Helena: An Odyssey

Helena An Odyssey Helena an Odyssey is an absorbing saga of myth and obsession of a family haunted by their illustrious Byzantine past and a compulsion to redeem it Bittersweet love stories are set against wars and fo

  • Title: Helena: An Odyssey
  • Author: Carolyn Taylor-Watts
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  • Page: 243
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Helena: An Odyssey

    Helena an Odyssey is an absorbing saga of myth and obsession, of a family haunted by their illustrious Byzantine past and a compulsion to redeem it Bittersweet love stories are set against wars and forced population exchanges, ethnic confusion, and immigrant struggles Woven throughout lies the power and symbolism of hair Helena s daughter Georgia, narrating the tale, bHelena an Odyssey is an absorbing saga of myth and obsession, of a family haunted by their illustrious Byzantine past and a compulsion to redeem it Bittersweet love stories are set against wars and forced population exchanges, ethnic confusion, and immigrant struggles Woven throughout lies the power and symbolism of hair Helena s daughter Georgia, narrating the tale, begins in 1908 when her great grandparent, the Greek Yiannis Kouvalis, and two sons set out on an epic journey from a poor Turkish village to glittering Smyrna on the Aegean Coast Eventually succeeding as prosperous merchants, the sons marry and have children But the Young Turks are rising, and the ensuing Greco Turkish wars culminate in the fiery destruction of Smyrna Ethnic cleansing follows Surviving remnants of the Kouvalis family are reduced once to poverty and forced into what, to them, is an alien Greece The burden of redemption passes down the generations and falls, finally, on the unlikely Helena who longs only to create beautiful hair and through it, achieve international fame But she is distracted by her intense love for local boy Stephan Thwarted in her attempts to follow him when he leaves for the coal mines of Australia, she travels instead to her sister in Toronto It is here where her real heartaches begin.

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    1. Gemma

      I’m left wondering how the author is adjusting to her normal everyday life after writing this book. Her characters, especially Georgie and Helena, must have become so vivid, so much part of the fibre of her being while she was writing her novel. That’s the only way I have of trying to convey the effect her characters had on me, the reader.Not only the characters, but also the various settings in which they played their parts affected me. I could feel the heat of the desert, taste the dust an [...]

    2. Irma Brown

      I enjoyed this book tremendously and couldn't put it down. I don't usually read historical fiction, only mysteries for the most part, but this one's back cover suggested a mystery, so I thought I'd give it a try. Quickly I became hooked on the mystery of "Helena:" What was the awful event that brought her home from Greece that last time in such a terrible state? What was going to happen to her? - or or should I say - what was she going to do to herself? I felt mystery hanging in the air in the f [...]

    3. Judy Glen

      A very compelling read!!History came alive for me as I followed these beautiful, flawed, and ultimately credible characters through their harrowing journeys. The scope of the story is vast, but the people are both original and familiar. I’ve read many books that alternate between long past and more current narratives. Usually I find myself favoring one period over the other and thinking, “I hope it gets back to the historical (or the modern) story soon,” and I read more quickly through the [...]

    4. Maia Sepp

      A saga for those interested in history, generations of a Greek family descended from Hellenistic Greeks are forced out of Turkey and into Greece - each is cursed with having to resurrect a supposedly glorious past, and the burden of family redemption eventually falls on a hair dresser in Toronto.This is a beautifully written epic story that will grab you from the first page. Finely drawn characters and a large, sweeping storyline will pull you into a touching story of emotional heft and substanc [...]

    5. Graeme Taylor

      I became immediately absorbed in this very imaginative and partly historically-based family saga that extends over four generations. The author's highly creative writing style evokes a range of intense emotions and vivid images that immediately drew me into the personalities and tumultuous lives of the characters. The settings are so well described that I felt I was actually back in time sensing the emotionally-charged and changing atmospheres as I walked the streets of Smyrna and Patras and wan [...]

    6. Ann Gun-munro

      I enjoyed this romantic historical novel from beginning to end. Travelling from present day Toronto back in time to follow the journey of one family describes places I would love to see. Fascinating culture and history of the Greeks and the Turks with vibrant strong characters you love and hate.Great!

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