A weird thing is happening to me in lockdown. I have a few books to read but seem reluctant to pick them up much. When I do I find it hard to focus and escape into the story as I would normally do. This is annoying as obviously I have plenty of time and space in my current situation to get some good reading done. Interestingly, I also find dramas on the television seem to go so slowly. I am starting to believe that because the Coornavirus crisis is changing all the time that everything else seems to go at a much slower pace. Anyway, without further ado, here is my Girl Gone Greek book review.
Girl Gone Greek
The book appealed to me as it is about a woman changing her life by moving overseas. Rachel takes a TEFL course and becomes a teacher in a remote village in Greece. My brother spent many months in Greece for several years and hoped to retire there. Unfortunately, his dream went wrong through no fault of his own or indeed his Greek island. I welcomed the idea of learning more about a country he loves. There was also a sense of Rachel rebelling against conformity and that excited me too when reading the blurb about the book.
It is important to note that this is a memoir rather than a novel. We follow Rachel from her TEFL class through to the end of her first year in Greece. Like anyone moving abroad, the cultural differences will sometimes challenge her and she will stumble with the language from time to time. She will also delight in the very diverse characters she meets along the way. At the end of the book she has to make the decision whether to stay or go from the place she has called home for a year.
As this is a memoir, we meet the characters that Rachel does from teenage students to her employer’s family. My favourite character was Kaliopi who becomes Rachel’s friend. She purports to hate the Greek village with a passion and has a language all of her own. I liked that she was a little incorrigible and full of life.
Girl Gone Greek book review
Rachel’s memoir is a pleasant enough read. It is a short read at just 181 pages. If you have never lived abroad, it might spark an interest in doing so. I found myself wanting to meet the characters more often than is possible in such a short book and to hear more about their back stories. In a similar way, Greek politics are touched upon but not in any real depth. This book is a snapshot in time of one woman’s journey.
Once again, I would remind you that this review was written right in the middle of the Coronavirus period. I may enjoy the book more at another time. There are some really great reviews on Amazon which I would encourage you to check out.