Κοινωνικό δίκτυο της Πάρου και Αντιπάρου
The setting of this first enthralling novel by tfc Parks is Paros all over. No big surprise, knowing that the author is one of a generation of ex-patriot progeny. They are the sons and daughters of foreigner writers and painters, children who grew up, "almost Greek", at Paros Sporos, and Sarakiniko or Pisso Livadi in the Seventies and Eighties. Now they themselves have become writers and painters
After reading Rhythm in Blue, I thought to myself, "Whose kid was this hanging around the port, the cafenion, or the ex-patriot parties at all hours, and secretly recording it all with such merciless clarity? Would I be surprised to know? Whoever she is, she helps immortalize the artists' colony on Paros ---good, bad, and ugly--- long before the Club Med types moved in and "civilized" the place. There is no happy-sappy Mama Mia music score to Rhythm in Blue; no silly dance routines down at the harbor. There's a stronger rhythm in the torturous ballos between Shelby and Rick as their lives sway forward and back against the blue of Aegean Greece, or a blues from Rick's American band.
Rick and Shelby's story isn't just about a forbidden love affair against all odds, but an act of cultural exploration; a fulminating chapter in ex-pat literature; at core, a why and how of the ex-patriot heart.
Whoever this kid is, she knows whereof she writes. I was there too...
Check this book out, either hard-copy or e-book. Carry on the mythos.
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