The Green Shore

The Green Shore Set in Athens and Paris Natalie Bakopoulos s masterful debut paints a finely etched portrait of one family whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the lat

  • Title: The Green Shore
  • Author: Natalie Bakopoulos
  • ISBN: 9781451633924
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in Athens and Paris, Natalie Bakopoulos s masterful debut paints a finely etched portrait of one family, whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the late 1960s Greek military dictatorship IN HER MASTERFUL DEBUT NOVEL, The Green Shore, award winning writer NatalieBakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal yet little explored moSet in Athens and Paris, Natalie Bakopoulos s masterful debut paints a finely etched portrait of one family, whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the late 1960s Greek military dictatorship IN HER MASTERFUL DEBUT NOVEL, The Green Shore, award winning writer NatalieBakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal yet little explored moment in Greek history the 1967 military coup d tat, which ushered in a seven year period of devastating brutality and repression Through lyrical prose of wisdom and sophistication, we follow the adventures of one family, whose stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period Eleni, a widowed doctor, struggles with her lost sense of passion, both personal and political, in the face of this latest challenge to democracy Her brother, Mihalis, an eccentric poet of some renown, finds himself keeping a low profile as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife Eleni s daughter Sophie, a student of French literature, gets swept up in the resistance alongside her privileged, left leaning boyfriend, while her youngest child, pensive Anna, watches events unfold with increasing anxiety As the years pass and the dictatorship s oppressive rule continues unchallenged, their lives unfold in surprising ways, each seeking and finding love and fulfillment as they struggle to make their own peace with when to stay silent and when to act Set in Athens and Paris, The Green Shore is an ambitiously told and transporting literary tour de force that delves into a momentous episode in the history of a distant country The stories of these unforgettable characters sear our hearts and make us understand not only this place, but also what it means to be human, in a new way.

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    1. In clicking through the reviews, I fear I’ve read an entirely different book, because I see so many five star reviews. Natalie Bakopoulos’ debut novel, The Green Shore, details the experiences in the life of one family during the turbulent military junta in Greece between the late 1960s and early 1970s. I wanted to like this book, because I am a lover of historical fiction and I was not familiar with this particular aspect in Greek history, so I was eager to learn more. However, this story j [...]

    2. I was attracted to The Green Shore because it is set in Greece during the 1967 coup and I wanted to learn about this period. I'm not sure why I finished it. As the novel sputtered along, I kept reading out of inertia and the hope that it would get better. The author juggled the superficial stories of various family members, jumping from one to the other, not developing any of them. There was no plot or momentum. Even the occasional parts about political oppression felt generic and didn't leave m [...]

    3. The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos is a historical fiction novel that follows the effects of the military coup d'etat in 1967. While not a well-known historical movement, or at least one I didn't have knowledge of, it devastated much of Greece (mostly Athens) for many years. A coup d'etat is the sudden, illegal takeover of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civi [...]

    4. I really, really wanted to love this book. There are so many things about it that make it appealing to me. First, it's set in Greece, opening at a party in a neighborhood I lived in, with a character who teaches at the school I taught at. Second, it's set around an interesting historical event, the 1960s coup in Greece, that is not often written about, particularly in fiction. Third, it's told from multiple perspectives, which is a style I enjoy. However, in the end, I merely liked it. I kept wa [...]

    5. This gorgeous story takes place in Greece in the 1960s and 70s, and follows the members of a family over the course of a decade whose defining event is the 1967 coup when Greek's military "colonels" seized power. From the parents' generation, we meet Eleni, a widowed mother and Mihalis, her poet brother, who experiences political upheaval before during and after WWII. Sisters Anna and Sophie deal with the changes in Greece and in their family in different ways, but what makes this novel so compe [...]

    6. I loved learning more about this time and place, the 1967 military coup in Greece. But although I was pleased to have read the book, I thought the characters got a little lost in the middle of the story. Sophie started off strong and then faded. I didn't understand Anna's motivations behind her love interest, and Mihalis either needed his own book or needed to be pushed to the side. I would have welcomed much more of Eleni and Andreas.Some of the language was overwrought and could have been trim [...]

    7. OK but on balance a disappointment. The start promised a book about life under, and characters in struggle against, the fascist junta of the late 1960s-early 1970s in Greece, but sadly there was very very little compelling plunge-you-into-the-scene-&-the-feel writing on that topic. Everything is muted, at a remove. Even the (brief, scant) passages about arrests, imprisonment, torture have a muted, as-if, indirect unimmediacy to them. Basically a book about a middle-class family and the mostl [...]

    8. This novel is putatively about the military coup in Greece in 1967 and of the torture of the civilians in the resistance. By the end of the book, I realized that there were only about 3 pates (out of 348) that said anything about the coup or the political issues, and there was less than 10 pages about torture. Of those pages, nothing was told in a compelling manner. This story isn't even about life in Greece, as after reading it, I did not get the feeling as though I had even an inkling about li [...]

    9. This is not very good. Lifeless: either generalisations ("Anna would sit and think.") or we arrive just after the (very) little whatever has just happened ("Meanwhile Michelis had been writing") and all these women, sitting around thinking about boys in identically pathetic ways (because they are mother and daughters?) and, worst crime of all, none of it means any more than is flatly and boringly on the page. And I think parts of the story are told in the wrong order, which just sucks the marrow [...]

    10. This book was so dull. I could barely get through it. I really feel bad. How can a book about a coup and a student-led revolution, with lots of illicit sex, be so, well not compelling.

    11. I read a review of this book that begins with the words ." I really wanted to love this book, but." Wow, they took the words right out of my mouth ! I only liked this book.The problem with this book was that one never seems to get close enough to the characters. The writing is a bit wooden and the characters never seem to come alive. I loved in Athens during this exact same period as the story in the book. I was a junior in high school ( in Halandri) and the day that the colonels took over the c [...]

    12. This was a book I won from Good Reads, my first one! It happens to be on topic that interests me; Greek stuff:) The author takes us back to the late sixties, early seventies in Greece, during the Junta government. Her characters are a family, a widow with her three children. The author does a great job with character development, I felt like I knew all of them pretty well by the end of the book. There is enough information for someone who is familiar with Athens to feel like they were there as w [...]

    13. As much as I loved this book, I felt that the storyline was not so much how the characters lived during oppression but how they resigned themselves. One character lived in Paris and the other in the U.S. While I understood to some degree why they were both where they were, their migrations didn't add to the premise of what the book was supposed to be about. The character (the youngest sibling) who was the most revolutionary, was entrenched in some tragic love story that hid the strength and stor [...]

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was old enough in 1967; I should have known what was going on in the world. But a military coup in Greece wasn't on my radar, and even if it had been, I don't think I would have been able to really understand how the world could change so dramatically from one day to the next. This book allowed me to see the effects of this change on one family. Fearing the knock on the door, the stranger walking down the street, the family member who's suddenly unaccounted for. [...]

    15. It was good but I felt like the book never went anywhere. The plot seemed non existent and the time lapses only added confusion. What started out as a book focused on characters fighting against a revolution became more about them settling into a dictatorship. The characters who were the most antagonistic in the beginning seemed resigned to life by the end of the novel. Where as the characters who were timid were more prone to acts of nonviolent resistance. The over all message to get from this [...]

    16. I received this as part of a First Reads giveaway. Here is my review:It Just Runs in the FamilyThe Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos (Simon & Schuster; 368 pages; $25). Good writing must run in the Bakopoulos family. Brother and sister, Dean and Natalie Bakopoulos have written three books between them. Dean is the author of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (2004) and My American Unhappiness (2011). This year, Natalie joins her brother with the release of her lush and picturesque debut Th [...]

    17. Originally posted on futuresfading.The Green Shore, by Natalie Bakopoulos, is the story of a family living through the Greek military junta of 1967-1974. While most of the country sleeps, Greece suddenly changes. A group of colonels stage a coup d’etat and seize control of government. Eleni and Mihalis, Anna and Sophie, now live in a very different world. At the start of this novel, it seems to me that Mihalis, a poet and past revolutionary, struggles with how to react. A part of him wants to [...]

    18. I won a copy of this book as a First Reads giveaway.In 1967, the Greek government was taken over by the military in a coup d’etat, and for seven years the country was ruled by a violent and oppressive military dictatorship. The Green Shore takes place during this dictatorship and follows one family over almost its complete duration: widowed mother Eleni, her brother Mihalis, and her daughters Sophie and Anna. Each of these characters finds their own way to fight the dictatorship and to go on l [...]

    19. This first novel by a Greek American author depicts the responses of four family members, ordinary citizens, to the military coup in Greece in 1967 and to the repressive years that followed. Told from the points of view of these four characters, a widowed mother who is a physician, her two daughters, and her poet brother, the book traces their thoughts and actions related to the dictatorship, their relationships with each other and, most importantly for the plot, the partners they are involved w [...]

    20. Set in the seven-year span of the military coup d’état in Greece which began in 1967, The Green Shore is affecting and accomplished. Bakopoulos gracefully avoids glorification of life under a dictatorship or of protest, though she acknowledges the The narrative rotates between four characters: Anna and her older sister Sophie, their mother Eleni, and her brother Mihalis. Eleni, a widow in a long-term relationship, becomes, underground, the go-to doctor for secretly treating protesters brutall [...]

    21. There is much to love in this debut novel -- interesting characters whose lives are set against the backdrop of Greece in the 60's and 70's when a military coup installs a repressive government junta and artists and intellectuals are under attack. The writing is lovely, the setting compelling. The novel is told in various points of view and as the novel unfolds, I was swept up by each character's story line -- Eleni and her children: Sophie, Taki, and Anna; Eleni's poet brother Mihalis and his w [...]

    22. What an interesting book.As a small child in the sixties, I was vaguely aware of the social and political chaos in Greece. I haven't read much about the country (except in Literature or Classics classes, where everything began with Homer). When I found The Green Shore at my local bookstore, I decided a contemporary Greek novel would be a good addition to my reading list. (I've traveled to Greece a couple of times, and will return next fall, so was easily able to create the mental image for the n [...]

    23. Set in the seven-year span of the military coup d’état in Greece which began in 1967, The Green Shore is affecting and accomplished. Bakopoulos gracefully avoids glorification of life under a dictatorship or of protest, though she acknowledges the The narrative rotates between four characters: Anna and her older sister Sophie, their mother Eleni, and her brother Mihalis. Eleni, a widow in a long-term relationship, becomes, underground, the go-to doctor for secretly treating protesters brutall [...]

    24. I admit it, I judge books by their covers and this cover was just so beautiful! And it was about a period in time that I remember hearing about on the news but was too young to really have any idea what was going on - a military coup in Greece but mostly what I remember are those Greek names being tossed about, the Papandreous and Popadouplos (and I quite possible spelled those wrong despite having read them many times over), they seemed like delightful tongue twister names to a child. My parent [...]

    25. I may have been vaguely aware of the coup staged by the military junta in Greece in 1967, but like most Americans I was too preoccupied with Vietnam to pay much attention to Europe.The North Shore brings that period to life, and the effects of the coup were, in my opinion, the strongest part of the novel. Military rule was brutal, and the regime engaged in extensive torture. Doctors were forbidden to treat torture victims after their release; however, one of the main characters, Eleni, is a wido [...]

    26. Before I picked this book up, I had little idea of the turbulence that swept through Greece during the late 60's to the late 70's. The story begins on the night of the military coup and recounts the experiences of three women and one man, all from the same family. Sophie, Anna, their mother Eleni and her brother Mihalis. Each resists the junta's oppressive regime in their own ways. Sophie and her left-leaning boyfriend commit secretive acts of rebellion until he is arrested and she flees to Fran [...]

    27. A gorgeous, sweeping, intensely satisfying novel! Set during the military junta in Greece (1967-1974), Bakopoulos tells the story of a family who each tries to cope with the oppressive regime in their own way. Eleni, a mother and doctor, secretly treats the victims of torture, which the government has made forbidden. Sophie, the oldest daughter, flees to Paris after her revolutionary activities make her a person of interest, and she must try to fight for her country from afar. Mihalis, Sophie’ [...]

    28. I read a good review of this book in Entertainment Weekly, and I was intrigued by the author's last name. This turned out to be a fascinating book about a period in Greek history I knew nothing about: the 1967 military coup that lasted until 1974. The story follows the members of one family during this time. Eleni is a doctor who was widowed a number of years ago. She and her husband, Christos, had been activists. Eleni's brother, Mihalis, is a poet and still activist who has been jailed several [...]

    29. A 3.5, really. As far as "family dramas" go, this one's really quite interesting I'm just not one for "family dramas" generally. What pulled me into reading The Green Shore was the political backdrop or, centrepiece in a way of the novel - Greece and Athenians in the period immediately before, during, and immediately after the 1967 coup. I'd never read about it before, I was curious. The author did a wonderful job of exploring the myriad of approaches to living life under these circumstances tha [...]

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