence or Tuscany, the author, Tom Stone, decides on the Greek Island of Patmos where John the Evangelist penned his gospel and the feared book of Revelations, as his halycon destination. Tom's reasoning is both nostalgic and capitalistic: it was on Patmos that he met and wooed his wife and wrote his first novel and it is on Patmos that he will accrue enough cash to see himself financially clear for an entire year. All he needs do is rent 'The Beautiful Helen' Taverna for the four hectic months of the summer season, incorporate his multi-national repetoire of delicious menu entrees to the typical Greek fare and through hard work and determination rack in a sizeable fortune.
Unfortunately, Tom overplays his hand with an overindulgence of American optimism. Amidst a silent, embarrassed chorus of less-than-encouraging island characters, Tom learns what the islanders already know: Fresh produce, fine recipes and hard work are not the only ingredients needed in maintaining a successful restaurant,a watchful eye is first and foremost when one is dealing with an unscrupulous partner like the taverna's owner, Theologos.
Soon, Tom's dreamscape of blue water and Greek light are obliviated by the all consuming operation of the taverna. As the Beautiful Helen's popularity increases, Tom's clearly drawn time allocations are blurred into a huge block of toil and varicose veins that barely afford him the time to sleep.
However throughout the Sisyphian tasks of running the taverna, Stone's writing style remains chatty and enthusiastic. Happily, in spite of his bouts with jealous friends, thieving partners, and evil-eye removing witches, Tom remains pleasantly breezy, refusing to let his misjudgement dampen his spirits. Above all, the reader gets the sense that even as he is cast out of his Eden by economic necessity, he is not soured by the presense of the serpent in the garden---his omnipresent need to breath the air of Hellas remains pure and untainted. His exuberance forces us to understand why he undertook the proposition in the first place while his charitable highlighting of the high points of taverna life rather than his humiliations results in a pleasant true-to-life portrayal of the Greek's resolve in business as seasoned by the resource-isolated island life.
One Note: I was saddened that the author's marriage to 'Danielle' ended in divorce no matter how amicable--his love for her was palpable even through the worst of his ordeal.
VAZGINO
It's an account of the American author's life after falling in love with Greece and with a French girl. It centers on half a summer attempting to run a taverna on the island of Patmos and getting swindled. It's light-hearted in tone but covers a few tragic events and many that must not have seemed funny at the time. It's short and unpretentious but I enjoyed it more than many heavy works that aspire to tell us significant things about the Greek soul. Many of the things he says about Greeks and how they do business are - well- unfavorable. I kept thinking that if he'd said these things about a more vulnerable ethnic group he'd have been accused of prejudice, but judging from the reviews I've seen so far, Greeks and Greek-Americans don't seem to mind.
The only recipe I've tried was the tzadziki one. It's a great advance on just chopping slices of cucumber into Dannon. I couldn't figure out what he meant by rinsing the grated cucumber. I just rolled it in a paper towel. I got rave reviews although I didn't have white pepper and used black.
Varshav
As I read this story there were characteristics of people I know and love from my own family. I found myself laughing out loud while reading particular passages that were descriptive of island life. Since so much of Greece is dependent on the tourist trade, this memoir will definitely pique the interest of both armchair travelers and day cruisers everywhere.
Virtual
Slow start for me but great book!
Hulore
I just have to get this off my chest. The author refers to the “Book of Revelations” many times. A Yale graduate should know that it is Revelation not Revelations. How did this not get corrected?! That aside it is an enjoyable book for the most part.
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