recollections of a young Greek girl growing up during two devastating
wars are dramatic yet heartwarming and buoyant. The character insight
in the stories is incredibly moving. It is indeed a vivid and unique
microcosm about war and survival.
The serene life of the irrepressibly optimistic little girl was disturbed.
Child-play and fantasies gave way to fear and anguish. Wild thoughts
were going through her mind while the German bombs were falling nearby
her picturesque retreat:
How dare they disturb my peaceful space? Who are these people who want
to conquer the world? Why arenít they satisfied with their own terra
firma, their own hideaways and retreats, their own Camelot? Why would
they bother my magical surroundings and the environment of all the other
children of other lands? Donít they have dreams, other than destroy
other peopleís dreams? Werenít they ever children themselves, or better
yet, donít they have children of their own? Donít they know that, above
all, children need to feel safe and secure, warm and loved?
Only three chapters were completed with the anticipation that the conclusion
of this book would be optimistic and cheerful, along with the fervent
wish that never again would children have to live through the horrors
of war and its dreadful consequences.
The dreadful morning of September 11, 2001, however, changed the mood
of us all. The devastation of the horrific events in New York, Washington
D.C., and Pennsylvania will haunt us forever.
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