were fiction, it would bear the mark of genius...A devoted and brilliant
achievement...It is impossible to doubt a word of his terrible story...The
separate strands lead to an intensely moving climax, making Eleni
one of the rate books in which the power of art recreates the full
New York Review of Books
part history, part romantic epic...Eleni is a remarkable
feat of technique and of soul."
"A story assigned
by fate ...minutely observed and eloquently rendered.."
New York Times
"This is a
Greek tragedy in its most poignant sense, a series of adversities
that is so overwhelming and appalling that the reader will feel
as if his heart is being torn out, page by page."
loving and deeply moving narrative...A stirring tribute to a particular
woman...and at the same time a memorial to all the civilians who
suffer in every war."
"Full of humorouos,
ironic, sad touches, this extraordinary, moving saga reflects one
family's attempt to balance assimilation with the preservation of
sears its way into a reader's consciousness. Honest, moving and
compelling, vivid and powerful...In finding his mother, his past
and--one hopes---peace, Gage has given us an unforgettable book
about love, hate, and the cruelties of war."
lives through this book."
is close to Hemingway's best...an entirely absorbing personal
calamity...minutely and terrifying depicted."
"A tour de
force...self evidently powerful and true."
"A book of
burning intensity, made the more searing because...all the names,
places and dates are real."
shattering book...makes for compelling, at times overwhelming,