Eleni [Nicholas Gage] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Like New!!!. In , as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist “camps” inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one. In Nicholas Gage’s memoir Eleni, a Communist guerrilla captain also announced that the residents of the small Greek village of Lia would be.

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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: Gage is a journalist who wanted to understand what had happened My friend Connie loaned me this amazing book. Nick Gage born Nikoloas Gatzoyiannis painstakingly reconstructed the history and events leading up to his escape from the Communist-occupied town of Lia, along with his sisters, as well as the execution of his mother who instigated their escape to safety.

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. Of how the frustration of the countries judicial system, and it’s statute of limitations, would in essence pardon war criminals, and of how a man confronts his struggle between reparation of blood for blood, versus finding forgiveness and peaceful acceptance. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. What a tribute to his mother, because she was the mother we all hope to be.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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. To ask other readers questions about Eleniplease sign up.

This is especially true when it comes to the position of women. During the Watergate scandalGage was the first reporter to hear any of the Nixon tapes. Here both are united against Eleni and her children. Why was she executed? Part of me – as a modern independant woman – was struck by the extreme conservatism of the villages. Researched and written by her son, an NYT journalist, he brings both their stories alive as he learns who is mother was and comes to grips with her losing her life in order to save the lives of her children.


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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 salvation. Please read my comments to Lynne under this review.

Eleni by Nicholas Gage

I have only gotten into the first pages and am going crazy to find time to continue reading! He is the father of three children: Where is the limit? All these years later, I remember how I felt as I read this story. History is grippingly told. My friend Connie loaned me this amazing book. Inin a Greek mountain village, Eleni Gatzoyiannis was arrested, tortured and shot. Eleni takes you into the heart a village destroyed in the name of ideals and into the soul of a truly heroic woman.

No the book has actually three parts – you learn history in a way that you will never forget. Published September 29th by Ballantine Books first published The topic of genocide does not interest a lot of people but as presented here it should. This book is written for the most ordinary person and by the most extraordinary man. Eleni was a very smart and strong Greek lady. This book is so powerful! This was the slowest part of the book for me, but then the book starts reconstructing Eleni’s life in Lia in the 30’s’s, and the growing threat of Communism after World War 2.

In a really difficult situation, do you collapse, give in and join the abusers? Nicholas Gage joined his father in Massachusetts at the age of nine and grew up to be a top investigative reporter for the New York Times. It is a wrenching story of love, unfathomable hardship, and betrayal. At a first glance the book seems long I picked up this book in a small bookstore in Greece. The history is very accurate.


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. Jun 18, K. I like this book alot. When we die, are we gone or do the things we stood for continue to play out and influence those who follow us.

It is personal, so you care. The suspense is very hard to take. Is it harder to allow abuse to your own body or to abuse your own child in an effort to prevent someone else nicnolas abus Finished: I learned so much from this book, I love a book that can inform and educate you and this book gave me so much information on the Greek Civil War, Greek culture and traditions.

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I learned about the civil war in Greece right after WWII and was exposed to the way nobody is safe in a war zone. Historical elen concerning Greek village life during and after WW2 and particularly the growth of the opposing Greek factions that led ggae the civil war are portrayed through the true accounts of mountain villagers living in Lia near the Albanian border.

Moses for loaning me the book, prior to our trip to Greece. View all 22 comments.

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Her son, Nicholas Gage, was then eight years old. Not to give the book away, but it was extremely frustratin This book is great – but has some real lessons to take to heart, such as: One person found this helpful. She ultimately sacrifices her own life.