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Review: Aegean Dream by Dario Ciriello 
17th-Oct-2011 12:42 pm
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Aegean DreamAegean Dream by Dario Ciriello

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I probably would not have picked up this book if Dario were not a friend and Clarion West workshop classmate of mine. "Americans go and live abroad and learn life lessons" stories have become a genre of their own in recent years, and I tend to expect them to be a bit sentimental and pat. (I should note that Dario is not technically American, being Italian by heritage and British by birth, but I'd be proud to call him my countryman any day.)

However, I'm really glad that I picked up this book, because while there's sentiment here, there's also humor and honesty. The book is an easy and entertaining read, and you really find yourself rooting for Dario and Linda as they try to make new friends across barriers of language and culture (a task at which they succeed admirably), or go head to head against the Greek bureaucracy (at task which ultimately defeats them). As something of a foodie, I also particularly enjoyed the accounts of Dario and Linda being introduced to Greek cuisine, and introducing their Greek friends to American cuisine. (If I ever need to make friends fast in a foreign country, I'm hoping I can go armed with Linda's chocolate chip cinnamon roll recipe.)

This book should absolutely be required reading for anyone thinking of packing up and moving to a foreign country. But even if you've never had the urge to emigrate, you'll find plenty of entertainment and food for thought here.

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