Paperback review: The Last Dance, By Victoria Hislop


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The Independent Culture

These 10 tales of Greek life evoke a strong sense of place, from the dusty streets of Athens to shady little tavernas in village squares.

Each story focuses on a simple, clearly defined theme: feuding twins, protective parents, ancient grievances, and young love. Modern Greek history, from the Nazi occupation to the present-day economic crisis and riots, is integral to many of the stories. The style is limpid, echoed in the simple line drawings that accompany each tale. They slip down like ice cream on a hot day; and perhaps are about as substantial. Sometimes one feels that the story is just too simple and the message just too obvious. For all that, they are refreshingly readable. Just the thing to pack in your holiday hand luggage, especially if you are going to Greece.